Interview with Patricia Lloyd

Describe your desk
If you have an organized desk, don’t even read this. I live at my desk. The description of my desk is only for people who are really bad at desk organization. This is for those who understand desk clutter is simply a reflection of hopeless disorganization and a chronic inability to throw anything away that verges on hoarding. When I do manage desk organization, then I have to spend weeks trying to find things. Just not worth the effort to get organized. For ADHDers, out-of -sight means out-of-mind, so I need everything in front of me to remember what needs doing. And desk organizers ... I don't like them. They get in the way of all the stacks of stuff. I save a lot of money because I don't buy them. I have read lots of books on getting organized. So far ... hasn't helped. But I've just had a great idea. Get another desk. Side-by-side desks. Spread out the clutter so it doesn't look so cluttered. Brilliant! I'll let you know how it works.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Girl Interrupted. One of the first stories I ever wrote and it is included in my book, ADHD Reframed! Totally Crush Life & Career with an ADHD Fast Brain. Girl Interrupted is about the time I was majorly rejected in high school. I know you were too, but mine is worse. I was very well qualified and super focused on following a passion for handling public relations as Social Chair of the student council. But I was unfairly denied the opportunity by a prejudiced, unthinking teacher who shouldn't have been allowed within 5280 feet of adolescents. We can all be unthinking at times, of course. We knock others down and get knocked down ourselves. This story tells how difficult it is for someone with an ADHD inspired super focus to get up again after being interrupted by a knockdown. Emerging from an interrupted ADHD inspired super focus is difficult. But something as simple as being aware that super focus creates blindness to other opportunities can guide recovery and shape refocusing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like ebooks but I like to print them out and hold them in my hand, reclining on the sofa. Reading an ebook on an electronic device feels like a disembodied book, floating there wildly on a screen. Well, I do read things on my big computer screen … a thing perched on my desk that I don’t have to hold until my hand drops off.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being an indie author means I can do everything myself. How I like it. And Smashwords makes it easier for indie authors to lead the life they want to lead.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to think and reflect. I do. The American Psychiatric Association says ADHDers don’t like to think. They are wrong. I like to think. Writing is how I think and that’s my greatest joy about writing.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book of meditations particularly for people with ADHD to guide focus and soothe fiery spirits. And when I finish it … I will offer it free on Smashwords. I think I have an obligation to write more about ADHD and what it looks like in real life. I want to continue to write about how the negative labels attached to ADHD can be seen positively. A diagnosis of ADHD generates prejudices and needs to be better understood so low keyed people can live and work with them without rolling their eyes all the time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several fav authors … Erich Segal, Richard Bach, Kurt Vonnegut … the goody oldies, all still timely. Tom Wolfe is my very favorite author. Have read Bonfire of the Vanities several times, imaging I lived in New York. Wolfe is wordy. I like wordy especially when wordy is delightful and entertaining.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have been trying to write ADHD Reframed! since 1995. That helped get me out of bed each day for the last couple of decades, although sometimes, I just stayed in bed. Then it started being a challenge to see if I could get focused enough to finish the book and it’s a short book too. Know how I was able to finish it? Sat in a rocking chair with my computer and rocked while writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Girl Interrupted. One of the first stories I ever wrote and it is included in my book, ADHD Reframed! Totally Crush Life & Career with an ADHD Fast Brain. Girl Interrupted is about the time I was majorly rejected in high school. I know you were too, but mine is worse. I was very well qualified and super focused on following a passion for handling public relations as Social Chair of the student council. But I was unfairly denied the opportunity by a prejudiced, unthinking teacher who shouldn't have been allowed within 5280 feet of adolescents. We can all be unthinking at times, of course. We knock others down and get knocked down ourselves. This story tells how difficult it is for someone with an ADHD inspired super focus to get up again after being interrupted by a knockdown. Emerging from an abruptly and unfairly interrupted ADHD inspired super focus is difficult and takes time. But something as simple as being aware that super focus creates blindness to other opportunities can guide recovery and shape refocusing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker, you made my life better with Smashwords! Thank you. I knew nothing, zero, zilch, nada about being an indie writer, until I found Mark Coker and Smashwords. Glad I found you. Now I am committed to a monogamous relationship with you.
Published 2016-03-24.
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Books by This Author

ADHD Reframed! Totally Crush Life & Career with Your ADHD Powered Fast Brain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,960. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
You’d think they would be polite enough not to slander our reputations or at least wait until we all had jobs before talking about the way we are easily distracted and impulsive. But the American Psy. Assn. is not known for their good manners or positive labels. ADHD Reframed changes that! Negative ADHD trait labels are reframed into the strengths they really are and linked to careers at ONET