Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: In The Key of Be by Lena Hubin @RABTBookTours

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Non-Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: April 2, 2018
Publisher:  Chatnoir Press

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Lena Hubin is a straight-A college senior when she lands in a psych ward. After her release, psychotherapy, illicit drugs, and sex distract her from her chronic anxiety--but none yields lasting relief. Despite teaching abroad, marrying, earning a masters and adopting two children, she remains haunted by anxiety. In her fifties, Lena returns with her family to the U.S., anticipating peace of mind. But when her son struggles with alcoholism, she feels her sanity swirling down the drain like the liquor she would dump--if she could find it. In a quest to help him, the author starts a journey that will change her life for good.

Interview with Lena Hubin

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in In the Key of Be?

Those would be me and my son Tim, both creative, impulsive, imperfect beings grappling for peace and joy in our lives.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I’m shaping chapters and other short writings for submission to lit. journals, magazines and contests.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

This memoir—my only book so far—took 8-1/2 years because I have other important creative lives. If I ever write another book it will be quicker: 2-3 years, max.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I gobbled up all of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books in 5th grade. Now I like Go Dog Go and The Crafty Chameleon.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from In the Key of Be who would it be?

Besides myself, the most major characters are my son Tim and my husband. I’d gladly spend days with them.

What was the hardest scene from In the Key of Be to write?

My mother’s death.

What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, have done it regularly since age 5, one way or another. I’m a loner and an introvert, and I can write anywhere.

Just for Fun

a)     Favorite song: “We Won’t Get Fooled Again,” the Who. “Malaika,” Swahili. “Love in Any Language.” “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Etc.

b)     Favorite book: Lit by Mary Karr.. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

c) Favorite movie: Nashville.

d) Favorite TV show: PBS News Hour. Dateline.

e) Favorite food: Artichokes. Lobster. Spinach.

f) Favorite drink: Indie-beers. Coffee. Water.

 About the Author

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Lena Hubin has been writing since she was a young kid growing up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm. She has had essays and articles published in ISS Newslinks, The International Educator, Midwest Living, and The Sun. For four years she wrote quarterly book reviews for In Recovery Magazine. She has a masters degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno. Lena writes, plays piano, teaches, and works for social justice in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, dog, and cat.

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