PATTY SMITH HALL'S BIO: A romantic at heart, Patty Smith Hall is an award winning, multi-published author. Her stories of encouragement and hope can be found in Guideposts, Journey and Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. Her Genesis award winning manuscript, Hearts in Flight, will be released by Love Inspired Historical in July, 2011. Patty resides in Georgia along with Dan, her husband of 28 years.
How did you come up with the idea for Hearts in Flight?
I have to give a shout out to Ben Afleck. If my girls hadn't watched Pearl Harbor and wanted to read more about World War II, I never would have found a book in the Powder Springs library about the women of WWII. I found it interesting how women served in so many different ways during the war but never knew that the US used women to ferry planes, train men and even serve as targets for ground to air missile training. One little paragraph and I was hooked!
Which character is your favorite in your story?
I would have to say Maggie's Aunt Merrilee. I created her from qualities I saw in my mother, grandmother and great aunt, women who live their faith by loving the people around them exactly where they're at in their walk. And Merrilee is named after my great aunt Mary Lee who taught me in Sunday school for nine years and helped lead me to the Lord.
Christian fiction continues to boom. What would you like to see happen in the field?
I would to see publishing houses let authors write more about real-life. For example, some publishing houses still cringe at a divorced heroine being romanced unless that romance involves her former husband or he's dead. But the reality is that 50% of marriages end in divorce and it doesn't look like half of them are dropping dead! It's getting better but is still behind the times.
Can you tell us something about your Christian testimony?
I was raised by Christian parents and started going to church when I was all of two weeks old! But when I was nine, I realized that no matter how much time I spent in church and no matter how much my parents loved the Lord, I was still as lost as last year's Easter egg. This past July 4th, I celebrated my 40th year in the family of God.
I've traveled through many valleys and stood on quite a few mountain tops over those years, but can count on God no matter where I'm at in my faith walk.
Where do you get your ideas for your plots?
It can be an old picture or a snip of news that get my creative juices churning. And I'm a sucker of weird little tidbits of history that no one has ever heard of--like the woman who signed the Declaration of Independence. She was a printer, left the business when her husband died. So after our founding fathers were done with their critiques, they sent it out the only printer in town-this woman. And like most craftsmen of the time, she signed the freshly printed document in the bottom lefthand corner. If that document had been captured by the British before the Congress could sign it, this woman would have been the only person to be tried for treason.
Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The covers your books are very eye catching, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out? Just wondering how involved you are in this process?
At Love Inspired, the author fills out an art sheet, describing everything from eye color to body type(all characteristics that can be found on your character charts.) Then you can add pictures--maybe of the setting or of models that might look like your characters. But a great deal is left to the art department, and I am grateful for the wonderful job they did on my cover.
Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release?
I'm finishing up the final edits on the follow-up to Hearts in Flight, a novel I call Capturing the Enemy's Heart. It's about Edie Michaels and the tragic secret that prevents her from living the life God wants for us all. Readers will also meet one of Maggie's male cousins, Beau who is one of my most favorite characters of all time.
Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had since you’ve been published? What made it a “Wow” for you?
My second wow moment was when the director of the historical archives at my alma mater, Kennesaw State University told me that he would be putting my book in the historical archives of the college. I was thrilled to pieces!
Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?
I don't think of myself as being a Christian author. I prefer to be thought of as someone who writes historical romance from a Christian world view. That's because my faith, my relationship with God is a part of me. I could no more write something else than I could take a knife, cut myself right down the middle and live.
QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!
1. What are three things you wouldn’t want to live without?
My husband Dan, an unlimited Coke supply and a library that includes a Bible.
2. Your friend has a time machine and their going to let you use it, but you can only experience two events in the history of the world. What two events would you like to experience and why?
3. What are two places you’d like to visit if you had a chance? Why?
4. Name two moves you could watch over and over again!
Shop around the Corner and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington--both star Jimmy Stewart who is my absolute favorite author of all times!
5. Name three favorite books you read as a child?
Little Women, Rose in Bloom both by Louisa May Alcott, and Times to Remember by Rose Kennedy.
|Patty's Book Launch at Historical Museum|
|Patty, Ane Mulligan, Maggie Brendan, Anita Mellott|
ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?
Thanks for having me, Nora--I really appreciate it!
I really enjoyed Hearts in Flight! I thought your talk at the Marietta, history museum. It was fascinating to hear about these women pilots, see your passion for history and your love of Marietta, GA.
THANKS for offering this opportunity for my readers to get to know you and learn about your new book!
Blessings on your writing adventures.
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