About Patricia M. Muhammad:
Patricia M. Muhammad is an American fiction author of crossover contemporary romance/science fiction, science fiction/fantasy, mystery/detective romance and historical romance genres. She often incorporates interracial romance and multi-racial characters into her storylines. Patricia has currently written 20 novels. She is working on her next book manuscript. Before penning fiction, Patricia emerged as an international legal history scholar and academic author, focusing on human rights, international law and restorative justice. She has currently written and published a combination of 23 research papers and academic book reviews in these subject areas. Her work has appeared in the American University International Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race and Law, the Willamette Journal of International Law and Public Policy as well as the New York History Journal. Her non-fiction writing has been cited dozens of times in various respectable academic journals.
Beyond writing, Patricia enjoys travel, landscape photography, and genealogical research.
What inspires you to write?
Sometimes I write because a story is budding within me. It is a voice that causes an urging to be released and manifested on paper. Other times my inspiration originates from characters whose names I have yet known, whose personalities have yet to be fully developed and whose lives have not been explored. My imagination inspires me to write.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My favourite authors are WEB DuBois, John Steinbeck and Jane Austen.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is whatever and however my imagination communicates with my hand to write. Sometimes the story manifests fluidly without me putting forth too much effort. Other times I have to consider how subplots converge, whether I wish to alter the direction of the premise of the book. My "process" is that I write what naturally forms before me. Having plenty of pens on-hand helps.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and observe. I witness externally the dialogue, events, or adventures of the characters I have created. This allows for me to write organically and for the characters to take their true form as I progress throughout the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Other than to write, aspiring authors should not burden themselves with doubt. This does not mean that you do not hold yourself to certain standards; including setting writing goals. For most writers, the first couple of books are the most difficult to finish. In my experience, each time I write a novel it is a new endeavour with its own set of challenges. Yet you can only know what these challenges are when you begin writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Thus far I have decided to publish my currently available titles as ebooks. I was surprised that so many authors who have done this and other formats, emphasize their ebooks the most. After the initial learning curve of learning editing and formatting, the online platforms available to authors allow you to learn not only how to present your novels, but also the literary market.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the availability of ebooks, paperback and hardbacks will continue to provide most readers with options that will meet their demands as well as keep the literary market diversified.
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance Crossover, Historical Fiction/Historical Romance, and Mystery/Detective Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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