WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me!
My second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
is available TODAY on Amazon
CHARACTER INTERVIEW – CLARA BESS
rem: Welcome, Clara Bess, so glad you could join us.
Clara Bess: I’m so happy to be here.
rem: It’s an exciting day, isn’t it?
Clara Bess: Indeed it is.
rem: You’ve quite the story to tell. What went through your head when you found your birth certificate.
Clara Bess: My first thought was why wasn’t it in with the other documents. Then I noticed the name but it still didn’t register. I thought maybe it wasn’t mine—somehow they didn’t put my last name on it.
rem: That would explain how Lily registered you for school.
Clara Bess: Yes, and how I got my marriage license. Momma—Lily—just showed them the birth certificate and never told them otherwise. No one questioned it. We were a close-knit community.
rem: Connie tells me you two were quite close.
Clara Bess: (chuckles) I adored her. From my earliest memories, I was attached to her like bees on a honeysuckle vine. I followed her everywhere, I mean everywhere.
rem: I understand you had an incident with hornets. Can you tell us what happened?
Clara Bess: It was the strangest thing. I picked berries all the time and never saw a hornet. There were plenty of them over in Old Man Darby’s Meadow, but we knew to stay away from there.
rem: But this particular afternoon, there was a nest right in the midst of your blackberries.
Clara Bess: Frank confessed to me years later. He couldn’t have been more sheepish and remorseful. He said he thought I’d get one little sting, only intended it as a practical joke. He had no idea I was deathly allergic, or that they would swarm me.
rem: What an horrible thing to have happened! I’m so sorry.
Clara Bess: Thank you.
rem: Let’s back up a bit, though. What was life like before you found the birth certificate?
Clara Bess: Oh my goodness! I had such a charmed life! A real live fairy tale. Except for Derik there was no blip or anything really ugly in my life at all. It was like I was a walking lucky charm.
Clara Bess: (sigh) He… was a… distraction. Let’s just leave it at that.
rem: But then you met Roger.
Clara Bess: He swept me right off my feet. I wasn’t looking. All I wanted was to raise my baby and start my own bakery.
rem: And along comes Roger.
Clara Bess: Yes, along comes Roger.
rem: You two seem like such a solid, happy couple.
Clara Bess: Oh, we are. Even through this nightmare, he’s always been my rock. I am a blessed woman.
rem: Tell me about your bakery. How did you start baking?
Clara Bess: Oh my! I don’t ever remember not baking. I was helping Momma out for as long as I can remember.
rem: And your macarons?
Clara Bess: I first saw those at the State Fair. I was hooked and learned to make them.
rem: In your honor, we are serving those at the launch events today.
Clara Bess: Why, I’m quite honored. Thank you so much.
rem: Clara Bess, thank you for being with us today. I appreciate you taking your time to visit with us.
Clara Bess: It was nice being here. I know you’re going to love the macarons!
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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