Monday, April 26, 2010

Guest Blogger - Patti Shenberger

The Book of Your Heart.

Every book I write IS the Book of My Heart. It all comes from your heart. You created that book out of your love for the craft. But it’s the Book of My Heart while I’m writing it. My next book will again be the current Book of My Heart until it’s finished. Now you’re probably saying “Every book can’t be THE Book of Her Heart.
”Yes, they can. The Laird’s Lady from The Wild Rose Press, was a Book of My Heart. It evolved from the song, How Do I Live Without You by Trisha Yearwood. When I first heard it, I envisioned a woman on a cliff mourning the loss of the man she’d love the rest of her life. I poured my heart & soul into creating Lady Devin and Laird Kyle. When I wrote the last page of the book, I was crying again, but for a good reason. The book was finished and it was a Happily Ever After.
Or The Captain’s Wench, from Devine Destinies. I love the old black & white movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Now my version is a sexy, spicier version, but nonetheless has a handsome sea captain Alexander who’s died and romance novelist Meg who starts out wanting him to go away and ends up wanting him to stay. I gave them a Happily Ever After, but as my readers know, I tend to put a spin on things so that you get to the end of the book and go “Whoa, that is so cool.”
Patti Shenberger
Who doesn’t need a little romance in their life? http://www.pattishenberger.com/
Bio – Patti Shenberger has loved writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her first sale was to a children’s magazine for an article on potato jewelry, but after sitting down with a romance novel thought “I can write something like this” and so she did. That was 15 years ago and she is still going strong with magazine length articles, romance novels, novellas and short stories.
You can visit Patti at http://www.pattishenberger.com/ to learn more about her books or drop her an email at pattishenberger@comcast.net.

40 comments:

erahime said...

I've read how some authors are like that. The current book that they are writing is a book they held dear, and I would say...

"GOOD FOR YOU!"

If I were in your shoes, I would also say that. Any work that you have written SHOULD be dear to you. You worked on it. You finished it. Basically, you MADE it. That's why it is dear to you, as if it were a person, a relative, an intimate friend. Whatever the case, it is like a par of you.

That is just plain...amazing.

Valerie said...

Wonderful post. I have always loved the movie Ghost and Mrs. Muir and I have been in love with the Captain more often than not. :) I always thought it was so tragic that they could not truly be together until she joined him on the other side. Still such a beautiful idea to be loved so completely by your soul mate. I will have to check out your book.

sonya said...

this is great

LM's Drama Queen said...

How true it is that authors give so much of their heart to each of their books. Thank goodness they are willing to continuously share that with us readers and fans! Keep writing with your heart Patti! You are an inspiration to us all:)

XOX
~*DQ*~

WK said...

OMG this sounds like a great book!!!
I'm adding it to my list today.
Thanks for the great post.
WendyK

Toni said...

I love how the book you are talking about is based on a song. I think songs and music express emotion so well. Have to look in the library for the book

Toni

Andrea Becraft said...

Thanks for blogging with us!

Your book looks amazing! And we all need romance in life or it would be completely dull!

nmulder81 said...

OOOO I totally get writing from a song...I saw this music video once and I KNEW that it would be a totally good book....but I cant write lol, so its just in my mind. Im looking foward to reading your book!!

Terry's Crafty Fingers said...

You definitely sound like a writer from the heart. I love strong characters that suffer heartache but still get their happy ever after. Even if it is the second time around. I'm going to have to try and find one of your books to read.

Susan Lute said...

I love the idea of every book being the Book Of Your Heart :) I am reading Donald Maass' THE FIRE IN FICTION. He says there are two types of writers. You sound like a storyteller. I hope I'm one too :)

LDee said...

Hi Patti,
I'm enjoying Lucy's at home conf. It's giving me the chance to meet fellow authors. Maybe someday we'll follow up at a RT conf.

I loved the movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

Zina Lynch said...

I like that every book is so special, that's how I feel when I read, almost every single one I read I keep. I loved the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The cover of your book is great, I'd love to live in that castle.
Zina

donnas said...

