Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until 2006, when she began to pursue writing full-time. She has two grown children and lives in Illinois with her husband, Alan, and a dog named Laura. Visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com.
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Patti Lacy is the author of two works of Christian fiction, WHAT THE BAYOU SAW and AN IRISHWOMAN'S TALE. In this interview, Lacy discusses the inspiration behind her vivid and colorful settings, and describes the rewarding aspects of being a published writer. She also reveals what she likes to do during her downtime and shares details about her next book, tentatively titled MY NAME IS SHEBA.
Question: How has being published changed your life?
Patti Lacy: Because of book signings, library appearances, and guest speaking, I have opportunities to share “all my broken pieces” with more people. In each book I write, I try to show, kaleidoscope-style, how God can make a lovely, unique piece of art with shards of glass and bits of metal. He can do the same with us if we give all those pieces to Him.
Q: Is being an author everything you’d thought it would be?
PL: I never dreamed chatting with people about books would be so rewarding. The most interesting, quirky people show up at signings and library events. At my local Barnes & Noble book signing, I admired a woman’s Kelly green jacket and told her how I disliked shopping, how I wish they would’ve had something like it the one day I looked for an outfit for all these IRISHWOMAN’S TALE appearances. She ripped it off her back and slung it on the bookstore table! Of course I demurred, all to no avail. I wore the woman’s jacket on a later television appearance and at the special dinner my husband threw for me to celebrate my first book.
Q: How do you choose your settings for each book?
PL: Setting becomes a character in my books and pulses in the lifeblood of the other characters. In my next book, my bold little twelve year old skips through the noisy farmers market, ducks into the seedy alleys, and stands behind the artists at their easels in 1940s New Orleans. I usually hear a story that inspires me and then research that area through either visits, books, or lot of interview with the inspirer.
Q: You’re the author of AN IRISHWOMAN’S TALE and WHAT THE BAYOU SAW. You just mentioned your next book. Can you give us details?
PL: MY NAME IS SHEBA (title not final) is about preacher’s wife Sheila Alexander who loves a husband who doesn’t know her and a son she never knew. Then the past comes knocking, in the form of a young soldier and a prostitute, and threatens to expose Sheila’s deceptive ways.
Q: What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
PL: Adding emotion and visceral feeling to my work! Also, unlike many of my ACFW friends, I tend to write slowly, so my day starts at five a.m. to get my set number of daily pages behind me.
Q: What advice would you give to a beginning author?
PL: Read, read read. And write for the Audience of One.
Q: What inspires you to write?
PL: An idea or an image that won’t leave my mind. I also listen to a wide range of music --- Eden’s Bridge, Harry Chapin, Switchfoot, Odetta --- to free my mind from the mundane and grab inspiration from fine artists.
Q: What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
PL: Since an old boyfriend introduced me to jogging in college, I’ve loved to clear my mind and move my stiff limbs by running. It’s a cheap --- and easy --- way to exercise my dog, Laura, who is used to sitting around for hours while I pound away at the keyboard. My family also looks forward to vacation times, when we can hike the national parks.
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