Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Books, Banter & Bites on my Dock…featuring Patricia Yager Delagrange

Photo by Brianne Boulton
Welcome to my virtual dock in the wilds of Muskoka, where it’s always sunny and warm no matter what time of the year it is. Please pull up one of the dock chairs, sit your butt down, and be prepared to be entertained and enlightened. Today, I’ve got contemporary fiction author, Patricia Yager Delagrange—a.k.a. Patti— in my circle of writing friends, stopping by for a visit. If you’ve never heard of this awesome author, here’s her mini bio:

Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia weaves engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme. She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life after tragedy. Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, or a couple who stray from their marital vows, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family.

Aside from writing, her favorite things to do include riding her Friesian horse, Maximus, dot-to-dot for adults, and watching Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington movies. She spends a majority of her days writing while her two very large Chocolate Labs lounge on the couch cuddled next to her and her MacBook.

Patti is a fellow animal lover like me, so I’ve asked her to bring along her Chocolate Labs to play with my Yellow Lab in the lake while we’re chatting on my dock this afternoon. Need any SPF, Patti? You being from California, I bet you’re used to this heat pretty much all year round! And here, let me pour you a large glass of your favorite soda, caffeine-free Coca Cola®. I got up early this morning to go to The Independent grocer in town. Had a devil of a time trying to score some See’s Scotchmallows for you. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them anywhere, so I picked up some Decadent Chocolate Chuck Cookies instead.

Now, before we get started, here’s the blurb for Patti’s most recent release Moon Over Alcatraz:

Following the death of their baby during a difficult birth, Brandy and Weston Chambers are grief-stricken and withdraw from each other, both seeking solace outside of their marriage; however, they vow to work through their painful disloyalty.  But when the man Brandy slept with moves back to their hometown, three lives are forever changed by his return.

 Such a sensitive subject, Patti. Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write Moon Over Alcatraz?

My inspiration came from Amber Alerts. I’d always wondered how the death of a child affects a family. My story starts with a couple losing their baby at birth and how they deal with that together. In their case it pulls them apart.

Heart-wrenching! What sets Moon Over Alcatraz apart from other books in the same genre?

I’d never read a fictional book that dealt with losing a child at birth and I wanted to write about that, now that I’m a mother. It was a hard thing to write about in an emotional sense.
It must’ve been, Patti. How long did it take for you to start and finish Moon Over Alcatraz?

I can write a book in about two to three months. It’s the editing that takes the most time - another three or more months and then several more months after it gets to an editor.
Quite the process! Do you have any advice for writers wanting to write in your genre?

I think it’s hard to sell the women’s fiction genre to an agent. It seems they want to call it romance. I’d be more comfortable calling it contemporary fiction since that’s what you’d call books written by Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans.
So, what's next for Patricia Yager Delagrange the author?

I just started my fifth novel. It’s another women’s fiction book and deals with a woman whose husband doesn’t exactly have the same philosophy about raising children. That’s one of the main factors which pull them apart, especially since she wants another child. She finds out he’s had an affair and though there’s a happily ever after, a bit of drama unfolds during the course of their lives together.
Your fifth novel? You certainly are a writing machine! More Coca Cola? Great, let me top up your glass. Um, Patti, isn’t that one of your dogs swimming toward the middle of the lake? Thought so. Okay, before we hop in the boat to go fetch him, please let readers know where they can buy your book, and how to connect with you. Thanks for taking the time to share your novel and your wisdom with us on my dock this afternoon. Cheers and best wishes in ALL your publishing ventures, Patti.
Moon Over Alcatraz Buy Links:
Musa Publishing

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  1. I should have brought over my four...dogs that is. Looks like you had a fun time. I have your book Patti, just have to find time to read it.

    1. Thanks so much, Rita. Tell me what you think of the book when you finish it.

  2. Love the interview. It's always fun to chat with fellow animal lovers!

    1. Thanks for reading, Sam. I'd have way more dogs if I had more room in my house.

  3. Awww, Patti! I have a chocolate lab too! They are just the best!! <3

    1. Yes, Marci, I agree. They're great with kids and love to snuggle.

  4. I just love your dock posts, Sharon. It's all so natural and the way you support your local businesses is awesome.

    Patti, I admire your ability to write such deep seeded novels. Congratulations and long may you write.:)

    1. I love that line, "long may you write".
      I'll have to use that sometime. It's kind of like a Yoda saying.

    2. Thanks, Sloane! Local businesses are the glue of the economy! I support when I can, and love hosting authors here in this beautiful area of Muskoka! Long may we ALL write! Cheers!

  5. Lovely interview. I have a friend over here (Western Australia) who had a Frisian horse too (and at the other end of the scale, miniature horses)...he's so beautiful...and big! Gentle giants with loving natures. :)

  6. Wonderful to hear about a fellow animal lover. :-)

  7. Cheers, Joanna and Amaleen! Animal lovers rule!