Interview with Patricia Barnard

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on a farm in Northern Rhodeisa, but I spent more time at boarding school than at home.

I used to tell stories to the other children in the dormitory after lights out. They were always about Mrs Brown, who had amazing adventures.

At school we had to write English Compositions, and it was the only English subject I enjoyed. English Language and Grammar bored me silly. In frustration one day, Miss Barnes, was teaching us about parts of speech. Martie was as bored as I was, and yawned. Miss Barnes was furious, threw a vase of flowers at Martie and told her to "Get out!".

Martie did as she was told, and came back shortly afterwards, carrying an umbrella!

I vowed never to bore anyone to whom I told my stories, and I carried that vow forward when my 'telling' became 'writing'.
When did you first start writing?
In the mid 1990s.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A desire for worldwide exposure of my books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By marketing my books to more readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing to me, is like chewing gum is to a chewing gum addict! I can't let a day go by without writing something, and the more the better.
What are you working on next?
A trilogy for adults.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors for children are Nancy Farmer and J. K. Rowland. I'm an avid reader myself, and I find Nancy Farmer's books for adults are wonderfully reseached and written. I've also thoroughly enjoyed books by Charlotte Bingham and J. K. Rowland..
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing Scrabble, line dancing, playing music, listening to music, and catching up with housework.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By visiting the Smashwords site and also the amazon.com site. By the way, in mid December 2015 you'll find a printed version of my book 'Six Stories for Children' there.
Published 2015-12-04.
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Books by This Author

Work! Work! Work!
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2017. Categories: Screenplays » Western, Screenplays » Action Adventure
Rosa thinks that her mother asks her to do too much work for her. Rosa decides to find paid work. She finds work, but the people ask her to take messages for her. She gets nervous, dirty muddled and exhausted. She decides its better to work for her mother.
Six Stories for Children
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 10,690. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
These stories all affect the readers' emotions. It is through the emotions that most learning takes place. Children don't always automatically get on well with each other, but if they do their lives are a lot happier than if they don't. The children in Six Stories for Children are of various ages and from various backgrounds, and they all learn how to handle their problems satisfactorily.
The Shoplifter
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football
Peter Motlala is crazy about soccer. He admires Botshe Ofentse, a local soccer star. He spots Botshe in the local store and stops to talk to him. Botshe doesn't chat to him. Peter is disappointed. He sees a woman in the aisle hiding something in her coat. He tells Botshe and the manager about her. They watch her. What happens? Peter is happy, but why? Read on to find out...
A Clever Plan
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer
In winter, Onias sleeps too late to get to school on time. His friends don’t call him on their way to school because he’s never ready. His aunt sends him a parcel. He shows his friends what’s in it and tells them that if they make sure he’s up and wait for him on their way to school, he'll share his present. They like the idea. What is in it? Read the story to find out!
L for Learner
You set the price! Words: 1,290. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cars
"Uncle Sam won't mind!" James assures his friends when they get in the car, with young James acting as driver, but they all leap out again when James tries to be too clever.
The Old Man with the Crutch
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Gibson sees an old man with a crutch sitting on a bench near the store. He sits on the ground near the old man, who tells Gibson his story about a lion attacking him. Afterwards Gibson runs to a nearby field and calls his friends. They follow him back to look at the old man. They hear a lot of shouting and are surprised when they see the shop keeper holding the crutch and the old man running away.
Fetching Water
You set the price! Words: 2,180. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
When Sizi’s mother hurts her leg, Sizi has to fetch water from the river. But there are crocodiles in the river! When Sizi hears noises and sees swirls in the water she knows she’s in danger!
New School Clothes
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Christopher decides to earn some money by working during his school holidays. A farmer gives him a job looking after sheep during the day. A frightening storm floods his house, and the river he has to cross breaks its banks. How will Christopher get to the farm?