The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Talking Suspense with Patty Hardin

Today I am interviewing Patty Hardin, a fellow Wild Rose Press whose release Scent of Cherry sounds as though it has a bit of everything worked into a story of love...fabulous!

Welcome, Patty!

1) What is your writing routine? When I’m working on a book or a story, I try to write at least 500 words per day. Discipline is important in a writing routine and I sometimes struggle with it so I don’t always make my minimum number of words.

2) Which author/s inspire you to write? Phyllis Whitney, Debbie Macomber, Mary Daheim, Earl Emerson and Janet Evanovich

3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write? It is definitely romantic suspense.

4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection? At first criticism and rejection stung hard and made me want to quit. Now I look at criticism this way. When someone critiques a manuscript of mine, if that person tells me why something doesn’t work, it can only help me improve. Rejection is a little harder for me to deal with. I need to remind myself that a rejected manuscript needs to be sent out again right away.

5) What do you expect from an editor? Honesty regarding my work and a willingness to answer correspondence promptly.

6) Tell me about your latest release It’s a paranormal romance short story (Scent of Cherry) from The Wild Rose Press. In the meantime, I have been busy with non-fiction projects.

7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt The scent of cherry pipe tobacco tantalizes Angela Cabot while she paints her kitchen walls. What is the message someone is trying to send her?

8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why? Marc Braley, the hero, because he is unafraid to show his sensitive side and his acceptance of the unexplained.

9) What is next for you? I’m about to start work on a mystery novel.

10) What are you working on right now? I’m working on a non-fiction book for which I’ve gathered stories from Vietnam veterans.

11) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists? I’m going to pass along some advice I got from a mystery author several years ago. “Find a protagonist, or protagonists, that you can live with.” This made good sense to me at the time, and still does. If you don’t love your characters, it’s a good bet your readers won’t either.

12) Where can readers find you? www.thewildrose

Questions? Comments? Patty would love to hear from you!


  1. Wow! Five hundred words per day! That is a fabulous goal...

    Some days I'm lucky if I get FIVE words on the page! (Then again, I guess that's something...)!

  2. I like the advice give for inspiring writers. I think it would work for all writers. :)