Interview with Patricia Scholes - by Aoife Marie Sheridan 


Question: What have you published recently?

Most recently I published a rather long short story, “The Blackstone Inheritance” in a collection of stories called “The Writer’s Chest.”  The book is available through http://www.write-and-publish-fiction.com/the-writers-chest.html

 

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I think I’ve always been a writer.  Awhile back I found a picture I had drawn of a dog when I was four.  I couldn’t write then, but I remembered the story I was trying to tell with my drawing.  I began journaling as a teen.  After I got married, I would write in stolen moments between the demands of my family and work.  Then the economy changed.  I lost my job, and have been writing full-time ever since.  That was when I finally got some things published.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

My four books are:  I AM – The Words Jesus  Said About Himself

                                       Surviving Hard Times – A Livingbook

                                       The Fox and Abd al-Qadir

(and my first novel)  Her Darkest Beauty

All of these are available through Amazon.com 

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

I have ADD (attention deficit disorder) which makes me extraordinarily gifted in coming up with ideas, but also makes follow through very difficult.  Medicine would help with the follow through, but it would steal my plethora of ideas.  To compensate I created a schedule.  I work until 2:00 in the afternoon, then take a break, call my mom, do some gardening, take a walk, and so on until supper.  After supper sometimes I go back to work, watch TV, or read.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

I love Karra, the heroine of Her Darkest Beauty.  She’s all messed up and has done wrong things most of her life, but she’s beginning to realize what she’s done, which is what makes her unique, and very special in my eyes. 

I don’t exactly love her brother Jem, but he’s a terrific villain, very manipulative especially with his sister, and was fun to write about.

But my favorite is Karra’s daughter, Chalatta.  Chalatta is a little girl and a minor character in Her Darkest Beauty.  I don’t really expand her character until the second book in this series, Steps of the Dance.  The series is really about the daughter, but I needed her backstory before the series, Lorekeeper of the Tapestry, would make sense.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Both.  I want to be a great writer, so I study the way others write their craft.  But I’m irritated when I know I can do better than the author I am reading at the time.  If the story is very good, however, I forget to edit, and that’s when I should.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I can’t listen to music when I’m writing.  Music is another way of writing a story, just as art is a way of drawing a story, and it takes me away from the story I want to write.  I do play music after I’ve written something.  I play piano.  I used to play the guitar, but I gave it away.  I may get another.  I have a cello, the instrument while in high school.  I’m always promising myself I’ll practice it and get good on it again.  I have a dulcimer that I really need to practice, and an Irish whistle that I play when I’m having trouble thinking at my desk.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I don’t.  I need both hands on the keyboard to write.  I will take a break around lunchtime and read while I eat a sandwich, but that’s about it.  I do drink tea while I write.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

Green tea.  I love it. 

What is your favourite cartoon character?

The Roadrunner.  He’s cute and clever, and he always gets the best of Wile E. Coyote.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Star Wars, the whole trilogy, but especially the first one.  For some reason it’s easiest for me to identify with Han Solo instead of Princess Leah.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I love to do needlework, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and so on.  I also love walking, fishing, and especially gardening.  I read in the evenings and sometimes play computer games.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

www.PatriciaScholes.com is my professional website.

You can also reach me on Facebook (Patricia Scholes and Patricia Renard Scholes).

My email address is:  WrittenWord@live.com, where I chat with my friends and business contacts.

 

 

 

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