Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pat McDermott Gets Lost in a Story

Please help me welcome Pat McDermott to our blog today! Pat and I met through the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and I'm thrilled to get the chance to interview her!
          Born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts, Pat grew up in a family full of music and myths that have found their way into her stories. Her "Band of Roses" trilogy and her young adult novel, Glancing Through the Glimmer, are romantic adventures set in an Ireland that might have been.

         Pat is a member of the New Hampshire Writers' Project, Seacoast Writers' Association, Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. Pat's favorite non-writing activities include cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling, especially to Ireland. She lives and writes in New Hampshire.

About A Band of Roses:

Irish kings still rule the Emerald Isle—
and a princess is in trouble . . .

Ancient Irish traditions remain strong in a world where High King Brian Boru survived  the Battle of Clontarf and established a dynasty that rules Ireland to this day. When greed for oil prompts England's Regent to claim an Irish island in the North Atlantic, Ireland's Crown Princess Talty becomes a pawn in a murderous plot to seize the throne of England. 
From Japan to California to an eleventh century Ireland preparing for the Battle of Clontarf, Talty must hide her true identity, through she can't hide her ingrained training as a member of the Fianna: the warriors who guard the Kingdom of Ireland. She brings home a discovery worth more than any oil well, yet all she wants is to return to her family and Neil Boru, the adoptive cousin she secretly loves and cannot have- or so she thinks. Neil has a secret of his own, one that emerges as the Boru clan works with MI6 to thwart an invasion of Ireland and bring Talty home.
Want to read an excerpt of A Band of Roses? Click here!
ALEXA:  Pat, how often to you get lost in a story?
PAT:     Not often enough, Alexa. I do get lost in whatever story Im currently writing, and when Im writing, I tend to read lots of non-fiction for research. But I love it when a story Im reading for pleasure has me eager to hide away and read it. Nothing beats a well-written story that makes you forget about everything else.
ALEXA:  Whats the first book you remember reading?
PAT:     Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Loved those twelve little girls in two straight lines.
ALEXA:   Whats your favorite fairy tale?
PAT:     Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful princess, fairies and magic, an evil witch and her sinister spells, a handsome prince. Cant go wrong with all that.
ALEXA:    Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
PAT:     Thats a tough one, as Ive written and enjoy reading both. Id have to go with Action Adventure.
Making friends at the Connemara Heritage and History Centre, Ireland

ALEXA: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
PAT: Id love to visit pre-Christian Ireland to meet some of the personalities from ancient lore and poetry, listen to the music, learn the dances, hear firsthand how the shanachies told their tales, and find an answer or two to some of the mysteries those magical people left behind. For example, there are several modern theories, but why did the inhabitants of ancient Ireland really build homes on islands in the middle of lakes?

ALEXA:   Where do you read and how often?
PAT:     I have a reading chair beside a gas fireplace, very nice during snowstorms. I also read in bed almost every night.
ALEXA: What sound or noise do you love?
PAT:    The sound of ocean waves. So restful, yet a gentle reminder of the power of the mighty ocean.
ALEXA:  What's your favorite movie of all time?
PAT:     Its a tie between Casablanca and Ghostbusters.

ALEXA: Who's your favorite villain?
PAT:    The wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz.

ALEXA:   Be honest, when you put yourself in the heroines role?
PAT:     Of course. I also put myself in the heros role, the villains role, and the secondary characters roles. Depends which POV Im writing in at the moment. I suppose its kind of scary to think one person can morph into so many different characters, but I know Im not the only writer who does this. I suspect readers do it too, as they enjoy getting inside characters heads.

ALEXA:   Whats your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
PAT:     Lately Ive been enjoying YA adventures, and I love pirate stories and good mysteries.
Pat, thanks so much for taking time to join us today! Folks, Pat will be giving away an e-copy of A Band of Roses to one lucky commenter!
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Cate Parke said...

Thanks for interviewing Pat, Alexa! I can't believe it--two of my very favorite people together in one interview. Pat, thanks for reminding me about Madeline. It's been years and years since I read that darling little story. Loved reading about your favorites. I enjoy many of the same ones, too. Thanks for bringing out Band of Roses. What a FABULOUS story! It kept me on the edge of my chair. Can't wait for the next one to be released. Or the third one, for that matter!

Pat McDermott said...

Hi, Donna! I really loved Madeline and Miss Clavel and that "old house in Paris all covered with vines." Can't remember what I had for supper last night, but I can remember so many lines from those wonderful books. Thank you for coming over to visit, and for your lovely comments.

Pat McDermott said...

Alexa, thank you for the lovely welcome. I'm delighted to be here, Getting Lost in a Story!

Erin O'Quinn said...

Hello Pat! Speaking of getting lost in a story...I really got lost in A Band of Roses. You are a fine writer with an unerring sense of plot and pacing. I hope everyone who reads this blog will also read your book. Wonderful characters and mesmerizing story.

