Patrick Heffernan lives with his family in the Houston-Galveston area. He is hard at work on more new novels.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little town called LaPorte, Texas, and two of my novels are centered on Texans in the general Houston area. But those who are Texan will understand what I mean when I say Texas is at least as much a state of mind as it is one of geography. I don't know how much LaPorte itself influenced me, though. I think the entirety of anyone's life influences who he is, and in the case of authors, what he writes. I was a paramedic for a long while and worked in a hospital doing ECG telemetry, but while some of that medical knowledge has seeped into my writing, I've never written an EMS-based novel, and certainly never one about working telemetry (although that would be a verbal equivalent of an overdose on Valium, probably) and I've never considered writing about growing up in LaPorte.
When did you first start writing?
I tinkered about with it, nothing serious, as a teenager with a ballpoint pen and a spiral notebook. Many years ago (I never transcribed it nor published it) I wrote a novel entirely in spiral notebooks at a couple Denny's locations after getting off work. Until ten years or so ago I never really considered trying to publish. It's an evolutionary process from penning the tale to ... well ... to growing the balls to publish it and see how it does.
By day, Amos Garr is a regular guy, a hotshot truck driver running freight hither and yon. But by night, he is a warrior for the Light, a Greywalker fighting for the side of Light and good, and an assassin in Michael’s army.
Princess Elinia has reached womanhood. The gods have anointed the stable-hand Artolo to be her Keeper and Protector. Soon, a rebellion is fomented in a duchy and Elinia and Artolo discover love and passion, and experience war and bravery and all the cruel kindnesses of the gods as they become legends in the Realm.
Are You There, God? It's Me, Kaitlyn Zamorra, Smiling at You
on Nov. 14, 2013
A wonderful and delightful story, adorably illustrated, about a little girl's faith and innocence as she starts understanding about change and learning to love her baby brother. Well done! Five stars all the way (the stars seem to be missing on this review) My child loved it too!