Monday, January 17, 2011

Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour - Day One

About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti’s Web site at

Patti, list your published books.
An Irishwoman’s Tale, What the Bayou Saw, The Rhythm of Secrets

Which book did you find the hardest to birth?
Definitely my first baby, An Irishwoman’s Tale, the story of my BEST FRIEND! If that isn’t enough cause for drama, An Irishwoman’s Tale went from memoir to first person novel to third person novel.

I KNOW that Irish child had at least forty rewrites. My brother, a fellow writer, threw up his hands and asked his wife, “What should I tell her?” when Draft 1 zipped into his mailbox. Thank the LORD my brother offered compassion, patience…and a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers!!!!

Which book is your current favorite?
Now you know better than to make a mama choose a favorite child. Once I heard this quote: “My favorite child’s the one who’s needing me the most.” As The Rhythm of Secrets needs a good reception now that she’s out of the birthing room, I’ll give the nod to baby three!

How would you describe your writing style?
Ooh, I ADORE music and always listen to selections from my eclectic collection when writing, so I sure HOPE my style’s eclectic and lyrical. I’ve been told there’s a literary edge to my work, though I’m not sure what that means.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
Ooh, y’all, can you BELIEVE I did NOT look ahead and read this question while I was answering the previous one? I LOVE jazz, especially the oldies, like Louis Armstrong and the New Orleans era stars. Some recent additions to my collection include The Fray, Corinne Bailey Rae, Augustana, David Crowder Band. is a great tool for music lovers to discover new artists!

Tell us anything about you as a writer that you think might be interesting or unusual.
Hmmm. The Rhythm of Secrets has musical literature to enhance your reading experience. Are you getting that music theme????

Visit and link to YouTube songs that express each chapter.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write for the Audience of One and listen to that Still, Small Voice, the best writing coach I’ve yet found!

Writers are often encouraged to write what they know. Have you found that to be the case with your writing?  Kinda yes and kinda no. How’s THAT for an answer? I’ve relied on real-life incidents to inspire all MY books. Sometimes they’re way out of my range of experience, like the life of a Thai woman enslaved by human trafficking in the Vietnam War era. Truly every person I know is fodder for fiction! Watch out if you don’t want to be in print!

Thanks ever so much for having me here today. I loved it!

About the Book

Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets—a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret—and greatest regret—is revealed.

Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream—and son—she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs. With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end—and won’t soon forget.

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Patti Lacy said...

Rhonda, thanks for inviting me to your blog today. It's a wonderful place...and a wonderful day!


Ty said...


Thank you for hosting Patti on The Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour today.



Anonymous said...

This boook sounds really different and interesting. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the information.

Kim H