Today I have with me the author of Destiny’s Present, Patricia C. Lee.
1. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
A pen that never runs out of ink. What?? I have to play by the rules – okay. Then a case of lined paper, a case of pencils and a big utility knife – that way I can still write. Gee, ya think I obsess about writing LOL!! Oh and there had better be chocolate of this island or there’ll be hell to pay!
Haha! Okay, number two. Paper or Plastic? (book or eReader)
I’ve been lamenting because I didn’t get an eReader for Christmas but truthfully, I still enjoy a physical book. I like to hear the pages turn, I like to feel the paper in my hand. I love to run my fingers over the cover (if it’s really cool) and if the book is brand new, there is nothing like the smell of an uncracked novel.
3. Plotter or Pantster?
Definitely a plotter. Not to the minute detail but I have to have an outline with key points as to what happens in the story and usually (but not always) how it is going to end.
4. What advice would you give someone who wanted to be a writer?
I was going to quote the usual “never give up” but what I think is more important is believing in yourself. If you know you write well and want it more than anything, then the first quote goes without saying. If you are assured of yourself, you will grow a thick skin so those rejections and nasty comments will bounce off and you’ll plod on. The only person who knows that you can do it is YOU!
5. What are you reading now?
I’m the type of person that can only read one book at a time and I’m currently reading “This Far From Paradise” by Philip Shelby. I’ve read his “Drums of Autumn” which is the BEST book of revenge.
Interesting. I may have to check those out. What does the title mean?
The title of a book has to have some type of correlation to what the book is about. It doesn’t necessarily have to be apparent at the start but it has to MEAN something, and it really, really needs to be catchy. With so many other books competing for a reader’s attention, you need every edge to stand out over others.
7. What inspires you?
People inspire me. Not necessarily to write but I see individuals who have overcome the worst kind of personal adversity, rise above it, move on and won’t let it keep them from achieving their dream. I am in awe of these people and am lucky enough to have one or two of them as my friends.
8. What is your writing schedule like?
While I was temporarily laid off it was every day from about mid morning until late afternoon – making sure I take breaks for coffee/lunch etc. When I was working, I’d hit the laptop either very, very early in the morning or right after dinner for the rest of the night and all through the weekend. If I’m editing, my hubby sees me as “that person in the front room” LOL!!!
Wow, that’s dedication. It’s hard for me to write when I’m working full time. What is your writing space like?
Well, for the past few years, it has been an armchair in the front room. But I’ve recently confiscated an unused office from my husband and claimed it as my own. It’s almost finished and ready for me to hole up in.
Nice. What motivates you to write?
It’s funny – if I’m writing a novel I don’t get motivated by anything, really. The idea pops into my brain, rattles around for a while until I think it’s viable then I set out an outline and I’m off. But when I write short stories, which tend to lean more towards the literary style, I am motivated by classical music. This also lures me to write plays, which I’ve done in the past.
11. When did you start writing?
I’ve dabbled since I was a young girl, writing short stories and plays. Did a few attempts at novels (which flopped, thank God because they sucked!) just after high school. But I devoted serious time to it around thirteen years ago.
Thanks so much for coming by, Pat! Below is a blurb for Destiny’s Present.
The sorceress Narena has done many things for Leisos – advised the king, helped heal a young girl and sent a prince forward in time to save his life. Now, to protect her people, she may have to sacrifice herself, her lover, her child. Maybe even all three.
She hunts for the one who threatens the royal family and the throne of Leisos. And also seeks the daughter taken from her at birth. There’s only one problem. They might be one and the same. What she finds on her quest is love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, and a revelation that will change her life forever.
Ardis is a warrior and former captain of the king’s army. His allegiance to the throne lives in his blood – as does the secret he carries. He will protect both at all costs. Even if it means killing Narena or someone she loves.
Sounds amazing! If you’d like to check it out, you can do so here:
Pat has had a love affair with the written word since childhood, many times immersing herself in the stories of Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene. Her active imagination gave inspiration to short stories and her first play as a teen.
As an adult she has penned an award winning short story titled “The Battle” and “A Precious Glimpse in Time” published in an anthology. Her full-length play, “The Truth About Lies”, was staged at a theatrical festival competition in 2006.
Although still in pursuit of a place truly called home, Pat currently lives in Ontario, Canada 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 her at the public library. Besides dreaming up her next novel, Pat also enjoys traveling, baking, camping, wine, and of course reading – not necessarily in that order.
You can find her on Facebook, her website patriciaclee.com or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org