Monday, March 10, 2014

Dance with Patty Gammons

Hazards on the Hardwood cover

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at a ballroom competition? 

Taffy Torkelson is a barista by day and a firecreacker of a dancer by night. Her "faux" french partner, Francois, is a dashing, dancing dynamo.

As they gear up for this year's ballroom competition, there are some sinister steps being taken and evil elements cooking up a damaging disaster for our dancing duo. Throw in some vile villians, crazy characters, conceited contenders, love and larceny, along with a story of redemption and restoration; all the ingredients needed for a creative and competitive caper. 

Caution: Hazards on the Hardwood could be dangerous to your funny bone! 

Introducing Patty Gammons

Patty grew up in Ventura, California and started writing poetry at eight years old. Writing was
Author Patty Gammons
genetic, starting with her great-grandfather, a clerk for an Ojai, California church. Her great uncle was the editor of the Santa Barbara newspaper for many years, and her grandmother worked in the printing business. Her mother had a journalism degree and Patty followed with her own brand of word-whirling. 
The gift surfaced while working in the airlines business in the 90s and continued with online newsletters and magazines.  Patty has written for a fifty-five and over newspaper, writing several articles for local newspapers, The Northwest Times and The Texas Blaze. 

She counts herself fortunate to edit several authors’ manuscripts and has made numerous writers’ acquaintances.  Currently, she's working on book two of this series, “Hazards on the High Road.”

Patty is the mother of four grown children and grandmother to one special granddaughter.
There are several other books waiting in this writer’s portfolio – they are on hold and will be revisited after this series is complete.

CLOVER: How often to you get lost in a story?
PATTY: Frequently if the truth be told.  There are some books that I will read over and over again.

CLOVER: Your book is centered around ballroom dancing. Is that something you have taken part in?
PATTY: I have taken part in one type of dance or another for most of my life.  I participated in a cotillion at the age of thirteen and like a tractor beam it drew me in and I’ve been dancing ever since.  I met my late husband at a dance studio and he became my instructor and then…we married and the “rest as they say is history.”

Patty and her mom 1946CLOVER: I heard you were able to connect with some ballroom legends. How did that come about?
PATTY: Social networking has been instrumental in connecting with people in the ballroom field.

CLOVER: Do you watch Dancing with the Stars?
PATTY: Yes, from the first season. Also, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

CLOVER: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?
PATTY: The 1940s is my favorite era. I was born in the 40s and
Patty Gammons's stylish mom
have many photos of my mom in her fashionable clothes.  The Big Bands were terrific. I love that type of music.
CLOVER:  That sounds like so much fun. What do you do to unwind and relax? Well, besides dancing.
PATTY: Reading and visiting with friends at the local Starbucks.
CLOVER: I should have guessed that. Starbucks plays prominently in your book.

CLOVER’S GOTTA ASK:  What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
PATTY’S GOTTA ANSWER:   I was able to reinvent myself after several life-changing events happened. I always loved writing and the publishing of my first book is a “dream come true.”

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Patty is offering a copy of Hazards on the Hardwood to one lucky commenter.

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And the winner is: Bn100! Congratulations. Patty will be getting in touch with you soon. 

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  1. Sounds like a terrific book!

    I love watching Dancing with The stars... Not the later seasons where there seem like there are 20 stars... But the earlier seasons were better, I think...

    1. May, I hope you enjoy the book -- I enjoyed writing about a subject close to my heart and with a comedic and suspenseful slant --

  2. Dancing with the Stars is one of the shows that my husband and I watch together without fail. So fun to watch amazing dancers...

    Thanks for being our guest today Patty!

    1. Clover, I truly enjoyed doing this online interview -- Thanks for a wonderful opportunity --

  3. Great your dreams came true

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. It has been a growing experience -- My heart is happiest when writing and dancing!

  4. Hi Patty,
    Welcome to GLIAS. What a fun story premise--especially because you are a "real" dancer! Glad that you enjoy DWTS--it's nice to know it's fun for people in the know, too. I can't wait to pick up your book -- sounds great! Good luck with it.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisbeth -- It is a story of whimsy, suspense and a dash of romance -- my passion for WRITING and DANCING have been truly blessed!

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    1. Thanks, Angi -- It is my first complete book project -- I have others "waiting in the writing wings"