Friday, September 13, 2013

THE FIVE W’S Of Michael Farris Smith + Giveaway

WHO? Who are you other than a writer? 
Husband, daddy, carpenter/painter/electrician/plumber (we have a 130 yr old house), sometimes runner, songwriter and musician, reader, dreamer, realist, kinda washed-up athlete, griller.
WHAT? What do you enjoy doing other than writing in your spare time?
Love being in our backyard or on the back porch with our little girls, cooking out and playing with the dog, or watching football on the television I mounted on the porch. I like strumming my guitar and playing favorites or making up my own. I love going out on the river or talking to the regulars in our favorite coffee shop.
WHEN? When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was 29 when I committed to it and decided I would sink or swim, but try as hard as I could. Thankfully, I was naïve as to what that all really meant.
WHERE? Where do you write? 
Two places. I have a study nook upstairs at home, with a big window to my left that looks out into the top of a huge maple tree. I also have an office in downtown Columbus now that is a big empty loft space with big windows, a coffee maker, a table and chair, and a few favorite books.
WHY? Why do you write?
A complex little question, but I write because I love it. I love creating setting and the weather and the nuances of place. I love having characters in my head and seeing what they’ll do and what they’ll say or maybe won’t say. I love the lyricism of language and making the words just right and the sound they make when you’re lucky. I love the emotion of a good day’s work and I love it when my own story surprises me and I love it when someone reads my work and feels an attachment to the people and place involved. I love it and it’s something I feel like I have to do.

Thank-you so much for joining us here on A Novel Review, Michael! I always love getting to know a bit more about who authors are in real life. Now let's learn a little bit more about Michael's new book, Rivers.

Michael Farris Smith

by Michael Farris Smith 

(GoodReads): It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.

Buy your copy today!

I am thrilled to have 1 copy to giveaway to a US resident (no po boxes)


  1. This story sounds so intriguing and exciting. I have read a few reviews around on other blogs and everyone gave it praise. I have it on my wishlist and would love to win it and dive into it!

    Rita @ My Home of Books

  2. Great seeing this interview! I absolutely loved Rivers, so someone is definitely going to be a happy reader when they win your giveaway!

  3. I have seen this book at B&N every time I'm there. It sounds so intriguing.

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