Monday, July 30, 2012

Interview & Giveaway! L.N. Cronk ~ Author of Chop, Chop!!



Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Leeann! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you for having me! I am a full-time teacher and part-time writer. I live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with my husband and two children.

What is Chop, Chop about?

It is a contemporary Christian fiction novel about a young man named David and his relationship with two friends – Greg and Laci. As the three grow closer, David’s relationship with God grows as well, but then a tragedy strikes and David must struggle to find his way back to God. Chop, Chop takes place from the time David is in the 7th grade until his senior year in college and  (because of this) it is often pegged as a “young adult” novel. Demographics, however, show that women between the ages of 25 and 55 are my main audience (especially for the sequels!)

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?


That I’m female. As an author I go by  “L.N. Cronk” and tell my stories from a male’s point of view, so they often assume that I’m a man.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


I have been writing stories ever since I was a little girl.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?


I have just released Book 7 in the Chop, Chop series. I would have to say that Book 1 – Chop, Chop – is probably my favorite since the others couldn’t exist without it. I also like it because it is a stand-alone novel - even though it is the first in a series, it doesn’t leave you hanging!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Probably the fact that I don’t seem to be able to write from a woman’s point of view – I think that’s kind of weird! I think maybe it’s too personal for me to write as a woman protagonist or something, I’m not sure.

Where do you like to write?


Curled up in bed with my laptop.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?


Read (also while curled up in bed)!

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?


I would love to visit the Holy Land and Italy.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?


My favorite song of all time is Revelation Song by Phillips, Craig and Dean. I also like Forrest Gump a lot!

What is your favorite dessert?


Double-Stuf Oreos!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?


John 14:2 - In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. I love this, not just because it gives us a glimpse of what we have to look forward to, but because (in my opinion) it means that Jesus knew what the disciples believed and He was telling them that He would have set them straight if their beliefs were wrong. It’s kind of hard to explain, but that’s very important to me.

Here are a few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms?


Both!

Tea or Coffee?


Neither!

Movie Theater or DVD?


I rarely have time for either, but I like going to the movies when I have the chance.

Early-bird or Night-owl?


A weird mix of both! I like sleeping in and staying up late, but am usually forced to do just the opposite.

Cats or Dogs?


Dogs.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?


I am about halfway through Book 8 in the Chop, Chop series – Alone, (which I hope to have finished by the end of the summer). I am also working on two companion novels that will follow.

Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Yes! I would like for everyone to know that Chop, Chop is FREE for Kindle and Nook. It is currently the top-rated free book in Kindle Fiction and is also on the best seller list for Religious Fiction. As I said earlier, Chop, Chop is a stand-alone novel, but there are sequels for those who would like to follow the characters further. Thank you SO much for having me here – many blessings to you! You can find me at my website (www.LNCronk.com) as well as on my Amazon author page (www.amazon.com/author/lncronk) and on the Chop, Chop Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/ReadChopChop). Thanks again!

Giveaway!


As Leeann said above, Chop, Chop is free for Kindle and Nook, but you can also enter to win a signed paperback copy of Chop, Chop here! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Open Internationally!
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33 comments:

  1. My daughter read Chop chop and she loved it! She would love to read more by her.

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  2. thx u for giveaway :)

    chikojubilee at gmail dot com

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  3. @gholmes724
    Please enter me in the draw – thank you x

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  4. Double stuff oreos!..yum
    The novel looks so interesting,would love to win this.
    Aaiza I.

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  5. chop chop sounds like a interesting book thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  6. Book sounds very interesting book. Would love to read it. julierupert@gmail.com

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  7. thanks for the great giveaway.sounds like a awesome book

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  8. I would feel blessed to win a copy of the Author's book "Chop,Chop"! I like the interview(Great Job).
    TRB list will add the series too!
    Cyndee Thomas
    cyndee.thomas0@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Nice interview, thank you. I'd be very happy to win a copy of Chop, Chop. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. Enter me this book looks great!!

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  12. This book and its sequels are amazing. Probably the best Christian fiction I have ever read. I let myself have a good 20 minute cry after Chop, Chop.

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  13. Love these books, and Leeann is wonderful writer and person!!

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  14. Catherine AndersonCramerJuly 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Can't wait for the next book!!!

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  15. I have read the entire series 3 times and will probably continue to re-read it! The books are wonderful and give a real life perspective of being a normal Christian and the struggles to remain faithful that we all face. I rarely recommend a book, let alone an entire series - but this is a "must-have" for any Christian, young or old! Can't wait for book 8!!!
    P. Spalding

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  16. I have read all of the books in the series, and I cannot wait for the next one! The characters have become a part of my family.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway..

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  18. Let me just say as a mother and grandmother, I am touched by all these books. The first got me hooked and I have read all and eagerly wait for the next. It would be an honor to place a hardcopy signed by such a gifted writer on my shelves.

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  19. Once you read the first book Chop Chop you will have to read the whole series... these books inspire you to look at yourself and your relationship with GOd if you haven't read you really should...Camelia

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  20. Great interview! Like that you're writing from the masculine perspective though female, (successfully, too!)with a compelling premise!
    Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway!

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  21. This looks like a good book. I love christian fiction!

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looks like a great read.
    Angela Hartness

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  23. I would love to win and read this book.Great interview.Thanks

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  24. would love to get an autographed copy- love this author and have read all 7 books of the series and can't wait for book 9. Please enter me into the giveaway.

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  25. This author and series are new to me! I am so interested! Please enter me in the giveaway!

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  27. Would love to win this signed copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. Would love the chance to win!!

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  29. What a unique title! LOL
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway :)

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway !

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