Tell Me Something True: A Visit With Lisa Patton

Today’s post by author Lisa Patton | @LisaPattonBooks

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Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton

The number one piece of advice I was given when I started this literary journey was, as trite as it sounds, “write what you know, ” even down to the location of the story. So instead of setting my novels in Nashville, the place I currently rest my head (soft pillows only please), I set them in Memphis, the place I was born and spent most of my life. Plus, if truth were told, Memphis needs the PR!

I just published the third book, SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, in my Dixie series, and not only are each of the books stand-alones, I’m also happy to admit there is an element of truth in all three. First off, I really was a Vermont innkeeper! “Was ” being the key word, as three sub-zero winters sent me speeding back down South without so much as a peek over my shoulder. That crazy misadventure left room for numerous thinly veiled accounts that I could add to my debut, WHISTLIN’ DIXIE IN A NOR’EASTER. In particular, my little senior citizen Yorkie, who accompanied me on the move up North, HATED the snow (as did I), not to mention the twenty-five-degree-below-zero temps, so I gave her one of the starring roles in the book. Her name was Holly but she became Princess Grace Kelly, or Gracie for short. Let’s just say tee teeing outside for her was not an option.

Next, in YANKEE DOODLE DIXIE, I really was the promotion director of a top radio station in Memphis and I could bring so many fun, true-to-life radio pranks to my story. Like when Johnny Dial, the morning deejay, tells his listeners a panda escaped from the Memphis Zoo and his partner dresses in a panda suit appearing in various locales around Memphis. That really happened. And people honestly fell for it.

And now in SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, my protagonist, Leelee Satterfield, lives with her second mother Kissie, an eighty-three-year-old African American steel magnolia, who peppers her with advice, whether she asks for it or not. I really had a Kissie in my life that never hesitated to correct me when I veered off the straight and narrow. Without her I never would have learned how to cook, clean or properly wash and fold my laundry. Times were different in the South when I was growing up. Many a white mother held her newborn in her arms for the first time and after coming home from the hospital handed that baby straight over to her black mother. Writing about Kissie was the best part of the SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE odyssey. She died in 2002 but I felt like she was right next to me. I miss her so much, I ache. Creating the character of Kissie brought the real Kissie back to life.

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Southern As A Second LanguageNot only do Southerners talk slowly, but sometimes the whole language is hard to understand. No one realizes that more than Memphis belle Leelee Satterfield. Since she debuted inWhistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, Leelee has entertained tens of thousands of readers. Watching her tackle life and love in Vermont was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to antics, charades, mischief, and romance. Now that she’s back in Memphis, and starting a new relationship with Peter, the Yankee chef from her New England inn, you’d think she’d sit back and enjoy her newly crafted life back home in Dixie. But that just wouldn’t be as much fun.

Opening up a new restaurant with Peter isn’t as easy as she had anticipated, especially when it comes to the differences between the North and the South. When Leelee’s ex-husband, Baker, returns unexpectedly, everything else goes haywire. Throw her three crazy best friends into the mix; Riley, her meddlesome next-door neighbor who sells Pampered Chef for a living; and Kissie, Leelee’s beloved second mother who claims Riley sits on her “last raw nerve, ” and you have the perfect recipe for a sassy, Southern delicacy.

Lisa Patton’s  Southern as a Second Language  is an endearing and chuckle-inducing tale that keeps us guessing up to the very last page how it all works out in the end. Whether among maple trees in Vermont or magnolia-filled Memphis, Leelee’s charm, heart, and laughter will delight readers in any climate.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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45 Responses to Tell Me Something True: A Visit With Lisa Patton

  1. Melinda Taylor October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like good reads to me. Thank you

  2. Becca October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Immediately going on my To Read list. Thanks for drawing my attention to this author.

  3. Elisabeth October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These all sound like terrific reads , and are being added to my TBR!

  4. Janet R October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    As a southern-girl-wannabee, I’d love to read these books! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  5. Ann Bresnan October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These stories all sound great!

  6. Kristie Poovey October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love introductions to new authors! These books sound great, thanks!

  7. Kandra October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I lived in Memphis myself, after marrying a Memphis boy! Later we lived in the Nashville area, so reading these books would be hugely entertaining.

