Monday, August 29, 2011

Jayne Pearson Faulkner's "The Place of Belonging"

Title: The Place of Belonging
Publisher: Deep River Books

Cover blurb: This elegantly written story is told from the eyes of a child of a single mother, set in the 1940's in Big Sky Montana. Humorous yet bracingly honest, The Place of Belonging stirs our basis feelings of wanting to belong somewhere and to someone. Beautifully and simply told, The Place of Belonging takes the reader on an uforgettable step back in time, a place many will recognize. [“This emotionally satisfying book reads like prose. It is one of the best books we have ever published, and certainly, that I have ever read.” Nancie Carmichael, DRB Publisher, and bestselling author. ]

1) How did this story come to you?
I found an old ragged 5-year diary given to me by my grandma when I was eight years old. It brought me back to the 1940’s in Montana, and my life with my single mom and grandma, struggling to “fit in”—not very possible in that time period. Then Mom met a farmer from Conrad (Montana) and our lives changed forever, but not without the ever-old question, “Where do I belong in this scheme of things?”

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
My writing has been in the short story venue, so I was only planning to write a short fiction story based our life experiences during this five-ear span. When I realized that what I was writing was actually more than fiction, and told through the eyes of a child, I decided to tell the whole story. I meant to only make copies for my family to read. When my sister saw it, she wanted it to be published, and helped me to that end.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
(1) I’m pretty old. (Maybe that wouldn’t be surprising.)
(2) My husband and I were missionaries in the Philippines and Tonga during our kids’ growing-up years, and we all loved it.
(3) I can yodel. But I only do it in private.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on a sequel to The Place of Belonging, which will go into high school years in the 50’s—the trying to fit in (in high school) honed to a new level—with the mix of younger siblings, farm life, and adolescence. It will probably be more funny than sad this time around.

5) Parting comments?
I appreciate very much the fact that so many people have enjoyed my book. It makes me enormously happy. Thank you.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. I was born in the 1940's so remember being a little girl during that period of time and find that I enjoy reading about that period.


  2. The diary itself would make for fascinating reading as well. I love family histories. Mine & others.
    I would love to read THE PLACE OF BELONGING.


  3. My dad is a 93 year old WWII Veteran and
    I have heard to so many interesting stories
    from him! My mom was left here with my older
    brother; while dad was in the Navy. I would
    love to read this lovely story.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  4. The 1940's has to be one of my favorite time periods. I'd love to win Ms. Pearson's book ~ thank you for the opportunity!
    amanda38401 at gmail dot com


  5. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win this.


  6. Oh what a great read and I would be honored to own this book. I was not only born in the '40's but in neighboring North Dakota! Wow! I am so excited about this book and the sequel to come! Blessings! Thank you very much.

  7. What a good book! I was not only born in the '49's but in neighboring North Dakota! I would love to own this book and the the sequel! Thank you so much!

  8. The title caught my attention and the storyline sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy. :)

    rysalias-a nything [at]y ahoo[dot]co m

  9. sounds great

  10. I grew up in the 40's and would love to read The Place of Belonging. Great interview.. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  11. would love to read this beautiful story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. What a challenge it would be to be a single mom in the 40's - your book sounds wonderful & appreciate the opportunity to be in the free drawing. I'd love to hear you yodel. Maybe have a character in one of your future books that yodels and include a bonus cd with some of your yodeling tunes. :o) I would certainly rush to the book store to buy it!!! :O)
    ~Daisy Adams,

  13. Looking forward to reading your books. I live in Indiana and the fall/winter season gets long. Your books will help pull me through. Blessings, Kathy.