Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Day 2 Interview Patty Smith Hall

Patty Smith Hall has been making up stories to keep herself occupied since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Now she’s thrilled to share her love of history and storytelling with everyone, including her husband of thirty years, Danny; her beautiful and talented daughters, Jennifer and Carly, and her future son-in-law, Dan.
 
Welcome to Day 2 with Patty Smith Hall. Patty, a reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete? 

No! ~grin~ Which is why I NEVER read my books once they’re in print. I’d find too many things I’d want to change!

Describe your workspace.

My office isn’t really an office but a second floor sitting room about the size of a small bedroom. It’s got my bookcases and white board to work out plot points but my favorite item is my desk--a dark cherry writing desk my husband bought me a few years ago. I just love it!
 
Describe your dream workspace.
 
I have my dream workspace and that’s the outdoors. I love most seasons except severe cold so it’s not unusually to see me sitting in my car by the lake or at the park next door and scribing in my notebook. That’s my favorite writing place in the world!

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

As Little Women is my favorite historical novel of all time, I’d have to say Jo--but then, I’m a lot like Jo already. Both of us are writers; we both say what’s on our minds to the discomfort of those around us at times and we have a fierce loyalty to those we love. I would like to add I’d like to be as sweet as Beth but without the death thing. ~grin~
 
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

That our jobs are glamorous--sorry, but I wear yoga pants and t-shirts to work every day, and you’re lucky if I happen to be wearing makeup! If I’m on deadline, I don’t even brush my hair--bed head is the best you’ll get.

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

That you’ve hit a big paycheck. Yes, any money after not making a thing seems like a lot, but if you divide what you make off of your advance(do not count on royalties because it could be a year or more before you see them!) by the hours you put into writing your book and you’re making pennies per hour. It’s better to look at your writing as a mission rather than a career.
 
What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

 
What I hope is that readers will see that even Christians struggle at times and that it’s how they handle that struggle and what they learn that forges their faith in God. My daddy always told me that if I’m going to talk the talk, I’d better walk the walk, and that’s what I hope for my readers--that they see my characters living their faith out every day, even in hard times.
 
Patty is giving away a copy of her newest novel, Hearts Rekindled. To enter the drawing, comment answering this question: What is your favorite thing(music, books, fashion, etc) about the 1940s?

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Thank you for having me, and thanks to those who read my books. I’m always humbled when someone tells me they’ve read my stuff.

2 comments:

Amy C said...

For some reason, I'm fascinated with the 1940s era. The music and so many great movies were made during that time. You can't forget about Its A Wonderful Life. Best movie ever. :)
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Patty Smith Hall said...

Amy, I've always enjoyed It's a Wonderful Life, but then I love anything with Jimmy Stewart in it! Turner Movie Classics is one of our favorite TV channels.