Wednesday 15 November 2017

Blog Tour Guest Post - Maddy's Phoenix by Patricia Yager Delagrange

Maddy's Phoenix
Author: Patricia Yager Delagrange
Release Date: August 10, 2017
Keywords: single mothers, loss, disappointment, life struggle, coming of age, second chances, hope
Categories: Contemporary Women/Coming of Age
Pages: 364
ISBN: 978-0692875452
Imprint: Sly Fox

One Liner:
After losing her baby prematurely, Maddy discovers an infant in a dumpster and keeps her. But can Maddy keep her secret hidden for long?

Book Description:
Maddy lives a hard life, working as a waitress at the Monte Rio Café in a town on California’s Russian River. Abandoned by her mother when she was a teenager, she is nonetheless grateful for the cabin where she lives—and for Cheryl, the older waitress who watches over her while Maddy anticipates the birth of her baby.

Then Maddy goes into labor prematurely and loses her precious baby, a loss almost more than any young woman  can bear. Soon after Maddy discovers a tiny infant in the dumpster behind the café, keeps the baby, and names her Judith.

Maddy takes the money in her tip jar and moves to the Bay Area, where she can study to become a nurse, to be better than the things her momma said about her. But how can Maddy take care of little Judith, work and go to school?

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How do you come up with the ideas for your books?

I write women’s fiction so all my books have a woman as the central character. I always put my main character in a true-life situation and make her deal with it. Whether it’s an unhappy marriage, an adoption, or a typical family problem, the women I write about step up to the plate and solve whatever dilemmas surface in their lives.

In the case of Maddy’s Phoenix, Maddy finds a baby in a dumpster. When doing research for this novel, I found stories of babies found in dumpsters, but none where the person who discovered the child kept the baby. I spoke with the police and an attorney about the legal ramifications of such an action and as far as California law, the outcome is possible.

The women I write about are true-to-life characters and their problems are also real; but my characters do not dump their problems on someone else to solve for them. They may have help, but they take responsibility for figuring them out and do their best to fix things.

I also inject romance into my novels because most women i know have some sort of past or present love interest and while they’re busy jumping over the hurdles I’ve placed before them, they usually are also dealing with a boyfriend or a husband along the way.

So to answer the question of how I come up with the ideas for my books, I’d have to say that I don’t have to look very far from my own family or friends or the news to come up with realistic opportunities in which to place my main characters, forcing them to work through all that life throws them while on this earth.

About the Author
Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia weaves engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme.  She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life after tragedy.  Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, or a couple who stray from their marital vows, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Madrid then transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Spanish. She went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University.

Patricia lives with her husband and two children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs named Annabella and Jack, and a rescue terrier mix, Shay Dog. Oh, and she also takes care of her daughter's guinea pig, Lucifer. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, Patricia enjoys riding her Friesian horse Maximus, who lives in the Oakland hills with a million dollar view.

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