I laughed out loud when I read your comment above, that your favorite movies are a tie between Casablanca and Ghostbusters. Hmmm, yes, I can see Bill Murray in a gin joint somewhere...

All best to you,

Erin O'Quinn

Susan M. Boyer said...

Great interview ladies! Pat, I love the photo of you and your "friend" in Ireland!

Band of Roses sounds like a great read! Wishing you huge sales!

Angi Morgan said...


~I'm with you. I love to get lost in a Pirate Adventure !


Abigail Sharpe said...

Pat, I always like reading about fellow Bostonians! I still claim it as my home even though I've been in Florida for 3/4 of my life.

Ugh, am I really that old? *laugh*

Pat McDermott said...

Here's looking at you, Gozer? :-) Thanks for the smile, Erin, and thanks for stopping by!

Pat McDermott said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Susan. My favorite comment re: that photo was from my youngest sister: "I thought you were going to rent a car this time."

Pat McDermott said...

Nothing like them, I agree, Angi. Though after having researched pirates for the third book in the 'Band of Roses' trilogy, I wouldn't want to meet them for real! Thanks for dropping by.

Pat McDermott said...

No, Abigail, you're not!! I live near the New Hampshire seacoast now, but I visit Boston often enough for the crazy traffic to cure me of wanting to move back :-) Thank you for stopping by - without rear-ending me!!

Diva J. said...

Pat, I loved reading your interview. I, too, love Sleeping Beauty and...Ireland. Good luck with your book! :)

-Diva J.

Alexa said...

Great to see so many of you here!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Madeline - Oh, Pat, that's one of my favorites, too. I used to read it to my daughters all of the time. "Two by two" brings back the memories.

Also love the sound of the ocean. I wonder if it's in our Celtic genes? We used to go to the ocean by Bodega Bay, in California every Sunday.

I have your book and cannot wait to find the time to read it. Best of luck to yo with lots of readers.

Waving, Alexa!!

Kyla said...

I love the ethereal quality of your writing Pat. Even your choice of favorite villain promotes that romantic quality, who better than the wicked witch to hate. I wish you the best of luck.
Hugs n Kisses

Pat McDermott said...

Thanks for the kind words, Diva. 'Twouldn't be bad to find a handsome prince in Ireland, now would it? :-)

Pat McDermott said...

Agreed, Lexi :-)

bn100 said...

Nice interview. Cute picture. The book sounds very intriguing.


Pat McDermott said...

Paisley, I always loved how "the smallest one was Madeline." Reminds us that good things come in small packages, yes? After we stayed in Howth, Ireland for a night, I tried to find an ocean wave CD, but nothing could duplicate the sound of that bay lapping outside our hotel window. Thanks for popping by!

Pat McDermott said...

I had nightmares about that witch for years when I was a kid, Kyla! Thanks so much for your good wishes. I appreciate your dropping by.

Pat McDermott said...

Thanks, BN. Good luck with the giveaway!

Dana Rodgers said...

Great interview ladies! This sounds like a wonderful story. Best of luck with sales!

Susan Royal said...

I love getting lost in a wonderful story, too, especially one that makes me feel like I've lost a friend when it ends.

Pat McDermott said...

Thank you, Dana. I'd never refuse a good luck wish!

Pat McDermott said...

That's why we have sequels, Susan, and trilogies, and whole darn series. I suspect that writers too feel sad when a story they've written comes to an end. Those pesky characters have a life of their own, and we grow attached to them. Or they niggle at us until we give them a new story to call home. So great that you stopped by. Thanks!

Wendy said...

Lovely Interview. Great questions, Alexia. I'm sure I couldn't answer half of them. I loved Glancing Through the Glimmer. Can't wait to see Princess Talty again. Such a beautiful warrior. I'm sorry she's in trouble. On second thoughts, I'm sure she'll prove to be very entertaining. So glad she's back in your magic pages, Pat.

Gail Roughton said...

Hey Pat! Hey Alexia! Wonderful interview. I knew there was a reason we got along, Pat. Anybody who's favorite movie is a tie between Casablanca and Ghostbusters is versatile enough for me! (I couldn't even narrow it down to a tie between movies, but for sure, I've got many diverse favorites.)

Pat McDermott said...

Talty is always in trouble, Wendy. That's half the fun! I'm glad you enjoyed 'Glimmer.' I certainly enjoyed your 'Unhewn Stone.' Thanks for visiting all the way from Australia!

Pat McDermott said...

Hi, Gail. Thanks for stopping by and bringing your sunny southern smile. Always a pleasure!

Pat McDermott said...

My thanks to Alexa and everyone here at Get Lost in a Story for their warm hospitality. And thanks to everyone who stopped by. I've enjoyed my visit!

Alexa said...

Sorry for the delay, folks! I had a brain freeze. BN100, you are the winner of the copy of Pat's book! Congratulations!