09 July 2009 ~ 17 Comments

(Contest) Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece by Patricia Volonakis Davis

Contest is located after the interview – don’t miss the bonus 🙂

I reviewed this book yesterday, you can read my review on it here. Great great, funny book and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview the author and I had a few questions for her. Thank you, Patricia, for taking the time.

Candy: Why did you write Harlot’s Sauce?

Patricia: Well there were several reasons: one was because I loved the time I spent in Greece, and I wanted others who haven’t been there to discover the wonderful things about it that I did – the things you won’t find in the usual guide books. And another reason was because I wanted to reach out to women everywhere, or even men, who might be in the same sort of situation that I was- embroiled in an unhappy relationship and having a billion and a half excuses for why they think they have to stay in it- I wanted my story to say something to them. That not only can you get out, but that you should get out. And that sometimes there’s only “the devil you know” and the unknown devil that you’re afraid of turns out to be no devil at all. And there were other reasons besides.

Candy: Was one of them to get revenge on your ex-husband?

Patricia: No, but a lot of people might assume that. Certainly enough people ask me what he thought of it.

Candy: What did he think of it?

Patricia: Well, I’ve heard he’s not happy about it, naturally. Still, this story is not about him. This is my story, as I say at the back of the book, a very crucial time period in my life that made me the woman I am today. Obviously, if my ex-husband were to write this story, he’d write it very differently. But he did inspire me to write in the way I did, because of the things our son would come back and tell me every time he went to visit his father – the things he was being told by him about women, about marriage, about the relationship between lovers, and even personal things about me and my parents. My ex and I had had a civil agreement, I thought, when we divorced, that we’d keep our son out of the why’s and wherefores as we individually perceived them. I stuck to that agreement, but unfortunately, my ex did not. He used my silence on our personal life and our marriage to try to alienate our son from me. And so my son would go to Greece every summer and return with another story about me, or another ‘lesson’ on ethics, ethnicity, sexuality… all kinds of things. And all this was going on during his early teens, the most formative years of his life, which also happened to be the same time I was writing my book. And I’d be thinking, “That’s not the way it happened. That’s not the way it was and that woman he’s describing isn’t me. “ So what started as my little book of anecdotes or vignettes about life in Greece, became a women’s empowerment story, and my statement – perhaps mostly to my son – of who I really am, what I believe in politically, socially, morally, and what I believe a relationship between a loving couple should be.

Candy: What kind of a response have you had so far from readers?

Patricia: Astonishing, because it has touched a chord with many people, both male and female. I had one young woman who was engaged – shall we say- “ill-advisedly”–tell me that my story got to her in a way that her mother and her friends begging her to reconsider could not. She said she realized after reading my book that she was engaged because she didn’t know who she was yet, not because she was in love. And there is now another man writing to me- a Greek – who has explained for me in detail some of the reasons he believes my ex thought and acted the way he did. That has been a very interesting and eye-opening correspondence. But mostly, women write to me to say, “Boy- you were really stupid, weren’t you? And you were really honest about being stupid, and then you got really brave. Not only that, you really had me rolling on the floor laughing the whole time I was reading about your stupidity and your bravery, so thanks a lot for a really entertaining story and for teaching me so much about Greece and about not being afraid.”

Candy: What are you writing next?

Patricia: Oh – something entirely different, a murder mystery, in fact. A novel this time. Thank God.

About the author: Patricia Volonakis Davis is the editor-in-chief of Harlots Sauce Radio, a popular, non-partisan e-magazine and podcast at harlotssauce.com. Her website is at patriciavdavis.com and you can visit her blog at patriciavolonakisdavis.vox.com.

=== Contest ===
I enjoyed this book so much that I want to share it but it’s on my kindle… never fear, the author has agreed to send one lucky winner a copy of this fabulous book. If you would like to enter, the rules are below:

1. Entries are taken until Noon (Central), Friday, July 24, 2009
2. To enter, just give me a comment on this post and include your email address (spell it out if you want) or give me some other way to get in touch with you.
3. I’ll randomly draw someone’s name and contact them and mail the book right out to them.
4. Sorry, US addresses only.Available Internationally!
5. BONUS! If you want an additional chance(s) to win, please place a link to this post on your own blog, Twitter about it, talk about it on FaceBook – talk about it somewhere else anyway – pointing out the contest and interview. Make sure to place another comment below with a link.

Good luck and happy reading!

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17 Responses to “(Contest) Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece by Patricia Volonakis Davis”

  1. Nicole K/GothamGal 9 July 2009 at 3:06 pm Permalink

    I want to be entered, if I may. This book sounds awesome! I think you know how to get a hold of me!
    Really loving the memoirs lately.

  2. MaplewoodVA 9 July 2009 at 3:38 pm Permalink

    Sounds like a very intriguing read that's sure to draw you in and hold your interest so enter me, please. My email is MaplewoodVA@myact.net. Thanks!

  3. VA-Judy 9 July 2009 at 4:00 pm Permalink

    This is JudyAnn Lorenz (google may identify me as someone else). I love to read. The interview makes this book sound SO good. My email is cherokee1234@gmail.com

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried 10 July 2009 at 1:03 am Permalink

    No need to enter me, doll. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the ready-made e-mail! *grin* You rock. I've got this posted at Win a Book.

  5. Marie 10 July 2009 at 1:27 am Permalink

    I would love to read this, it looks great!


  6. wheresmyrain 10 July 2009 at 1:41 am Permalink

    the description was such a pleasant suprise, not i wnt to read it too
    thanks for the chance!

  7. Valorie 10 July 2009 at 6:10 am Permalink

    Great title! I'd love to win.


  8. Valorie 10 July 2009 at 6:11 am Permalink

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  9. Jack 10 July 2009 at 4:06 pm Permalink

    Oh you know I've gotta put my name in the bucket for this one.

  10. scottsgal 10 July 2009 at 5:05 pm Permalink

    Wow this sounds great – very therapeutic for the author to write I'm sure. Please count me in
    msboatgal at aol.com

  11. Kat Bryan 12 July 2009 at 7:01 pm Permalink

    I like to read about different cultures and this sounds fun, too.
    There are times I would love to write about family members but they all read my blog. LOL I can't imagine writing about them in a book.

    winterst AT peoplepc.com

  12. Dawn M. 14 July 2009 at 8:32 am Permalink

    I usually don't read memoirs but this one sounds really interesting. Please enter me. :0)

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  13. Beth 14 July 2009 at 5:35 pm Permalink

    This looks interesting! The author's picture is so pretty too!

    Please enter me!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  14. Kimberley 17 July 2009 at 4:45 pm Permalink

    Please enter my name-

  15. Kimberley 17 July 2009 at 5:06 pm Permalink

    Posted on Facebook


  16. MoziEsmé 21 July 2009 at 5:54 pm Permalink

    Would love to read this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  17. Patricia Volonakis Davis 22 July 2009 at 3:47 am Permalink

    Candy, thank you SO much for this wonderful interview and for holding this contest for my book! I see you've garnered a lot of interest and thank you to all who have entered! I'd like to say, if I may, that because Harlot's Sauce is available on amazon.co.uk and amazon.ca, I'd be happy to ship this book overseas, as well for anyone who does not have a US address.

    Best wishes, and thank you all again for your interest in my book,

    Patricia V. Davis

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