Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Patricia Beal

May 3, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, Patricia Beal 64

Y’all please welcome a debut author to the blog today!

Patricia Beal is from Brazil and fell in love with the English language while washing dishes at a McDonald’s in Indianapolis. She put herself through college working at a BP gas station and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature. She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. Her debut novel, A Season to Dance, comes out May 9.

You can connect with Patricia on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Her debut novel A Season to Dance releases May 9th from Bling!

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?

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Hi Patricia! Welcome to the blog! I’m so honored to chat with you today 🙂

Patricia: Thanks for having me ❤

I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Patricia: Apples. My kids like apples, and they are perfect for lunchboxes. Healthy kids. Happy mom.

Carrie: Yum. Apples are delicious!

winter or summer

Patricia:  Summer. I don’t have to fight kids over jackets and/or watch them freeze without one.

Carrie: lol!!

dogs or cats

Patricia: Dogs. Because my husband doesn’t do cats.

Carrie: Smart man 🙂

coffee or tea

Patricia: Coffee in the morning to wake up. Tea in the evening to relax.

Carrie: Best of both worlds!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Patricia: God gave me Asperger’s and with it the power to work on the same project for a long time—until it’s right. I once spent an entire week writing and rewriting one paragraph of my debut—until it was right.

Carrie: I love that!

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

Patricia: I go straight to the Christian fiction shelves and take selfies with friends’ books ?

Carrie: I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does that!

If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Patricia: Let’s see. I have A Season to Dance candy, A Season to Dance pens, A Season to Dance bookmarks, the A Season to Dance advance copy . . . and I have no money. It would tell you that I’m about to birth a book ❤

Carrie: LOL! Best ever answer to this question!

Congratulations on your debut novel!! Tell us a little bit about your main characters in A Season to Dance?

Patricia: Thanks! A Season to Dance is a woman’s journey. Ana works hard to make her dreams come true but feels like she always falls short—both in her ballet career and in her relationships. Peter is her fiancée. He’s a landscape artist, older, handsome, and all kinds of together. They plan to move to his ranch after the wedding. Then Claus shows up. Claus is a famous German dancer and Ana’s first love. Ten years after his mysterious disappearance, he’s back in Georgia to dance with her and win her back.

Carrie: Oooo I’m so curious how this turns out for Ana!

You share a common love of dance with Ana. What has been your favorite moment as a dancer?

Patricia: I know the one moment. But there’ve been many worth mentioning! Dancing with my little girl in Germany was definitely special. I was the Snow Queen and she was my little Snow Princess. My first solo was special too, but it happened so late in life that I’m embarrassed to say when and where. Like Ana, I too feel like I’m always falling short. Someone asked me the other day, “What does it feel like to be a published author?” I told her it didn’t feel real yet. On launch day, I might have an answer. Until then, I keep expecting Jesus to show up before the book comes out because my dreams tend to not come true. Not that the rapture would be a bad thing, but Lord, can it please happen after May 9? Is that a horrible thing to say? Oops. Okay. The one special moment. Not a solo. I was one of sixteen snowflakes. I wasn’t even doing anything. We were in groups of four flakes holding a simple position while the snow queen danced. But it was so perfect. All I could see was bright lights. The body was hot from dancing, but the pause let me feel the cool air of the theater. Glittery artificial snow fell softly and tickled my face and arms. A choir of elementary school children helped bring extra magic to Tchaikovsky’s famous “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” and all was right with the world at that moment. Will heaven be like that? I hope so ?

Carrie: Oh I bet dancing with your little girl was so so special! (And I totally get the rapture thing lol. I have thought several times… ‘Lord, please don’t come back until I make a dent in this TBR pile.’ Which sounds ridiculous but they all look so good!! lol) And the Waltz of the Snowflakes memory sounds AWESOME!

What do you most want readers to take away from A Season to Dance?

Patricia: That Jesus is still the answer and that no amount of professional success and/or romantic love will ever fill the hole in the human soul that only God can fill.

