**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 fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
My hubby of 44 years and I have lived in the Sierra Mountains of California, about halfway between Sacramento and South Shore Lake Tahoe. I have had many jobs over my lifetime from working as a secretary for Certified Public Accountants to my last job at the Chablis Art Gallery in Placerville, CA. We are both retired now, except for my writing career which started about a year and a half ago when I received a writing contract for five books on Christmas Eve at 10:35, but who is counting. My hobby is making quilts and over the past ten years I’ve made and given away 35 quilts. Most of them are brightly colored solids and prints in flannel for cribs and the rest are usually photo quilts with memory photos, book covers, and favorite entertainers. When our children were small, I got into baking and decorating children’s cakes but with the onset of carpel tunnel, I don’t make them very often. For those special children in my life, I make their wedding cake as a gift.
1. How did you get started writing?
I had a dream and when a story started forming in my head, I would run it forward while I drove to and from work. One weekend I sat at the computer and typed for ten hours and had the entire story written. Then came the hard work — learning how to write it correctly. I’d say basically the story hasn’t changed much, but the presentation has grown and improved over the years. I say humbly I worked on my craft for 22 years before I was offered a contract. My friends called me stubborn, but I prefer persevering better. I never would have given up, and the best part of having a contract for my five books is validation.
2. What genre do you write in?
My genre is historical. It’s always been my preference. My favorite authors have been Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood, and as a child my favorite book was Heidi. It was Kathleen’s Shanna that got me reading as an adult and turned me toward writing myself.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love to edit. It’s when I can put in the emotions, the descriptions and smooth out the writing. I believe editing is the polish we put on our story to make it shine, catch last minute mistakes, and then send it out into the world.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
I hate conflict. Writing it is even harder for me to deal with. I want my characters to be happy, doggone it! How many times have my critique partners told me to start over because I don’t have any conflict — too many times to count. Luckily for me they also have the patience of saints and have taught me so much about writing. Recently I’ve added a male CP to my writing career and am learning so much about the male point of view. I consider myself very blessed with the people who’ve come into my life over the years.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
This particular story has a great history to go along with it. I got ideas from my great, great grandfather. You ask how could I possibly accomplish this feat? Easy — he kept a journal on his journey west on a wagon train. It is such a well-written piece of work that it is kept under glass in the Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley. He traveled west in 1849 along with men with dreams of finding their fortunes in Hangtown, now known as Placerville, California. I suppose reading this journal gave me the idea for the story and I was able to use a lot of what he wrote to add to the flavor of my tale.
6. What is your typical day like?
I start my day reading emails, checking Facebook and discussing the day with my hubby. We plan out our day over a cup of coffee. I write most days into the evening. I’ve learned how important it is to get up and walk around and do chores to let my muse re-energize and get some exercise. When my muse gets stubborn and stops cooperating, I sew. Besides making quilts, I also make small pillows and pillowcases out of remnants. The pillows are the size you used to get on airplanes. They are great to give away as gifts. I find placing one in the small of my back keeps me writing longer. Some friends like to put them at their neck. Of course, there are meals as my husband is rather fond of eating, and a trip to the grocery story helps.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I mentioned before that conflict is difficult for me, especially when instructors tell us when you have them in a bad spot, make it even worse, and then make that worse. I guess I shouldn’t love my characters so much because it rips my heart out. My new CP keeps telling me when you get writer’s block, shoot somebody. Blood moves a story along. I hate to admit it, and it is possible in those historicals set in the west, he is right.
8. Tell us about your next book and when is it being published?
My next book scheduled for release September 21, 2013, is also part of the Paradise Pines Series and is titled Forever After. This third book is about the youngest of the Benjamin sisters. Used as a wager in a poker game, Marinda Benjamin’s life is drawn into a devious scheme of adventure and revenge. She acquiesces to her blackmailing boss’s demands and takes a maid’s job at the Braddock farm knowing full well she is expected to spy on Dr. Ethan Braddock. Her father’s life and care of her ailing mother depend on whether she cooperates with the hateful banker and retrieves files on a fraudulent insurance scheme. When Ethan Braddock discovers her cleaning his medical office and realizes from the first that she is the pawn of his arch enemy, he gives her a chance to prove herself.
Marinda survives being shanghaied and after a long journey ends up in San Francisco with Ethan. She is provided an opportunity to foil her former boss’s illegal insurance scam and reclaims her self-esteem by providing the proof to have him jailed.
Links to Paisley’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website link http://www.paisleykirkpatrick.com/
Buy Link NIGHT ANGEL (Paradise Pines Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Pines-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00909PON0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363559391&sr=8-1&keywords=paisley+kirkpatrick
Buy link MARRIAGE BARGAIN: Not available at this time
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Paisley and her novel, MARRIAGE BARGAIN, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Paisley will give away a copy of MARRIAGE BARGAIN to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, March 25, 2013. Thanks, Paisley, for sharing your story with us!