Pat Henshaw author of Behr Facts answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Recently my husband and I have been going out to lunch a few times a week to Café Dantorels where we've been ordering our comfort meal: prawns crepe, Fuji salad with a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette, and chocolate chip cookie. We split everything because Dantorels serves large portions. There's nothing like this meal to brighten my day and make me feel ready to write in the afternoon.
Describe the perfect vacation.
My perfect vacation is relaxing in Pacific Grove, California, home of the Monarch butterflies. Pacific Grove sits on the California coast right before Big Sur and adjacent to Monterey Bay. But unlike its hustle-bustle neighbor with its wonderful aquarium, PG is quiet and lazy, perfect for sleeping in and then walking the beach before settling in at the coffee shop to write. PG also is home to Passionfish, one of the truly great restaurants in the world. What more could a person want?
What are your hobbies?
I make dollhouse miniatures in quarter inch scale. Quarter inch means that the houses and furnishings are constructed so that ¼" is equal to 1 foot in reality. My first project was a two-story bookstore, and from that first project I've constructed all sorts of other buildings and an incredible amount of add-ons like furniture, plants, rugs, wall hangings, and other things. I belong to a couple of swap groups which trade handmade bits and pieces over the course of the year.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
For the past few years I've concentrated on gay romances. I was a book reviewer for many years and started off reviewing mysteries until they got much too gruesome and graphic in their depictions of the crimes being committed. Then I switched to het romance and finally have drifted to gay romance. I also dabble in fantasy when a blurb piques my interest.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
For Behr Facts, I watched innumerable YouTube videos on framing walls and other construction techniques. In addition I looked up the California codes for building construction and collected different ways companies track their jobs and make job flow happen. Finally, we had our house remodeled right before I wrote the book, and I talked to the construction bosses and crews about the job. They were invaluable in my research process.
About the Book
Title Behr Facts
Genre gay romance
Author Pat Henshaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step in hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe's two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.
Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe's surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He's even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren't very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.
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