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STRANDED by Don and Stephanie Prichard
Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, and in retirement have turned to co-authoring novels now that their three children are busy raising a beautiful crop of grandchildren for them.
Welcome, Stephanie. Your husband wrote Stranded and then invited you to join him. Why did you say yes?
I have to admit at first I was skeptical. Don loves movies but seldom reads books, so how could he write one? I figured I’d just correct the spelling and grammar errors and let it go at that. However, once I read his manuscript I discovered all that movie-watching had made him into a fantastic storyteller. We started discussing changes to strengthen the book and found working together so much fun that, well, I became his co-author!
What attracted you to the story?
I love stories about survival, especially in a wilderness where you have to get down to the basics of simply staying alive. Being stranded on a jungle island not only created that edge-of-the-seat suspense, but the relationships between the four castaways and their spiritual struggles added depth to the story.
What benefits did the story gain from the two of you writing it?
The male and female perspectives. I’d compose a chapter and read it to Don and sometimes he’d say, “Men don’t think that way.” Similarly, I’d read what he wrote and say, “That’s insulting to women.” We think that between the adventure and the relationships, the story is one both men and women will enjoy.
Please tell us a little about your novel.
Sure! Here’s a brief description of Stranded: A Novel:
All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.
Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake's survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she's responsible for his wife's death.
Where can readers purchase Stranded?
It’s available as an e-book for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQGJBUY
Where can readers find you online?
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/4u2read
On Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/stephprichard
Any parting comment?
Just a big hug and thank-you for featuring us on your blog, Jo!
Stephanie, you’re so welcome. Glad to have you visit with my readers and me with information about your novel. One of the commenters on this post will receive an eBook copy of Stranded, which you have offered.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice Wisler is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.