Guest Post: Patricia Sands, Author of “The Promise of Provence”

Today, I have the honor of welcoming Patricia Sands, a Boomer Lit author, to my blog. Patricia is the author of the newly-released The Promise of Provence.

I just finished reading The Promise of Provence today, and I found it to be terrific, full of surprises and a richly character-driven novel with beautiful descriptions of France. If you’ve ever entertained the idea of visiting the south of France, I highly recommend this book. It will certainly lure you into making the decision to do so. It’s a wonderful story of love and loss and finding happiness in unpredictable ways, and throughout the message is “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

Here’s Patricia!


Music and writing: what works for you?

There is an ongoing discussion on this topic. Some writers prefer silence to concentrate, while others crank up the decibels to find inspiration. Then, of course, there are the in-betweeners, happiest when soft background sounds bring calm to their creativity.

Whether the writer is a plotter or pantser, did not seem to factor into the equation, when I queried some other authors.

I seem to make my decision based on what I am writing at the moment and how easily it is coming to me. There are days when I turn on the music first and let it guide me to where I want to go. At other times, I am so focused on what I want to say, that I forget to put any music on. Those are generally the days when I find myself still in my nightgown at noon!

When I was writing The Bridge Club, the time frame of the story spanned from the 1960’s through to 2010. What a trip down memory lane! There’s no question that the tunes playing as I wrote each section contributed greatly to bringing back the reminiscences I needed in order to write the story.

I began with Bob Dylan, Gord Lightfoot, and their cronies and worked through the Beatles, Stones, and Woodstock era, Motown, the Eagles, Leonard Cohen, the Tragically Hip, Elton John, the Eurythmics, U2, Coldplay, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson.

The songs from such different times and places had the power to evoke the same emotions as then and bring memories flooding back.

As the characters aged in that story, there were definitely days when my choices leaned more to classical and jazz. Somehow though, our Boomer generation has never abandoned the musical history we experienced in our younger years. The proliferation of ‘oldies’ radio stations bears testament to that and this was definitely the music that most inspired my words. At times the music relaxed me and at other times it was invigorating.

When I began writing The Promise of Provence, we were living in France for five months and I listened to a great deal of French music. My greatest discovery was Zaz, a young woman with an eclectic Gypsy jazz style that I found energizing. You can find her at

Since I was also writing about the pain and joy of romance, Adele was another constant companion.  When I typed “The End” I almost felt I should list her as a contributor!

There are most certainly times when music is my muse. What would you say?

the promise of provenceSurprise, shock, and a shift in life as she knows it tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she envisioned suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus on beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans for Katherine.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, the beautiful boulevards of Paris and the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast of the Côte d’Azur, unimagined possibilities present themselves.

An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.

“Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel.” Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma

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18 thoughts on “Guest Post: Patricia Sands, Author of “The Promise of Provence”

  1. Interesting post, Patricia! You know how much I love music!! Yet I can’t write with music. I listen to music *for inspiration* or between bouts of writing, but I get too distracted and carried away by a specific mood if I listen to music while writing. Weird, huh? Greatly enjoyed this feature and what an awesome tour! All the best with The Promise…. XXX

    • Nicky, your fabulous Rock Star trilogy is so full of music, I am stunned that you don’t have it on while you write. It’s so interesting to see what works for some of us and not for others. Thanks for stopping by.

      • I know, weird. But ~ I’m so attuned to the mood of a song, and every song is so different, that it gets really hard to have an ongoing soundtrack to a major piece of writing. That’s not to say that I don’t listen to music during the process ~ just not while I’m writing. AND (if you can keep a secret ~ adding a new dimension of discussion here) I do a fair bit of singing while I write. Imaging the karate-airpunch-headbanging-footstamping-of-bursting into song, and you’ll get what it’s like. How about you ~ do you sing while you write? XXX 🙂 What a really thought provoking feature you have here, Patricia!

  2. Ah, Provence! Some day I will go, as I’ve told you before. Now as for music, that’s a must. I prefer classical music or soundtracks when writing fantasy, but for contemporary, I’ve discovered I can write to bands like Of Monsters and Men, Evanescence, or Snow Patrol. As long as they are moody and soulful. One thing I can’t do is write in coffee shops. Too much chatter is distracting and I find myself eavesdropping!

    Lovely to find you here, Patricia. I always enjoy reading about you and your writing.

    • Tameri, I can’t write in crowded places either … and I completely agree with your comment! There are too many opportunities to eavesdrop and collect writing material! You do have an eclectic music list but that’s what I would expect from a writer as exciting and original as you.

  3. Now I am totally regretting that we didn’t chat about music when we met up! I CONSTANTLY (yes, that needed to be in CAPS) have music playing. When I work, clean, and especially when I write.

    Loved the variety you were listening to when you wrote – and I love that you discovered Zaz!

  4. What a fabulous idea, evoking the memory through the music. Most definitely ‘mood music’. I have to say, looking at some of those you’ve listed, Patricia, I was immediately back in the ‘zone’. Ooh, and I do so adore Adele. She always evokes the pain and the joy of love. Great post! 🙂 xx

  5. Lynn, it was a pleasure to spend time with you here. Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m delighted you enjoyed The Promise of Provence. Your response is precisely how I hope readers will respond. That’s what makes writing so worthwhile. See you over in Boomer Lit!

  6. Hi Patricia! You have some eclectic music tastes. Very cool. I also like to write with some music playing. Usually to the sounds of classic hard rock, to 80’s hair bands, to heavy metal. If it’s a serious subject I like to have silence to think deeper. Nice post.

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