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Authors Talking Bookish

Welcome to  Authors Talking Bookish, a pod(vod)cast. Our mission is to dedicate ourselves to inspiring writers and readers by providing the-road-to-publishing insights from two debut novelists who learned the hard way and discussing our love of books

from the writer’s perspective.  

Hope Gibbs

Hope Gibbs, the award-winning author of Where the Grass Grows Blue, grew up in rural Scottsville, Kentucky. As the daughter of an English teacher, she was raised to value the importance of good storytelling from an early age. Today, she’s an avid reader of women’s fiction. Drawn to multigenerational family sagas, relationship issues, and the complexities of being a woman, she translates those themes into her own writing.


Hope lives in Tennessee with her husband, five children, and her persnickety shih tzu, Harley. When she’s not on the sidelines, cheering on her family in their various sports, she’s on the tennis court, pursuing her own athletic dreams. In her downtime, she loves poring over old church cookbooks, such as the ones from her hometown, singing karaoke, curling up on her favorite chair with a book, and playing board games, especially Trivial Pursuit, if she can find someone up to the task.

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Donna Norman-Carbone

Donna Norman-Carbone, the award-winning author of All That is Sacred and Of Lies and Honey, has a passion for writing women’s fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. After having taught as a university adjunct and adult educator, Donna currently teaches writing, film and British literature to high school students. She lives in a small Connecticut suburb where she and her husband have raised three children, two Labrador Retrievers and a Siamese cat. 


Donna holds a master’s degree in English from Southern CT State University and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Connecticut Authors and Publisher Association and a tour guide for the Bookish Road Trip. In her spare time, she can be found reading a good book on a Cape Cod beach, traveling worldwide to immerse herself in other cultures, and spending cherished time with family and friends.

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