Friday, March 20, 2009

Guest Blogger: Gumbo Writer Angie Ledbetter


I'm honored to take a whirl at guest posting for Kathryn (aka Kat, Boop, 'Thryn) whom I've had the great pleasure and blessing to call friend for almost...[Kat, can this be right?]...TEN years now in RL?
I can never hope to match her totally original voice and, ahem, talent/thought patterns, but being a crazy southern writer like Miz Magendie (yeah, she's a GRITS - Girl Raised in the South - too), we do have a lot in common besides growing up NOC (North of Choctaw/the wrong side of the tracks). Hey, sidebar, I never noticed how much I love initials and acronyms. *cackle*
"How'd y'all meet?" you might ask. Well, probably not with those exact words or accent, but anyway -- we met at a Barnes & Noble writers group and had an instant connection and spark of recognition. I'm not talking for Kathryn; she may well have been totally repulsed and just masked it. Turns out, we'd attended the very same high school a few years apart. (Wanna take a stab at the name of said school? Tara! *ha*) We had an affinity and appreciation for each other's writing and style, and to make a long and boring-arse story a little shorter, we left good ol' B&N to form our own writers group of people with similar "talent" and goal levels. And the rest is history.
Oh, Lordy, y'all. I could really spill the beans here --- WITH photos! *mwahahahahaha* But I won't, because I love Kathryn too much. If she gets bored one day or needs a blog post topic, perhaps she'll tell you of some of our past road trip and GNO (Girls Night Out) adventures.
So with all those juicy possibilities aswirl in your noggins, here's a list to file away for the very near future~~
TOP 11 REASONS YOU MUST READ TENDER GRACES (Why 11? Because I like deviatin' from the norm, and these lists usually contain 10 reasons...LOL):

11. Because I say so. And y'all know I wouldn't lie to ya.

10. Kathryn has trouble tootin' her own horn, so in case you missed the news, it's a debut novel of top proportions.

9. I am Tender Graces' (formerly known as Virginia Kate) godmother, or nanny, as we say here.

8. The book is both tender and graceful, yet so much more.

7. Kat's writing is totally fresh and innovative. You will be captivated and enjoy some good escapism while reading.
6. It's calorie- and sugar-free, so you can indulge without guilt!

5. In this hard publishing industry, anybody who's got the strength and perseverance to come out with a book despite the odds, deserves good support.

4. Kathryn's the best kind of friend a person could hope and pray for, and Tender Graces shows some of the reasons why.

3. Now here's a selfish reason -- The more copies of Tender Graces that are sold, the more book signings Kat will be forced to do, therefore, I will get to see her in person again when she travels here with her Big Important Author Lady hat on!

2. You won't be able to put it down. Yeah, you'll lose some sleep probably, but it will be SO worth it. ...

And the #1 reason to read Tender Graces...

1. It's a dayum fine book. Period.
(photo from freegreetingscards.blogspot.com)

14 comments:

The Unbreakable Child said...

Yay! I get to be first! Great post, Angie and interesting the way you two met!! Can't wait to read Tender Graces! Number one reason is the best reason. : D

Anonymous said...

NOC - Grew up in Dixie huh. Great place to grow up. Lots of stories to share I am sure. Great post. Wanna see some pics of GNO. Hey Kat, keep on hammerin. This is going to be be good..
Oren

Debbie said...

I've already ordered my copy and that should be reason number 11 for folks. Who doesn't want to be just like me?

smiles4u said...

What a great story of friendship. I haven't been reading here for very long but in the time I have, can see what a wonderful friend and person Kathyrn is. I am so excited to read Tender Graces! Glad the 2 of you found each other!

Linda said...

Mine's on order too...! BTW, it's great to witness the power of friendship that you guys have. You're blessed!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Yep, we blessed better'n a pig in poop after a long hot day of snortin' around for some shade. LOL.

PS.....I DO have some pictures of our most famous GNO in which Kat wrote on the tablecloth of a very fancy restaurant how she'd be famous one day when her book got published!!!!!!

Love ya and thanks for letting me share my perspective.

DebraLSchubert said...

Already got mine ordered - can't wait! Thanks for your wonderful guest appearance - you've done Kat proud!!!

Janna Qualman said...

There's nothing like the friendship you two share. Here's to many years of bonding! And to success for Kat!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, Schube, and amen, Janna!

Sandra Leigh said...

Angie, I hope you took a photo of that tablecloth!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sandra, I don't know which one (me or Kat) took the picture, but it DOES exist on my hard drive. I'll have to dig it up when I get home to my PC.

Jessica said...

I want to read it, just based on the excerpts! Great post, Angie. So cool how you all met.

Barry said...

I'm sure it is. I've been very impressed by the excerpts. And anyone who laughs (where she's supposed to laugh) at my blog deserves all my support, and a goodly part of my money.

Deb Shucka said...

It's so cool to get to hear a bit about the two of you as friends. It makes me like you both even more. I'm so excited about Kat's book and can hardly wait to have my very own copy.