Gina: What is your favorite thing about being an Author?
Patty: Getting to put on paper what rattles around in my head and share with my followers! I’m not typical, probably because of life experiences. Love creating characters.
Gina: What genre of books are you inspired most to write about?
Patty: Romance, for sure, but combined with mystery.
Gina: Do you plot you’re books or let them lead you?
Patty: I plot, but that doesn’t mean my character or plot theme doesn’t take a surprising twist at times!
Gina: What is something you do when writing that keeps you going?
Patty: Guilty pleasure. Get up, stretch, head for the frig and dig out a Dr. Pepper. Chips? Of course. Napkins are at the ready. I’ve always been a Dr. Pepper freak, so I use it only to reward myself or shift my mind set so I can continue writing. It does the trick. I don’t know why. I’m a health nut otherwise.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Patty: I’m writing the 5th book in my series, The Velvet Shoe Collection. It’s a series set in the Roaring Twenties and is based on my grandmother’s experiences as a young lady in Detroit, MI. and her brush with the mob. Ruth and Peter are the main characters in the 1st three books (my grandmother & grandfather), but my readers started pleading for me to feature some secondary characters of those books. So, in the 4th book I set the scene with Best Friends, Hattie & Cal. Ruth & Peter are still in the book, but not the main characters. Now, on the 5th, I am focusing on reformed gun moll Fanny. With Ruth and Hattie’s help, she’s become a successful businesswoman, but an old rival comes back to haunt her. I’m still incorporating all the other characters.
Gina: What would you say to someone who wants to become a writer?
Patty: My favorite quote is from Dolly Parton: Find out who you are, then do it on purpose. 1st of all just do it. 2nd of all, study. Take online courses, join a writers club, read, read, read. Learn the rhythm of writing.
Gina: Do you have another author who has given you advice or encouragement?
Patty: Yes, an East Texas author, Caleb Pirtle III. He’s been such a mentor to me. Always encouraging, always supportive.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself for the next year?
Patty: To keep writing. I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, both wet & dry. I must get a shot in my eye every few months. My husband & son have helped set me up with screens & software that help my vision. I’m 71 and refuse to quit. This is what I love, this is what I will do until I can’t. Technology is such that there is great help out there now, so onward I go!
Gina: What do you want readers to see or feel most when it comes to your stories?
Patty: I write about strong women. Women who have influenced my life. I really do take true incidents in my life & the lives of the strong women in my family and use them in my stories. I use parts of my own life, as well. I want my readers to feel triumph in my character’s lives. I want them to see the depth of these women.
Gina: Is there any juicy tidbits you can give us about your next book release?
Patty: Well, Silver’s Redemption is newly released. Just last month. She is 56 years old and is replaced in her twenty-five-year career as a PR executive by a twenty-something blonde with forty inch ta ta’s. Suddenly Silver no longer fits the image her company requires. She is devastated & retreats to West Texas and her late father’s ranch. Evil finds her, but so does love. Ash Ericcson is six years younger but is taken in by her ageless beauty. Together they fight against a corrupt sheriff and navigate through the attraction each feels for the other. This is a seasoned romance because so many of my readers want to see love for the older women.
Gina: What would you like to say to your reader’s and anyone interested in reading your books?
Patty: You’ll find mystery & intrigue in my stories, strong women, handsome hero’s, evil bad guys, & lots of entertainment.
Gina: When will your next book be coming out?
Patty: Silver’s Redemption was so much fun to write. It felt right and comfortable to write about an older woman who faces the discrimination of age. At my age, I think I am over writing about twenty-something’s. Going forward, I’ll probably keep my characters older and let the world know we’re not done yet!!
Gina: Thank you for your interview today.Please everyone check out some of Patty Wiseman books and her newest release now. Thank you for joining us and until next time, keep reading.