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Introducing: 2011 Debut Author Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo
With A Name Like Love
Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan)
Fall 2011


With A Name Like Love is a middle grade murder mystery set in Binder, Arkansas. In the early summer days of 1957, Ollie’s daddy pulls their green and gold teardrop trailer into town with the intent of offering a three day revival.
On their very first day, Ollie meets a boy whose mother is in jail for murdering his father – and who asserts her innocence. But, even if Ollie were to believe the boy, could she convince her daddy to stay long enough to help him? And, if the Love family did stay, how could two thirteen year olds free a woman who has admitted to the crime and signed a full confession?

here's a snippit that might give you a feel for the novel:
Ollie’s daddy was born a preacher – no choice in the matter. Her granddaddy was a preacher man, as was his daddy before him all the way back to the time of Moses. The Good Lord ushered him into that long line of preachers and then his parents gave him the name Everlasting Love. No. There was no choice in her daddy’s life. Ollie was just lucky she was born a girl.....

Favorite books/authors?
Gary Schmidt, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Karen Cushman, Patricia Reilly Giff, Shannon Hale...I could go on and on...

Morning person or a night owl?
neither - I write mostly when my kids are at school and am a gal who likes her sleep :D
PC or mac?

What did you have for dinner today?
We went out to get our Christmas tree and stopped for burgers and onion rings (with a Diet Coke, of course)

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself

1.When I was little and loading the dishwasher, I had to separate the utensils because I was afraid that the knives would hurt the forks and the forks would hurt the spoons. They had to each be in their own compartment – for their own safety.

2.Along those lines, I am fairly superstitious and wish that I was not.
3. My first job was at Baskin Robbins. When I applied, I did not know my social security number and listed my mom’s work number in that box instead. It got me in IRS trouble.
4. I bought my wedding dress three months before my husband proposed. We hadn’t even talked marriage yet – but I knew.

5. I got caught stealing a pocketful of Brach’s candy from a grocery store when I was 11. After that, I would feign headaches and stomach aches anytime my mom invited me to go grocery shopping to that store with her.

6. I am allergic to mushrooms.

7. I remember writing my first novel when I was in fifth grade. It was a jailhouse love story.

8. My daughter is a better writer than I am and I absolutely love that.
9. I compose music.

10. I find great joy in the success of others.

11. I talk too much.

Thanks for letting me be a part of this fantastic group -- looking forward to getting to know each of you and your writing more!

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