It only took one moment.
One Josephine Finch to keep them apart forever.
Sixty-four years have passed since Emmy lost her true love, but the curse still echoes through every second, every breath, and every heartbeat. Emmy is tired of running, and she wants to set her descendants—Jenny, Miranda, and Anlee—free.
With the help of a “wish listener” named Adam, all four generations of troubled women will come together for two weeks in a cabin at Angel’s Cove. It’s their last chance to face down the past and put an end to the dark secret that has haunted Emmy for a lifetime.
But Angel’s Cove is not just a mountain vacation resort, and Emmy’s got a lot to fix in just a short time. If she gets her wish, her bloodline will finally know true love as real as what Emmy lost so long ago–if old habits don’t destroy it first.
“The author engaged all my senses on every page as she swept me away to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I laughed and cried right along with the characters during the many unexpected twists and turns. A perfect book club selection with so much to talk about–a gripping, sweet, satisfying read that I highly recommend.”
“So many of the characters made me think of women I know and the relationships we have with each other. Very well done first book–this is an author to watch.”
“A wonderful debut novel from an author with a really sweet voice. A pleasure to read.”
CIR: What inspired Outrunning Josephine Finch?
McCORD: I had the rare opportunity to return to the South for a family get-together. We all met at a cabin for Thanksgiving dinner. It blessed me to see them, some I had not seen since I was a kid. The richness of the sweet southern voices, the story telling, the playfulness, and my aunt (the oldest member of the family still living at that time) telling us stories of other loved ones who had long since passed. I thought, how nice it would be to bring a family of women together, all generations, and have them interact this way. If I could see my own grandmother one more time, I’d want to see her here, just like this. Experiencing the Southern heritage again made me feel connected with all the generations of women, some living some not, that I miss so much.
CIR: How did that experience translate into a book?
McCORD: I started this novel in January 2012 and finished my rough draft by mid February 2012, seven weeks later. I did not outline. I simply developed my characters and had a basic idea about southern women in a cabin who didn’t want to be anything like their mothers, but somehow they can’t seem to do anything better than their mother. Then a surprise gorgeous guy enters the picture for a little romantic twist. It was a thrill to write because I mostly didn’t have any idea what was going to happen next until I wrote it.
CIR: Are any of the women in the story based on you or the people in your family?
McCORD: I think there is a little of me in every generation of the female characters, but there is also a little of “every woman” there, too. Fortunately though, I don’t know anyone like Lori.
CIR: What themes do you address in Outrunning Josephine Finch?
McCORD: I address issues faced by four distinct stages of life, from confusions of 15, all the way to the eve of life at 86. But it’s also about the whole of life, the mistakes, the hurts, the tragedies. There is no right way. It’s all significant.
CIR: What do you hope readers will get out of your book?
McCORD: I hope they will take away from it that fear is a woman’s worst enemy. It drives young women into the arms of the wrong men, away from the right ones, and even separates women from each other.
Learn more about Kristine McCord and her writing at www.kristinemccord.com