Okay, y’all, give a warm welcome to today’s guest blogger, Roseanna M. White. She’s here to talk books and share about her newest novel, A Name Unknown, so settle in with a cuppa and enjoy her visit!
Anyone who has seen my house knows that I have a thing for books. My living room is lined with shelves. And the shelves aren’t full of knick-knacks. They’re full of books. Stacks of books. Books piled in front of the stacks. Books on top of the shelves, beside the shelves, in front of the shelves. I have books on nearly every flat surface in my house—window sills, the mantel, my kitchen hutch. They’re my decoration. They’re my style. They’re me.
Just today, my son (age 9), asked, “Why are you trying to turn our house into a library?” To which I reply, “Because libraries are awesome!”
What can I say? Some people might think I have a problem. But those people are (a) just plain crazy and (b) have obviously never met Peter Holstein. Because if you want to talk about someone whose collection has outpaced his shelves, then look no further than the hero of A Name Unknown.
Yes, okay, he may have been inspired by the true story of my living room—but exaggerated. I promise, it’s an exaggeration, LOL. Peter, also a novelist, has a thing for books too. And comes from a line of men with the same tendency. The result is that the library at their manor house no longer looks like a library, with neat orderly stacks on neat orderly shelves. It looks like an avalanche of books. And this, my friends, is the backdrop for A Name Unknown. It’s up to my heroine—not a book lover to nearly the same extent (gasp!)—to bring order to these shelves. And to a girl with no formal education whatsoever, who’s only there to steal evidence proving him a traitor…well, she’s got her work cut out for her.
Me? I don’t have a problem—my book addiction is quite in hand, thank you very much. I mean, you can totally still see the floor through the books. So I’ll just keep on collecting… Continue reading