Author Top 5 with Patrice Kindl
Today we welcome Patrice Kindl to YABC! Patrice's new book, A School for Brides, is filled with five girls (of a marriageable age) and no men for miles! This modern take on the Regency novel will leave readers dazzled an delighted. Patrice is sharing a few things with us today: more about her book, the top five animals she's written into her books, plus a giveaway!
In addition to A School for Brides and Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl (www.patricekindl.com) is the author of four other novels, the best known of which is the acclaimed Owl in Love. She lives with her husband and a variety of animals in upstate New York.
Now meet Patrice's book, A School for Brides.
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men. Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!
Before giving us her list of TOP 5, Patrice told us that, "I have loved and lived with animals my entire life. It is therefore not surprising that I like to stick them in my books here and there. These are some I’ve written about."
Top Five Animals I've Put in My Books:
5.) Owls. I wrote about a were‐owl in my first novel, OWL IN LOVE. Owl was a barn owl, as is this owl.
4.) Geese. GOOSE CHASE, my third novel, was, as you might expect, about geese. These Embden geese can’t fly, but the geese in GOOSE CHASE were more closely related to wild greylag geese, and flew.
3.) Monkeys. We were involved for over a decade with Helping Hands (www.helpingmonkeys.org), raising and training monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics. LOST IN THE LABYRINTH had a monkey in it.
2. Sheep. Both KEEPING THE CASTLE and A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES take place in Yorkshire, England, where sheep farming is common. Surfing sheep are not, but it IS by the sea.
And the top animal I include in my books (and my life):
1 . Dogs. I have had seven dogs in my life, from a Newfoundland to our current Cavalier King Charles spaniels. The dog in KEEPING THE CASTLE was modeled after my Cavalier, Dante. And Wolfie in A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES is closely related to my huge Newfoundland, Boufe (although Boufe was never scary‐looking, just gigantic). The dogs in both books liked sheep, so here is a dog AND a sheep.
Okay, that might be one of the cutest things we've ever seen here at YABC! We'd like to thank Patrice for sharing ALL about the animals she's written into her books! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of A School for Brides!
By: Patrice Kindl
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Three winners will receive a hardcover copy of A School for Brides. US addresses only.
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Patrice has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What would you do if you found yourself at a school for brides?!
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If I found myself at a school for bribes I would protest whole heartedly against the sexism, while secretly getting ridiculously excited about the sparkly princess dresses
Unleash self-empowering feminist forces among my sisters to choose freely the type of romantic relationships we wish, if any, outside of captivity in such a narrow-minded little place and break free of whatever marriage norms for proper ladies are being indoctrinated as dogma. Freedom!