Promise of Provence - Book Review | Author Jan Moran
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Promise of Provence - Book Review

The Promise of ProvenceFor those of you who love France, today I've invited a fellow author, Patricia Sands, to chat about her award-winning women's fiction book series, Love in Provence, as well as the first book in this series, The Promise of Provence.

Why did you want to become a writer?

In 2007, I began writing a book about my ‘real-life’ bridge club, just for fun, for the ten of us – friends for almost fifty years. The next thing I knew, I was being pushed to publish it and discovered people wanted to read it. So in my sixties, a new career began that completely consumes me.

In 2011, my husband and I lived in Antibes, France for five months where I researched and began writing The Promise of Provence.

The lesson learned? It’s never too late to change your life and start something new! It’s a message that fuels all of my writing.

Please tell us a little about your books and favorite locales.

Promises to Keep, a novelMy stories are full of hope and enticing locations. I’m a travel junkie and a photographer so settings are an important part of my novels. Some readers say my stories are “the best trip I took without leaving home.” Sharing my love of travel through settings makes writing all the more rewarding for me!

The Bridge Club is very Canadian with settings ranging from the peaceful Eastern Townships of Quebec to cottage country in Muskoka to spectacular Whistler, British Columbia.

My second novel, The Promise of Provence, is set in Toronto, Paris, the countryside of Provence, and the French Riviera. A 55-year-old woman is suddenly on her own and steps out of her comfort zone in hopes of rediscovering her joie de vivre on a home exchange in Provence. It’s a coming of age in mid-life … at a time when some people feel they might be too old to change. There’s that message again: it’s never too late to start something new.

The Promise of Provence, the first book in the Love in Provence series, is a must-read for anyone who loves the south of France. I have been traveling there since I first fell in love with the country as a young backpacker in 1967 and this novel is partly my love letter to France.

Since my readers let me know they love stories set in France and I spend part of each year in France (often through home exchange, by the way), it will be a pleasure to continue writing about that part of the world.

In fact, I had an overwhelming response from readers asking for a sequel, so my third novel and the next book in the Love in Provence series is Promises to Keep, which is set on the Côte d’Azur.

How can readers find you?

Patricia Sands1I usually post twice a week on my blog. Every Friday is about France, and mid-week I often have guests, feature a photo challenge, or post about interesting issues.

I also send out a newsletter once a month to people who have specifically subscribed to it. Each letter contains updates on my writing, a giveaway of a book or some goody I’ve brought back from France, and tips about what is fun and fabulous in the south of France. I love hearing from readers and they seem to enjoy hearing from me so it’s a win/win!

One exciting bonus from writing The Promise of Provence is that the Womens Travel Network in Toronto approached me about developing a tour based on the novel. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement! This past summer I led two ten-day tours of fourteen women. We spent four days in Nice and six in Avignon with day trips, a cooking class, and many other memorable moments. We plan to do the same next year, too.

What are the most rewarding aspects of writing for you?

Connecting with other writers, such as you, is one of the rewarding aspects of becoming part of the online writing community. Although our interest in France brought us together, I have already gained so much more from your website and blog posts.

I urge anyone who feels they have a story to write to have the courage and do just that. As Stephen King encourages in his book (which I found most helpful) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, do your research and write the story in your own voice as you wish it to be told, and then work with a good editor. Believe in yourself and do it!

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