Welcome, Friends! We’re featuring one of our own, author Candice Sue Patterson. Candice’s new novel, How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, releases November 1st.
QPQ: I’m thrilled to hear your new novel has a release date, Candice! I’ve been waiting a long time to see this one in stores. It’s already available in electronic format, right?
CSP: That’s correct. If you have a reader, you can get the e-version on October 28th. Print copies are available now at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Walmart (online), and Target (online). Barnes & Noble, Pelican Book Group, and other retailers will release them on November 1st.
QPQ: Thanks for the clarification. I can’t wait to have a print copy! Introduce us to your furry friends.
CSP: Our dog, Indiana Bones, is a stray we took in several years ago after he moved into our vacant dog house and refused to leave.
QPQ: Who could let him leave with a face like that? He’s adorable. And what a great name for him! How did you come to choose that name?
CSP: I actually let my kids name the dog. They were big into Indiana Jones at the time, and since the dog is part beagle, he was constantly following a trail to anticipated treasure. Always digging. We call him Indy for short.
QPQ: I love a dog who lives up to his name. Who else are you sharing with us today?
CSP: This is Baby Kitty. He’s long past babyhood at age fifteen. I got him as a kitten, and his was meant to be a temporary name, but after a while the name stuck. His personality is much like mine, which may not be a good thing. 😉
QPQ: I’m sure it’s a wonderful thing! Do Indy and Baby Kitty help you write?
CSP: Indy doesn’t help much as he’s an outside dog, but Baby Kitty keeps my side warm, snuggling with me while I write. He’s actually a character in my novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, as the kitten Huck surprises Emma with. Unfortunately, in real life, Baby Kitty is old and having health problems so I wanted a way to keep him alive after he’s gone.
QPQ: That’s a wonderful idea. A beautiful tribute for a beloved pet. What a sweet face he has! Other than Baby Kitty, have you written previous pets into your stories?
CSP: Absolutely! I sprinkle a lot of my life into my stories. My Australian Blue Heeler, Katie, who passed away right before Indy moved in (hence, the vacant dog house) is in my current manuscript as a farm dog. She loved living in the country, so this part is perfect for her.
QPQ: That’s awesome. I have a Blue Heeler, too. He and I are much alike. We both love to eat, hate riding in the car, and get a little cantankerous when the doorbell rings. What do you have in common with your pets?
CSP: Hmm…with Baby Kitty, I’d say our mutual affection for being lazy. Like him, I enjoy stretching out on the couch and napping (or in my case reading a good book). We both love soaking up the sunshine that pours through our windows, and we can both be temperamental from time to time.
As for Indy, our common interest is adventure. We both love to see and explore new places.
QPQ: You have two precious pets, Candice. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! We wish both Baby Kitty and Indy well. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?
CSP: Thanks for hosting me, friends! I love reader mail, so you can find me at the following places: