For those who know me well or have seen a lot of my instagram, you will know that I adore the South of France. I love travelling there, spending as much of our summers in beautiful locations and when I am not there, I love reading about it.
A few years ago I came across Canadian author Patricia Sands “Love in Provence” series and let me tell you I was hooked. I read the first two books quite close together and I couldn’t wait for Patricia to release the third.
As with anything that I get rather obsessed with, I tend to find out more on social media and over the course of the last year myself and Patricia have formed quite an instagram friendship. I love the posts she shares of her time in Provence and the South of France as well as her home town of Toronto and as we both love travelling, we have a shared passion.
I recommend signing up to receive Patricia’s newsletter where she shares her other passion, photography, has great giveaways and shares fabulous information about the south of France.
I am so honoured that Patricia has taken part in my LadyM Meets interview series; lets here from her:
What encouraged you to get into this industry and what was your route into it?
It actually happened quite by accident! Ten years ago, I began writing a book about my real-life Bridge Club, strictly for my real-life bridge club. We’ve all been friends since we were in our twenties, some even earlier. A few friends began to read bits and pieces of what I had written and encouraged me to publish, saying their book clubs would want to read it. They felt I was telling women’s stories that should be shared. So that’s how the journey to publishing began. The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and an exciting new career began for me in my sixties.
I discovered I loved the writing world and have since published the Love In Provence trilogy. Amazon Publishing’s arm Lake Union approached me about the series and purchased the rights as well as signing me to a contract. I am now working on my fifth novel and have also published a novella.
In addition, I write articles and publish my photography for France-related and other websites and ezines. Writing is now my life and I love it!
What is a typical working day for you?
I spend between 10 and 12 hours a day on my computer, either writing manuscripts or working in social media. I like to wake up early and write for a few hours before I get sidetracked by other things. Don’t get me wrong, I also take time off for fun with family and friends and play two hours of tennis two mornings a week.
Where are you based, how much of an inspiration is your city and what are your favourite cities around the world?
Our primary home is in Toronto and we spend a few winter months in south Florida, along with two to three months between May and October in the south of France. My favourite cities are Nice, Paris and Toronto but my heart lives in the old town of Antibes on the Côte d’Azur.
Have you seen your industry change in the last few years? Have you had to adapt?
The change in the writing world in the past ten years has been enormous. The advent of digital print and self-publishing has created an entirely new, exciting dynamic. Since I began in self-publishing and now work in both indie and traditional worlds, it’s been easy to adapt. I feel very fortunate.
What’s the most rewarding part of your work? What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
The most rewarding part is hearing from readers on a daily basis. It’s inspiring, motivating and satisfying for someone to send a message saying how your words or the story line of a novel touched them. I feel like reaching so many readers is my greatest accomplishment but of course I owe a great deal of thanks to the Amazon Publishing people for their belief and support.
What is next for you? What are your goals for 2017?
I am working on a stand-alone novel that I hope to have published next year. Like my others, I write to women in an older demographic and, again, this is also set in the south of France but a very different region around Arles and the Camargue. I’m excited about it!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Optimistic, energetic, grateful
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Haha! That’s an interesting question. How about Helen Mirren?
Who is your ultimate style icon?
You! [Patricia, you are too kind, Rachel x]
Bonus Question – if you didn’t do the job you do now – what would be your dream job and where?
I can’t imagine doing anything I would love more than what I do, but if I have to choose I’ll be a travel writer based in Antibes (I can always fly out of Nice to go wherever!!!).
You can find out more about Patricia via her website, she loves hearing from her readers so if you do read her books, be sure to let her know what you think of them
I can’t wait for her new novel to be published, I’ll have it on pre-order from Amazon for sure!
You can find Patricia’s books on Amazon by clicking the links below