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GIVEAWAY - INTERVIEW PATTY SMITH HALL - AUTHOR HEARTS IN FLIGHT



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 first wow moment happened when I found out a secular reviewer chose to review Hearts in Flight. I had heard this reviewer was tough on inspirational books and made it a habit of 'failing' them. But to my surprise, she liked the book and even encouraged her readership to buy the book. Of all my reviews, that's my favorite!

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?


That's a hard question especially when you're a history geek like me. I think I might like to see the landing at Jamestown, Virginia just to have the opportunity to see this country as it was at the very start--beautiful forest and blue waters. And I think I'd like to go back to September 10, 2001 just to feel that innocence we had before terrorism and war became a daily part of our lives.



3. What are two places you’d like to visit if you had a chance? Why?

England, because I love English history and the Holy Land because I would like to see the places were Jesus walked over 2000 years ago.







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!

Blessings,
Patty

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.


Sincerely,


Nora :o)
The Book Club Network
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CONGRATS GOES TO VICTORIA ZUMBRUM - She's Won a copy of Patty's Debut Novel!! Victoria's name was picked by Random number.org THANKS to everyone for entering and getting to know Patty and her book!


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38 comments:

  1. PATTY AND NORA -- WONDERFUL interview, my friends, and Patty, I am anxious to get my mitts on Hearts in Flight -- plan to buy it at ACFW so you can sign it. Unless, of course, I win it here, then I'll bring it along!!

    SUPER CONGRATS on the plug from the secular reviewer, Patty, AND being placed on the shelf of the historical archives at Kennasaw -- VERY cool!!

    I am anxious to see you and give you a hug at ACFW, my friend, and Nora -- you best make it next year or your name is Mud, you got that???

    I am a follower and have Tweeted this, and my e-mail is gsus(at)charter(dot)net.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  2. Love the use of photos!

    Patty, those are awesome Wow moments you should be excited about them!!!

    Can't wait to read your book!

    Eva Maria Hamilton

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  3. Love the use of photos in this post!

    Patty, your Wow moments are awesome, you should be super excited about them!!!

    Can't wait to read your book!

    Eva Maria Hamilton

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  4. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book. That is so awesome that you got such a great review of the book from a secular reviewer. That had to be a exciting moment for you!

    I love reading books from the late 1800's - present time.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  5. I loved to read this book especially about WW11.I loved the interview!!!!Betsy

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  6. I love books set in the 20's and 30's.. Or way back in time..like biblical... What an interview..loved the pics!
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  7. Enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading this book. My favorite time period to read about is from the 1950's to the present time. Tisha

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  8. Hi. I really enjoyed getting to see what books and movies you enjoyed. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks great.

    I enjoy reading historical fiction during the era of western expansion. Books about cowboys and such.

    Thanks again.

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  9. Hi, Julie; It was so exciting to go to Patty's book launch at the Historical Museum in Marietta, GA. I enjoyed her book and the fact that I learned about women pilots! They were brave women! Thanks Patty for helping me learn about history the FUN way through Fiction.

    Thanks for stopping by Eva, I'm glad to share Patty's new book with you.



    I'm praying my way to the ACFW Conference next year and that God helps our van stay together so I can have money to go! Ha! Ha! I'm glad that you'll be connecting with Patty at the conference. Patty give Julie a hug for me! Grin!

    Jo, enjoys late 1800's - present time. Historical's.Betsy WWII,Jacque 20's - 30's, Tish 1950's,Rebecca the era of western expansion. Great to hear from you ladies. I don't think I have a favorite! I enjoy a book I can learn about history and have fun at the same time. Because in school History and fun could not be in the same sentence! Ha! Ha! Thanks Patty for making this fun! I also enjoyed your characters!

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  10. Sounds like a great book. I love history...I guess my favorite would be the Civil War era.

    Gail Mundy

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  11. Would love to read this book ... historical romance fiction is definitely my favourite genre!

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  12. great interview... book sounds very interesting... would love to win it!
    I love any time period as long as the book and plot are NOT predictable! thanks for writing..
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  14. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. I love reading about history and I enjoyed the interview. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. Hi everyone and thanks for coming by! Nora does such a great job with this site, doesn't she?

    I mainly read Early American history to WWII but also enjoy most British time periods--for Tudor to Edwardian. And I love research--especially when I discover something new I've never heard of before.

    Julie--you can count on a hug from me at the conference. And I hope for Eva too.

    Thanks again for dropping by--I appreciate it!
    Patty

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  16. I love when books have sequels and I will probably want to read 'Capturing the Enemy's Heart' after I read 'Hearts in Flight'.

    I don't really enjoy one time period the most, but I really like medieval and the 1940's.

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  20. World War II

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  21. Such a Treat to have you hear Patty. What I loved about your books is that I had fun and learned something. I also like the fact that you talked about women we never hear of and how they were very active in the war effort and were never recognized!! Good stuff. I'm so glad that people are finding you here Patty. Looking forward to your next book.

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  22. I enjoy reading books during Early American history.
    This books sound exciting.

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  23. I love the interview. It is always interesting to see how an author gets their inspiration. I will have to read this book. I enjoy this time in American history.
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  25. Great interview! My favorite books are those about WWII and the "Old West"!
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  27. Great Interview! I learned so many interesting facts about women in history from it. I most enjoy reading books set during the Civil War era.

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  31. Ah! "Rose in Bloom" is my favorite Louisa May Alcott book --it never gets enough recognition. =)

    I'll read books from almost any time period, but my favorite are medieval (historic or fantasy), Regency, Colonial, and early-mid 20th century (1920s-1960s).

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  32. Hi Patti, I enjoyed your interview. I have not read any of your books but do have Hearts in Flight on my wish list. Can't wait to read. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

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  36. Great interview!

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  37. So thrilled to read this, Patty, and to be your friend. Cheering for you~~see you soon.

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