**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, PAISLEY KIRKPATRICK
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I’m a native California girl, raised in the northern part of the state about an hour’s drive above San Francisco. My grandparents lived in Nevada City, CA, and the stories my grandpa told us as kids started my curiosity about gold mining and the men who spent their days looking for riches in the rocks and streams. We even found a bunch of tools and a few checks written way back in 1901 from a bank and a receipt for gold. I still have them.
My hobby is quilt making. In the past eleven years I’ve made and given away 44 quilts in memory of our daughter. My husband helps me pick out the brightest colors and I create the quilts. It is a break from my stories and gives me a chance to let my creative juices regroup and start my plot ideas growing again.
1. How did you get started writing?
I suppose most authors start writing in about the same way. I never gave up on my dream of being published. I joined Romance Writers of America in 1999 and know it is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. The friends I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned are priceless. I wouldn’t be published today without my family of friends. A year and a half ago on Christmas Eve, I was offered a five book contract by Desert Breeze Publishing and have never regretted working for them.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write historicals set in the west at the end of the 1849 California gold rush. Since we live where this exciting time in history happened, I have all the settings and sights I need to create stories. Like I mentioned before, I have always been interested in that part of history so writing about it comes naturally.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I know it sounds crazy, but I love the editing part of writing. It’s when I go in and put the magic into the stories. When I write my stories, I never put in enough emotion. I use editing to bring my words to life and hopefully add enough emotions to make my story fun to read.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Promotion is the hardest part of writing and least favorite. I love my stories and characters, but I would rather be writing more stories than selling my books. My shy nature pulls me back from public speaking, but I am trying to push myself to overcome the awkward pauses when I am asked to talk about my writing. I know, anyone who knows me probably won’t believe me when I say I am shy, but until I feel comfortable with people, I hold back and remain silent.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
People ask me that question all of the time. I really don’t know where my ideas come from. I was told that my great, great grandmother lives in my head and sometimes I believe it. She is supposedly the first woman to have stories published in a magazine. There are seven of them and they are kept in the archives of the Sacramento State Library. It seems the first story she wrote was about her life. The amazing thing is, when I read her first story I was stunned to find two of her sentences in the same kind of situation as in my scene, were verbatim to mine. It was quite a shock. Another weird occurrence is every time I mention this situation and then give away her last sentence in the story where she says, ”when I felt his hand on my shoulder, I knew I was home,” I always get a few tears. It was written about the moment she got off the boat in San Francisco Harbor. She was standing on the wharf waiting for the man she was to marry.
6. What is your typical day like?
I turn my computer on about 9am and turn it off at 9pm. Most of the day I am sitting in front of it working on my stories, doing my jobs for my land chapter and online chapters, reading emails, talking to a dear friend on Instant Messenger in the evening, and on rare occasion playing Solitaire. When I have a quilt project going, I bounce back and forth between the computer and the sewing machine. I have found if I read the last hour or so before bed, it makes going to sleep easier and it gives me a chance to spend time with my friends’ stories. I have found this practice to be a great way to end the day.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
It’s about half and half between conflict and emotions. I understand not liking to write the conflict, but not the emotions since I am a very emotional person. One of my brilliant friends who is great writing emotions is now showing me how to add them and it is starting to be more fun than not. I don’t think conflict will ever be fun, but, then again, you should never say never.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is the fourth in the Paradise Pines Series. It is titled Broken Promise and is scheduled to be released next May.
Rebecca Ryder hastens to Paradise Pines, a gold mining community in the Sierra Mountains of California, but fails to reach her grandfather before he suffers a heart attack. Upon arriving, she learns about the legacy he’s left her — a ramshackle cabin, a newspaper business, and a goldmine that she will find only if she solves her grandfather’s clues embedded in the rows of newspapers piled from floor to eye level in the cabin and at the newspaper office.
Rebecca is a young woman who discovers the depth of her courage and is determined not to give up in the face of adversity. She fights to keep her inheritance even though her grandfather’s underhanded attorney and the MacGregor brothers, who own the land surrounding the homestead she inherits, are trying to run her off. When Trevin, the oldest MacGregor brother, allies with her against his brothers, he teaches her to survive in the mountain wilderness and the value of trusting her intuition.
Links to Paisley’s website, blog, books, etc.
Paisley Kirkpatrick’s Paradise Pines Series
Available in ebooks
Soon available in print
(Link has not yet been assigned)
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Paisley and her novel, FOREVER AFTER (Book 3 of Paradise Pines Series), on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Paisley will give away a copy (email only) of one of her books to one lucky reader who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, September 30, 2013. Thanks, Paisley, for sharing your stories with us!