A Country of Their Own Author Interview!

About the Book

Book: A Country of Their Own

Author: Hope Bolinger

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release date: April 4, 2023

THE NOTEBOOK meets SEVENTEEN AGAIN

Priscilla is an old soul. Carter can’t wait to leave Florida, a haven for the elderly.

Together they’re forced to do community service at a retirement home. But all the residents look like teenagers. Are they meant to bring together the lovable residents Scarlett and Paul—who are actually 80 years old? Or is it too late for them to find love?

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About the Author

Hope Bolinger is a Managing & Acquisitions Editor at End Game Press and the Founder of Generation Hope Books.

More than 1400 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com.

She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams.

Twenty-one of her books are under contract or out now with traditional publishers, and she hopes more of her stories will find a home soon. She has also contributed to twelve other books.

More from Hope

Can you write a book based on a photo series.

I did. I stumbled across this photo series in my college days and it never let me go: https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/reflections-of-the-past-tom-hussey/

It made me think about how all people, young and old, are young at heart and wise beyond their years. In the publishing industry, I have experienced a great deal of ageism. You can seldom go to a conference without someone telling you something along the lines of, “Wow. I had no idea that you were so wise. I assumed because you are young that you know nothing.”

And I know that many of my fellow writers who are older have experienced ageism to the same degrees.

So I wanted to write a book that would level the playing field.

I wanted to have two teen main characters who end up good friends with two characters who are well into their 80s—who simply look like teens thanks to the funhouse mirror effects of Country Acres (a retirement home in which the 80-year-old characters are residents).

What made the book hit even closer to home was that I wrote it right after my grandma passed away—and right as the COVID shutdown took effect in 2020.

Grandma had played a huge role in my writing. She and I read my first book together. She owned a bookstore in which, when I was eight, I helped her to run the cash register. And she always supported me in my publishing dreams.

I am sad that she and Grandpa passed long before they could read this. But this book also encapsulates them. That my grandma tap danced well into her eighties, and that my grandpa would ride the waves on a boogie board.

We’re all young, we’re all wise … let’s listen to one another.

Author Interview

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I think one of the most surprising things was how fast I was able to write this book. I did it in about two weeks while facing the grief of Covid shutdowns and the death of my grandmother. She’d inspired me to get into writing in the first place, and I wanted to create a lasting legacy for her in this.

  • Do you read the genre you write? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I often say that it’s impossible to be a good writer without being a good reader first. We have to read in our genre, especially recent reads. Not only because it’s fun, but also because we need to train our muscles. We need to detect good storytelling.

  • How did you come up with the title for your book?

It comes from a verse in Hebrews 10. That verse talks about how we’re all looking for a piece of heaven. I wanted to have the book explore what heaven looks like here on earth. That we can see pockets of it all the time.

  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

Keep going. I know it sounds silly, or intuitive. But writing can be tough. You till the soil, and it takes a long time to see the results. You have to trust the process and know that things will come to fruition eventually.

  • Is your writing space pristine or organized chaos?

Hahaha definitely organized chaos. You can always tell that I’m on deadline by the state of my family room—where I write. One day it’ll get clean. Hopefully.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Texas Book-aholic, April 9

Guild Master, April 10 (Author Interview)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 12

Artistic Nobody, April 13 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 15

For the Love of Literature, April 16 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, April 17

Holly’s Book Corner, April 18

Beauty in the Binding, April 19 (Author Interview)

Deb’s Book Review, April 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/25497/a-country-of-their-own-celebration-tour-giveaway

3 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading A Country of Their Own

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