Monday, April 18, 2016

The Baby Barter ~ Character Interview with Patty Smith Hall

I'm thrilled to have Patty back on the Sweet South Blog again. Not only because she's one of the most kind and gracious authors I've met through my blogging adventures online, she's a fabulous writer with a knack for heartwarming stories with depth. The sweetness amid trials radiates off the page and draws readers back for more. Stick around for a giveaway at the end of this post!

Before we get started with the interview, here's a little bit about the book:

Home from the war, army nurse Thea Miller is determined to adopt her late sister's baby and begin a new life. But someone else has the same intentions—the town sheriff and Thea's old friend, Mack Worthington. Now, in order to keep her niece in the family, Thea must reach an agreement with him.

Mack isn't sure Thea—whose actions once hurt him badly—is committed to baby Sarah. And a judge may never approve a single-parent adoption for either of them. But what if they got married? It would be a marriage in name only. Yet the more time Mack spends with Thea, the more he begins to believe their pretend family can become the real one they've both been longing for.
Available at Barnes and Noble & Amazon.

Character Interview of Sheriff Mack Worthington from The Baby Barter:
Hello Sheriff Mack. Has anything significant happened in your life in the past two weeks?
Well, Thea Miller walked back into my life. Not that that’s a big deal. We were friends back in high school and I did nurse a little crush on her until she left town without a backward glance. But Thea claims that the little girl I’m adopting is her niece and wants to raise the child herself. I can’t let her do that.

Your most embarrassing moment?
Catching the chicken pox and being bedridden along with all of Miss Aurora’s children. I mean, I’m a grown man. I should be helping Miss Aurora and Thea, not making more work for them. But I do have to say, having Thea nurse me back to health has been a lot more fun than I thought. ~grin~

Are there any children or pets in your life? What do you love about them?
There’s Sarah, my daughter, or at least, I hope she’ll be my daughter. Her mother couldn’t handle the fact that the baby had a cleft palate so as sheriff, I was asked to deliver Sarah to the hospital. But I couldn’t. The thought of Sarah in an institution tore me up inside. Miss Aurora takes in all kinds of kids and I knew Sarah wouldn’t lack for love with her so I took her there. That little girl had my heart before I ever pulled up in Miss Aurora’s yard. I started adoption proceedings the next week.  

What are your hobbies?
I play a little baseball with the team from the Bell Bomber plant. When the war was on, the sheriff’s department was short-staffed so I had my hands full keeping the folks of Marietta safe. Now that it’s over, I’ll be spending my time making a home for Sarah and myself.

What is your dearest dream?
I use to have big dreams but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to be realistic.

What has happened in your life to influence your faith?
I always thought I was pretty steady in my faith until I was seventeen. Graduation was just a few weeks away, and I’d been offered a baseball scholarship at the University of Georgia. One night, someone I thought was my friend asked me to take her to the train station. On the way home, I got into an accident. My knee was wrecked. I lost my scholarship and any chance of going to college. I wasn’t sure what God had in store for me then. Sometimes, I’m still not certain.
Where were you born? What other significant happenings surrounded this event?
I was born in Marietta, just before the influenza outbreak of 1918. I was just a few months old during the worst of it, and Mom was so afraid I’d catch it, she barricaded us in the house for almost three months. Pop was a deputy then so he slept at the jail rather than risk infecting us with the flu. 

What is your worst fear?
Losing Sarah. I love that child so much, I can’t even think about it.

When’s the last time you had a really good meal? Courtesy of whom?
That’s easy. At Merrilee Davenport’s. Even with rations, that woman can make a feast, something her new husband, John will appreciate, I’m sure. Folks from three counties come just to eat the crumbs of her juicy chocolate cake. Now that the war’s over, I can’t wait for her to make one of those!

Are there any hardheaded people in your life right now? What’s the issue?
I would have said Judge Wakefield but after talking to Thea Miller, she makes the man look like a cream puff. She’s like a dog to a bone, convinced Sarah is her niece without one bit of evidence. I can say this though—she loves Sarah almost as much as I do, if that’s possible. 

Patty Smith-Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Her next release, New Hope Sweethearts is now available on Amazon. You can visit Patty at

Comment fodder:

-- What's the last book you read that featured a baby or children?
-- What's your favorite thing about reading books that feature children?
-- There area several characters in this book with special needs. Do you have a special needs family member or friend who as influenced you? How have they affected your life?

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GIVEAWAY: THE BABY BARTER by Patty Smith Hall. (Click to Tweet)

Win a copy of The Baby Barter! Patty Has generously offered to give away one paperback copy to a US resident and an e-book copy to an international reader. Simply comment on this blog with your email (email AT server DOT com) to enter! Giveaway ends April 30.

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY: Tell me where you learned about this giveaway. If a Facebook page or another blog, please list which one specifically. This will help me better get the news out to you about other giveaways!


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  2. Hi, Marisa!! I'm putting your name in the hat--I mean, teacup. :D Thanks for Commenting! :)

  3. Ohh this looks like such a sweet story. :) I love stories with children in them--most recently being A Twist of Faith where the male MC had two small children from his first marriage.

  4. Thank you for a chance to win. This looks like a really good book. spottsATcomcastDOTnet

  5. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for a chance! Saw the giveaway via Facebook.
    Have a Blessed Day!

  6. Thanks everyone for dropping by today! I enjoyed getting to know Mack and Thea through their journey to a happily-ever-after--I hope you enjoy reading their story too!

    And thanks, Natalie for having me--it's always a joy to be here!

  7. I enjoy reading about children. What's not to love?

    fishingjan AT aol DOT com

    I saw this giveaway on Facebook post by Natalie Monk

  8. Meghan! I can't wait to read A Twist of Faith! Thanks for commenting! :) I'll put your name in the teacup!

  9. Hi, Stella! The Baby Barter is a sweet, touching story. I know you'll enjoy it. Thanks for entering!

  10. Hi, Wenona! So glad you came over! Got you down for two entries! Thanks!

  11. Patty, I love having you on the blog. It's always such a pleasure, and I know everyone here enjoys it as well.

  12. Hi, Jan! Children make things so interesting and always steal our hearts, don't they? Thanks so much for commenting! I've got you down for two entries. Glad you saw the Facebook post!


  13. This sounds good. New author to me! Yay!

  14. Great interview! This looks good! Saw it on the Christian Book Giveaways & Deals FB group. Thanks!


  15. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I found out about this giveaway on Fiction Addiction Fix.

  16. I saw the giveaway here

    Being the mom of 12 I am always excited to see books about babies and children and this one looks so exciting.Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    Deanne P.
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com


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