Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alice J Wisler's new book, Under the Silk Hibiscus

Under the Silk Hibiscus
Alice J. Wisler
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release date: November 11, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1941103302
Print: 11.39
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About the Book:
During World War Two Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan's one desire is to protect the family's gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. He fails; the watch is stolen. Struggling to make sense of his life in a bleak camp as the only responsible man of the household, Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, and the girl he loves.

What motivated you to write about this topic?
I grew up in Japan and so Japanese people, their culture, and their life in America are of interest to me. I want to share about the sad period of time when they were discriminated against in this country during WWII and sent to internment camps to live out the war.

What do you love about this new book?
I love that Under the Silk Hibiscus shares a portion of WWII history our country (USA) often neglects. I enjoyed researching about Heart Mountain,Wyoming, the setting for my story.  I was also glad that I could interview a woman who lived in an internment camp during the war. She gave me great insight for my novel. 

Introduce us to your favorite secondary character.
My favorite secondary character is the cookie-lovin' Aunt Kazuko, and a runner-up is the beautiful singer, Lucy. Both are in the internment camp with my main character, Nathan Mori. 

(Find the cookie recipe on A Taste of Friday)

Are you trying any new promotional venues?

I am always looking for new venues.  I'm hoping tweets will work and that others will tweet for me. I'm on a number of blogs and a few will be giving away copies of my novel.  

About the Author:
Alice has authored four contemporary novels published by Bethany House:  Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation, and Still Life in Shadows by River North/Moody. Her newest novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) is her first historical romance. 

Since the death of her four-year-old son, Alice teaches grief-writing workshops and her devotional, Getting out of Bed in the Morning:  Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood), covers the many losses we face and how God sustains us through each one.  In 2012, Alice and her husband started a business, Carved By Heart, where they carve memorial plaques/remembrances, house number signs, bird feeders, rustic clocks, and other home décor.


Alice’s Patchwork Quilt Blog:

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