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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 8 of Books for Women by Women - Bree Housley









Good Morning Bree, thank you for being here this morning
and answering all these wonderful questions about your adventure...




Q&A with Bree Housley, Author of We Hope You Like This Song


1.    What inspired you and your sister to embark on your yearlong tribute to Shelly and then to go on to write We Hope You Like This Song?

What inspired us to begin the yearlong tribute to Shelly was pretty random. I was having a not-so-intellectual conversation with my friends, Ami and Kerry, at the bar shortly after New Year’s Day in 2009.  We were discussing the ridiculousness of New Year’s resolutions and how no one ever sticks to them. This led us to talk about things we could maybe do for a week, but not a whole year.  Then we moved on as you do with most bar conversations.  However, unlike most bar conversations, I couldn’t forget about it.  I kept replaying it in my head.  It reminded me a lot of Shelly’s way of life.  She would do anything on any given day. So on a whim; I decided to try it.  I emailed my sister to see if she thought it was stupid…because I was pretty sure it was probably stupid. Courtnee not only liked the idea, she asked if she could join me. We decided at that point to keep track of our “project” via blog.  If she hadn’t come along on the adventure, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten through the year!
            As for the book, I always knew I wanted to tell the story of my friendship with Shelly, but it was just too sad.  I didn’t want to write a sob story about how I lost my best friend.  However, once the blog project got going, I found myself opening up about Shelly in ways I never had before. I was basically going through a happy version of therapy.  The kind where you don’t have to sit face-to-face and talk to a stranger who just keeps repeating “…and how does that make you feel?”  The blog project gave me closure. It was the happy ending I yearned for. I couldn’t wait to put those words on a page and share our story with others.

2.    What experience had the most profound effect on you during your Shelly-inspired year?

Well, there were quite a few “resolutions” that taught me valuable lessons, even if I humiliated myself in the process.  In fact, Karaoke is a big example of that.  I was scared to death to do it, but when I found my inner Shelly and butchered an old Christmas tune in front of a bunch of strangers, it quickly became one of my favorite experiences.  I learned that living life out loud (and out of tune) is more rewarding than sitting in the corner humming along.  But to answer the question, the blog itself had the most profound experience on me. I learned that opening up to people, whether they’re strangers, friends, or acquaintances, opens up your mind in so many ways.  Court and I have always been introverts, so living the live of an extrovert for a year was rather enlightening. And also terrifying.

3.    The title of this book is We Hope You Like This Song. What significance does music have to your relationship and memories with Shelly?

So much.  One of our oldest and dearest memories was the first time we truly bonded in fourth grade.  We were waiting for our dads to finish talking after a chorus concert and before we knew it, we were skipping to the drinking fountain together singing, “We’re going to get a drink, a drink, a drink.  We’re going to get a drink and we hope you like this song.”  We never forgot that song and still busted it out randomly throughout the years. 
            We also made each other mixtapes. Much like people who are dating.  We had so many special songs.  Memories flood my mind when I hear any one of them on the radio. I still have the last mixtape she made for me when I moved across the country after college.  She gave me a note with it that explained why each song was chosen. This is the one time my packrat ways proved to be beneficial.  I will always treasure it. 

 Thank you Bree, you no doubt have wisdom beyond your years!



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51 comments:

  1. This is a book I'd love to read. I'm intrigued to find out more about the escapades that Bree got up to over the course of the year. Thanks so much for sharing these reviews.

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  2. Got my interest. I would love to read more and maybe try it myself.

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  3. Sounds good. I love books about women's friendships. This is one I would definitely like to read.

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  4. Hmmm... interesting! Would love to have it on my nightstand. I am a new follower!

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  5. Good morning Bree... Such a friendship is so hard to come by. I am sorry you lost your friend.

    I would love to read your book and I know my best friend might too. :)

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  6. lovely to have you visit my blog .
    Ys windows cleaned , Red gingham curtains up . The swiss tree on the kitchen windowsill , it's all starting tohappen here in Desford England

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  7. Sounds like a bittersweet book, sharing memories with a lost friend.

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  8. Reading the Q&A really left me wanting to know more about the friendship.

    Yet another book for my reading list.

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  9. That book seems to be very interesting and it it nice to read about womanly friendship.
    And thank you very much for the great give away
    I am very happy to have won such a delight.

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  10. Sounds like a good book for a rainy day!

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  11. Sounds like a fascinating example of how blogging opens doors that the writer would never dream of. I think we see that frequently as quilters are "discovered" and find their voice....

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  12. This sounds like a good book! Friendships are a common theme to all of us.

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  13. This sounds like a good book about loss, and each of us has lost someone we love.

