Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Kid on the Block--Patty Smith Hall!

Missy, here. I'm pleased to welcome a New Kid on the Block today! She's actually a new Love Inspired Historical author, and her debut is titled Hearts in Flight. Welcome, Patty Smith Hall!

Can you tell us a little about getting that first sale call?
Sometimes I wondered if that first call was ever going to come! See, my manuscript won the 2008 ACFW Genesis in Historical Romance and I had received a  request for a full by Love Inspired. Two little problems--first, I only had the first fifteen pages of the story!(Great reason to have the manuscript finished before entering it in a contest!) Secondly, life  got in the way--six surgeries in our immediate family, two graduations and a cross country move to be exact! Finally, in November of 2009, I was able to get back to my manuscript and by March, 2010, I was able to turn it in to my agent who then sent it to Rachel Burkot at Love Inspired.

Then the waiting began--I felt like I was a kid waiting for Christmas morning, wondering if I was going to find a lump of coal in my stocking. But on August 5, 2010, while I was sitting in the Chick-fil-a drive-through, Tamela called me with the news. Scared the poor girl at the window to death when I screamed!

What's something fun that readers may not know about you?
That I'm like a kid about Christmas! At our house, we make a schedule of Christmas movies that we watch between Thanksgiving and December 25th. And because our entire family loves the season, my mother, my sister and I started a tradition of supplying Christmas to needy families in the school district--You should see us with our train of shopping carts as we plow through Target and the grocery story! 

What are you working on now?
I just finished the sequel to Hearts in Flight that I've affectionately called Capturing the Enemy's Heart. It features one of Maggie's(the heroine in Hearts) cousins and a young woman running away from an unthinkable secret. This story took me in places I never expected!

Please share a blurb about the story and where readers can contact you.
Hearts in Flight is the story of Maggie Daniels, a pilot with the Women's Army Service Pilots determined to prove herself to her family and to squadron leader Captain Wesley Hicks. While Wesley knows Maggie is a great pilot, her fearlessness reminds him of all he has lost in the war. It's a story of forgiveness, grace and discovering the God has a bigger dream for us than we have for ourselves.

Readers can reach me at

Thanks for having me--I appreciate it!


  1. Patty, we're so glad to have you today! And I'm so glad that you're back in Georgia. :)

  2. Patty was just a guest on my blog

    If you'd like to read about Patty's family and examples of faith, click the link.

    We're happy to have you in the LI family, Patty!

  3. Thanks for the warm welcome! And I'm glad to be back in Georgia too! Just couldn't handle 117 inches of snow!

  4. Thanks, Lyn! I'm heading there now. :)

  5. Patty,
    So good to have you here! Your book sounds great.

  6. Thanks for having me, Pamela--I appreciate it!

  7. Glad you finally made it Patty, looks like you are going to right in with the LIH authors, I know I will look for you now.
    I am another Ga reader who used to live in snow country as a girl but I miss it since I so seldom see it now...

  8. I just finished reading Patty's book, Hearts in Flight and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  9. Hi Patty love the interview. I want to come to your place for the Christmas season!

  10. Thanks, everyone, for dropping by!


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