**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, Patty Wiseman
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.
Thanks for having me Karen. It’s a pleasure to be here. Originally, I grew up in Tacoma, Washington. After high school, I ventured 2,000 miles away to attend college in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. I married and had 2 sons while there. After about 10 years, my husband, children, and I moved to Northeast Texas because of his job. The job and the marriage ended, leaving me with 2 teenage boys to raise. My fortune turned around, however, when I found a career as an administrative assistant to a financial advisor. I even studied and got my Series 6 license. During that time, I met and married my current husband Ron. We’ve been blissfully happy for 19 years. I have now retired after 24 years to write full time. We are also blessed with 11 grandchildren. My hobbies include bowling, gardening, and travelling. Of course, I love to read, but find it harder to enjoy since I have been writing full time.
1. How did you get started writing?
My desire to write stemmed from hiding in closets listening to the stories whispered about my grandmother’s early life in the 1920’s. I was fascinated with her brazen disobedience. I was young, impressionable, and found her circumstances utterly amazing. Unable to handle her rebellion, her parents forced a marriage. As I grew up, I heard snippets here and there about her husband (my grandfather) I never knew. I saw pictures of him, but unfortunately, he was killed when my father was only 10 months old. The stories continued to fascinate me until I was grown. I started researching ancestry.com and found him and their marriage license, even where they lived. The story wouldn’t let me go. I began to write it. Because they are all gone now, I turned it into a work of fiction, and told it the way I wanted it be. It’s taken on a life of its own and turned into a series.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Historical fiction and romantic mystery is what I do best. That is where my reading interest lies, so naturally, I love writing it. I do have a romantic comedy in the works, however. I just love anything intriguing and different.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Actually, it’s the research. I love discovering everything about the era in which I write and taking my ‘brush’ and painting the scene to give it authenticity. I think it’s important for a writer to get the facts right, even in fiction.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to disliking editing. The number of times you have to read your own story, over and over, becomes tedious. Yes, I have other editors, but ultimately, you still have to go over it several times to make sure it’s correct.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
As I said previously, I get most of my stories from real life, my family, friends, and different circumstances. The best ideas, for me, come from ancestors I never knew. There is such a wealth of information on the internet today; a person can find so much about their family that was lost before. It’s all right there. When I put the pieces together, the plot starts to form, and before you know it I have novel.
6. What is your typical day like?
I am an early morning person. I get up at 5:30 a.m. I spend about an hour on social networking, then plot out my day for writing. I’m not much good at night. I love to write when my brain is fresh. The ideas just come easier that time of day. I’ll break for lunch and write about another hour after that. Family is important to me and carving out time for them is priority. Weekends have been filled with book signings. Since January of this year, I’ve had very few weekends off. I love meeting the people and the opportunity to tell them about my books.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
That’s a tough question. Let me see… The characters come easy because of the research I do. I feel them, know them. Probably the conflict. I say that because sometimes I don’t know if it is enough conflict or too much. Emotion comes easy because they come alive when I start to write. I know what they are feeling because they are a part of who I am. So yes, creating the conflict and making it believable is more difficult for me.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The third in my Velvet Shoe Collection will be out in the spring of 2013, I hope. The first two in the series have followed the struggles of 17 year old Ruth to find her place in 1929 Detroit and the constant fight of a rebellious nature. I’ve left both books with the possibility of something sinister in the making for her. Will she finally find happiness and conform to the normal life of a woman of that era, or will she leave all the security she now possesses to pursue something else that drives her? All these questions will be answered in the third book. Right now, the working title is An Unlikely Consequence, but that could change.
Links to Patty Wiseman’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website – www.pattywiseman.net
Blog – www.pattywiseman.com
Amazon – http://amzn.to/OelLXo
Kindle – http://amzn.to/KlOj0F
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/GQJt6Y
Nook – http://bit.ly/IVOXBV
Amazon – http://amzn.to/RLdpI6
Kindle – http://amzn.to/MGILel
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/QIFOxj
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Patty and her release, AN UNLIKELY BEGINNING, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!