HOME IS THE PLACE WHERE WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO THERE THEY HAVE TO LET YOU IN.
Eden, Arkansas is a town you are from, not move to. But when divorce, foreclosure, domestic violence, and an all-expense paid trip (also called prison) disrupt the Washington siblings’ perfectly planned lives, they end up back down home. Instead of serenity, sibling rivalries, divided loyalties and money squabbles resurface. Even the good news, that there may be natural gas on their father’s land, causes conflict. When their father, C.W. Washington, one of the largest landowners in the county, announces his engagement, barely six months after his wife’s death, his daughters fear Viagra is clouding his judgement (his sons say – go for it).
Homemade preserves and family dinners are welcome by-products of the move down home. Unfortunately, family members aren’t always singing in the same key. But just a few notes can switch a gloomy blues tune to the soundtrack for a good time. What song will the Washingtons play?
Down Home Blues is driven by the characters who become like family members. Readers can relate to the story line in Down Home Blues, but can see the characters in other situations and they almost have a life of their own.
What was your biggest challenge writing Down Home Blues?
Biggest challenge was ensuring the story stood on its own. This is the same family that was in my first book, Forty Acres. But I do not call this a sequel. You won't be lost if you didn't read Forty Acres.
What was your inspiration for writing Down Home Blues?
I had no intention of writing anything else about the Washington family. But readers asked what happened to some of the characters in Forty Acres, so I decided to write about them again.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Down Home Blues?
There is a storyline about domestic violence, and I'd like readers to be aware of the red flags and also think about how they can help those in abusive situations. Also, there is a storyline about felon reintegration. This is a huge issue that warrants empathy and tangible solutions. But overall there is no deep underlying message. I just want to entertain readers with a good story. If they take away a message, that's icing on the cake!
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
I love football in general and the Green Bay Packers in particular!
About Phyllis R. Dixon
- June 25, 2016 Milwaukee, WI Great Midwest Book Fest NW Family & Events Center 1-4 pm
- June 29, 2016 Racine, WI Meet the Author – Racine Public Library 6-7:30 pm
- September 16-17, 2016 Memphis, TN Black Writers and Book Clubs Literary Festival Cook Convention Center
- October 8, 2016 Clarkston, GA Atlanta Kick Back Book Festival Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College 12-4pm
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