Monday, December 21, 2009

The Apology--Book Review and Interview with Michael Weaver

During my signing in Centerville, I met Michael Weaver. After talking for a while, I learned he also has a Christmas book out this year he co-wrote with his mother, Janet H. Weaver, titled The Apology. Wanting to be supportive, I purchased his book. I didn't think I would have time to read it for a review, so I asked if Michael would like to do an interview for my blog. He agreed.

Turned out I did have the time to read the book because The Apology is only fifty-seven pages long. It begins in the point-of-view of Martha Day, an elderly woman, who is reminiscing about her life and the regrets she has. Don't we all do that at some point in our lives? After reading the first few pages I didn't know if I wanted to finish. I serve as the Relief Society President at an assisted living center, so I know many wonderful people who have the same regrets as Martha Day and who are sometimes forgotten by their families. But I'm glad I read on for the book is more than just a book about regrets. It's a book about forgiveness, love, and the courage it takes to make things right in the past. The Apology made me appreciate what the children of the elderly are going through and why they sometimes may not keep in touch with their parents. Hopefully if people read this book, they'll realize their parents and grandparents love them and just want to be visited and loved.

This little book is really the beginning of many stories that I would like to read someday. I want to know more about Martha's children: Bill, Charlotte, and Nellie. Each could very well have books of their own. If you're a picky reader who doesn't like point-of-view shifts within a scene there are a few in this book, but they are not confusing. The reader understands what's going on. This is a feel-good book that reminds us to remember the important things in life: home and family.

Now for the short interview with Michael Weaver.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? I have always enjoyed writing but it is my mother who has always wanted to be published.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
It is about a family that is not separated but that has become estranged and thanks to an ironic twist is reunited around the holiday.

Tell us about your other books. I am Working on two others and hope to have them both out this next year. The first is another Christmas story, Mary Christmas. This is a story that makes you want to be more like a little child. Mary is someone that we should all look up to.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
I love to tell stories that inspire.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - city? Suburb? Country? Farm?
I grew up in a small town but it was large enough. My grand parents lived in an even smaller town, and I spent a lot of my time there. (The) last 11 years have been spent a metropolitan area and that is influencing my ideas as well.

Do you watch television or movies? If so, what are your favorites? Do they inspire your writing?
I do most my writing in concept before I ever sit at the computer. Once I am at the computer it is just getting the story out of my head and on paper. I wrote my second book while working a night job.

How has being published changed your life?
I know now that if you set your mind to something it can come true.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where? Also tell about your blog and website.
I am attempting to do a virtual book signing at Mhweaver@ This is a great neighbor book and Visiting/Home teaching gift.

(The Apology is published by Cedar Fort, Inc. I purchased the book and did the review freely on my own.)

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