BLOG TOUR: Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers

Author: Jeanne G’Fellers
Book: Cleaning House
Series: Appalachian Elementals, Book #1
Page/Word Count: 304 pages, 112K words
Categories: Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi, Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy w/ historical & romantic elements (romantic content between pansexual woman and gender-shifting elemental spirit)
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher: Mountain Gap Books
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Blurb:
Buy Cleaning House by Jeanne G'Fellers on Amazon UniversalCentenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn’t know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred. She can’t find a decent date, much less find that special someone and, after losing her job in a corporate downsize, she’s struggling to meet her most basic needs. Her car has been repossessed, her bills are piling up, and her questionable North Chicago neighborhood is dangerous to navigate.

Returning home to Hare Creek, Tennessee, never crosses Cent’s mind until her Great Aunt Tess contacts her with an offer she can’t refuse. The family’s southern Appalachian homestead must be sold, and Aunt Tess needs someone to clean it up. Cent will have access to Aunt Tess’ garden and truck and can live on the homestead rent-free for as long as it takes. A part-time job is waiting for her as well.

It’s a chance to solve some of Cent’s financial woes, but will her return be enough when evil sets its sights on Embreeville Mountain and the homestead?

Cleaning House is a carefully woven Appalachian tapestry of granny magic, haints, elementals, and the fantastic diversity of the human condition – served with a delicious side of fries and a generous quart of peach moonshine.


About Jeanne G’Fellers:
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers’ early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with her father and reading the books her librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s writing influences include Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert. Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with her spouse and their five crazy felines. Their home is tucked against a small woodland where they regularly see deer, turkeys, raccoons, and experience the magic of the natural world. Jeanne’s first series, The Taelach Sisters Series, won two Golden Crown Literary Awards for excellence in Speculative Fiction and was short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award.

Interview with Jeanne G’Fellers:

  1. What was the inspiration behind Cleaning House? For me, Cleaning House is about returning home to Appalachia where I was born and raised. It’s about family. It’s about all the things I live around and appreciate most about my community. It’s about being queer within the unique culture that has developed in the Appalachian Mountains and the resilience of the people there, especially the minorities. Cleaning House is also about Nature, about respecting and understanding Nature and the magic that rests in ancient places like the Appalachians. We haven’t been kind to these mountains during the last 200 + years, so it only stands to reason that they’d be reluctant to speak with us. And, for that matter, what would they want to say? What would the land want to discuss? Would it speak about the pain coal mining and logging has inflicted on it? Would the rest of the elements, meaning air, fire, and water, have anything to add? And would we listen?
  2. What is your writing process? I drag through my first drafts. I hate writing them, getting the story down for the first time. My initial drafts resemble screen plays. Action. Dialogue. I much prefer rewrites. That’s where all the little things happen. For me, it’s where a story really comes to life. You see, I’m an onion writer, meaning that I write in layers. Each pass through the manuscript means more details, more intricacies… more of the things that make for a good story.
  3. There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? For me, writing to publishing isn’t necessarily a leap. It’s more of a steady progression. I write first and foremost for myself, to get stories from my head to paper (or computer file in my case). It’s my coping mechanism, my safe place. Writing is about the fun of creation. It’s art in a form I can still manage. I can’t not write, so I share every piece when I think it’s ready, and every novel-length work I’ve written has found a home and an audience, no matter how small that audience might be.
  4. What piece of advice would you give an aspiring writer? Find your writing tribe and hold them tight. It’s a tremendous relief to find those who think like you. And finding your tribe has nothing to do with genre. It’s about process. It’s about understanding writerly rants and laughing at your own and others’ mistakes. Find those you can think out loud with and can take constructive criticism from.
  5. What can readers expect from you next? Readers can expect a yet untitled novella from my Surrogate series later this year, the next novel in the same series, Surrogate: Traditions, in 2019, and the sequel to Cleaning House, Keeping House, summer 2019. In other words, I’m keeping busy.

Fun Quickies

  1. Least favorite endearment: Sugar Booger – ugh. I’ve heard it many times before, and I loathe it. I think it’s a southern thing. What a sweetly disgusting thing to call someone. To my ears, it sounds as passive-aggressive as can be.
  2. Sleep with your socks on or off: Off in the summer. On in the winter. I like toasty but not overheated.
  3. Ask for permission or ask for forgiveness: Permission. Always ask first. It’s a matter of respect.

Where to find Jeanne G’Fellers:

Jeanne G'Fellers Amazon Author Page Jeanne G'Fellers on Facebook Jeanne G'Fellers on Goodreads Jeanne G'Fellers on Twitter Jeanne G'Fellers Website
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