About Patrice Williams Marks:
Patrice Williams Marks penned her first book in third grade; The Day Snoopy Got Married. While it didn’t make the NY Times Best Seller List, it was an instant classic with the Nacca Valley Elementary School staff. From that moment forward, Patrice knew she was a writer. With a zest for travel and an insatiable appetite for all things vintage and period, Patrice uses her investigative journalism background to create authentic characters to occupy the pages of her books. Patrice has a talent for shining a light on riveting, obscure true stories from times past and generating page turners.
What inspires you to write?
I’m a big fan of movies from the 1930s and 1940s. That time period fascinates me. So when I come across stories of real-life persons who lived around that time period, and overcame enormous obstacles, I’m hooked. I find some way to write about them in the form of a short story, novel or screenplay.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do tons of research in order to immerse the reader in the world. Not only do I try to write dialogue set in that time period, I research what types of cars that were owned, clothing, entertainment, personal hygiene used, etc. to make it more authentic.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really. But I know what each character sounds like and how they would handle each situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t let your current finances dictate whether you write or not. So what if you can’t pay the bills; still find time to write!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I came across a website called Popcorn Fiction (now not active) that was ran by bigtime screenwriter Derek Haas. (Creator behind TV’s Chicago Fire). He encouraged screenwriters to write short prose. I’d written 10 screenplays by then. I took him up on his challenge and wrote THE UNFINISHED. Didn’t hear back from him or the website. But I did read about another screenwriter who had success turning screenplays into novels. So I decided to turn the short story into an ebook. Popcorn Fiction did eventually contact me and published my short story. From there I realized that publishing books on my own was a way to be proactive; instead of waiting for someone to buy my script.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the ebooks are here to stay. However, I also believe that physical books still have an advantage over ebooks, and will always be here as well.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: True Story, Historical Fiction, Thriller
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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