MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR PATRICIA ELLIOTT
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Patricia Elliott, and my genre tends to be romantic suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My book is a romantic suspense novel called “Her Lover’s Face.”
When I decided I wanted to write a story, my mind went back to my high school days when I dated a twin. I thought, what would happen if a woman lost her husband, only to come face to face with a man who looks like him a few months later.
I wanted to write a story that helps people see that we don’t have to let pain win. We can rise above it and find love again.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I used to do the night shift and to help pass the time, I read books. One night I chose to read a romance novel and well, I fell in love with them, and since I loved to write, it was the perfect genre for me.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Other than researching writing, it was a fairly simple story
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have been blessed with a job that allows me to write at work during the quiet moments of my day. My co-workers are super supportive. My home life is a wee bit too noisy to write, so I save it for work. My daily goal is 1500 words.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The name of my next book is “Not You Again!” It is currently in the editing stage and will hopefully be ready for publishing shortly.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I love to pick names that are related to my character’s appearance and or personality. You know how sometimes you look at someone and say, they look like a Stacey or a Steve. That’s kind of what I do with my characters.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas are often inspired by real life circumstances.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I plan to write a horror novel that has romance and drama.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part would have to be editing. I hate editing because it takes away from my writing time. lol
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Anything that draws attention to your book is great in my humble opinion. I haven’t created any trailers yet, though, but I want to.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In the writing world or in life? In the writing world, it would have to be finally getting traditionally published. It has always been a life long dream of mine. In life, giving birth to my three wonderful kids. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to bring hope to my readers, and I love being able to give them a break from the outside world for a little while.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In the Caribbean, sitting on a lounge and writing another novel. My kids will be on their own by then, I’m sure…
Have you always liked to write?
Oh yes. As a pre-teen, I could often be found sitting on the railing of our porch, with a binder in my lap, writing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up. The road is long and hard, but so totally worth it!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
If I had my choice to be anything in the world, I want to be a professional mermaid or a marine biologist. Anything that revolves around the ocean would work for me.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with too many negative reviews yet; but, everyone is welcome to their own opinion. THere is one saying I always try to keep in mind because even the greatest of writers get bad reviews:
You can please some of the people all the time. All the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all the time. – John Lydgate.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My least favourite part of the publishing process is the waiting or receiving rejections.
What are you working on now?
I have about three completed novels that are in the editing phase. The one I’m currently writing will be my fifth novel and it is a BDSM romantic suspense.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
One of my favorite lines from my next book is:
“Love isn’t based on merit, Dev, or on what you deserve. Love just is or is not.”
Where did your love of books come from?
My parents always loved to read and my dad would often read to me. Also, I was a quiet, shy kid so you would often find me in the library reading a book. It’s where I used to hide from bullies.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My favorite author would have to be Nora Roberts; but I think we have another author to watch out for, K.L Ramsey. She’s rising star, so be sure to check out her book, “Love Times Infinity.”
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My favorite character would have to be the female MC from my fantasy romance, named Nerina Winters. She spent her life being bullied because she was different and had to rise above the challenges to become the woman she was made to be.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A little of both, it depends on the scene. If the scene is intense, it can take a lot of energy to write.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing weakness would have to be the internet. I’m horribly addicted to surfing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I work on being original, it will find it’s own audience.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with a bunch of authors on Wattpad, as well as the other authors of Black Velvet Seductions. They push me to keep going and to never give up.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Mind at War. I struggle intensely with OCD, so it’s like my mind is always at war, very rarely is it quiet.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I can be found on Wattpad, Facebook, and Twitter mostly.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️