And for those who already know that, that the lost sheep you pray for and who seems a million miles away from the Lord could be closer to conversion than you think. Keep praying.

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home and wasn’t a Christian when I wrote the first version of A Season to Dance. Initial rejection in the summer of 2012 crushed me. I came as far as declaring out loud to the god of my imagination that he was dead. True story.

Self-gratification became the sole purpose of my existence, and I looked behind every door for happiness and satisfaction. I didn’t find anything worth keeping though, and at the end of every new pursuit, I was surrounded by a darkness and a hopelessness that was incredibly scary.

And God closed every door to comfort. The only open door was a friend famous for church shopping whenever the Army moved her family. She took me to church.

I was born again in January of 2013 and realized I’d missed a whole layer of Ana’s story—of my story. I cancelled a trip to a secular writers’ conference and spent fourteen months rewriting the novel. Ana’s salvation story. My salvation story. That’s what God had me writing all along.

Six months from “you’re dead” to peaceful surrender. Keep praying ❤ 

Carrie: Yes! Patricia… I love your testimony. What a great reminder of God’s grace in redemption.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Patricia: I have no idea what’s next. My husband just retired from active duty service, and we’re still very much in transition. I have a second novel written, but it’s not saying everything it’s supposed to say yet, and progress has been slow.

The Song of the Desert Willow, is a split-time military romance. It’s the story of a college graduate (Clara) who thought she’d sworn off soldiers forever, and a young Army captain (Andrew) whose first shot at love and marriage imploded on the steps of a West Point chapel on graduation week.

She takes a break from a long and frustrating job search to travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, to deliver her grandmother’s last love letter, a letter to a retired general Clara has heard about since she was born. When the general is delayed in Germany with a weak heart, Clara’s stuck in Texas and Andrew is put in charge of her well-being.

Andrew wants to find the courage to tell off the woman who left him at the altar but now wants him back. If Clara would turn her eyes on him with the slightest bit of interest, maybe his resolve would appear.

But three generations of women in her family were ruined by Army men. Sure, he’s handsome. And yes, his eyes are the most intense shade of green she’s ever seen. But she didn’t date soldiers—not anymore.

Despite her reservations, Clara begins to cherish her time with Andrew, discovering that a month at Fort Bliss might be just what she needs to understand her family’s past and plan her future. But as days turn into weeks, the past refuses to stay in the past and puts her future in jeopardy.

I can’t wait to share this story with readers. Two close friends have read it and are so excited about it. Maybe soon ❤

Thanks for letting me be here today! ?

Carrie: That novel sounds FANTASTIC! You are welcome back anytime 🙂


Patricia Beal is giving away a paperback copy of A Season to Dance to one of my readers (US only). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Which character in A Season to Dance are you most excited to “meet”?

Carrie

64 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Patricia Beal”

  1. Katie Donovan

    Lovely interview! And having just finished the book this evening, I’m telling you you need to read this book!! Oh my word, I was a blubbering mess at the end (in a good way)! And your next one sounds great, too, Patricia.

    • Patricia Beal

      Katie! I saw your note about finishing the novel and about that one scene as soon as I got up this morning. It made my day. Thank you for loving my book baby 🙂

  2. Cynthia Herron

    Patrica, it was an absolute joy to finally meet you in person at ACFW last year. SO thrilled for you and your success and I cannot wait to read A Season to Dance!

    I’m a coffee gal all the way, but like you, I adore a great cup of tea to relax.

    And I smiled as you added your thoughts about the Lord returning. How like us to think if only He could wait until this or that great thing happens, that would be awesome. In reality, though, in our finite minds — we just can’t conceive how spectacular eternity with Him will be. We’re human, right? 🙂

    I’m so happy for you and wish you much, much success, Patricia!

    Thank you, Carrie, for this interview. Love your site!

    • Patricia Beal

      Cynthia! The lady in pink 🙂 Hi! Joy to meet you indeed. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I do pray the book does well. I’m so curious to see what happens. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Anne

    What a beautiful novel. Ana is special and would be interesting to meet.

