Happy sunny Friday! Today we have are so excited to have Patrice Wilton joining us on the blog! Patrice is the author of the Paradise Cove series (you can find my audio review of the first book here).
Megan: Welcome, Patrice! Thank you so much for joining us today! So, first of all, have you always known you wanted to be an author?
Patrice: Yes, from the time I was 12, I knew I wanted to write. Or at least I knew that if I had any special gift or talent at all it would be to write books and give back the joy that I get when I read. So it was my love of reading that prompted me at the age of 40 to see if writing was in my destiny! It took 15 years before I sold anything – so it wasn’t talent, just determination, or stubbornness on my part! lol.
Megan: Wow! That’s amazing! I think so many people assume writing a book happens overnight when it really does take some time. So, here’s my favorite question to ask – if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you want with you?
Patrice: Oh, that’s a tough one. Couldn’t I just have my computer instead so I could write? But failing that I would take a Sandra Brown book because I think her suspense is absolutely brilliant, and a real old favorite of mine is Five Smooth Stones, which totally broke my heart in two as a young woman growing up in Canada – and let me see – something to make me laugh, it would have to be written by Kristan Higgins.
Megan: Is there a character from the Paradise Cove series you would love to meet in person? (Mine is steamy Dr. Sean *fans herself dramatically*)
Patrice: Ditto that – he’s such a tortured soul, but so kind-hearted and loving, too. I would also like to meet Kayla – I love my women in this series very much.
Megan: Any advice to aspiring authors (like me)? Or what was the best piece of advice someone gave to you?
Patrice: Don’t do it!! It’s a heartbreaking, soul destroying business. I kid you not! You have to have a thick skin and tough it out – but if it’s really something that completes you, then go for it! Even with all the rejections and hard work, and lack of revenue – lol – I still would do it all over again. My dreams of being a writer – and making people laugh and cry – have come true. Lucky me!
Megan: If you could, is there a fictional world you would love to visit/live in?
Patrice: SERENDIPITY FALLS!! Cupid is full of mischief and when he sees two stubborn people who are right for each other, but fight their attraction, he gives them a little encouraging nudge. This romantic comedy series was so much fun to write, and the readers seem to really enjoy it!
Thanks so much, Patrice, for the wonderful interview 🙂
Want a little something extra? Well, you’re in luck! We have one more surprise for you . . .
Patrice has graciously offered an audiobook copy of any of the Paradise Cove series to one lucky winner! How to enter? Leave a comment below answering this one question . . .
What is your favorite vacation spot?
That’s all! I know, after reading this series, mine would definitely be somewhere like Paradise Cove (with a hunky doctor, of course)! The giveaway will stay open until next Friday (August 11th) and the winner will be announced on Twitter and our Facebook page!