Better World Books Podcast: Patricia Sprinkle

holdupthesky-medPatricia Sprinkle has written almost thirty books in her writing career.  Most of them are mysteries but she takes a break from all that for her latest work Hold Up the Sky.

Hold Up the Sky is a story about 4 women relying on each other through some fairly difficult times.  It takes place during a drought in a small Georgia farming town and though not the kind of book I would normally be interested in, I was drawn in.

The characters Patricia creates have heart and though the dilemmas they face may not directly be facing us all, they do force us to question how we would behave in similar circumstances.

When Patricia and I sat down for the interview we focused on where the story comes from and some of the situations the characters found themselves in.  But we also dealt with the idea of looking deeper into “genre” fiction for the issues the book is handling.  For example, in Hold Up the Sky, Patricia humanizes US immigration through the character of Emerita.  She doesn’t have the answer for us, but she does put a human face on it.

Enjoy the interview, and click here to check out the rest of the great authors talking about their books on our podcast!

– Dana

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