About Patricia Chappine:
Patricia (Patty) grew up in Hammonton, a town in southern New Jersey known for its blueberries. As a child, the folklore of the Pine Barrens, particularly the Jersey Devil, fascinated her. Always an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, she truly found her passion for history as an undergraduate at Stockton University and continued to pursue this in graduate school. She spends her time as an adjunct professor at several different colleges including Stockton University, Georgian Court University, and Atlantic Cape Community College where she hopes that her passion for history translates to her students.
What inspires you to write?
My love of writing and research started simply as a love of reading. When I think of reading, it immediately brings me back to childhood and the many hours I spent curled up with a book in my room or outside on a warm summer day. I wanted to contribute my own writing to the tradition of wonderful books that helped me fill my days.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first step in my process is to gather as much information as possible. I go on a research overload and when I think I have enough, I begin sorting and cutting things out. This is generally a long and labor intensive process. Then, the actual writing part occurs.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be discouraged. The end product is worth the struggles you face during the writing process. If you truly want to write, then keep working at it. I wish you all success.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to submit an idea to the History Press because I enjoyed many of their publications as a reader. I was lucky enough that they saw the merit and possible audience interest in my topic. I will be forever grateful that they took a chance on my work. They are an amazing resource for first time and seasoned authors alike. I would advise new authors who want to write in this subject to check out the published works listed on the website and see if they think their own work fits in.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the option to self-publish will continue to allow more people the opportunity to reach audiences.
What genres do you write?: Historical nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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