Inside the Book:
Title: Can This Be Home? And Four Other Stories
Author: Bobbe Palmer
In a compelling collection of stories, Bobbe Palmer shines a light on five women of different ages and circumstances as each faces unique challenges. After little Ally witnesses a fight between her father and another farmer over water, she soon discovers what happens when a man thinks he can do everything for himself. Janie was once happy with Brad. But that was before he let the drink overtake his life. Now all she worries about is which one of them it will kill first. Odd Ida does not like boys. But when one appears at her door, she invites him into her home-and unwittingly, into her life, where she learns loneliness can be cured. Sandy knows something is visiting her farmhouse at night. Now all she has to do is determine its identity and what it wants.
Can This Be Home? is a compilation of tales that offer powerful descriptions, tormented characters, and heartbreak as five women bravely confront their trials.
Do you listen to musc while writing? If so, what do you listen to?
I sometimes do listen to music. I choose the classics, especially symphonies and piano compositions.
2. Do you have any suggestions for upcoming writers?
Read, and read, and read. And then try it yourself. Write about something you love, and then do it over, and then do it over again, refining it. Have someone read it who will be honest with you, and try out what they suggest, but then do it so that it reflects your values and what you believe. Then go back many times to refine it, till it rings true to you
3.What is it you like to do when you are not reading/writing?
I like visiting with friends who love to talk about real things, exchanging views so that I grow in understanding. I like listening to music, especially the classics. I like cooking. I like some of what’s on TV or at the movies. I enjoy keeping up a correspondence through writing letters, a dying art. I work on genealogy. I enjoy the mountains here in Colorado and the times that I can be deeply in them to enjoy the beauty.
4. Is there an author/authors that have inspired you?
I find inspiration in many authors. For example, Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, Jane Austin, the Bronte sisters, Hemingway, James Herriot, Jessamyn West, Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, James Michener, John, Irving, --and many, many more, each bringing something uniquely theirs.
5. As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
It depended in what I had been reading or seeing in the movies. I wanted very much to be cowgirl at one point, when the Lone Ranger was part of every afternoon. I read that Heidi wanted to be a violinist so I aimed for that for while. I dreamed of being a pioneer and living in deep woods after reading stories of people who did that. Movies about the Spanish Main made me sure I wanted to a pirate, or a pirate’s girl friend. An early movie version of the Jungle Book convinced me that I would be a jungle girl and swing orom tree to tree on long jungle vines, I did not dream of being a writer till high school, though each of these imaginary roles became stories to act out at least in my mind..
6. How would you react to a bad review of your book?
I’d be sad and disappointed and probably believe that I’m a poor writer, and not try to write for a while. It would be a struggle to get beyond that for me. My confidence in my writing is fragile.
Meet the Author:Bobbe Palmer attended Grinnell College in Iowa and the University of Denver. After teaching school one year in Kansas, she married a Presbyterian minister. She assisted him as he served churches in Wyoming, and then in mission work in Alaska. Now a widow, Bobbe lives in Estes Park, Colorado.