la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, November 28, 2016
Candice Sue Patterson - How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Candice Sue Patterson
visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release,
How to Charm A Beekeeper's Heart.
Tell us a little about How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart.
How to Charm a Beekeeper’s
Heart is about Huck Anderson, a beekeeper who inherits a building occupied by a
bridal boutique. He aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting
goods store, until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s
indebted to from a mistake made years ago.
life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers a compromise to
keep her boutique, and her life, out of bankruptcy—she’ll aid in his lengthy
recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her
adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces.
battle-of-wills, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, providing
opportunity to overcome their pasts and start anew. Will this confirmed
bachelor consider holy-matrimony, or will Huck’s choices sting them a second
Favorite smell or fragrance?
Country Apple scent from Bath & Body Works
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gone With the Wind
Socks or slippers or both?
Women’s Fiction or Romance?
Romance (all sub-genres)
Coffee or Tea?
eReader or Paper book?
Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes?
Fried Green Tomatoes
What is the best
WRITING advice you’ve received?
The best writing advice I’ve received is to read. Read books
in the genre I’m writing, read books on how to strengthen my craft, read books
that challenge and strengthen my faith. Just read. This has helped me find my
niche and broadened my perspective.
Give readers your
brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
My brand is “Modern-vintage romance—where the past and
present collide with faith.” I chose that because all of my books hold some
treasure from the past, whether it’s classic cars and vintage clothing, a
modern dilemma that revolves around an important event in history, or
restoration of an old house. The past is always present in my contemporary
If you weren't a
writer, what would be another dream job?
I would love to be the host of my own travel show so I could
see the world without the cost. I’ve also always thought it would be fun to be
a character at Disney World that walks around and takes pictures with people. I
love making people smile.
What do you enjoy
doing when you are not writing?
Reading, scrapbooking, baking, and hanging out with my
husband and kids.
What can readers who enjoy your
book do to help make it successful?
positive review. It can even be a simple as “I really enjoyed it.” The more
reviews an author has the more it helps us sell.
What are the biggest misconception
people have about your subject/genre?
I think a
lot of readers who don’t normally read Christian romance believe if it’s absent
of explicit scenes, it’s boring. I also think readers expect that the
characters will always do the right thing and the story line will won’t hold
their attention because it’s unrealistic. These things are further from the truth.
We work that much harder to create a gripping story line that’s also clean. And
in reality, as Christians, we don’t always make the right choices. Sometimes we
get ourselves into some big messes. Many Christian romances deal with realistic
issues from flawed, realistic characters.
What can we expect from you in the
My next contemporary romance Preserving Liberty is set to release in 2017. It’s about a Historic
Preservation Specialist at the Library of Congress who finds herself on a
dangerous treasure hunt with an undercover FBI agent. There’s lots of fun
twists and turns. I’m really excited to share this story.
CANDICE'S QUESTION TO YOU:
What is your favorite setting for a book?
Candice Sue Patterson studied
at The Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American
Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and
three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending
to her chickens, splitting wood or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new
story. Candice writes Modern-Vintage romance--where the past and present
collide with faith. Visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.