I would like you to meet Patricia Yager Delagrange. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, all her books take place in California because then she can give her reader a realistic picture of the environment. She got her B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara after studying at the University of Madrid for her junior year, then received her Master’s degree in Education from Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children and two large chocolate labs in the small city of Alameda, where Moon Over Alcatraz takes place.
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What inspired you to write this story?
I wrote Moon Over Alcatraz as a personal research into how a couple would feel if they lost a child at birth. I’ve always been interested in how a mother and father would deal with a kidnapped child and that segued into wondering how losing a newborn child would affect a marriage.
How long did it take you to write this story?
It takes me about three months to write a book and then another three months or more to edit it. My first book was something like 120,000 words and I edited it down to about 60,000. Then I took online craft classes and hired a personal editor and learned how to write better.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love creating a world that only exists in my mind, typing it on my laptop, and watching that world become reality. After my last book, I walked away from it for about two months because I’m on a blog tour for Moon Over Alcatraz. When I returned and read it, I didn’t even recall writing a lot of it and it seemed fresh to me and easier to edit. Sometimes I don’t see the forrest for the trees when I try to edit immediately after completing a book.
If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would be exciting to be an Olympic horse jumper for one day to see how it feels to ride the course and finish it with no mistakes.
What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Probably the only thing that gets “old” in my refrigerator are the ice cubes. I’m one of those people who throws things out once the due date arrives. My dad always told me, “when it doubt, throw it out” and that’s what I do.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am editing a women’s fiction book Brenda’s Wish. It’s about a divorced woman who’s raising her 17-year-old son in San Francisco. Her ex-husband is a cop who is murdered and the book revolves around how that affects both her and her son’s lives. It’s tangled yet has happiness sprinkled throughout the novel and ends on a good note.