Looking to get your love fix? National bestselling author Patricia Sargeant has the perfect groom for you.
Tell me about your book, A Groom Once Again.
Hi, Chandra! Thank you so much for letting me visit with your community again. It’s always such a pleasure to chat with you.
My May release is a contemporary romance novella, A Groom Once Again. It’s the second novella in my Meet the Bridegrooms novella trilogy. The first novella, A Groom to the Altar, was a January release.
The tagline for the trilogy is, “Three confirmed bachelors get a second chance with their one true love.” The trilogy follows three documentary filmmakers, DeAndre, Asher and Nathan. The trio are working on a documentary about the Sellsville Sluggers, an actual black baseball team that existed in the early 1900s in Columbus, Ohio. This project reunites each man with his one true love.
A Groom Once Again reunites Asher with his ex-wife, Zora. The novella’s tagline is, “It takes the right words to get back to the altar.” In order to reconcile, Asher and Zora need to discover and appreciate each other’s love language, and then learn to communicate with each other using those love languages.
Why did you decide to write it?
I wanted to write this story because I’m fascinated by the concept of the five love languages. Are you familiar with them? They’re gifts, service, time, touch and words. According to the theory, each of us has one dominate love language. That’s how we express our love, and it’s the way we need to experience love. For example, let’s say your love language is time and your spouse’s love language is service. This means that you need to spend time with the people you love, and you need the people you love to spend time with you.
Now, let’s say as an expression of his love, your spouse decides to build you a gazebo. From scratch. It’s very time consuming. This is an example of his love language, which is service. But since your love language is time, you’d rather he spend time with you rather than building a gazebo. If you and your spouse don’t realize the conflict between your two love languages and figure out a solution, resentment can build and put a strain on your relationship.
I find this fascinating.
What’s one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?
Oh, I really can’t think of anything. Perhaps readers would be surprised to learn that I’m truly very boring, or maybe they wouldn’t be so surprised. Ha!
To what do you attribute your success?
Oh, there are so many things. I believe there are many factors that contribute to a person’s failure, and likewise a great number of factors that contribute to a person’s success: drive, determination, dedication, fate and especially family. My family has encouraged me since childhood. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They never let me give up on my dream. That’s the reason I dedicate every book I publish to my family.
What do you hope your legacy will be?
I try to include a message of empowerment in all of my stories. Believe in yourself even if other people don’t believe in you. Be your authentic self even if people think you’re weird. Be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Love yourself. That message is the legacy I’d like to leave.
What’s the most difficult part of being an author?
Hands down, I have to say the most difficult part of being an author is making a living wage. No joke. I love storytelling. I have stories to tell, but it’s more than challenging to support myself with my stories.
What was your most memorable experience writing this book?
Oh, wow, Chandra. This is the perfect question. I believe my most memorable experience writing this novella is the research I’m doing on the Sellsville Sluggers, an actual black baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 1900s. It was so hard to find information on the team. I turned to three African American historical romance authors for advice on research: Kaia Alderson, Beverly Jenkins and Piper Huguley. They gave me some wonderful resources, but there just isn’t that much information on the Sluggers. Piper gave me some great insight. I’ve included this experience in a scene in A Groom Once Again. It was my way of saying, “Thank you!” to Kaia, Beverly and Piper.
What’s next for you?
Thank you so much for asking. I have three more contemporary romance releases this year. In July, A Groom Worth the Wait wraps up the Meet the Bridegrooms novella trilogy. In September, I’m re-releasing Sweet Deception, my 2009 contemporary romance that features an erotic romance author who’s torn between her duty to her strict religious family and her desire for a cynical mystery author. In November, I’m finally wrapping up the Anderson Family trilogy that I started with Harlequin Kimani. The first two books were The Love Game and Passion Play. The third story will be A Wedding Gamble.
Do you have anything you would like to add?
No, I don’t have anything to add. You always ask such great questions, Chandra. Thank you again for this opportunity. I really appreciate it.
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