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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.

Welcome, Candice!

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.
When a 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.
Amidst a 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 time?


Favorite smell or fragrance?
Country Apple scent from Bath & Body Works

Favorite food?
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Movie?
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 romances.

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?
Leave a 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 future?

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.

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

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart
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Candice, thanks for sharing!

Readers thanks for stopping by Lagniappe.

I pray you find
"a little something extra"
in each of your days.


1 comment:

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed the interview. I have read and loved How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart. I am sure looking forward to the next book. My favorite setting would have to be a small rural town.