OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH AUTHOR!
Have no fear, if you haven’t finished the book or scooped up a copy yet we made sure there are no spoilers in this one. So feel free to read without anxiety, but seriously, you’ve got to pick this one up ASAP! 😉
We feel like there is so much to talk about with this book and are so grateful that Lisa Patton took the time to answer some of our questions and give us some insights in to her writing process.
So without further ado…
LIGHTNING ROUND Q&A:
WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST AMAZON PURCHASE?
LISA: A pet gate for Rosie, my perfect Havanese! We recently moved and are living in an Air BnB ’til we find our forever home. Rosie is not having any part of it so her pay back plan for making her move is a non-accidental accident every now and then!
WHAT’S YOUR STARBUCKS ORDER?
LISA: Full disclosure: I’m not a Starbucks person but if I was it would probably be a vanilla latte.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
LISA: Either computer games like solitaire when I’m supposed to be writing or coconut cream thin Oreos, or all three hours of the Today Show when I’m supposed to be writing!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY OR FICTIONAL CHARACTER?
LISA: Paul McCartney. I didn’t have to think on that one more than a second.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ONLINE OBSESSION (WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, ETC.)
LISA: To be perfectly honest it would probably be online shopping. Another full disclosure!
WHAT IS NEXT IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE?
LISA: I am living for the return of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Wait is that Amazon? (Yes!)
Okay, Let’s Chat “Rush: A Novel”
WHEN YOU STARTED TO WRITE ABOUT THE GREEK SYSTEM, WERE YOU HOPING TO SHED LIGHT ON SOME MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IT OR WERE YOU JUST TRYING TO TELL THESE CHARACTERS’ STORIES?
I think it was the former. The characters fell in place once I decided to set my story inside the greek system!
WHAT WAS THE IMPETUS FOR INCLUDING CHARACTERS WHO FUNCTION IN THE GREEK SYSTEM BUT AREN’T ACIVE MEMBERS?
I visited my sorority house at Alabama and had a chance encounter with the housekeeper. Her story set my heart ablaze. Then I started interviewing housekeepers and housemothers and something in my spirit told me I was the one to tell their story. I remember turning around and speaking out loud to God, over my shoulder. I remember saying, “Me? No way.” But the idea wouldn’t leave me so I knew I was the one to write it. I also knew the story had to be told by a Southerner who belonged to a sorority. Otherwise it would never have the right impact. Someone was bound to write a sorority novel sooner or later and I wanted to make sure I honored the greek system.
HOW WAS YOUR RUSH EXPERIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA?
It was wonderful. Some of my closest friends to this day were made during those four years. It was so much fun! Things were a lot different all those years ago 😉 I don’t even think we needed resumes!
BECAUSE WE ARE SUCH FANS OF THE WHISTLIN’ DIXIE SERIES AND RUSH, WE HAVE TO ASK, IS THERE ANOTHER BOOK IN THE WORKS?
YES! You are so nice to ask. I’m writing it right now and I LOVE IT! I’d tell you all about it but it’s not sold yet. I think, well, I hope, you will love it, too! And one last thing I want to leave you with. The paperback version of RUSH includes an epilogue to the story that the hardcover doesn’t have. I never thought the book was complete and my editor loved the idea. I hope you’ll read it. I think you’ll agree the story needed it! Thank you SO MUCH for reading RUSH! I know you have lots of choices on what to read next. I’m honored you spent your time reading my book.