I had the pleasure of meeting Pat several years ago at one of the first My Book Therapy writing retreats and gotten to know her as one of the Ponderers. And I can actually say, "I knew her when."
Since then she has won several contests, had her debut novel Shadows of the Past hit the bookshelves earlier this month, and she has a contract for several more.
I asked her to tell us what it felt like knowing she'd finally realized her dream. This is her story:
In the late afternoon hours of December 24, 2013, I opened a package a UPS driver had just delivered. I wasn’t expecting anything, so imagine my surprise and joy when I opened the envelope and slid out a copy of my debut novel, Shadows of the Past. My editor, bless her heart, had worked hard to get it to me before Christmas. It was a wonderful Christmas present.
Since then, my book has released and I’m living the dream I’ve had for so long. Thirty-four years, actually. As people have congratulated me, they’ve also asked how I feel about the release. And I have to tell them, I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong—I am excited and overjoyed.
But you see while I can touch the book, read it, see it on bookshelves, I can’t really wrap my mind around the fact that I have a book out. And my publisher wants a fourth book. It is almost surreal. And then there’s that thought—what if I wake up tomorrow and it’s all been a dream?
Seriously though, there were so many rejections. Yes, they got nicer over the years, but still, they were rejections. What if I had given up at year 20…or year 32? I could have, you know. And look at what I would have missed.
So, I think if a writer were to ask me for one piece of advice, I’d say—You’re kidding? Right? No writer can give you just one piece of advice and stop. But if you are serious about writing, do the hard work. Whatever it takes, learn the craft of writing whether it be from books or going to retreats or from your critique partners.
And. Don’t. Give. Up.
Your turn: If you could ask an author anything, what would it be?
Back cover copy:
Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.
Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.
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