A Conversation With Author, Patricia Brandon
When I started this series of author interviews, I posted an open call on my blog for authors to contact me if they wanted to participate. Patricia Brandon responded. Although, she has connections to SCWA and has won their coveted Carrie McCray award, I have not met her personally. Her personal story sounds interesting, and I hope to meet her in person some day soon.
What are you working on?I love historical fiction and most of my writing is of that genre. My recently published, The Center of Gravity, takes place between 1933 Europe and 1976 South Carolina. It weaves together the story of a young woman, Sonne Becker, who is tricked into service as a food tester for Adolf Hitler, and the story of a French art professor, Rainer von Bauchelle, who is forced to assist the Nazis in the restoration of the priceless Amber Room in Konigsberg Castle. While Sonne is forced to endure more abuse and carries a life-changing secret, Rainer hides dangerous secrets, too. His best friend is a Jew who fights for the Alsatian Resistance, and his family hides Jews at their Colmar winery.
I have just started writing another historical fiction, Come Not Down The Lanes, that will take place in 1919 western North Carolina. A great deal of change happened during that time. Prohibition was newly enacted, and women would soon have the right to vote. Plus, World War I and a dangerous flu pandemic had just ended. The story centers around a young woman who spends a summer as a camp counselor at a new exclusive camp for girls and becomes involved in what, at first, seems like a local town murder. But a strange and morbid old ritual may hold clues that will reveal something bigger. The novel will be somewhat autobiographical, in that I spent a summer as a counselor in the Cashiers/Sapphire Valley area when I was in college, and can draw on many of those incredible experiences. There will be some romance, coming of age as a young woman during that time period, mystery, history, fun, and hopefully a good, redemptive tale of the human spirit!