Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Author Chat with Paty Jager

Hi Paty! So glad to have you at Author Chat, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book.

Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
Hot chocolate, please. No whip cream, but if you have a shot of peppermint schnapps… 

Yum. :) Fur or feathers, petwise?
Fur, of the doggie kind. Tink, my Chihuahua/min pin cross, travels with me when I go on research trips and everywhere else. We also have two cow dogs, 30 head of cattle, one horse, one mini horse, and one burro. 

That's a lot of fur! lol 
Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
Pet peeves - When perfectly healthy people park in the handicap parking, shopping carts are left in parking spots rather than put in the cart corrals, and a real pet peeve, when the dogs poop on my trail to the barn. ;) 

Oh yuck! :) Favorite quote? 
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain 

Love Mark Twain. 
What’s your ideal day like?
3,000 words written, a horse ride with grandkids, a barbeque with family, and watching the stars pop out in a warm summer sky. Or are you talking about a typical ideal day…  2,000 words written, two hours spent on the internet networking and promoting, a walk, watch The Talk, and make dinner for hubby. With a horse ride in the evening. 

Ahh, lovely. If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
When I was in high school we had to write a story about what our life would be like in thirty years. I had a barn renovated into a house with tigers for pets and I was reclusive writer and artist. 

Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban? 
I don't know who Foo Fighters are, but I like the rest. ;) I listen to mostly country music but I like it all but hard rock and rap. 

Do you have a music playlist for your book?
I don’t have a playlist but while writing the spirit trilogies I listened to cd's of Native American music.  When I write historical westerns I listen to blue grass, contemporary westerns I listen to country music, my book set in Guatemala, I listened to Mayan music. 

Sounds cool, and that must have really set the mood. Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
I'd love to invite all my heroes and heroines and many of the secondary characters to dinner. I tend to write people I would like to hang out with. They all have family values once they realize it, and a sense of humor. 

Love it, sounds like a great dinner party. While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
One? I do a lot of research for my books and I come across so many interesting things. But for the book that released this month, Spirit of the Lake, it was learning how pregnant women were viewed in the Nez Perce culture.  And the symbolism of the birth and how it pertains to the child's health. They keep a piece of the umbilical cord in a pouch on the cradle board and later with the child's pouch where they keep all things precious to them. It's believed if anything happens to the dried up cord the child will become ill and could die. And if the child does become sick, the cord can be used to heal them.

Fascinating. I love research too. :)
Where can readers find out more about you?

At my website:, my blog: Http:// or follow my blog tour and win.

This post is part of my blog tour. Leave a comment on as many of my guest blogs as you can and the person who travels with me the most will receive an autographed copy of Spirit of the Lake, a sweatshirt, and cowboy chocolate. To find all the places I’m visiting go to my blog:  The contest runs from May 18th – May 29th covering thirteen blogs. I'll notify the winner on May 30th. In the event of a tie I will draw a name.
Spirit of the Lake blurb:
Two generations after his brother became mortal, Wewukiye, the lake spirit, prevents a Nimiipuu maiden from drowning and becomes caught up in her sorrow and her heart
Her tribe ignores Dove's shameful accusations—a White man took her body, leaving her pregnant, and he plans to take their land.Wewukiye vows to care for her until she gives birth, to help her prove the White man is deceitful and restore her place in her tribe.
As they travel on their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities yet unknown in her people, ensnaring Wewukiye’s respect and awe. But can love between a mortal and a spirit grow without consequences?


 Wewukiye tugged her hand, drawing her closer. His warm breath puffed against her ear.

"You need only think of me and you will have strength."

His soft silky voice floated through her body like a hot drink.

Dove swallowed the lump in her throat and asked, "When will I see you again?" The thought of sleeping on the hard ground next to the fire in Crazy One's dwelling didn't sound near as inviting as using his lap to rest her head.

The days and nights grew colder; to be wrapped in his arms would warm her through and through.

"You will find me at the meadow every day when the sun is directly overhead." He brushed his lips against her ear.

She closed her eyes, relishing the silky feel of his lips and the heat of his touch.

"Think of me," whispered through her head.

Dove opened her eyes. She stood alone. Her palm still warm from their clasped hands, her ear ringing with his whisper.

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Thanks for chatting Paty!
Thank you for having me, Cate! It's been fun!


D'Ann said...

Hi, Paty.
I was doing pretty well keeping up on your tour, but have gotten lost.

Great interview!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Paty, I knew that a part of the umbilical cord was saved as protection, but not that it was used to heal the child. You are so well versed on Indian lore.

Emma Lai said...

Hi Paty and Cate! Fun interview. Fascinating piece of information on the umbilical cord and it's significance in Nez Perce culture.

Paty Jager said...

D'Ann, You can go back through and comment on those you missed. I'm not counting until Monday. ;)

Caroline, Only the Nez Perce lore. They're the tribe I've focused on. And I'm not an expert. I just find tidbits like that fascinating and it sticks with me. They only used it to heal if they were very sick- near death sick because it was the last hope of saving them.

Paty Jager said...

Thanks, Emma Lai.

Sarah Raplee said...

Great Questions, Cate! This interview was fun to read.

Paty, you always have something interesting to share from your research and experience. Thanks!

JeanMP said...

Great interview, laughed when I read about the dog. Interesting information about the umbilical cord and how it factored into their life.

Cate Masters said...

Welcome Paty! Congrats again on your release. Love that cover.

Becky said...

Great interview! It was interesting to learn about the umbilical cord. Is there certain types of Native American music you listen to when writing the spirit trilogies?

Melinda said...


Still following you as you tell more on the Nez Perce. In the Navajo beliefs the umbilical cord it buried on the land because that is where the wind knows your name. I learned this from research and from a great movie, called "The Lost Child" It is a true story about "the lost birds" which are considered Lost Birds because they were taken off the reservation and sold

Great Post

Walk in harmony,

Unknown said...

Hi Paty, still following your blog. Great interview and post. I found the deal with the unbilical cord to be very interesting. There might just be some truth to that you never no for sure. The indians were very smart. They had their own believes and some times believing is all it takes to heal a person.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Sarah! Thank you. I try.

Jean P. I'm glad I added levity to your day. LOL Thanks for continuing to follow my tour.

Thanks Cate! And thank you for having me here!

Becky, I listen to Blackstone, Roger McGee(Native American Flute), David & Steve Gordon Drum Medicine, and Karen Therese.

Melinda, It's interesting the different beliefs of the different tribes.

Paty Jager said...

Virginia, I agree! Half of a person's health is believing they are better.

J K Maze said...

Another very interesting post - good questions. I'm enjoying following your blog postings.


SiNn said...

wow Ilove country too and rock and some rap havent listenied to any native american music have to check that out

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Joan! And thank you for following me.

Hi SiNn. The Native American Flute music is soothing. Drums not so much but the drums do work well for the background sound of tense moments and love scenes.

Anonymous said...

I love your Mark Twain quote.
Your comment about pregnancy and birth was interesting. Many of the native tribes kept part of the umbilical cord. Although not all tribes had cradle boards, many had medicine bags they wore and a part of the cord was almost always included with other items believed to be important to their spiritual and physical health.
Thanks for an interesting post on your blog tour.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Pat! I watch a travel show and the host always quotes that at the end of the show and I love it.

Yes, each tribe has their own beliefs about the umbilical cord.