Dear Readers, we have an author who is new to this blog today. I just love finding new authors to introduce to you.
Welcome, Patricia. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
That’s a toughie. While I’m working with a character, I think I become the character, not the other way around. I find myself thinking like the character, listening to the kind of music the character likes, buying the kind of food he or she would buy ...
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Since my whole life has been kind of quirky … maybe the time I had someone tie me up and leave so I could see if I could loose. They were supposed to come back, though.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was always a reader until I turned 35. Then these people came to live in my head, and they wouldn’t go away until I wrote about them. I sent one of the stories to Woman’s World and when they bought it, I started thinking of myself as a writer.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Other than erotica, there is no genre I won’t read if the story is good. My preference is suspense and romantic suspense, but if the story is good, I enjoy all genres.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I write, and in order to write, I depend on God for the creativity.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Names are one of the hardest things about getting the story started. A name must fit the character. I usually start with the Social Security website for baby names. I also use the automatic name generator function in Scrivener. I also have the Character Naming book that has them listed by ethnicity.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Giving a eulogy at my mother’s funeral. It was also the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I would imagine. My brother gave the eulogies at both my father’s and my momma’s funerals. He was a pastor, so I thought that was why he could do it. I totally respect you for being able to do that. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A mustang. It’s free and never really tamed.
What is your favorite food?
Bread. Plain and simple. J
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
When I first started writing, I knew no one who was a writer. It was before the Internet and I typed my first short story on a manual, portable Royal typewriter. I had no writing craft book, only Writer’s Digest. I kept making the same mistakes over and over because I had no craft partners. I finally went to writing retreats and gained great critique partners.
Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the back cover copy:
In one of the most dangerous states in
Adams is running for her life ... again.
When Bailey Adams left Logan Point two years ago for the mission field of
thought she was getting away from her problems. Running into her ex-fiancé
Danny Maxwell was not part of the plan—neither was being chased through the
city by the local drug cartel, the Calatrava. Now despite her best efforts,
Danny is her only chance of escaping the people chasing her and getting back to
Mexico Logan Point
safely. Can Bailey find the strength to face what’s coming? And in the midst of
the chaos, can she keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over
Sounds like the kind of book I love to read. Please give us the first page.
Ten-year-old Bailey Adams huddled with the Carver twins on Cassie’s bed. They’d given up pretending Cassie and Jem’s parents weren’t arguing or that their dad wasn’t drunk. Bailey avoided their eyes, knowing how embarrassed they were. “Maybe I should just go home.”
Jem shook her head. “No, stay. He’ll go to sleep soon, and tomorrow it’ll be like nothing ever happened.”
Cassie threw back the blanket. “I’m going to tell them to stop!”
Jem grabbed at her arm and missed. “You’ll just make it worse.”
“I don’t care. I can’t stand it anymore.”
She wasn’t gone five minutes when it sounded like firecrackers exploding in the living room. And screams.
“No! Don’t shoot!”
Jem jumped from the bed. “Cassie! I have to go help her!”
“No! He might shoot you.”
“My daddy wouldn’t hurt me. You climb out the window and go next door to Mr. Arnold’s house and call the police.” Jem ran out of the room.
Bailey’s thumping heart jerked in her chest as she turned and stared at the open window.
Another gunshot bolted her into action as footsteps stomped down the hallway. She climbed through the window and ran for all she was worth to the neighbors.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Patricia for sharing this romantic suspense novel with us. I know my readers are as eager as I am to read it.
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Silence in the Dark: A Novel (Logan Point) - Amazon
Silence in the Dark (Logan Point Book #4): A Novel - Kindle
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