Patricia has had a love affair with the written word since childhood, many times immersing herself in the stories of Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene.
An active imagination gave inspiration to short stories and her first play as a teen. As an adult, she penned the Clem Battye award winning short story titled The Battle and A Precious Glimpse in Time, which was published in Mining For Crystal Gems by PWAP. Her full-length play, The Truth About Lies, was staged at a theatrical festival competition in 2008.
Born on Canada's west coast, she now lives in Ontario with her husband and three cats, all of which claim rule over the house at one point or another. When her nose isn’t pressed to the laptop monitor, you can find Patricia at the public library. Besides dreaming up the next novel, she also enjoys traveling, baking, camping, wine, and of course reading – not necessarily in that order.
Anne – Welcome, Patricia! When did you first realize you were destined to be an author?
Patricia - I would say around my early teens. I was always making up stories in my mind. Once I started putting them down I knew this was what I wanted to do for all my life
Anne - What one or two lines best sums you up as an author?
Patricia - Feel the fire...believe in the magic.
Anne – Love it! Tell us about your debut release.
Patricia - Destiny's Past is the first book in the Daughters of the Crescent Moon Trilogy.
No-nonsense medical examiner, Kelly Richards, relies on the familiar comforts of science and scalpels to get her through the day. So when a not-so-dead guy who claims he's from the past lands on her autopsy table, she considers calling the men in white coats to escort him to a padded room. But Jarek’s old-world ways and hot gaze trick her heart into falling for him—a mistake she swore she’d never make again.
When Jarek, Prince of Leisos, discovers someone he trusts has been slowly poisoning him, he travels to the future in search of a cure. Driven by vengeance, he enlists the help of an impudent scientist to return him to his time. Caught between his growing desire for Kelly and the need to expose his would-be assassin before he strikes again, Jarek must either forfeit his ticket home or lose the only woman he’s ever loved.
Anne - Is there a message in Destiny's Past you want readers to grasp?
Patricia - Yes. I believe every person has a gift. Whether it be something obvious like music, singing, numbers, etc. Some never realize it is a gift. Destiny's Past is my way of portraying how the heroine, Kelly, recognizes her gift and uses it for the fulfillment of her life, as well as others. Sounds heavy, but it's also fun!
Anne - How long does it take you to write a book?
Patricia - The last two took me about 3-4 months each. That was the easy part. It's the editing that almost killed me!
Anne - Are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person?
Patricia - Totally full, actually. Life is amazing, no matter what it throws at you. It all depends on the attitude you take.
Anne – How true! Attitude is everything. J Outside of writing, what accomplishment are you most proud?
Patricia - Right after high school I made a list of 5 life goals. This was long before the famous phrase "bucket list". I have achieved 4 of them (being published was on that list). They are personal, but I'm proud that I've done them. I hope to complete it. I think it's important for us have life goals/dreams. It gives us a reason to get up in the morning and something to strive for.
Anne – Where can readers find you online?
Anne – You’re offering commenters a chance to win an e-copy of Destiny’s Past. What is your question for them?
Patricia – What's your favorite line from a book (current read or all-time favorite)?
Thanks for having me over to 'your place' Anne. It's been fun.
Anne – My pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Destiny's Past, and can't wait for the next book. I wish you every success both professional and personally!
Readers, remember to leave a comment with your email addy to win an e-copy of Destiny’s Past. The winner will be announced sometime next week.
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