2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Katherine Reay & The Printed Letter Bookshop

Posted September 8, 2020 by meezcarrie in 2020 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Katherine Reay / 43 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Continuing until September 19th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! I’m starting today with Katherine Reay and her Carol Award finalist book The Printed Letter Bookshop! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. Visit her at www.katherinereay.com

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2019
PAGES: 324

Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.


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Hi Katherine! Welcome back to the blog!

Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?

Katherine: It’s more than just the wonderful writing, and stories offering hope, it’s about the community as well. On-line and in-person the Christian fiction world — readers, bloggers, writers, publishers — is an extraordinary and welcoming place. I appreciate that so much.

Carrie: It’s such a fabulous community & there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?

Katherine: That’s a tough one — there are so many. Rachel Hauck presents so many layers. Sarah Ladd presents such a rich world. Kristy Cambron layers so beautifully. Rachel McMillan’s writing is sharp, detailed and rich. Denise Hunter makes you swoon with lovely romance. And… I could go on.

Carrie: and on … and on … if you’re anything like me haha

Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?

Katherine: I start every book with lots of blank pieces of paper and bin of colored markers. Stories start with color.

Carrie: how fun!

Q: Which of your characters has really stretched you as a writer?

Katherine: Janet Harrison in The Printed Letter Bookshop. She was so bold and had so much vulnerability wrapped within anger. She led me down the page rather than me leading her. Her final scenes at the train station were a complete surprise to me and I was delighted!

Carrie: i love that characters can surprise their authors too 🙂

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Printed Letter Bookshop?

Katherine: Perspective. One aspect of this story is that we don’t understand something fully from our own perspective. We get things wrong. I think this story, and God through it, nudged me closer to offering grace before judgement.

Carrie: oh boy that’s so true – and such a needed reminder right now!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The Printed Letter Bookshop & why do you love it?

Katherine: There so many wonderful lines in this book, poignant ones, meaningful ones — the characters came alive and the whole surprised me. But a favorite is…

“That’s all she gets? My hot flashes last longer than that service.” This is one of Janet’s first lines in the book and BAM she was the on the page for me. She was off and running.

Carrie: hahahahaha! i love it!

I am offering one reader any TWO books (print copies) that finaled in the 2020 Carol Awards! (open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your address) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the contemporary Carol Award finalist The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay & what did you enjoy about Katherine’s answers?

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43 responses to “2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Katherine Reay & The Printed Letter Bookshop

  1. Patty

    Katherine is one of those authors that have been on my radar for quite some time, but I have never gotten around to reading.

  2. Melony Teague

    I love that your stories start with color! It’s amazing how we are all so different and our thoughts are translated to paper to ultimately become stories in such different ways.

  3. Suzanne Sellner

    I read The Printed Letter Bookshop and LOVED it! Perspective is a great word to glean from that book. The three main female characters came to know each other well and to love and appreciate each other’s perspectives.

  4. Winnie Thomas

    It’s such fun to read these interview/spotlights with all the fantastic authors! Thanks for doing them!

  5. Perrianne Askew

    I love a good bookshop, so that’s a given that I might love this book. I like that she starts her books with lots of paper and colored markers. Good books start with color – I like that!

  6. Faith Creech

    Heard many good things about this book? Sounds so good. Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Pam K.

    The Printed Letter Bookshop was one of our book club selections. We all really enjoyed it. I also read the next book. I’m intrigued by Katherine’s comment about every book starting with color, using paper and colored markers.

  8. Becky D

    I love that…”Stories start with color.” And, the hot flashes quote. 😂😜 I’ve always loved movies or books set up in a bookshop. Sounds like a winner! How have I not read any of her books yet?!? Thanks for sharing the interview!! 🥰📚

  9. Donna Irvin

    I loved Te Printed Letter Bookshop….loved it! Such a great book, loved all the quotes. In this interview I laughed at the line by Janet at the end. I have sooo many books in my TBR pile.

  10. Chanel M.

    I loved reading The Printed Letter Bookshop. It’s definitely my favorite book I’ve read this year. I just loved the cozy bookshop atmosphere, the writing style and the characters. Good luck winning the Carol Award, Katherine!

  11. Lynn Brown

    I like her writing habit of starting with blank paper and colored markers. I never would of guessed the colored markers.

  12. Loved learning about this author. Another new author to me. Would love to read and review the books in print format. The book looks and sounds great. Love the color on the book cover.

  13. Dawn

    I have read the book and loved it. She managed to take a character I didn’t like and allow her to grow enough that by the end I cared about her. I would be curious to see what happens with the colored markers. Outlines or words?

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