Hello! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we have the wonderful Patricia Sands with us. Read on for the full interview…
[PS]: I was inspired by the lifelong friendship I’ve shared with the women of my real-life Bridge Club and a crisis that occurred with someone I knew. The latter affected me profoundly and I felt it was an important and current issue to create a dramatic ending to the book.
[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style?
[PS]: I’m told by friends that I write just like I talk. I know that I write in order to tell a story in very clear terms. I would not call my novels literary fiction.
[AC]: How did you come up with the title?
[PS]: The title for The Bridge Club was a no-brainer. The Promise of Provence title emerged as I got further into the story. I had no idea what the title would be at first. As Katherine’s journey unfolded and her life changed, I began to have some ideas for a title. I narrowed it down to three and then finally knew which one was right.
[PS]: I write to an older demographic and all of my novels have the underlying theme of positive attitudes toward life and change. The Bridge Club highlights the importance of women’s friendships and how much we bring to each other’s life.
[AC]: How much of the book is realistic?
The Bridge Club is based on actual facts and I would say is 80% true to life. I received signed releases from my friends and they were very forthcoming in reminding me of details from the past. They’ve also been my biggest cheerleaders for all of the novels I’ve published. True friendship!
Patricia’s real-life bridge club sounds wonderful! Keep reading to learn more about her other books and for today’s giveaway!
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Family, writing, and travel, particularly to the south of France, are my passions … okay, and chocolate … and I’m seldom without a camera. I received a Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six and have told stories through photography ever since. It’s a labour of love.
When I’m not somewhere else, the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada, is home. I feel fortunate to spend part of each winter in southeast Florida and in summer you will find me in the south of France researching my next novel. Life is good.
For the most part, I write women’s contemporary fiction with a focus on the years after our families are grown, as I explore the possibilities that may present themselves. I find it satisfying to celebrate the rewarding friendships of women and to examine the challenges life often throws in our paths.
However, with travel a serious passion of mine, I also have written articles for the fabulous Bonjour Paris website,French Connections and The Good Life France, and two anthologies. Further information may be found on my website. I like to make the settings of my novels important to the story as a whole and my readers have let me know they enjoy that aspect.
Most Fridays, you can find me rhapsodizing about France on my blog in words and photography.
Welcome to another edition of Meet The Author Moment! Today, we’re featuring Janice Horton.
[JH]: I’m about to start working on a new novel set in the Caribbean for summer 2016 release. I’ve been doing a bit of research and I’ve been waking up at night with plot inspiration, character insights and narrative. That’s how I know I’m ready to start!
[AC]: What draws you to this genre?
[JH]: I love to read adventure romance novels – and so that’s what I choose to write.
[AC]: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
[JH]: Castaway in the Caribbean is my most recent book and I could easily see Matthew McConaughey as Travis and – I think Kate Hudson as Janey – I loved them together in the movie ‘Fools Gold’.
[AC]: How much research do you do?
[JH]: Lots! I love the research as much as the writing and nowadays there is no limit to the research I will do. For my novel ‘Reaching for the Stars’ which was about a disgruntled celebrity chef, I interviewed celeb chefs in their kitchens and my research resulted in my debut TV appearance and the subject of a ITV news documentary. I shared the research I did in the Caribbean last year for ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’ with my friends and readers on my social networks and the novel became a #1 Kindle Bestseller. If peeps are interested I’ll do the same again this time around as I’m back in the Caribbean right now researching the islands.
[AC]: When did you decide to become a writer?
[JH]: I aspired to be a writer as a child because I was an avid reader for a young age and I thought being a writer and making up imaginary stories must be the best job in the world. I’ve had many other types of jobs over the years before and during the time I became a professional writer – but I was right – it is the best job in the world!
This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Patricia Sands
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Hello and welcome to the first post in our brand-new Author’s Café! Today we’re excited to feature two great reads from two of our featured authors, Patricia Sands and Bonnie Trachtenberg. Take a look at the first title in today’s post!
Excerpt From Promises To Keep
Excerpt From Neurotically Yours
Recipe of the Day
Patricia shared that she and her daughter love a good Café Mocha. Well, ask and you shall receive! Check out this great recipe for making your very own delish treat at home.
- Combine 1 tablespoon warm water and 2 tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder.
- Mix until it turns to the consistency of syrup.
- Add 2 tables of the syrup mixture into an 8 ounce coffee cup.
- Add a shot espresso or dark-roast coffee.
- Fill the rest of your cup with steamed milk.
- Add your favorite whipped cream to finish it off.
Music of the Day
Patricia Sands says…
“I discovered this while writing The Promise of Provence and Katherine refers to it in Promises To Keep as she plays it while she drives. I love this song and play it constantly when I am writing so I am thrilled to share it with you.”
Bonnie is inspired by The Beatles. The song In My Life is featured frequently in the book.
Thanks for joining us today! Check back next time for for more books, music, and devine treats to brighten your day.