It’s a pleasure to have Patricia here today. After sharing notes about ‘when will I be published?’ and ‘what do I have to do other than being an excellent writer?’ I was thrilled when Patricia announced her novel “Mixed Messages” would be published in just a few short months after acceptance. Where there is faith, perseverence and love for the craft, you will find Patricia Gligor. Welcome!
Theresa, thanks for inviting me to be here today.
What is your genre and your intended audience?
I write mystery/suspense novels. Mixed Messages, the first in my Malone mystery series, was published April 17th. My books probably have the most appeal to women but several men have read Mixed Messages and told me they enjoyed it. The main character is a woman but there are male characters who play prominent roles in the story.
What are you currently writing?
I’m working on what I like to call “the final draft” of Unfinished Business, the second novel in my series. Both titles have a double meaning and I’ve got some surprises in store for my readers. I’m also scribbling notes for the third book as ideas come to me.
When do you make time to write?
Sometimes, I feel like a juggler in the circus, trying to promote Mixed Messages, edit Unfinished Business and take care of all my other responsibilities. Oh, and once in a while, I like to have some fun. I’ve always been good at organizing and prioritizing but lately I’ve had to take it to a whole new level. I think it’s like most things in life. We do what we can do when we can do it. Some days, I have more time to write than other days. I’m getting better at learning how to accept that and to go with the flow.
What would you have done differently in your writing life? If anything at all?
I’ve thought about this a lot lately, Theresa, and I realized that it all worked out the way it was supposed to. Did I make some mistakes along the way? Yes. Did I learn from them? Yes. Was I a late bloomer when it came to marketing my work? Definitely. Did I have to work really hard to make up for lost time? Yes. Still, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything I’ve gone through in life and in my writing has brought me to where I am and that’s a good place to be.
Tell us about your marketing strategy.
I actually have a marketing notebook. In it, I list ideas to promote my novel and I check them off when I complete them. I’ve gotten some wonderful tips from writers I know, including you, and I’m grateful for all the help and support I’ve received. I belong to numerous online sites for writers (and readers) and I try to comment regularly on those sites and on other writers’ blogs. It’s all about getting your name out there! Oh, and I have my mother who tells anyone and everyone “my daughter is a publisher author.” Word of mouth!
Does your spiritual life influence your writing? If so, how?
Absolutely! I have a deep faith and I want my writing to reflect that. I had one experience that I’d like to share with you. Awhile back, I was feeling frustrated and despondent about my novel. I’d worked very hard on it for a long time but all I’d gotten were rejection letters. I was having a cup of coffee one day, feeling sorry for myself and suddenly the word “Faith” popped into my mind. It was almost as if I could see it printed in big, bold letters. First, I smiled and then I laughed – at myself. How could I forget that things happen in God’s time, not mine? The next day, I got an email from my publisher with a contract for Mixed Messages. Coincidence? I don’t think so. God was sending me a message: “Keep the faith!”
Do you have a particular theoretical foundation that keeps you afloat?
My faith is what keeps me going. I’m constantly amazed at how God works in my life and I feel truly blessed to have so many wonderful family members and friends.
What’s your literary community burning desire?
To be as rich and famous as Mary Higgins Clark. Just kidding. Of course, I’d like to see my books sell well but it’s not about money or fame for me, at least not totally. In addition to providing entertainment and escape, I want my writing to inspire people and to give them hope. There’s so much negativity in this world and, yes, we all have problems but if we make a commitment to see the good in people and to believe that things will get better, we’ll be happier and the world will be a better place.
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Thanks again, Patricia! I’ve downloaded Mixed Messages onto my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. I also enjoy reading your blog a great deal. Looking forward to more from you!