First I want to Thank You Patricia for taking the time out of your very busy schedule for us to ask you a few questions. You are one of my favorite authors and I will admit, I’m a bit nervous, but here we go!
Q. What/Who inspires you?
A. At the risk of sounding trite, I’m inspired constantly by the people and events in life. My husband and I spend time in the south of France every year and that part of the world has become my Muse.
Q. Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest?
A. Hardest =Finding time. It takes a great deal of time to research and write and then even more time to promote and market after publishing. So finding time for all of that, not to mention the personal side of my life with 7 adult children and 6 grandchildren, is a constant challenge.
Best = hearing from and talking with readers. That’s definitely the most rewarding part of writing for me.
Q. Who is your writing hero?
A. I have too many to mention. I admire a lot of writers for many different reasons.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. I’m finally getting the last details completed to publish the print copy of “Promises To Keep” (Book Two of the Love In Provence series) and have begun working on Book Three.
Q. One outrageous goal for the future?
A. To live six months of every year in the south of France.
Q. Do you have any advice you’d like to share with other aspiring writers?
A. Write every day. Join a critique group and network with other writers. Read! Also … don’t use the word aspiring. Either you are a writer or you aren’t.
Q. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
A. I loved the Nancy Drew series.
Q. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
A. There’s a French singer named, Zaz, and after I heard her song, Je Veux, I played it over and over as I wrote. I mention it in my books and it could well be Katherine’s theme song. Even if you don’t understand the words, the song is full of joy and energy. Here’s the link for the video.
Q. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
A. Answered in #6
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. Cap d’Antibes, France
Q. What is your favorite Quote?
A. John Lennon ~ “’Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.’
Q. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A. A teacher. I finally became one at the age of 45, when I went back to university after I was widowed.
Q. How did you know you should become an author?
A. I had no idea. It happened quite by accident after I turned sixty!
Q. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A. Stephen King in his book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” ~ He says if you have a strong desire to tell a story, then sit down and write it. Find your own voice and don’t worry about getting it right. Then work with an editor.
Q. Hidden talent?
A. I play a mean game of tennis!
Thank you so much Patricia for taking the time out to speak with me. To keep up with Patricia follow her on her Amazon Page.