Heroine Interview from The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

» Posted on Jan 28, 2011 in Blog | 11 comments

This week I’m hosting Loree Lough with Maverick Heart, Ron and Janet Benrey with Little White Lies, and Patti Lacy with The Rhythm of Secrets. If you want to enter the drawings, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (January 30th) evening.

Interview with the heroine from The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy:

1.Sheila Franklin, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Oh, dear, Margaret. Are you alone?
Okay. Good. You really must not tell anyone, but I’ve gone by two other names. Sigh. Back in the old days, I pulled dimes from the ears of French Quarter mimes. Fascinating stuff. Really novel-worthy. Sigh. That was before…Mimi sent me away.

2. What do you do for fun?
Daydream with Ebony and Ivory. Margaret, I don’t know what I would’ve done these past decades without my piano.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

You are really getting personal now, and I barely know you! But Patti said you could keep a secret—in fact, she said you could keep dozens of them.

Margaret, I’ve put off telling Edward—my pastor husband—the truth about my past. One phone call—just yesterday, in fact—has changed everything.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Hurting my husband Edward’s church. Hurting my husband Edward’s career. Hurting. My. Husband. Edward.

5. What do you want out of life?

Margaret, I want to be free of these sordid secrets.

6. What is the most important thing to you?
My son. My husband. Don’t you see, it’s a horrible dilemma! If I save one, I destroy the other. Oh, Margaret, what will I do?

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

An old Bible given to me by Miz W, a landlady sent from God above.
I love the children’s books in the church library…love more letting the little ones sit in my lap and turn the pages. You see, I lost my little one…but now he’s found!
I won’t lose him again, do you hear me? I WON’T!

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Margaret, I can’t tell you. It happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, back in 1949. Oh, if I could rewind the tape of history, replay that day…

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I would LOVE to have a cat, but Edward’s allergies prohibit such a thing.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Oh, Margaret, for just ONE HOUR in that 1940s French Quarter, singing along with my Maman, my Papa…

Margaret, I really have to go. You see, I’ve reserved a table at Etienne’s. The place in Chicago to see and be seen. They would never think to look for me, a pastor’s wife, there…


  1. Well, if this doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what will! 🙂

    Great "interview"! Thanks, ladies.

  2. This looks like a great book. I really enjoyed reading your interview with the heroine. Thank You. Loriematteson@yahoo.com

  3. Patti has done it again! How can I NOT read THE RHYTHM OF SECRETS after reading this interview?! I like that you "interviewed" the character, rather than Patti herself.


  4. Ditto what Wilda said. Patti writes such rich, gritty stories. I love her realism and the way she brings life to her characters. I mean, come on, aren't those interview questions evidence of that? Way to go Patti! I'm a student of your writing, you know. 🙂

  5. Karen, you are SUCH a wonderful influence in MY life. Thank you.

    Lorie, nice to meet you! I LOVED writing this scene.

    Y'all, WILDA IS AN AMAZING POET. I had the blessing of teaching with her last summer at Green Lake Writers Conference. Check out HER place! I'm humbled that she's one of my readers because I hope to study under her one day.

    Okay, Naomi. You made my day and have me swallowing past that tight throat. Thank you.

    Ahem. I'd love for y'all to let your fingers tap you over to Seekerville today (home of some of the BEST and Nicest Christian writers) Yep, I'm talking about rhythms…I think:) http://seekerville.blogspot.com

    Margaret, thanks for letting Sheila in the spotlight. It's touch and go with her.

  6. Want to read this book too. Thinking i should retire so I can read more of these books. They are stacking up at home for sure. But read at least 4-5 a month. Juanita W

  7. I absolutely love the cover of The Rhythm of Secrets and would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Cindy W.


  8. What a amazing sounding story? Great interview. I love Patti's stories.They are so realistic and have such meaning.Keep them coming.

  9. Juanita, your words of reading are manna to a writer's ears!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Cindy, love seeing that country bears tag!

    April waving at you! I am so blessed that you connected with my stories.

    Have a great day, y'all!

  10. Super interview!
    Love, Sheba… love Sheila… but Sylvia captured my heart!

    I've been blessed by Rhythm…
    I'd love to read everybody's comments after they read this book!!!

    My thoughts are up on my blog-It was hard for me to put in words what Patti's writing stirs up…

  11. Oh, Cheryl, thank you. I so appreciate your connection with my ladies.

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