Interview with Patty Rice

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Maryland in the Burbs. There were a lot of families in our neighborhood, so I love to write about families and relationships. My books feature areas in and around the DMV (DC, Maryland, & Virginia), and many of the local highway routes. Also, the church was a big part of my upbringing so I incorporate experiences and themes that are Christian related.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a toddler. Lol. I really did. My mother said I would scribble pages for hours before I knew letters. I learned to read early, around three, and once I had the alphabet down, I would write pages of A's, B's. When I put words and sentences together, I wrote my first story at five, called "Fuzzy What Was He?" I added a song with it. My second big story was, "There's A Wocket in My Pocket." That one had a song too! Can you tell I was influenced by Dr. Seuss? I wrote my first serious novel, "Somethin' Extra," while on maternity leave because I was bored. I got an agent, the book was bought by a major publisher, and became a bestseller.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh, wow. When I felt the pull to make the leap from regular fiction to Christian fiction, I heard the voice of this career conscious young woman with a lot of bravado who had a strained relationship with her father. As I delved into her story, I realized it was the story of an entire family and that the father was the anchor of it all. Hence, Martin Fisher, his wife, Justina, his son, Ryan and his daughter, Zina were all born. The premise is that the Fishers are a "church" family and it depicts how although they are Christians and have "religion," none of them have an intimate relationship with God. This contributes to the demise of the family when Martin leaves his frigid wife, Justina for his pregnant, white girlfriend. Justina tries to cope with anxiety pills and struggles between finding a new identity and giving up on life. Their daughter, Zina comes face to face with a long-buried secret even as she takes the biggest risk of her career to compete for a prized position. Her white rival, Jules Carey is a prime target for Zina’s frustrations over what her father has done, causing the frenemies to become locked in a fight to the finish. Meanwhile, the Fisher’s son, Ryan decides he must bring stability by starting a family with his wife, Sierra, only to discover that her dark past just might railroad his plans.With the Fisher family in ruins, will they ever be able to let go of their pride and allow God to bring wholeness? Or will they continue to suffer the relentless consequences of unforgiveness?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I honestly felt led to start an entertainment company and really take ownership of my company and products.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to publish my new book, "He Restores My Soul" in a wonderfully easy and friendly way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am absolutely in love with words, and creating characters and storylines. Writing is like the air I breathe. I need it. We will never break up!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are amazing! They are the most satisfying part of the process, because they are the litmus test and truth tellers that validate your creative expression. It adds value and meaning, substance to me as a person in this world when someone says they read something I wrote and it changed them or helped them repair a relationship. People who love the work are so gracious that it humbles me.
What are you working on next?
"He Restores My Soul" is the first book in my Living Water Series. I am now working on "Love and Reverence" where I focus in on the life and family of one of the characters, Malcolm Reese, who is featured in "He Restores My Soul." It is an exploration of the demise of a marriage and how a marriage retreat and marriage counseling impact a couple who has thrown in the towel. The bible commands husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church, and for wives to reverence their husbands. The characters are challenged to do just that to rebuild what they destroyed. So many marriages are crashing and burning these days. It is my prayer that this book will not just entertain, but will actually pull couples back from the brink of separation and divorce.
Who are your favorite authors?
OMG, Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, Anne Tyler, Colleen McCullough, Frank Yerby, Zora Neale Hurston. I really love lyrical writers who delve deep into a character's psyche to show not just what they do, but why. I love descriptive writing also. I think Capote's short story, "A Christmas Memory" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are the best I've ever read. Toni Morrison's "Jazz," "Sula," "Beloved," and "Bluest Eye" are masterpieces. So is Colleen McCullough's "First Man in Rome."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God does. He is my purpose and gives me purpose every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a family girl. My husband, Ty is my best-est friend. We spend quality time with our adult daughters and my family lives in Maryland so my siblings and I are very close. As the baby of the family, I love having their love around me. I also read like it's a full-time job and love watching TV and eating at good restaurants.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get recommendations on Amazon and search authors I love.
Published 2015-07-12.
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Books by This Author

He Restores My Soul
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 190,190. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Martin Fisher abandons his frigid wife, Justina, and every member of his family becomes a casualty of his betrayal. With the Fisher family in ruins, will they ever be able to let go of their pride and allow God to bring wholeness? Or will they continue to suffer the relentless consequences of unforgiveness?