Thursday, February 7, 2019

Update on Roxie and Alfred

The process of publishing Roxie and Alfred is now in full swing. It will be released sometime this coming summer, 2019, at which time it will be available on in paperback and as an e-book. My publisher is working on the cover as we speak. I have submitted my ideas and they will decide if they are feasible. Here's a picture of what I have in mind.

I am in hopes that we can include lots of pictures inside, as I have so many good ones.......old but in good shape. I think they will make my story come to life. I am in hopes my readers will love it.
Her daughter’s mistake was falling for a local member of the Purple Gang. Roxie had to take care of it….right away!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Roxie and Alfred: A Story of Courage, Resilience, and Survival

tells the story of one courageous American family who leave behind their safe but meager life in North Carolina to seek fame and fortune in the thriving, gritty northern metropolis of Detroit at the height of prohibition, when organized crime and violence was a way of life. Having escaped serious threats from the Purple Gang, they are later met with the Great Depression of 1929, and World War Two in 1939. Their ability to successfully thrive while coping with adversity is the legacy they leave their extended family, who pick up where Roxie and Alfred leave off and take on life in the city one day at a time. The book is structured thematically around the phenomenon of survival.
The Purple Gang

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Most recent review of: Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen...

Lana Smith rated it as amazing on Goodreads
"It was a wonderful read. The author placed you right into her shoes. She moved from one place, the big bustling city of Chicago, to the historic Old Louisville, Kentucky. She went from school teacher to innkeeper. 20 years of maintaining a Victorian mansion, and hosting new guests from all walks of life, each unique with their own tales, their own unique situations. Every chapter ended with a recipe, something sweet or savory. I enjoyed the read so much bc i could visualize each situation so well, almost like a movie playing in my mind. The author places you right into her shoes, makes you feel what she is feeling. It is so enjoyable that I may just read it again."

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I know it's pretty early to be thinking about Christmas giving....we just got through Thanksgiving.  But I am promoting a great deal on Amazon with the purchase of my book, OPERATIC DIVAS AND NAKED IRISHMEN. Go to Amazon, put in the book title and look for this:

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Friday, September 7, 2018

New Book in-progress

Roxie and Alfred: A story of courage, resilience, and survival, follows the evolution of three generations from a tobacco farm in North Carolina, to the city of Detroit during prohibition, the fashion mecca of Dallas, jazz-centered Chicago, and the historic district of Old Louisville Kentucky.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Writing Memoir

Thomas Hugh Patterson,
After my sister's passing, I received a huge bundle of pictures that she and my mother had in Coronado, I want to use many of them in my second book, Roxie and Alfred: A story of Courage, Resilience, and Survival. I thought I was finished with this book, I'd even started a third one, and my publisher was about to begin the publication process with this one, but with new images and information, I am forced to rewrite the first few chapters. That's the thing with memoir, you can't just make up something when your story isn't working. You have to expend new energy on research and such to make sure the dates, locations, and scenes are as accurate as possible.

Alfred Patterson (son of Thomas)
This is going to be quite a challenge. Starting with chapter one, I will be researching my great grandfather's settlement in western North Carolina near the Smokies. I think it was in Little River, N.C. I'm not sure yet. I am trying to get to when and where his son, my grandfather, was born. And how he, Alfred, migrated to eastern North Carolina where he met my grandmother, Roxie, Then, I plan to go on and find out how and when, before marrying her, he took off from there on a merchant ship as a member of the UK Merchant Marines bound for merry old England at age 18.