Sunday, June 26, 2011

with Patty Smith Hall

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Patty!
What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve always been a writer—in elementary school, I was big into writing poetry and actually had several of my poems published. I also wrote for my high school and college newspapers. But then life took over and I had to put writing on the back burner.
In the late ‘90s, my mother was the primary caregiver of my grandparents and needed something as a stress release so I encouraged her to read. Before I knew it, she had read through EVERYTHING she could get her hands on. So I decided that I would write her stories just for fun. Thing is that story turned into a 300 page book! A few years later, I felt the calling to write for Jesus and have been writing ever since.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Housework! I can just look around my house and find something that needs to be done. Which is why I have an office I go to every day to write.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I’m a huge reader of historical fiction. When I first started working with my agent, the wonderful Tamela Hancock Murray, she asked me what genre made up the majority of my personal library –and I had to tell her that about 85% of my books were historical. But I do read women’s fiction and contemporary romance but only occasionally. Some of my favorite historical books are Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes; any book by Mary Connelly; and Sarah Sundin’s WWII series.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I would have to say my hero, Captain Wesley Hicks. I understood my heroine—she’s smart, strong-willed and very determined. But Wesley was dealing with a situation that was very unusual for that time and I wanted to make sure that he came across in a very realistic way. Once I got to know him, I knew why Maggie(my heroine) could fall for him.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Country! Goodness Gracious, if you ever heard me talk, you would know there is no hiding my southern accent! It’s thick as gravy!

What is your strangest habit?
I LOVE crushed ice to the point I will drive out of my way to get to a RaceTrac or Quik Trip so that I can get a cup full. And my husband knows the fastest way to my heart is to bring me a large cup of crushed ice home on Friday night!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Ironing, most definitely. And calling up our health insurance company to fight a claim—but then they dread hearing from me too.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I would have to say crockpot roast with baby carrots and potatoes, fresh green beans from the garden, fried okra, rolls and my mom’s German Chocolate cake.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I kind of see which way God is leading me once I get into the story. With Hearts in Flight, I asked the question, ‘If our earthly parents have dreams for their children, what kind of dreams do our Heavenly Father have for us?’ My next book revolves around the reality of loving the sinner while hating the sin.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Romans 8:28 “And we all know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
This verse is special to me because it is one that my best friend, Donna and I chose to be our life verse when we both rededicated our lives to the Lord the summer before ninth grade. I would have never guessed how much this verse would comfort me over the years, particularly after Donna was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 34. This verse reminded me that even in that moment, God was at work, using Donna’s death in ways that I would never understand.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m working on the second book in my WWII series. It picks up with some of the same characters that are in this first book and revolves around a male cousin of my heroine in Hearts and a young woman running from a shamefully secret. I love to inject interesting bits of history that isn’t commonly known into my stories, and what I researched for this book even blew me away!

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Patty is giving away a copy of Hearts in Flight. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jo said...

Loved your interview and getting to know some about you. Another new to me author so will have to check out your books.


Jackie S. said...

After this interview, am more anxious to read your book! Thanks!

Marianne said...

Thanks, Esther and Patty for a great interview/post and the chance to win this book!mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

ann said...

Would like to enter to win this great sounding book


lgm52 said...

Interesting interiew. The book looks great!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This book looks amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Judy said...

Great interview with Patty! My husband loves crushed ice as much as Patty does!! I haven't read anything of Patty's yet, she is a new author to me. Hearts in Flight sounds like a good read! Thanks for the giveaway.

God Bless


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Brenda said...

I love this story. Hearts in Flight sounds like my kind of book.
Also I was born in 1943 and have lived in GA all my life so I do love to read stories set in GA.
Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

I am interiested in reading this book. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Good interview. I'd
like to win this book.


Paige Queeny said...

this book looks great!!!

apple blossom said...

Love the love inspired books please include me in the giveaway.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

noseinanovel said...

This is such a unique premise! I love the time period. Please enter me :)


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this book.

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Merry said...

Nice interview with a lovely lady. It's good to know she has more WWII stories coming soon.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Katy said...

Looks like a fun read. Please count me in for the giveaway!


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