Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rick Bragg Discusses Some Fine Food

Check out the link below to read Rick Bragg, who is one of my favorite authors, talk about the best food in the South and where you can find it.

By the way, the best cornbread is at my house!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Meet The Author: Susan Hatler

I'm featuring Susan Hatler today. Susan writes YA fiction as well as short contemporary romance. I read My Last Blind Date today! It's a delightful short story about a girl going on what she insists as her last blind date. It's a cute, delightful short read that I recommend. Also Susan has a new YA release, Shaken, available now.
Also check out Susan's answers to some fun questions.

Hi, Patricia. So nice to be here!

1. What is your most prized possession?
Definitely my laptop. She travels everywhere with me and didn’t even get mad when I spilled coffee across her keyboard. Well, she did refuse to work for a long time and failed to save all the work I had in there, but who can blame her? She seems to be over it now (or so I hope).

2. If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate?
I heard heaven's got a great sushi bar so I'm counting on that.

3. When someone cuts you off in traffic, how do you react?
Um, I live in rural Montana. Everyone waves to each other and lets you go first. My theory is nobody can get cranky with the other drivers because it might be your dentist or doctor and you know what they say about payback . . .

4. You have just been handed a one-way ticket to where?
Oooh, I want to go to France and ride in that cool car with Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) so I can say hi to all the literary greats. Also, since it's a free ticket and all, I'd like to take a private jet. Getting pawed over by airport security isn't as fun as it sounds.

5. It's raining men! What kind of men?
The kind who rub my feet and bring me hot lattes while I write.

6. What is the one thing you hate to do?
Get up in the morning. I work much better from noon to three a.m. J

Give us a short pitch for your newest book and tell us why we're gonna love it.

My paranormal teen novel, Shaken, was just released and here's one of the Amazon reviews:

"My adrenaline is still pumping after finishing this read - holy smokes! This story had me guessing from beginning to end, with no idea what to think, and at the end I was looking for more pages!! I want more, more, more!!

Susan's writing had me so immersed in this story that I WAS Kylie. I was that awkward, insecure teen again, trying to navigate through my bumpy teen years, figuring out how to approach boys, how it seems some of the other girls seem so socially adept at the flirting game, wondering how I'd ever fit in...and then this incredible, scary, AWFUL thing happens where I can read minds! AHH!

I was on the edge of my chair, biting my nails, pulling my hair out - snarking at my husband when he interrupted my reading - I had to figure out what was going on! I'm telling you, this book is AWESOME! It has everything. mystery, suspense, angst, romance (a seriously hot guy I was drooling over) and best of all, some laugh out loud moments of humor that were priceless!”

Thanks so much for having me here, Patricia. Happy reading, everyone!

Thank you, Susan, for a great interview.  Readers, you can find out more about Shaken at Amazon: http://amzn.to/ybtisv

Thursday, February 9, 2012

From The Past: Pen Pals

Did you ever have a pen pal? This week I got a pen pal letter from Becky Povich. She had done a post on her blog about writing letters. That has become almost extinct. Becky mentioned having pen pals in her letter. I was thinking of how I had pen pals dating back to my school years. It took me a while to remember it, but there used to be a pen pal column for kids in the Memphis paper. During my middle grade years, I wrote several different kids. 

Becky said in her letter that she found pen pals in magazines and I can remember that, too. But I don't remember which magazines. However, some lasting friendships were born. One of my first pen pals, Nancy Bulk, was a friend for over twenty plus years. During that time span, she became a writer and wrote under the pen name, Dee Holmes. Every Christmas, I got a gift from her. She never missed a Christmas. Nancy passed away in 2010. Some others drifted away as many friends do and we lost touch. But, I do still hear from Mary Bevis. Are you reading this, Mary?  Mary wrote me stacks of letters, which I think are in my attic now. I kept them and I hope to find them out when I clean out the attic this summer. I want to return them to her to keep for her grandchildren.  It will be like a history of her family's life! 

I miss getting letters. I miss looking forward to the postman stopping by with the mail. There's still anticipation of news when you get a letter. I can only imagine what it was like in the 1800's when letters were the only means of communication. Don't you know they were so excited when a letter arrived? Especially if it was from a sweetheart?

Do you miss getting personal letters in the mail? Do you miss the joy of opening an envelope address by hand to you? I do.  Thanks a lot, Becky.  I'm gonna write you back!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ready for the Weekend!

I got my grocery shopping done after work, came home and cleaned the house so most of my chores are done for the next three days.

Most people are excited about this being Superbowl weekend. Well, I have never in my life watched the Superbowl. In fact, I have never watched a football game. Not even the ones I went to in high school. I didn't pay the least bit attention to the game while I was there. So, football won't be part of the weekend for me.

I am just happy to have two days off work to write. I'm in the middle of revising and expanding a short story I wrote a few years ago and I'm loving it. I am hoping to get it finished this weekend. We're supposed to have rain all weekend so it'll be a great time to stay in and get this done. However, there is a new movie coming out this weekend that I would love to see. A Woman In Black. Love the trailer. It's a Victorian ghost story set in an old estate. I posted the trailer on my Facebook author page.

And, tomorrow night, Supernatural shines with a new episode! I'm ready! Let the good times roll!