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Hello y’all and welcome to the blog tour, author interview & giveaway for “Mourning Dove” by Claire Fullerton. This blog tour is hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.

Picture2Title: Mourning Dove
Author: Claire Fullerton

Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction

Release Date: June 29, 2018

Genre: Southern Fiction, Family Life

“An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South.” Kirkus Book Reviews

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970’s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.

But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

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Author Interview with Claire Fullerton


1. What made you want to become an author? Why this genre?

I didn’t so much aspire to being an author as get in touch with the fact that I am one. I’ve kept a journal all my life, and view the ins and outs of life as a story worth telling. The genre for Mourning Dove is upmarket Southern fiction, which bridges literary fiction with contemporary fiction. Literary fiction has a broad range, and in it an author can say something about how they view the world. I aim to ask questions in my novels about life choices, and this genre provides wonderful range.

2. What do you hope your readers take away from “Mourning Dove”?

The consideration of cause and effect as created through generational lines in a family dynamic. The idea that who we become in life starts from the foundation of our family.

3. Did you have any particular inspiration for your characters in “Mourning Dove”?

The characters in Mourning Dove are each telling of one Southern nuance or another. They are composites of Southern culture played out in individual form.

4. Do you use any playlists of music to help inspire you?

No, when I write I remain undistracted.

5. If someone wanted to write a novel how do you recommend they start?

By being certain they have a good story. It begins there. Next is ascertaining what you’re trying to say. I think a writer should go into a novel understanding the novel’s point, then every character and scene is geared toward supporting that point. I view the writing of a novel similar to working a puzzle. All pieces have to fit into the bigger picture.

About the Author:

Claire Fullerton grew up in Memphis, TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. She is the author of contemporary fiction, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” set in Connemara, Ireland, where she once lived. Dancing to an Irish Reel is a finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Review Awards, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite. Claire is the author of “A Portal in Time,” a paranormal mystery that unfolds in two time periods, set on California’s hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in a village called Carmel-by-the-Sea. Both of those novels are published by Vinspire Publishing. Her third novel, Mourning Dove, is a Southern family saga, published in June 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. She is one of four contributors to the book, A Southern Season, with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, to be published in November 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction.

Connect with Claire: Instagram|Pinterest|Twitter|Facebook|Website

Tour Giveaway


Claire Fullerton is giving away:

· 1 audiobook of Mourning Dove (US only)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 21, 2018 and last through 11:59pm August 28, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along with the tour at JustRead for a full list of stops!


Thank you all for following us on this tour and I hope you enjoyed the author interview! Remember the more stops you go to the more chances to win, good luck! Also I’d like to thank Carrie and Annie from JustRead Publicity Tours for allowing me to be a continuous part of the JustRead family, I appreciate all of your hard work that goes into putting all of these tours together!

Happy junior Friday everyone! What are you reading?



5 thoughts on “(Blog Tour with Author Interview) “Mourning Dove” by Claire Fullerton

  1. Thank you, Steph! It’s great to be here!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Winning Against Endo with Books says:

      You’re very welcome 😉


  2. Reblogged this on Writing Notes and commented:
    Thank you to Steph, of Book Reviews by Steph, for hosting this stop of Mourning Dove’s blog tour! I loved the questions!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Winning Against Endo with Books says:

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad to be a part of this tour and it was great getting to know more about you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Claire, I really enjoyed reading about your writing process as well as getting a peek into your book, Mourning Dove. Best wishes to you on this book and all your endeavors.

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