Interview with Patrice Stanton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised a Connecticut Yankee. My family has been in that neck of the American woods since the 1600's, so you can imagine how traumatic it was the first time I headed off into the sunset, towards the Hudson River and beyond. Of course I love New England: the prep schools, the small historic towns, the antique shops, all the fancy cars up from the City on the weekends, the trees blocking your view beyond say 50 feet. Did I mention the humidity in summer, and the ticks? They say you can never go back to your childhood, but it sure is fun making the attempt in works of fiction. BTW: I finally got to Texas, just not quite as fast as I could.
When did you first start writing?
Oddly I'm not one of those writers who can say, Since for-ever. For decades I'd always found sewing, painting, and graphic design sufficient creative outlets, but as I grew more and more politically-minded that changed. Of course there were the odd Love Poems here and there over the years...
What's the story behind your latest book?
Politics, generically, and a morbid fascination with what happens After Death - especially in terms of the comeuppance-factor. Specifically? Feminism-gone-wild, Divorce, the family court system, and suicide. Back in June 2011 I read about a divorced father In New Hampshire, who, exhausted by "The System," chose to literally go out in a blaze, not of glory, but of desperation. He left behind young children. And a long manuscript detailing his legal struggles as well as his deep hope that men would learn from him and do something to put the justice-for-all back in our courts. My story's 20-year-old main character is estranged from her father after a nasty divorce. The dad recently created a comic book vigilante, Inferno, who comes back from the Afterworld after a suicide by immolation. Inferno seeks to avenge just such lost Souls. The cartoonist hopes to open men's eyes. I'm hoping to do both.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lots of rejections from agents. I went into the process knowing that the inclusion of politically incorrect "attitudes," say on the part of some of my characters ;-) would make it a hard sell to them. Particularly regarding hot-button issues like Feminism, Divorce inequality, Family-court inequality, vigilantism, and more. Plus I'm a control freak.
What are you working on next?
I'm taking the advice of bigtime indie-publishing pro, Mark Coker. He says readers love series. I'm champing at the bit to start the sequel to my first novel, "Oh, Hell."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the dialogue out of my head and onto the page, so I can quit listening to it. Did I say that out loud?
What is your writing process?
I love the index card type of outline. So far. Every card is a scene. I learned from Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat" to designate them by Act, then sequence them from Opening Image to Closing Image.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand and Lee Child. Though I haven't touched the latest "Jack Reacher" story, even though it's right...over...there. I hated that he came out as a (daily) pot smoker. It's bad enough that writers have pretty much been stereotyped as heavy drinkers since when, forever? Now creative-leaning kids will say, See, Jack Reacher's author smokes can I.
Published 2013-10-01.
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Books by This Author

The Knight Before Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
It’s Christmas Eve and college student Jamison Riley has chosen to spend the holiday alone, in Sigma Mu Pi’s just-off-campus frat house. Of course the fact he’s arranged a blind date for tonight had something to do with turning down several relatives' offers. The date is after all, the first such opportunity - of any "acuity" - he’s had all semester.
The Daily Conjuror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Bithia Wellington-Paine understands the old conjuror's adage, "It takes a witch to know one," so it's clear that's not her current problem. It's simply a common thief with a touch of con man, or rather con girl. The “problem,” at fifteen-going-on-grown-up, was Aristolia Stewart Dunsmore and this teen was about to learn that stolen property - especially from a mage - always has a hidden price.
Oh Hell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,040. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Family reunions can be HELL…even in Paradiso, the anything goes island playground. But when your family's divorced, bicoastal, and estranged? All bets are off!
Inter-Magisteria Cooperation
Price: Free! Words: 9,560. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Mel Dobson’s a demon who’s used to flying solo, particularly when on a time-travel gig. He’s been stood-up by his assigned IMC-partner from the heavenly realms; been stuck all week doing KP in the culinary bowels of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No surprise then, that days ago his attitude had already taken a nose dive of hellacious proportions.
The Butterfly Affect
Price: Free! Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
Why doesn’t eight-year-old Brett’s mother understand? All she wants is a pet. Since the family first moved to Texas a few months earlier, the girl has seen nary an alligator...either from her perch, high in the SUV motoring around the Urbs or the sub-urbs, or out the back or front doors at home. Why can’t her mother just get over what happened in coastal Florida to her three precious pups?
Grounds for Divorce
Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Julia needs some relationship advice and a friend suggests she consult a psychic named Morgana. But this one doesn’t read tea-leaves. Nope. She’s a 21st century seer who requires a specific roast of a specific well-known brand of coffee beans. Julia finally tracks down the properly-dated vacuum-packed bag, but gets a rude (psychic-)awakening in the process: cryptic questions. To ask the psychic!
Confession is Good for the Soul
Price: Free! Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
A loyal subject does not bite the hand that feeds her...without understanding the terrible price that will most certainly be extracted. But a high-ranking, middle-aged Admin of the ruling regime in Washington has had a pang of conscience. She decides to finally reveal the truth behind the elite pogrom, begun generations earlier, which essentially killed Liberty and Justice for the American male.
They Say
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 1 review)
They say your 40’s are pretty cool but I’ll never know... My story started in Vegas and, sure as Hellfire, it won’t “stay there.” If I help just one of you young, careerist women out there, that's OK. Only the good die young, you say? Bull. I'm barely-living proof that's a lie. Are you a postmodern ladder-climber? Dread living in perpetual Bridesmaids-Ville? Then read, learn, and "don't."
Yankee Determinism
Price: Free! Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
"To Whom It May Concern…You will be escorted off these premises between midnight and dawn on the…" Naturally they weren’t giving him long to decide or prepare; they never got push-back. But, then, he wasn’t like everyone else. Even so, he still had to consider the three teens he was grandfather, and now, father to. He'd gotten his fill of war long ago, apparently the sheriff hadn't. So be it.
"Three" if by Fire
Price: Free! Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Writing about container-gardening was bad enough, but now Yoshi Pratt, 26, has to endure Inauguration Day (in the sure-to-be-swarming City on the Potomac) with an obnoxious female boss who’s the embodiment of something his grandfather always calls “The Peter Principle.” Yeah, he'd dreamed of political-journalism, but dirt, weeds, and unwelcome planter-pests wasn't sounding all that bad today.
Take Two and Call Me in the Morning
Price: Free! Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Hereford Bolton was just happy to finally get a job. I mean, he had a bunch of school loans to pay, not to mention a basement to escape. (Probably never heard that one before!)The realities of not holding out for a better employment deal have been sinking in with a vengeance lately. Something's gotta give...