Friday, March 15, 2013

Interview with Maria Hoagland

I'm very pleased to have had the privilege of doing an interview with Maria Hoagland, author of the new book Family Size, as part of her blog tour. Click on the picture and head over to her website where she has some fun giveaways going on. You know you want to.

Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace?

Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cliques. What will it take to acclimate and save her marriage—or does she even want to?

Sloane is an algebra teacher and runner who would give up both to be a mom, but no matter what she does, pregnancy remains elusive. Can she adjust her thinking and find purpose in her life?

As their lives intertwine, can friendship and faith help these women hurdle expectations of an ideal family size?
So, Maria, what is your first memory of wanting to be a writer? It's been a come-and-go thing for me. I remember being proud of a story I wrote in 2nd grade. Then I dabbled in high school and college, but I didn't seriously start writing until my youngest child was in kindergarten.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperback books, or hardcover books, and why? Ooo! I just LOVE books. Any kind, any form. I love having a ton of books on my Kindle, so I never run out, but paperbacks are still my favorites. I love being able to flip back and forth, stare at the cover, carry it in my hand. Of course hardcovers look nice on a shelf. Simple answer: ALL!
What makes you decide to buy a book? When I feel like I will connect to a book. Like most readers, I want the entire package--beautiful cover, value, interest. I want something that will take me several days to read; I'm not into the quick-read types very often.
Where is your favorite place to write? I love to write outdoors when the weather is good. When we moved several states away less than a year ago, one of the things that drew me to this particular house is the gorgeous pond and willow trees near the entrance to our subdivision. It has a picnic table overlooking the water and hills and is a gorgeous place to write. I also am fortunate enough to have my very own office for the first time in my life and it's perfect for writing in bad weather. I've also been known to find a cushy chair at B&N or Starbucks (hot chocolate only) for hours on end when I'm editing.
What was your inspiration for writing Family Size? I love being in a gathering of women and hearing the varying ways our families come to be. Everyone's experience is slightly different. But I also know just a tiny bit of what it's like when family planning doesn't work out exactly as scheduled, and the pain that comes with that. I wanted all women to feel uplifted and encouraged and to recognize the hand of the Lord in their families.
Which of your characters in Family Size are you most like, and why? Of course there's a little of me in each character--probably least would be Jessica, and honestly, I don't really see any of the characters that much like me.
What would you like to tell readers about Family Size? This is a book I think any LDS woman can relate to. Family and children are important, and as long as we rely on the Lord and do our best, we will be guided in what is best for our own family. Not all families have seven children born exactly two years apart. Not all families have children. It's not for us to judge, but to love, offer friendship, and have faith.

Thanks, Maria!
Purchase links for Family Size



Maria Hoagland said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Lindzee! It's great to get to know you a little. Best of luck to your and your adorable family!

Lindzee said...

Anytime! It was a pleasure. :)