  4. Jerusha Agen

    Congratulations, Patricia, on the long-awaited release! 🙂 I’m so excited for you! I’m blessed to have known you through much of your journey to publication, hearing you pitch this novel, and now seeing you become a published author. I had no idea you had become a Christian such a short time ago–the joy, love, and compassion of Christ is so evident in you! Thank you for sharing your testimony. Your novel premise sounds intriguing, and I hope the release is a smashing success!

    • Patricia Beal

      Thanks Jerusha! Every time I see a group of authors waiting for pitch appointments, I automatically search the crowd for your face because that’s how we always meet 🙂 I love the story behind the story as much as I love the novel itself. I pray people don’t get tired of hearing about it. It’s the best story I’ve got – the story of our incredibly patient God, the King of creativity and writer of all the best stories <3 Thank you for being part of this publishing journey, and I hope you love the book. P.S. I will be a timekeeper in Dallas. Can't live without being part of the pitching trenches somehow. Hope to see you there!

  5. Dianne Casey

    Book sounds amazing! Love the cover and I would enjoy getting to know Ana and her story. Can’t wait to read.

    • Patricia Beal

      Thank you, Dianne! I agree with you on the cover – my publisher wowed me with it. It’s a million times better than everything I suggested and imagined. I hope you get to meet Ana soon 🙂

  6. Patricia Beal

    I’m loving all these comments. How fun to be here. I will take an early lunch break to address each. Love y’all <3

  7. Janet Ferguson

    I’m excited to read this book with my Mississippi book club in 2017! Patricia was adopted into the ACFW Mississippi crew by Lorraine Beatty one year, so she’s kind of one of us… whether she meant to be or not, ha!

    • Patricia Beal

      This is so cool, Janet! I love Lorraine so much 🙂 And I love being one of you. I must go to Mississippi one day to visit you guys and to visit Ballet Magnificat! I wonder if Ballet Mag has an age limit for their summer programs. Hmm… 2018? The last summer intensive? Ah, possibilities… 🙂

  8. Brittaney B

    Honestly, I can’t wait to meet Claus. Just the fact that he is a foreign character in an American novel is enough. But since I’m almost 100% German I’m looking forward to reading about a German character.

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi, Brittaney! Let me tell you – #TeamClaus is strong. Beta readers and launch team love him very much, and I hope you’ll love him too. I grew up in the German colonies of the south of Brazil and lived in Germany twice. I think I got the culture right, but the language? Hehe… You tell me. I share a note about the language at the end of the book with a comment my son made once when we were waiting for our Burger King order at a drive-thru in Idar-Oberstein. After my awesome effort to order kids’ meals in German, he whispered to my daughter, “We will see what we will get this time” 🙂 If you like foreign elements in Christian stories, you might really enjoy A Season to Dance. It’s a traveling story. There are many chapters in Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim + a side trip to Prague and one to Mallorca. Bis später!

  9. Caryl Kane

    Patricia, congratulations on your release! I can’t wait to read Ana’s story.

    • Patricia Beal

      Thank you so much, Caryl! I hope you love her. She’s a mess, but full of heart and so real. And like all of us, not beyond redemption 🙂

  10. emilee douglas

    Congrats on your book! I think it sounds intriguing. I will add it to my to-read list. I would love to win a copy!

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Emilee! Thank you 🙂 I hope you win! If you don’t win here, keep an eye on Twitter/Facebook. God blessed me with a wonderful publicist who will be giving away my books for weeks to come 😉

  11. Karen Sargent

    So happy to see you here, Patricia–my ’17Scribes friend! Definitely looking forward to celebrating the release of A SEASON TO DANCE! I love your testimony and that it’s the “thing” that your book was missing! So powerful. Your second manuscript sounds amazing! So many prayers for your writing life to be blessed with continued success!

