Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Patricia D. Eddy
Patricia D. Eddy doesn’t know how to relax. Really. She’s tried. But between a full time job, running, cycling, swimming, writing, reading, and the occasional movie or trivia night, it just doesn’t happen. Despite routinely telling her mother that her life is boring, what she really means is that she doesn’t have enough free time to get bored. She wouldn’t have it any other way. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three cats. She has been known to participate in clandestine coffee bean exchanges in corner shops and is happiest when she’s mixing the perfect Manhattan.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing all of my life. I used to sit at my parents first computer and type out little snippets of short stories. However, it wasn’t until NaNoWriMo two years ago that I actually managed to come close to finishing something. At that point, I knew I was capable of creating a complete novel. I suppose that’s when I decided that one day I would actually publish.
How do you find inspiration?
Quite often I get plot bunnies (the ideas that eventually evolve into my books) in dreams. I’ll wake up after dreaming about a particular scene or character. I write everything down. I even have an electronic file named Plot Bunnies. Though I have one idea right now that I got from a song. Quite often, these ideas evolve into something vastly different by the time I actually start writing, though.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?: Write, write, write. I write every night. Some nights I’ll manage 200 words and other nights I’ll get up to 2000. But I write every day. That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting down and actually writing/typing – I use these transcription services so that I can just dictate. I find this easier some days, especially if I am tired or have spent a lot of time at the computer. For the most part, I write start to finish, but if I get stuck, sometimes I’ll jump ahead and try to get a future scene down. I don’t really create a schedule for myself. When I’ve tried, I’ve found that I’ve rushed too much and then I have to go back and edit more than usual. Probably the biggest tip that I can give aspiring authors though is that you need to do what works for you. There is all sorts of advice out there. Many people have told me: Write first, edit later. Well, that’s great advice, but it doesn’t work for me. I need to write, then edit a bit, then write some more. If I try to avoid editing during the writing process, I end up stuck.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I read almost everything. Fantasy, romance, thrillers, mysteries, just about everything except for historical fiction. Though I’m not against it, I just haven’t found any that have called to me recently. My favorite authors are: Lindsay Buroker, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, Ilona Andrews, JD Robb, and April Adams.
What are you currently working on?
What am I not working on? I tend to have multiple projects going at once. My two published works are By the Fates, Freed and Secrets in Blood. Destined,a novella set in the By the Fates universe is currently in editing and I’m writing the sequel, By the Fates, Fought. I’ve also started working on Revelations in Blood, the sequel to Secrets. But I also have a post-apocalyptic novella in development as well as an outline for a shifter tale that I’m planning on using for my NaNoWriMo project this year.