May 1, 2018

Blog Tour: Family of Spies by Jodi Carmichael – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop fro

Family of Spies by Jodi Carmichael!

We have Jodi on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



When cousins Ford, Ellie and Gavin, discover their great-grandfather was a rogue World War 2 spymaster, they must outrun MI6 and the CIA through the streets of Paris, relying on their wits and Ford’s newfound clairvoyant skills to unlock Great-Granddad’s spy secrets buried in the past. Great-Granddad hid something important to the war effort and these agencies want it back!

Family of Spies by Jodi Carmichael
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Great Plains Publications




Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter! 

Thank you so much for hosting a stop! I have been so excited to start my tour. 



Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet) 

When three cousins discover their great-grandfather was a rogue WW2 spymaster, they outrun MI6 & the CIA through the streets of Paris, relying on their wits & Ford’s newfound clairvoyant skills to unlock Great-Granddad’s spy secrets buried in the past. 



What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk? 

The seed of the story for Family of Spies was planted in my imagination when I was only a child by my mom, Bonnie Neil (Crawford). Every time she told and retold stories of her father and rumors of a connection to Sir William Stephenson, Canada’s most famous spy, my imagination took flight. The concept of Family of Spies as it has taken shape in the novel has bumped around my mind for over ten years and is loosely based on the mystery revolving around my Rhodes Scholar grandfather, Edward Hugh Martin Crawford. He was a pilot with the R.C.A.F. and was awarded an MBE, based on his involvement in World War 2. Eighty years later, the details of his military career remain sealed. Our family lore of code breaking, secret missions, and his nephew’s code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, was perfect fodder for writing this story.  


Tell us about the main character(s). 

The thirteen-year-old main character Ford, has always felt like an outsider in his genius family. Both his brother, Gavin, and his cousin, Ellie have inherited the Crawford I.Q., but the only thing Ford inherited was his great-grandfather’s last name as is his first. However; the cousins soon realize that Ford is the only one who can solve great-granddad’s wartime mystery, through his newfound clairvoyance skills. 



Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love? 

I love the ending, but I don’t want to include any spoilers, but this section is one of my favourites because it really shows Ford and his cousin Ellie’s personalities: 


Ellie eyed him. Her eyebrows creased like they always did when she was deep in thought. “You’re scared,” she declared. 


She stepped closer, pulling off her cap. Her loose hairs fuzzed around her head like a halo. She stood with her nose millimeters from his and stared directly into his eyes. “Me too,” she admitted, her eyebrows relaxing into their normal position. A huge smile took over her face, her eyes alight.  “Don’t you just love that feeling?” 

“Ah, not really.”   

She laughed. “Poor you! Now get ready!”  

Ellie skipped out of the room, leaving Ford alone with his thoughts and the photo of the Les Deux Magots on his pillow. He leaned over his bed, examining the restaurant in the picture. His hands balled into fists, hiding his fingers so they wouldn’t strike out and grab it. Intuition told him that if he was going to have another episode, Ellie should be nearby. 

Intuition also told him it wasn’t a matter of if he had another episode, but when. 

This time Ford planned to be ready. 




Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why? 

I got a bit blocked with plot on this novel, about half way through. Because it is loosely based on my grandfather, I needed to do his memory justice for my mom and my entire family. I needed to get it right. 



What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out? 

I am currently going through edits of a middle grade fantasy called A Time of Peril. It is about a twelve-year old girl named Lizzie and a giant, purple-suit-wearing English-speaking spider named Sir Duncan who are on a mission to save her great aunt Bess from an evil dark faerie Queen! It is the first in a series and has set my imagination on fire. 



It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!! 

Thanks again! I always love reading your posts and about the authors you showcase. Have a super summer. That warm sun is going to feel so lovely after our long, cold winter. 


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  1. Jodi Carmichael

    Thanks for the interview! Loved the questions!

  2. Very cute story line. My cousin was in the OSS during WWII. Lot’s of stories there also. I hope I’m the lucky winner of the book to share with my grandkids.

  3. Jodi Carmichael

    There are so many secrets locked in the past. We just found out another relative was a spy in Cairo during World War 1. Of course, I will write about that too! :)

  4. This sounds intriguing. Thank for sharing the book and for interviewing the author.

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