The Promise of Provence
Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.
Fate has other plans.
June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?
After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.
Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?
As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d’Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.
An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I live in Toronto, Canada, when I’m not somewhere else. We travel a lot and spend the winter in Florida. It’s one of the perks of getting older!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
My husband and I lived in Antibes, France for 5 months in 2011. I fell in love with that part of the world and my story began taking shape. I did a lot research while we were there.
How do you create your characters?
Sometimes they just pop out of my imagination and other times they are composites of people I have met. In this book, one of the main characters is based on a ‘fromager’, a man who has a cheese stall, at the daily Provençal market. He was so passionate about his products, he caught my attention.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
The stories of other people inspire me. Some of them are quite amazing. I began writing my first novel, The Bridge Club, by accident really. I was just writing it for my real Bridge Club … just for fun … and then people began telling me they would want to read the book if I got serious. So I did! The Promise of Provence is my second novel and I am about to begin my third.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write wherever I can. It doesn’t matter what is going on around me. In fact I often take my laptop into the room where my husband is watching tv or a movie so I will appear to be a bit more sociable!
When I am alone and writing I usually play music.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I write stories about real people and real life.
What do you like to read?
I love to read contemporary women’s stories and historical fiction. I also enjoy memoirs, humour and a good crime story. Come to think of it, I’ve also read science fiction and paranormal. Um … I guess I like pretty much all the genres! If a story is well written, it’s usually worth reading.
What would your advice be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Read Stephen King’s book “Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”. The best advice I took from that is this: if you have a story to tell, sit down and tell it. Then work with a good editor to fine tune it. Be sure to write something every day.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m excited to tell you that as a result of writing this book which is obviously partially set in the south of France, I have been invited to lead a women’s 10-day tour to Nice and Provence in June, 2014. The travel company is well-established and specializes in trips for women. It’s going to be great fun!