Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing A.M. Leibowitz, author of Passing on Faith. Hi, A.M., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
I’m a spouse and parent from western New York State, living on the banks of Lake Ontario. That’s a fancy way of saying, “We get a lot of snow.” Fun fact: I’m in the same city where Susan B. Anthony lived, and Kodak cameras were invented here. In between writing novels, I’m also a freelance editor.
Passing on Faith is my second full-length novel. It’s a little about faith and a lot about forgiveness. The story was inspired by the fairy tale Puss in Boots. It starts with the youngest of three brothers discovering an inheritance worse than getting nothing. In dealing with the mess—literal and figurative—he makes some important discoveries about who he is and what he’s really looking for.
Give us an excerpt from your work in progress or latest book.
I’m currently editing the prequel to Passing on Faith. Here is a short excerpt from Walking by Faith:
When he next woke, the pain was much less, and he wasn’t alone. His parents were there, along with a police officer. Cat struggled to sit up, but he felt weighted down. Giving up, he looked into the faces of the three people around him.
“Honey?” His mother reached out for his hand, but he withdrew, remembering how bad the nurse’s touch had hurt. She looked pained, but she didn’t try again.
His father stepped forward. “This is Officer Kerwin. He wants to ask you a few questions about what happened last week.”
Last week? Cat’s head buzzed. He must have meant last night. They were at the club, and then—Cat could remember what happened, more or less, but not what came after. The officer approached the bed.
“Son,” he began, and Cat winced. He hated being called that. The officer didn’t notice, or perhaps pretended not to. “Can you tell me anything about the man who attacked you?”
Yes, Cat thought then, No. For a long time he sat there, staring into the officer’s face. He didn’t want to tell anyone anything. In fact, he didn’t ever want to talk to anyone again. He shrank back against the pillows and shook his head.
The officer’s expression relaxed, and he lowered his voice. “It’s all right, son. No one is going to hurt you here. I can’t help find the person who did this to you unless you tell me anything you know.”
Cat cringed again at “son.” He’d never liked it anyway, but now, it made him feel wrong and vulnerable. He looked to his father, who nodded, and his mother, whose eyes were red-rimmed. He wasn’t going to talk in front of them, that was for sure, but even without them he had no desire to give anyone a single thing that would give them power over him. Slowly, he shook his head again and put a hand to his throat.
The officer sighed and turned to Cat’s parents. “There’s not much I can do without his statement. It’s still potentially a hate crime, and it’s certainly battery, but it’ll be hard to find the guy unless Becket cooperates. We’ll look for him, but I sure would appreciate something more to go on than…well, nothing.”
They moved the discussion out of the room, Cat’s parents holding hands as they exited. Cat breathed a sigh of relief. No one would ever get a word out of him for any of it. In fact, if he made it out of the hospital—which he suspected was still up in the air, given how he was feeling—he would make a promise. No, several promises. Nothing like that was ever going to happen to him again.
Passing on Faith by A.M. Leibowitz
Series: In Good Faith
Book: Two – can be read as a standalone
Release Date: November 1, 2015
Blurb:Following his father’s death, Micah Forbes believes he can finally put the family who rejected him and their religious bigotry behind him. In a cruel twist, his older brother calls to tell him he’s inherited their father’s abandoned vacation home.
Micah discovers the house comes complete with a long list of repairs, boxes full of family secrets, and a handful of quirky neighbors. Despite not wanting to get in too deep, he can’t help the spark of interest stirred when the sexy redhead next door offers his help. Everything about the enigmatic Cat Rowland throws Micah off-balance, from his gender-bending sense of fashion to his handy repair skills to his deep spirituality. Before long, Micah is swept up by Cat and his friends, but Cat himself keeps his heart carefully protected.
When Micah’s past and his present collide in a painful way, his self-destructive coping habits threaten to overwhelm him. To save himself, he needs to open his soul and let someone in. Cat has the key to unlock him, if he can let down his guard and trust his faith enough to catch Micah as he falls.
276 pages, approximately 96,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Trans*, Religious/Spiritual
Micah decided he would sit right there until he was struck with a brilliant plan for how to manage his misfortune. It might have been a whole two minutes before someone knocked on the front door. Huffing, he rose and went to answer it.
He nearly groaned when he saw who it was. Cat, his oddly chipper neighbor, was back. He had a glass of what might have been lemonade in his hand and a lopsided smile on his face. When he looked up at Micah, his expression changed. His smile slid away and his eyes widened.
“You okay?” he asked.
Micah ran a hand through his hair and contemplated telling Cat it was just allergies. Instead, something made him say, “No. I am not okay. But if you want to come in and sit on my couch, risking black lung from all the dust, by all means.” He stood aside and swept his hand, indicating Cat should join him.
Hesitantly, Cat stepped over the threshold. He extended the glass to Micah. “Thought you could use this. Maybe you need something stronger, though.”
Micah snorted. “Yeah, probably, except I don’t drink.” He accepted the lemonade and took a sip. The tart liquid was refreshingly cool against his burning throat. “Thanks for this.” He tilted the glass toward Cat.
Cat grinned. “I was a little worried for a minute there. Want to tell me about it?”
Micah sighed heavily. “I inherited this house. My father just died.”
“I’m sorry,” Cat said, his voice soft and warm.
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Passing-Faith-M-Leibowitz/dp/193810871X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443451346&sr=8-1&keywords=passing+on+faith
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/passing-on-faith-a-m-leibowitz/1122533883?ean=9781938108716
Meet the author:
A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/UnchainedFaith
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25750326-passing-on-faith
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (Acquitted Books) http://www.supposedcrimes.com/
Cover Artist: Stacy O’Steen
Tour Dates & Stops:
9-Nov: Bayou Book Junkie
10-Nov: Wake Up Your Wild Side
11-Nov: BFD Book Blog
12-Nov: Prism Book Alliance
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