Today’s guest is Patricia Yager Delagrange, author of the new romantic women’s fiction novel, Moon Over Alcatraz. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.
In Moon Over Alcatraz, Brandy Chambers is looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.
But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.
Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?
Dorothy Thompson: Can you tell us about your publishing experience?
Patricia Yager Delagrange: Taken Away was published on June 1 2015, with Ravenswood Publishing. It’s a contemporary fiction book that centers around a veterinarian whose wife and child vanish. He doesn’t know if they’ve been kidnapped or if his wife has abducted their child. After months of the FBI and police searching, Jessee decides to move from Santa Barbara to Iowa to take over his grampa’s veterinary practice.
My second book, Moon Over Alcatraz, came out on November 15, 2015. Brandy and Weston’s child dies at birth and the book centers around Brandy’s struggles after that tragedy. Weston isn’t extraordinarily understanding of her feelings. Then he takes a job far away from home for several months. During that time Brandy meets an old high school pal, Edward, and they reignite their friendship. The book has a happy ending.
DT: What can you tell aspiring authors on their quest to be published? Any advice?
PYD: I have read a lot of advice from authors over the years and the one thing that stands out that every single author advises is this: don’t let anything stop you from writing. Whether you’ve been rejected by agents or publishers ten times or a hundred times, don’t stop writing. You may not care if your work is published with a big press or a small publisher but if you can’t find anyone who’s interested and you want readers to have access to your work then publish your books on your own. Don’t let rejection get you down. Be depressed but don’t wallow for long. Get up and start typing and do what you want to do – write.
DT: Where can we find you on the web?
PYD: Visit my website!