Interview with Patricia Barnard

Published 2015-12-04.
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 site. By the way, in mid December 2015 you'll find a printed version of my book 'Six Stories for Children' there.
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