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  14. This sounds like a great read, something I'll be needing as I recover from foot surgery next week. Would love to see my name in the winner's list tomorrow :-)

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  15. There is a lot to learn from this book. A wonderful journey and a gift for all of us.

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  16. Another intriguing story of life....sounds like a great read!

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  17. Sounds like another great book!

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  18. Rosemary B here:
    grieving and coming to some sort of peace is always different; distinct because every person you lose leaves you with an individual set of memories and impressions in your heart.
    I think it is good that Bree wrote this book. She found a path to healing and resolving the pain.
    Thank you so much for sharing this interview today

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  19. Sounds like another great book to read!

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  20. Great review, this book has really peaked my interest. Been loving this months blog hop, there are a lot of great books out there!

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  21. I really would like to read this book. I am one of those people that sit back in the corner instead of jumping right into life. I think this would be inspiring!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful book about friendships through good times and hard...touching. Thanks

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  23. I have a couple life-long friends who've totally shaped who I am. This book looks like a great read.

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  24. We can learn so much when we tip toe out of our comfort zone. They say that to know someone you need to walk a mile in their shoes. I will put Brees' book at the top of my list to read in the New Year.

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  25. I'd love to read this book....I've not kept any of my friends from when I was younger, and I live "out in the boonies" so it's hard to connect with new ones! Such a friendship would be a treasure!

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  26. I love the idea of this book. I love the idea of 'living out loud,' although I rarely, rarely do it. I've yearned to have someone in my life who makes it safe for me to do that, and I've never found that. But Bree's suggestion that it isn't something we need to wait for - that strangers will become those kinds of Someones if we dare to open up - that the power is in Me and not in finding Them - is powerful and compelling. I'll be looking for this one.

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  27. I just might have to sing out loud and have some fun doing it. Thanks you for sharing this book with us today. I am sure we all would have loved to have a Shelly in our lives. ( at least all the shy and quite gals like me.)
    in stitches

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  28. Thanks for the gift of yesterday's book-I was the lucky winner :).
    I like your book reviews and conversations with the authors, because I'm being introduced to books that I wouldn't otherwise discover. Women authors have so much to offer their readers.

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  29. What a wonderful way to celebrate Shelley and your friendship:)

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  30. Touches my heart, I have 3 dear friends now for over 30 yrs,,, I miss them right this minute, we're only an email or call away, better than the ole days when snail mail .. but we live far away... I love you Sherrie and De,,, I miss Rox RIP

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  31. Awwww....I think that's an awesome tribute to her friend! Thanks for the review. This is one I need to pick up!

    Fawn

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  32. what a nice background piece to a friendship. we all need to stop and smell the roses

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  33. Bree is originally from Iowa and as an Iowa native, proud of her accomplishments.

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  34. I just got news from my very best friend from childhood that she's got a very rare, incurable lung disease. The story behind this book really caught my attention. From what I've read in the review, we have that same kind of friendship (the kind where made up verses from sixth grade still make their way into conversations today)! This sounds like a read I'd enjoy... :)

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  35. I definitely want to read more. Sounds like a good one. I love these little book reviews.

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  36. Looks like a great book to read!

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  37. A book about friendship sounds like a wonderful reading experience. Another to add to my 'to do' list.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I REALLY want to read this one! Luvin the reviews! TIA! B-)

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  39. This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  40. This looks like a sad/happy book. I love those. where you laugh as you are crying. Vivian

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  41. Just stopped by when I saw a link on someone's blog. I'm catching up on some posts and think this book would be great!

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  42. Sounds like a wonderful story of friendship and project.

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  43. I really would like to hear more about this ... I am completely open about understanding and learning. The mixed tapes is wonderful, especially with a narrative. Perfect gift idea. A huge thanks to the sponsors for gifting some very heartfelt presents. Judy C

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  44. Sounds like a wonderful story of courage and how to take a friendship to another level after the loss of a dear friend. I think we could all learn from Bree. Thank you for another great book!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  45. True friendships are more precious than gold. I can count on one hand the REAL friends I have. I have lots of acquaintanceships but friends are much rarer. My best friend lives 600 miles away but we can take up exactly where we left off the minute we see each other. I enjoy reading about friends so this book may make my list.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  46. This sounds like my sort of book. Is there anything more special than a true friend. It's sad that Bree lost her friend. Those memories are hers forever.

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  47. HHhhmm..this sounds like a potentially fun read!

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  48. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the review.

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  49. Oh, this sounds like a terrific book. I am going to look for it in my library if I don't win it here. Thanks!!

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  50. I just came across this cool book review blog hop, what a great idea!! I have to read this book! It reminds me so much of my high school friendship.

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