Patricia Harreld has been an inveterate reader since first grade. Her love of writing began in the fifth grade, when she won the county essay contest. At age ten, she began to develop what would be a lifelong interest in the world beyond our five senses. While working day jobs and raising a family, she still found time to take classes. She read every book she could get her hands on concerning all things paranormal. She enjoys writing books with paranormal themes, hoping her readers will ask themselves, “What if…?”
Patricia is also passionate about saving the Earth. She is an avid recycler and a staunch advocate of the Going Green movement. She lives with her husband in San Diego, California.
What inspires you to write?
That’s a hard question. I’ve been writing since fifth grade. I won first prize in the county essay contest, and from there, it became my goal to write novels. Sometimes, a story on the internet or in the newspaper is my inspiration. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer. I get my basic plot in my head and type Chapter One. My characters become fully formed as I write, and sometimes they take over. I think all writers have that happen. I always know my ending before I start, but often between Chapter One and The End, I find many surprises.
That may not be much help to others, but I rely on the creative process and my subconscious to get me through. If I had to outline, I’d never write a word. I’d feel stultified. But everyone is different. Use whatever method gets your words on paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. You tend to learn the most fascinating things about them. And I always remember it is really the creative part of me. I don’t always take their advice, often to the detriment of the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never. Give. Up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Personally, I have never self-published. I am still of the old school. However, I know that’s changing. I’ve read enough of them to advise if you plan to go that route, be sure you read the manuscript at least ten times to look for errors. Also have friends or relatives read it. Typos are so easy to miss. But, self-publishing is expensive. If you have faith in your work, I’d advise trying ebook publishers first. It’s free and the turn-around time is far quicker than with a print publisher. And expect rejections. My first book, I got seven rejections before a publisher offered me a contract. My second and third books, I sent to a different publisher and had contracts within two weeks of submission. Almost unheard of, but it happened.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope it’s here to stay, both in ebook and print formats.
What genres do you write?
Sci-Fi Romance, Time Travel Romance, Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?
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