A former regional education manager/ seminar trainer for Wella USA, Patricia pursued her desire to write and paint when she and her husband retired to Florida. Living most of her life on the coast of New Jersey, she loves and respects the ocean and believes we can and should help preserve it.
“I believe the youth of today are much more in tune to global warming than past generations. What they aren’t getting is the importance of clean oceans and beaches to ensure their future and that of their descendants will derive all the necessary and enjoyable benefits we have today.”
Her first book, Olivia’s Magic Conch/ A Mystical Modern day Fable is recommended for ages ten and up because she believes this age will be the age to spread the lesson learned from it.
Her second book is a fictional humorous mystery. It All Began With… THE WART/A sidesplitting unsolved mystery.
What inspires you to write?
I grew up with books, and stories my mother would make up. When my kids were young I did the same, now with six grandkids I had a good audience. When I read the rough draft they all loved it and encouraged me to make it happen. My inspiration could be a joke, a cause, anything really, I have an imaginative,creative brain I suppose, because I come up with some doozies.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tried outlining first, and it was more of a hassle for me because I kept changing things as I went along.
I get the idea, I choose my main characters, the place and then I add the scenarios leading to the end. It is the most fun and the best part of writing as I extrapolate on the basic storyline. i enjoy writing I find it vey cathartic.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely to the point when I have finished, I really miss them . I place them before me in my imagined stage, dress them appropriately(well to my taste ) If possible I get in their heads and try my reactions in their circumstance which doesn’t always work. Lol. Research is very important. Know your stuff. In my second book It all began with…THE WART, the main character is a lovable, quirky gay life coach. I have worked with gay men in the beauty industry for many years. There is no way I could have pulled this off in the manner I wanted to portray if I didn’t.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do not ever give up on your dream of writing. Do not become discouraged when you hit a brain fog. Do not let anyone deflate your balloon and when you finish your novel, be proud. If you are not, go back and rewrite until you are. if no one in the publishing business will even look at your query, publish it on your own.I did and millions of others have too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a grandmother,I gave the ‘industry’ a chance with my first book. A year later because they were on overload and could not accept an unpublished writer with no celebrity, I gave up trying and became an Indie. With my second book I didn’t even try to go traditional. Can’t wait forever I would like to be around to reap the benefits for my labors of love.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is a sad thing, Indies as a whole are selling more books than the publishing industry. Of course it would be a lot easier if they would give more newbies a chance and in someways I get it. it is not always a sure thing a book will be a best seller even if the author has celebrity. But being known sells books.
Now with ebooks, who knows?
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
So far, Tweens factual/ fantasy and adult fiction/mystery
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Both eBook and Print