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much for the kind words. Your “Waiting for Butterflies” is next on my TBR list! Great to see you here 🙂

  12. Kim

    Great interview! Love the purse answer. I always have a book in my purse. I have just added this book to my TBR. Sounds really interesting and different.

    Thanks Carrie for bringing my attention to another debut author.

  13. Marilyn

    Ana is the character I am looking forward to get to know. This book sounds so exciting and a great read.
    Marilyn

    • Patricia Beal

      She’s something else. I enjoy watching her change and mature – the story covers her journey from 2008 until 2016. That’s a good chunk of time and as an author you can do so much. I think there’s a little bit of Ana in all of us… I hope you love her and the novel, Marilyn 🙂

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Carolyn! Me too! I would love to ask her: “Is there anything about you that I don’t know and that would surprise me?” 🙂

  14. Jennifer Rodewald

    Patricia, I LOVE this interview–and your testimony. I’ve wondered about your story since we “met” on Facebook a while back, and teared up reading about it here. I can’t wait to read A Season to Dance, and your next book sounds fantastic. So looking forward to that! Congratulations on this! 🙂

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for the kind words. I hope you love the book. It’s unusual because when I wrote the lost parts, I was really lost. It’s real and hard, but it’s honest. It’s two steps forward and three back. My editor and I worked hard to redeem it for Christian readers. It’s working for our betas and launch team so far. P.S. Keep the tissues handy 😉

  15. Patricia Beal

    Carrie! Thank you for letting me hang out with your readers. This was wonderful – what a great group. I will check for new comments a few more times in the next couple of days. I leave for the night sharing the video I put together for the launch. I’m not very tech/video smart. Like with a lot of what I do, it’s mostly all heart… What do you do with broken dreams? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo1ndSOLUXk

  16. Michelle Connell

    Carrie thanks for adding debut authors to your mix, I love hearing about them! This book sounds intriguing and heartfelt.

  17. MH

    Sounds like a great book. Peter sounds intriguing. Curious as to how he deals with the break-up and if he’s a main character or a supporting one.

  18. Paula S.

    Looks great. I think I want to know more about Peter and how he resolves the conflict!

  19. Loraine Nunley

    Congrats to Patricia on her new release. I think all of the characters sound interesting. The summary kind of reminds me of a Hallmark movie which are my favorite ones to watch. Carrie, Thanks for the introduction to a new-to-me author and the giveaway.

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Loraine! Thanks! I can’t believe Tuesday is the big day – after all these years. I have lots of wild Hallmark dreams in my head. It all began when I watched “A Nutcracker Christmas” last December. How cool would it be if A Season to Dance became a movie one day? I hope you enjoy the novel 🙂

  20. Kay Garrett

    I can’t wait to read all about Ana Brassfield and her old dog. 🙂

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Kay! The old dog (Baryshnikov!) is so special to me… Details in the book’s discussion questions. I hope you love the story 🙂

  21. Terrill Rosado

    I’m always so excited to see what LPC publishes. I’ve been impressed with so many of their releases and A Season of Dance has been on my radar and Amazon wish list.

    I tend to get anxious before beginning a book with a possible love triangle. Yet, at the same time, I love them! Since we don’t know them well, I’m already torn between Peter and Claus.

    • Patricia Beal

      Hi Terrill! Thank you for your kind words! LPC is doing a tremendous job. What a hard working, big hearted group. It’s like The Little Engine That Could. I love them. The book design is gorgeous inside and out. The editing was thorough. We worked so hard. They were so patient with me and all my debut author (and Aspie author!) questions and concerns. I couldn’t be happier with what God blessed me with in when He put me and LPC and agent Les Stobbe together to bring this book to life.

      Ah, the love triangle… Peter and Claus have been part of my imaginary life since January of 2011, when I began writing A Season to Dance. I’m still torn… I hope you love the story as much as I do 🙂

  22. Donna B

    Ana is the character I am most interested in finding out more about in this story.

  23. Andrea Stephens

    Great interview! It’s always fun to meet new authors 🙂
    Is it wrong if I say I want to meet everyone in the book?

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