THE BOOK: “An Unlikely Arrangement”
PUBLISHED IN: 2011.
THE AUTHOR: Patty Wiseman.
THE EDITOR: Critique groups, publisher
THE PUBLISHER: Small Press – Desert Coyote Productions, Longview, Texas
SUMMARY: Ruth Squire was rebellious, headstrong, fiercely independent, and constantly in trouble; a shocking dilemma for her parents in the late 1920’s. Her antics caused them to consider an arranged marriage to a man she didn’t know. They felt she would settle down and be a properly married woman. The story takes off with Ruthie locked in her bedroom awaiting her fate, surmising she would be sent to a boarding school for women. Throughout the tale three lives intertwine, Peter Kirby, the man she is to marry, Eric Horton, a scheming banker who intends to make Ruth his own, and Ruthie, who takes her fate into her own hands.
Through the differing worlds of high society, middle-class life, and organized crime we follow their story culminating in an engagement, a kidnapping, a misunderstanding… … and a murder.
THE BACK STORY: The story is based on the life and times of my paternal grandmother in the 1920’s, set in Detroit, Michigan where it actually took place. The stories were family folk lore throughout my childhood. As a creative writer I felt the need to fashion a fictional tale about her life. A colorful figure for her time, she followed her mindset of independence, fighting for what she wanted. What transpires through this struggle is a brush with the mafia and secrets long kept that come to light and almost destroy her and the family. My mother gave me most of the information as my father had died twenty years before. Through other interviews and research of the actual time and place the story came together beautifully. What we have is a fast paced journey through a young woman’s struggle for freedom, a woman ahead of her time.
THE TITLE: An Unlikely Arrangement was chosen because arranged marriages during the enlightened era of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ was almost unheard of. I actually wanted to call it “The Arrangement”, but that title was already used multiple times.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: The story has something for everyone. Mystery, suspense, twists and turns, and a touch of romance. Unwilling to compromise the story and distract the reader, the author is able to give the reader a vibrant picture without the graphic descriptions that take you out of the scene. Suitable for young and old alike.
“I literally gasped at the ending. No! This can’t be happening! I want the sequel NOW!”
“Loved this book! It pulled me in from the first page through the end. I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.”
“My favorite books are the reads with twists and turns to keep me guessing and Patty Wiseman kept me guessing and still guessing.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: Award Winning Author Patty Wiseman is a native of the Seattle, Washington area and attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Northeast Texas has been home for the past 35 years, along with her husband Ron and crème lab, Cutter. An avid history buff with a weakness for a good mystery, she created the Velvet Shoe Collection of romantic mysteries, based on the true stories she heard as a child about her grandmother’s arranged marriage in the 1920’s. Fascinated by her rebel nature and brush with the darker side of life, Patty set about creating stories of intrigue and romance.
The 1st An Unlikely Arrangement won 2nd place in Forward National Literary Awards.
The 2nd in the series, An Unlikely Beginning, won 1st place in the Texas Association of Authors
The 3rd, An Unlikely Conclusion also won 1st place in the Texas Association of Authors.
Other awards include: Essay contest 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading
1st place award for short story A Summer Tale with Angie’s Diary
Patty has enjoyed features in Charm Magazine, Piney Wood Live Magazine, and White Oak Independent Newspaper, as well as television and radio interviews.
A civic minded lady, she is a member of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs – Marshall Chapter, a Lifetime Member of the Worldwide Who’s Who for Professional Women, recently named VIP for 2013, a member and past secretary of East Texas Writers Association, a member of the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization, and Texas Association of Authors.
She’s an entertaining speaker and is available for speaking engagements where she loves to talk about how ancestry research offers a wealth of ideas for writers.
She like surprises, intrigue, and mystery, and loves sending the reader on a chase with a totally unexpected ending.
Favorite quote “Find out who you are, then do it on purpose.” ~ Dolly Parton
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “Everyone has secrets in their family. I chose to use those colorful snippets to fashion my writing career. What I uncovered as I researched my family history was more intrigue, more secrets, and strong women who overcame unspeakable odds. The books I write champion these ladies as they fought their way through the circumstances they found themselves in.”
SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://amzn.to/1JzXjZP
LOCAL OUTLETS: Walgreen’s, Marshall, Texas
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, or through the author
PRICE: $8.99 in paperback, $1.99 in Kindle.