Today I’m excited to feature Zoe McCarthy. It’s always fun to learn more about authors. Today Zoe is here to answer a few questions and tell us about her new book, The Putting Green Whisperer.
Zoe: Thank you, Theresa for hosting me on your blog.
Tell us about your favorite character in your new book.
I’m partial to Allie Masterson. As a teen, she experienced two tragedies. Her mother died and her pro-golfer father abandoned her in his inability to handle his grief and guilt. Allie has stockpiled defenses around her to prevent opening old wounds or incurring new injuries. She immerses herself in golf, something she’s good at and something that doesn’t let her down. She’s watchful of others’ motives. She relies on herself. But all this changes when she and fellow caddy Shoo Leonard become best friends, a relationship she wishes was something more.
Do you read the reviews and comments of your readers? How important are reviews to authors?
I do read readers’ reviews and comments. I think authors can learn from reviews. Where several readers make the same comment on an aspect of a book, an author can learn what she does well and where she could improve. I don’t dwell on reviews in which the reader doesn’t like the genre or that the book is Christian.
I believe reviews are important to the success of a book. Many readers don’t want to invest in a book that has few reviews.
How much of yourself do you put into your books?
I flavor my stories with rewritten personal events, humorous moments, and joys and disappointments.
Some people believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?
I haven’t experienced that. I think the glamor has lessened from the past, except for best-selling authors. Readers are overloaded with book choices. A workshop leader teaching Amazon marketing said authors compete with 800 new titles coming on Amazon a day. Most bookstore patrons don’t stop at an author’s book-signing table. They have Amazon to quickly find the books they want to read. Few people attend well-publicized author events at libraries or other venues. The glamor may have worn off for some authors too. Being an author is a lot of hard work in writing and promoting. They bear manuscript rejections and criticism from critique partners, editors, and online reviewers.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Have you met any of them and found yourself having a fan-girl moment?
I enjoy Jenny B. Jones’ books. I had a fifteen-minute mentor appointment with her at a conference and attended her workshop. I like books by Francine Rivers and Eva Marie Everson. Francine impressed me when I approached her at a conference. I told her that she and I must have had the same guide in Ephesus because her Mark of the Lion series setting was spot on. She said she’d never been to Ephesus. I’ve talked briefly with Eva Marie at conferences, and she has endorsed my nonfiction book Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, which is coming out later this year. I like Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books too.
Suddenly unemployed, Allie Masterson returns home to Cary, North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who possesses an alluring gift of reading the contours of the green. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie is excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she discovers that the easygoing caddy is actually Shoo Leonard, the boy who teased her relentlessly when they were kids. Despite Allie’s reservations, when Shoo is faced with having to overcome a hand injury, she agrees to use her sport science degree to become his trainer…and then she falls for him.
Shoo Leonard is grateful to Allie for her singular determination to get him ready for the PGA tour, but he isn’t ready for anything more. Still raw from a broken engagement and focused on his career, he’s content to be her fist-pumping buddy…but then he falls for her.
What seems like a happily-ever-after on the horizon takes a turn when Allie decides she’s become a distraction to Shoo’s career. Is it time for her to step away or can The Putting Green Whisperer find the right words to make her stay?
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What was that all about? Shoo stared at the retreating caddy, whose blonde ponytail protruding from the back of her golf cap danced wildly as she hurried off. He craned his neck to keep her in sight as she wove through the caddies on the cart path.
Approaching him, she’d seemed like a girl on a mission. Her striking blue eyes, bright against her tanned skin, had focused on him, as if she’d rediscovered an old friend. No doubt about it, her smile had beamed at him. Then, bam! She’d done an about-face and slammed into the check-in table.
But he didn’t know her. Did he?
He mentally scanned his female acquaintances. No match surfaced. Unlikely he’d have forgotten the petite blonde.