I must admit that putting the name of my novel in the headline made my belly flip with pride. It was like seeing the name of my child in a graduation list. The truth is my “child” is not quite ready for graduation, but she is in her last semester. In other words, I am still in revision but getting closer! So, when a fellow Facebook writer, Sophfronia Scott, asked me to participate in this cool thing going around the blogoshere about works-in-progress, I jumped on it. What an honor. I get to answer ten questions about my novel-in-progress and then tag other writers, so they can share about their work. Hope you’ll enjoy!
Whoa! Seems the subject of the novel I am writing, that time-honored rite of passage of 4-H kids feeding out a steer or a lamb or goat for the big show and auction that follows, is getting a lot of buzz the last few days. And I’m talking heated buzz as in almost 1700 comments left after CNN published two articles in its “Eatocracy” section of its website a couple of weeks ago.
The uproar began with a piece called “Five Reasons to Buy From Your Local 4-H.” http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/06/21/55-five-reasons-to-buy-from-your-local-4-h/
So many people left responses that a second piece, “Does 4-H Desensitize Kids to Killing?” was published two days later. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/06/23/does-4-h-desensitize-kids-to-killing/?hpt=hp_c2 As that article pointed out, two incredibly distinctive lines of thinking emerged: “One was that 4-H promotes responsible animal husbandry and the cultivation of food resources in a responsible, ethical way and the other was that it serves to desensitize children to the suffering of animals.”
This is the question my novel, ONE GOOD MAMA BONE, addresses.