I love it when company stops by on an ordinary day! While you’re visiting, you might enjoy learning a few insider secrets from my Super Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What’s new in Lisa Wingate books?
A: Before We Were Yours is officially a long-term New York Times Bestseller, having remained on the list over six months! Thanks to votes from readers worldwide, the novel was also selected as the 2017 Goodreads Choice winner for Historical Fiction. Foreign editions are hitting the shelves in over thirty-five countries. It’s been an exciting year and I’m incredibly grateful to the readers and media outlets who have supported this book. If you’re visiting my cyber porch for the first time be sure to sign up for the newsletter, so you’ll know about upcoming giveaways and news!
“For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale—an engrossing new novel, inspired by a true story. Before We Were Yours brilliantly fictionalizes and brings to life one of America’s most notorious scandals.”
Q: What’s the stunning real-life history behind Before We Were Yours?
From the 1920s through 1950, thousands of children of single mothers and poverty-stricken parents were taken away — sometimes even quietly whisked off front porches or from hospital maternity wards — by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its Memphis branch director, Georgia Tann. While heartbroken birth mothers searched for their stolen sons and daughters, the children were often kept in unlicensed boarding facilities and given new names and histories before being advertised for adoption to families who could afford to pay. Before We Were Yours tells the stories of the children, through twelve-year-old Rill Foss, stolen from her family’s Mississippi River shantyboat with her four young siblings and held in an orphan house where uncertainty and danger wait around every corner. Check out the Untold Story blog for snippets of the fascinating history behind the novel. If you’re reading with your book club, click here for the beautiful digital book club kit from Random House.
Photo courtesy of Preservation and Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis
“Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” — Parade magazine
Q: What else is on shelves now?
Novels filled with North Carolina history and mystery. If you haven’t enjoyed The Carolina Collection yet, I hope you will!
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Q: Any exciting contests going on right now?
A: Always! Sign up for the Lisa Wingate email newsletter and you’ll be entered in a monthly drawing for an autograhped Lisa Wingate book! Click here to sign up for the newsletter — No SPAM, we promise.
Q: How can I keep up with you and your books?
A: In this busy cyber age, there are so many ways to keep in touch! You can find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.or sign up for my email newsletter. I love keeping in touch with readers. The best part of writing is watching stories do what they are meant to do–bring people together.
Q: Where can I find a full list of Lisa Wingate books and sample book chapters?
Q: How long have you been writing and how many Lisa Wingate books are there?
A: I’ve been writing all my life. A special first-grade teacher made a writer out of me and I still have the report card with her note “I expect to see your name in a magazine one day.” Before We Were Yours is book number thirty! For a full list, go to my Bookshelf Page.
Q: Will you visit my club or organization for a speaking engagement?
A: I love to chat with real people (as opposed to the imaginary kind). For information on booking speaking engagements, check my Contacts Page.
Q: Do you ever worry that you’ll run out of stories?
A: Quite the opposite. I’m such a collector that I needed a place to share them. Come visit to experience fascinating, mysterious, and unforgettable untold stories.