About Reese Patton:
I live in the Midwest with my wonderful husband who provides all the inspiration I need for writing romances with happy endings. We share a house on a lake with two giant yellow Labs who generously keep my feet warm while I sit at my desk writing.
Our four-legged friends love that I stay home and write now since they can distract me whenever it strikes their fancy. Trying to type with a massive Lab head on each arm can be frustrating, but I wouldn’t give them up for the world. Well most of the the time. I occasionally wonder if they are worth the trouble when I find something else they have chewed up because it happened to be in reach of their mouths. But then they look at me with their big brown eyes and wag their tails and I forgive them. Yes, I’m the softy.
But without them and the steady and silent support of my husband, I wouldn’t have been brave enough to publish my first novel.
What inspires you to write?
Little things. My recent novella was inspired by an old HBO documentary. And my novel series was inspired by driving through a small town. Even conversations will spark an idea. The best part is that I seem to have a bucket full of idea. The worst part is getting those ideas into a manageable outline.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an outline template I use, but it’s brief. I plug in where I want to be in the story and use those word counts as milestones. However, I’m a total pantser. It’s the outline that keeps me from running amok without pants. Once the idea sprouts I layout the brief outline and then use Pinterest to help build up my world.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters pretty much demand I listen to them. I might have every intention of heading to point A and they stubbornly refuse to budge. So, in light of keeping everyone happy, I usually give in to their demands.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Just keep on writing. Don’t stop and don’t give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My husband found a very old manuscript in a box, read it, and said, “you know, it’s good. It needs cleaning up, but it’s a good story. You should publish it.”
Then he did the research and laid it all out for me and I found myself sitting at my computer and writing (all with him fueling me with glasses of wine when the going got tough).
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Humans will always love stories. As long as there is a way to get the books into readers’ hands, they will read. And I’ll keep on writing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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