6 August 2009

Getting to Know you Thursday's with Patti Lacy

Please welcome Patti Lacy to getting to know you Thursdays.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a displaced Southerner who has fallen in love with the Midwest. In 2005, God whispered in my ear that I needed to tell a story I’d heard ten years earlier. For a time, I juggled teaching and writing, but now I work full-time as a novelist. Alan, my faithful spouse, and my two adult children are the most important gifts of my life. A rescue dog named Laura lounges in MY favorite chair while I write.

2. When you were a child, did you have a favourite book or books?
Oh, my bookshelves groaned from all the volumes in my tiny bedroom! Favorites? The Children’s Illustrated Bible, Beautiful Joe, Nancy Drew mysteries. How I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking’s friend! (I remember her I loved reading about Pippi)

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
Literary fiction sends chills up my spine and sets my gray matter to spinning in my skull. For that reason, I try to dabble with literary elements in my genre of women’s fiction.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
We’d overload your system if I listed all my favorite authors, Jenny! I’ve inhaled works by authors as diverse as Louisa May Alcott, Agatha Christie, Francine Rivers, Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, Gayl Jones, and A.W. Tozer. I’d better stop there!

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
In 1995, an Irishwoman shared her poignant life story with me. For years, I treasured the Biblical truths glittering therein. Ten years later, the Still, Small Voice called me to capture that story on paper. And that’s what I tried to do. Now I’m addicted.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
Set daily page quotas. Gobbled up writing books. Attended Write to Publish in Wheaton. God kinda took it from there.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
A teacher! With occasional seminars, library appearances, and partnership at writing conferences, I’ve been able to combine two passions!

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Ride bikes. Jog. Eat chocolate. Drink coffee. Laugh. Love.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Italy (particularly Cinque Terra) and Australia.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Billy Graham, Jamie Johnson, and Barbara Kingsolver. Years ago, God drew me to a Billy Graham crusade. I believe the Holy Spirit infused Dr. Graham’s poignant Southern drawl with a white-hot fire, and some of the flame melted the coldness in my heart.
I would love for Dr. Graham to preach to Jamie Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, and me. Then I would ask Jamie to sing “In Color,” and all the other songs from “That Lonesome Road.” For a finale, I’d discuss Poisonwood Bible and the Turtle series with Ms. Kingsolver, who is a phenomenal writer.

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon? Also where we can find you on the web.

An Irishwoman’s Tale—After a book discussion group meeting, an impetuous red-haired woman shares her life story with a chatty Southerner. Then the two women embark on a quest to the mystical coast of County Clare and uncover the secrets of the Irishwoman’s past.

What the Bayou Saw—Segregation and a chain link fence separated Sally Stevens from her best friend, Ella Ward. But a brutal rape bound them together. Forever. Over thirty years later, the secrets that Sally and Ella tried to bury in the bayou ooze into the present. If Sally doesn’t face her past—and the truth—she risks destroying her future.
I’ve just finished a manuscript that I call My Name is Sheba. Hopefully you’ll be hearing about it soon.

Oh, I’d love to have y’all visit me at http://www.pattilacy.com/. See you soon!

Thanks again for your time and agreeing to be on my blog.


Julie Lessman said...

Jenny and Patti, LOVED the interview!! I always like hearing more about my favorite authors.

Patti, can't wait for My Name is Sheba!


Patti Lacy said...

Thanks, Julie! Jenny, thanks for taking the time to feature me on this GREAT blog!

In fact, I gotta go facebook about it RIGHT NOW!!!

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