Do you have a book buddy?
Whether you’re a reader or a writer, do you have that special someone or group who you can talk about books with? Or enjoy a reading adventure together?
I do! And I’d like to introduce you to her today.
I think you’ll like my book buddy because I sure do. She challenges me to keep writing, even when I don’t feel like it. And if she doesn’t feel like it either, she declares a Play Day and we go hang out at Starbucks or somewhere like that.
So, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce to you my bestest Book Buddy – Patricia Pacjac Carroll.
Patty writes historical romances, Mail Order Bride romances, Contemporary romances…. And I know there’s more. She’s a brave soul who will jump into an opportunity first and ask questions about it later. Whereas I’m the more cautious one. Usually I stand back and watch to see if she SPLATS or Jumps up and dusts herself off. When she learned about becoming an Indie Author, she galloped off, going for it. That’s the kind of brave frontierslady she is.
After thinking and planning, I ended up following along. Being the kind of thoughtful pioneer I am. Since then, she has dragged, coerced, hog-tied… me into one writing and marketing adventure after another. And along the way, we share our story ideas, talk about our characters like they’re real people, and debate whether outlining or writing by the seat of your pants is the better way. Wanna take a guess at who’s the outliner?
Welcome Patricia Pacjac Carroll! Thanks so much for agreeing to help me with my post. At the last minute. Without any warning or notice… Anyway, let’s get to this interviewing stuff.
JC) Patty, do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
PPC) I do have my parameters. Happy ending is a must. No swearing or sex. Got to have some fun in there. Other than that, I let the story roar through the pages and follow along.
JC) Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
PPC) I am a seat-of-the-pants writer. (Did you guess right? tee hee – JC) So no, I never have the reins. And when I think I do, my characters laugh at me and go off in totally different directions than what I thought. I almost hate to tell people what the current book I am working on is about, because then it all changes. My characters and the story like to keep me guessing. But then I do love the surprises.
JC) Right. Yes you do. And though I do try to make an outline, sometimes my characters decide they like their plotline better than mine. Then who knows what’ll happen. Ha! Does your family support your career as a writer?
PPC) Yes, my husband is the best. He works hard so that I can keep writing, hoping that someday I can set him free. But he is always encouraging me. And my son is the same. Of course there is the dog, Jacs. He makes sure I get up and get some exercise to let him outside. I have an awesome family.
JC) What is something memorable you have heard from your readers?
PPC) That my stories encourage and refresh them. That’s what I desire. To write heartwarming stories that encourage readers in their own lives.
JC) I’ve heard many time you saying that you just want to write stories that make people happy. And I believe you do that. Anything you would like to say to our readers?
PPC) Thank you for reading the books. It’s my heart to write stories that will encourage and entertain you.
And they do! So Patty, tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
He was lonely. She was desperate. Can love find a way?
Oh, did I tell you she had 10 children? No, well, she didn’t tell him either.
Rachel held the letter in her hand as she watched the banker come up the lane. He was taking the farm. Wasn’t it enough she’d been widowed 2 years ago. Worse, good meaning townspeople wanted her to disperse her ten children to families who needed them. She had to keep her family together. The letter from the judge in Montana held her only hope of keeping her family together. She’d go west to Montana as a mail order bride.
Judge Solomon Taggart groaned at having to referee a dispute between the two feuding families. That even their children were at each other made him doubt the wisdom of sending that letter to the widow in Minnesota. She had children. She didn’t say how many, and he hadn’t asked. He grabbed his rifle and swung up in the saddle, praying there’d be no bloodshed. And then he prayed he’d been wise to send that letter.
So how about you? Do you have a friend or group where you can talk about your favorite stories and discuss the characters as if they were real people? (In our minds, I think they are.) ;)
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Tell us where you find your Book Buddies and PacJac will pick one person to win an ebook of Ellen’s Lesson.
Blessings and Peace,