Wonderful post. Its so nice to hear about how you really do care about what you are writing and how it can mean as much to you and it does to use readers. Thanks for sharing today!

Katy M said...

I confess I feel similarly about reading a wonderful book especially for the first time.

Although I can't imagine what it must be like to write down your original thoughts and characters you've dreamed up and weave them into a seamless dance that is bound forever like a tapestry and then share it with everyone.

But that's why I'm the queen of procrastination and half finished projects and you are an author :)

Rhea said...

To me, each book by the same author is like a child, each with their own personality and look, but all part of the same family.

Beth said...

As a reader, I have a similar way of thinking. Unless the book is not so good, my current read is my fave.
It's a good way to be. If you pick just one as a favorite, then all others may disappoint.

Lucy Monroe said...

Patti...great blog! It's so true. :) Every book takes a piece of our heart. I feel like every book as I write it, is the book of my heart. I so get this! :)

Cathy M said...

Enjoyed your blog post, Patti, and trying to get a mental picture about your potato jewelry, lol.

Joni said...

Bravo, bravo! I feel that way about every book I read, whether it involves a bit of mystery, suspense or sensuality out of this world. As long as I can savor it and make it my own as much as the author did!

icia said...

your stories sound interesting. I remember that movie about the ghost. I moved it. icia

Rebecca Ringler said...

Very interesting blog & the stories I read definitely touch my heart!!

Linda Henderson said...

I've often wondered how authors feel about getting asked which of their books is their favorite. I mean, they probably all are so how could you choose one. I haven't read any of your books yet, but they sound like stories I could really get into. I will have to look them up soon.

seriousreader at live dot com

flchen1 said...

Very true and lovely, Patti! Good for you, and may you keep on writing the books of your heart! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Jane said...

That's a beautiful post, Patti. Looking forward to reading your books.

Leigh D'Ansey said...

I love it that you write The Book of Your Heart every time you create another MS. When your heart's involved, how could anyone help but enjoy the reading!

Eva S said...

This book sounds wonderful, I love books that make me cry! Thanks for the great post!

booklover0226 said...

I, too, loved The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison were wonderful in it.

The Captain's Wench sounds great; I look forward in reading it.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Dannyfiredragon said...

Looks like I have new addition to my tbb list.

Sherry said...

This was a great post. If I was a writer I don't think I could pick a favorite because each book would be special in its own way.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful post! And because of your passion for your story it makes me want to read it even more! Thanks for sharing with us!

Margay said...

Patti, I know just what you mean. Every book I write is the book of my heart. I think if it isn't, you won't have the same passion and commitment needed to finish it and polish it and shop it.
Margay

Carol L. said...

Patti,
I remember watching the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I loved the Captain. I am looking forward to reading your book.
Thank you for sharing.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Stories tend to reflect when an author puts everything, nearly her entire soul and heart into the project.

The stories tend to leap up off the page. So happy you are that kind of author!

Nancy G said...

I agree. As a reviewer, I try to imagine what was in the heart of the author when writing their book. If you take the time and effort to write a book, I want to be sure to give it my full attention when I am reading it whether I'm reviewing it or not. I try to find something positive in each book I read/review, because there is always something in there to praise.

Patti, your work is always top of the line and I enjoy what you do.

Patti Shenberger said...

I am such a geek I have The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on both VHS and DVD. The Captain is a man to die for (no pun intended) and very sad that she had to die to be with him.

Patti Shenberger said...

I think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir resonates with everyone, whether you are rooting for the Captain or Mrs. Muir.

Patti Shenberger said...

Cathy, the potato jewelry looks alot like today's chunky jewelry, if that makes any sense (G)

etirv said...

Good to meet Patti S. here! Going to B&N after work today and checking out her book!

PhyllisC said...

Many books that I read become close to my heart. I can only imagine how you feel with one that you have written.

Patti Shenberger said...

Phyllis, it's an amazing feeling. Even more so when you type the words "The End." (G)