  8. shannon brown October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These sound like great books to curl up for a few hours and read!

  9. Gina Beirne October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Loved the first two books in the series. Can’t wait to read the third!

  10. Ruth O October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Always fun to read about an author I hadn’t found yet. Looking forward to reading these.
    thanks!

  11. Melanie Backus October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love,love,love the titles and sounds of these books. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner.

  12. Bonnie October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Today, a lovely Monday AM surprise in my in-box from you! Lisa Patton is a REAL HONEST AUTHENTIC person. If you need a funny, feel-good book, then she writes with this guarantee! All of her books are wonderful! I put her in the same category as Fannie Flagg, another Southern writer whom I love! And, yes, I recommend her, have given many of her books away to family and friends!

  13. Paula October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These books sound like fun! Thanks for a chance to win them!!

  14. Nicole October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Ooh goody, a new (to me) author! These sound like fun reads!

  15. Nancy Pate October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I was first attracted to Lisa’s books because of the covers. Peaches are my favorite fruit, so redolent of the South and summer. During a Midwest winter long-ago, I would make peach Jell-O just to inhale the fragance. Lisa’s books are delish,too.

  16. Paula Caurro October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I am a big fan of Southern Lit, so Lisa Patton’s books have been on my to read list for a while now. This is a great opportunity for the lucky winner. Fingers are crossed.

  17. JJT October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Kayla October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These books look like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to read them!

  19. Katherine Jones October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love discovering new Southern Lit authors. Thank you!

  20. Susan Schleicher October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These books sound great! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. Judie McDonald October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Having been born and raised in Memphis, now living in California, I’d love to get reacquainted with the city on the Mississippi!

  22. Becky S October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These sound like a lot of fun

  23. Barb October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These all sounds great!

  24. Christine L. October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    As a Texas native transplanted to California, I technically am a Southerner, right? Reading the Dixie series would take me back home. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of all three books!

  25. Marie October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I haven’t read these yet, but they look fun. I’m from Tennessee, and I love reading books set in the South. I especially love the boots on the cover of the last one :)

  26. Logan Collins October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These sound great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Susan C. October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This is just the perfect giveaway for me. Southern as a Second Language is already on my TBR list…I mainly read Southern Lit, historical or present, and cannot wait to get my hands on these books!

  28. Sara W. October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These all look like great reads!!

  29. Blake October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Have been looking forward to diving into this divine Dixie series.

  30. Susan G. October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my! Can’t wait to read all three of these! I just ‘peeked’ inside all three and they will be awesome reads! I think I must be ‘Southern’ at heart. Although born in the North, I love to listen to the Southern accents, visit the South, read about the South, and I feel at ‘home’ looking at the photos of the beautiful Southern landscapes and homes! A few decades ago in high school, someone asked me if I was from the South, because of how I pronounced my words… :)
    Thanks for another great opportunity to win a book! What else is there, but books, and well… a good flavored coffee…

  31. Christine October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great!

  32. Beth October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Southern as a Second Language caught my eye at the Southern Festival of Books. Glad to know there are two others as well! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Beth

  33. Kristin Jones October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Such a fan and such a good giveaway!!

  34. Melanie October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Southern writers are the best! Can’t wait to read these :)

  35. Kay C. October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like they are all fun reads!

  36. Janine October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    These sound like fabulously fun books. I can’t wait to read one (or all). I always love the southern sassiness in books.

  37. Britney Adams October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read these Southern delights! I have added them to my wishlist and would love to win!!!

  38. Vivian October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for introducing me to 3 new to-be-read books. They all sound delightful.

  39. Janet K October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    These look like great reads!

  40. Jackie October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Read her first book and loved it. Can’t wait to read the others.

  41. Michelle October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m excited about this series and can’t wait to dive into it! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  42. nancy reynolds October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    They sound like great books. Thanks for a chance to win. Best of luck with your books!

  43. Suzy October 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Always excited about getting to know new authors and their work.

  44. Cindy H October 22, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    These sound great!!

  45. Stephanie Stevens October 26, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love books with southern style. Looking forward to reading this one!

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