Book Name: What’s In A Name?
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998437.Patois
Author Name: Pat Henshaw
Author Bio: Born in the Heartland of Nebraska, Pat Henshaw has made America hers by living in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. She has found joy in visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family.
Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Two of her fondest memories are touching time when she put her hands on the pyramids and experiencing pure whimsy when she interviewed Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch). Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Her supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away writing fiction.
Where can you find the author?:
Book website: http://whatsinanamenovella.blogspot.com
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyD
Blurb: Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Bar rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.
Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.
While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Stonewall [Saloon] was chaos when I got there. Guy and another bartender were mixing drinks as fast as they could. I squeezed in at the end of the bar near the hatchway and sat on an abandoned stool there.
I didn’t think Guy had seen me come in, so when there was a lull in the frenetic pace and he was nearly within arm’s reach, I called out, “What’s a guy gotta do to get a drink in this place?”
Guy looked up, grinned at me, and yelled back, “Fuck the bartender.”
A slim man sitting next to me perked up, gave Guy the once-over, and yelled, “Okay!”
Guy’s startled gaze met mine, and we broke out laughing.
The man next to me sighed and slumped over his beer. “I knew it was too good to be true,” he mumbled.
I patted him on the shoulder.
“Maybe next time,” I commiserated with him.
“Right,” he answered glumly.
Interview with Pat Henshaw
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Will Parkinson’s 500 Miles which I loved, and I’m starting Outdated by Michael War and This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Why?
Since I read so many different types of fiction, this is a tough one. So I’m choosing three different subgenres of fiction and one author in each whose work I really enjoy. But each of these choices is a top-notch representative, but they aren’t necessarily my absolute favorites.
Gay romance: John Goode because his Foster High series includes interesting plots, dynamic characters, and important themes. His books should be must-reads for every gay teen.
Regency romance: Mary Balogh who is the queen of elegant storytelling
Western romance: Maggie Osborne who blends a sense of humor, gritty feel of the old West, and an interesting love story.
What is a typical writing day for you?
I start my day with writing–about 3 hours before I break to have lunch. Before I write, I check email and sometimes Facebook. In the afternoon I revise and do social media things like blog and again check email. In the evening after dinner, I will revise again or make notes for writing the next day. I read before going to sleep.
What is your writing space like?
Happily it’s a complete mess. I have a room for writing that once was the world’s smallest bedroom. There are five bookcases along the walls. On the walls are a poster of Renoir’s Boating Party, a Chinese Radicals chart, a television page mock-up signed by the people I used to work with, a painting of The Mourners at the Crucifixion done by a Texas prison inmate, and prints of photos I’ve taken. Besides my computer, keyboard, print dictionary and thesaurus, and jars of pens and pencils, my desk has two meerkat miniatures, a clay sculpture of a miniature Chinese man holding a fan, a metal cast of Bastet, a wooden turtle, a wooden bird, the action figure of a librarian and her books, an alarm clock, stacks of paper, my Kindle, my cell phone, hand cream, and gum. The list can go on and on, but you get the idea. I’m pretty eclectic.
What are some of your hopes for 2015?
For myself as far as my writing career is concerned, I hope to get all three parts of the Sierra Foothills series (of which “What’s in a Name?” is the first) published. I also hope to get the sequel to my self-published paranormal “The Vampire’s Food Chain” out.
As a mother, I hope to get my daughter and her family moved back to the United States. They are currently living in Rome.
As a citizen of the world, I hope for peace, prosperity, and equality for all people.
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