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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Pat Henshaw to Stories That Make You Smile. Pat is here today celebrating the recent release of her heartwarming holiday story, Making the Holidays Happy Again. She’s brought along a nice excerpt and took the time to sit down to answer a few questions. Read on to discover more about this fabulous novellette and see what Pat’s working on! 🌟
Making the Holidays Happy Again by Pat Henshaw
Why can’t Butch’s choice be as easy as creating decorative ironwork in his forge?
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Angsty G.
Release Date: November 30, 2019
Length: Novelette / 15,298 words / 51 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, best friends get serious, opposites attract, unlikely couple, Sierra Nevada foothills, California fiction, Old Town Holiday story, DIY craft, leather craft, blacksmith, apothecary, family oriented
Blacksmith Butch has secretly loved his best friend, science nerd Jimmy, since grade school. Now their shops in Old Town Seven Winds, California, are only doors from each other.
They’re about to turn thirty, and Butch refuses to wait another day to make a decision: propose to Jimmy and start the family he’s always wanted or forget his dream to avoid risking their friendship.
Why can’t the choice be as easy as creating decorative ironwork in his forge?
☆ Author Interview ☆
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do read every review, mostly because I’m curious about how others see my work and also because I worked as a reviewer for so long. Like most authors, I rant to family and really good friends about bad reviews and celebrate over good ones. After the initial reaction is done, I usually sit down and reread the review to see what hit a chord and where the piece missed. The only reviews that completely confuse me are the deliberately cruel or demeaning ones. There seems to be no point in them except they seem to be the frustrated wailings of writers whose work has been rejected over and over. Rather than working on honing their craft, these reviewers seem to think that by cutting down others’ work their writing is enhanced. In a way, these reviews are very, very sad.
What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?
Write it down. I carry a pen / pencil and paper with me everywhere and even have them next to my bed. The problem with these brilliant ideas much of the time is they turn out to be too sketchy or rubbish when I sit down to transfer them to a Word file. That usually happens to the wonderful plots that wake me up in the middle of the night. Notes like “Balloons, party, his old boyfriend, alligators” don’t usually translate into scintillating stories. The worst is when I recognize the notes as the plot of the book I’m currently reading or have just read. Ugh. Only occasionally do the notes turn into books.
What advice do you wish you’d had before releasing your first story?
There are so many things I wish I’d been told. For example, I hadn’t planned on writing a series when I submitted “What’s in a Name?” so I didn’t keep a characters and a places list. If someone had told me, the list would have made it easier to make sure I didn’t duplicate character names. Also, no one told me how much promotion authors must do for their books and how much time away from writing that takes. What people didn’t have to tell me and what hasn’t changed is how much fun and personal satisfaction I get from writing. I knew that from the beginning.
Can you tell us a little about what you’re working on now?
Currently, I’m working on a paranormal gay romance novel. Into the Dark Night is the story of how accountant Gregory dies and finds happiness as a ghost guide who leads lost souls into the afterlife. Even his love life is better in death than it was in life when he meets his ghostly boss Ford, who died as a medieval crusader. Together they must find a way to defeat a ghostly menace that targets children while getting used to new additions to Ford’s ghostly staff. I’ve planned it as the first of a three book series of paranormal gay romances.
Do you have any questions for me? If so, leave them here, and I’ll answer them. Thanks for reading this!