Interview with Patricia Holden

What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on Book 6 of my Turn My Head series. This is the story of the sixth brother and his lady. Book 7 is in the can. Book 8 will be committed to paper as soon as I get through this draft of book 6.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading, singing, crocheting, cooking, and enjoying the arts.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in my beloved St. Louis, Missouri. They say write about what you know, hence the locale of my books so far.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This was the retirement plan. I just put it into motion early.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to me. Fans are the reason we write. Without an audience, the art of writing, and the message in the stories stays hidden.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunshine and getting the truth to living life.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is get it written, put it away for a while and let it incubate, edit a draft, put it away for a while, then polish it up.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is that it is a bridge. It advances the overall story of the series, and provides some depth to the hero and heroine.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for a topic and that which is highest rated. Well, and free at least until I sell enough books to be able to support other authors again.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It remains unfinished. A Regency, actually. The first book I finished is still in first draft and may well end up part of the Turn My Head series sometime in the future.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Story or romance novel? Romance was a Marsha Canham book that took place in the highlands. I didn't want it to end.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers should say something about the story. The author and title should be clear, too. I try to keep the font the same on my covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only FIVE favorite books????

Aside from the Bible, there is a children's story titled "Christina Katerina and the Box" that is all about being creative.

Other than that, anything by Jane Austen, Jayne Ann Krentz, and most of Elizabeth Lowell.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance. Comedy. If you can't laugh and love why bother?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I find an effective marketing technique, I'll let you know. So far, it's just been the strength of the story lines.
When did you first start writing?
I was a teenager. Writing was my first instinct in high school as to what I wanted to do in life. I also had good math and science grades, and was pushed in that direction. I started writing at about 19.
Published 2017-05-26.
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Books by This Author

Next Bride In Line
Series: Turn My Head. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,960. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Irish dancer Maureen Dolan is putting her life back together after her divorce. Her brother's friend Linus Drummond is working to keep his family business going after his father abandoned it, and the family. Between them, they discover they have a mutual love: ballroom dance. And while they dance at wedding receptions and more, Linus and Maureen discover they were meant for each other in all ways.
The Stork Club
Series: Turn My Head. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,420. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Right before their wedding, Gabriel Pernoud and Alicia Drummond discover they are going to be parents. The addition to the family is well received, but their mothers' dispositions are not. Gabe's mother is anxious for his forgiveness, and Alicia's does nothing but meddle. Can they put everything in perspective and resolve a lot of differences before the wedding? Find out.
No Turning Back
Series: Turn My Head. Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 63,740. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Marianne Drummond struck Sean Dolan's fancy as a budding sixteen-year old. Not anxious to wait for jail bait, Sean ran into the arms of another women and made a mess out of both of their lives. Twelve years later, after Marianne spent years playing violin all over the world, she's back in town, and very much available. Since Sean is recently divorced, so is he. There is no turning back this time.
High Maintenance
Series: Turn My Head. Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 64,990. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Mickey Dolan can't stand high maintenance women. When his partner hires Tara McKenzie, a confirmed southern belle, to be part of his interior design staff, Mickey is most unhappy. She gives off all the vibes of being amazingly high maintenance. Tara isn't sure why Mickey doesn't like her, but she needs the job so she seeks to impress her hot, and amazingly primal boss.
Secrets of the Bayou
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,230. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Before the war of 1812, Tom St. Clair returns to the Mississippi River Delta to begin courting the woman he loves, Laura Gayos. When he visits her family's home, he discovers that she is not there. Where went is answered by a most unlikely source. Once he knows the truth, Tom sets out to confront her over the wrongs done to both of them by their fathers, and to bring her back to his home.
Blood Betrayal
Price: Free! Words: 20,340. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Contracted in marriage by their fathers, Charleston lawyer Jack Calhoun, and Savannah miss Liza Williams decide to marry, but in name only. As they live together, a mutual attraction grows only to have their new found happiness cut short by the War Between the States. When the shooting is over, Jack is not in sight, and Liza has to deal with their blood relations having betrayed them.
Talk Dirty To Me
Series: Turn My Head. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
At the end of a long music season, violist Josie Miller finds herself homeless, jobless and stranded in her hometown of St. Louis. Ryan Fallon, a local lawyer and the man she's secretly been in love with for years, takes her in as a favor to his sister. As family drama unfolds, Ryan and Josie explore their attraction and try their darndest to avoid doing anything more than talking dirty.
Last Man Standing
Series: Turn My Head, Book 6. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 69,200. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Wealthy computer engineer Francis Pernoud is considered to be the Last Man Standing in his family. Officially, he is the only remaining bachelor of the seven brothers. Unofficially, Francis's siblings don't know the honest truth: Rosemary Fallon, granddaughter of U.S. Senator Aidan Dolan turned his head years earlier. Now, they are challenged to admit the truth or face life without each other.
Romeo Night
Series: Turn My Head, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,250. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Beth Hartke Pernoud and her husband Ed Pernoud find out they are going to be parents after previous disappointments. After four years of Romeo Nights, Beth and Ed have to come to grips with how their lives are about to change. After experiencing a complication early on in the pregnancy, Beth has to learn to shelve Little Miss Independent, and Ed realizes that relationships involve more than kink.
Conflict of Interest
Series: Turn My Head, Book 4. Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Margot Dolan was desperately trying to keep her busy life together when Damian Pernoud walked through the door of the women's shelter where she worked. One look at Margot, and Damian's head turned. There was only one problem: a conflict of interest threatens to tear them apart barely before they even get to know each other.
Third Time's the Charm
Series: Turn My Head, Book 3. Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 70,280. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sarah Jane Rappaport turns down a proposition from her boss who happens to be the nemesis of Christian Pernoud, the man who swore she had "turned his head" two years earlier. When Sarah takes refuge with a friend, she spills the full story to Christian who decides to rescue her. They resist their attraction to each other keeping things strictly business only to find out the Third Time's the Charm.
Break Through
Series: Turn My Head, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,510. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Ben, the second of the elusive Pernoud brothers clan, is nursing the new reality that his older brother is getting married and leaving him at home to run the business while he spends a pre-honeymoon in Europe. His head turns when a local television reporter, Darcy Platt, is sent out to the family estate following a spring storm. Darcy is nursing wounds from abuse, and Ben helps her Break Though.
Turn My Head
Series: Turn My Head, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 58,520. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Mae Jones doesn't want to work in an office anymore, so she answers an ad for a "Household Manager" and comes face to face with Adam Pernoud, the rich, most eligible, and most elusive bachelor in all of St. Louis. What Mae doesn't know, and what Adam does, is that she "turned his head," the Pernoud family term for love at first sight. The rich man used to getting his own way has to convince her.