Monday, May 23, 2016

Meet Patricia Johns

by Patricia Bradley & Patricia Johns

WHUMP!

The dark-haired girl landed on the ground and looked up. “Where am I?”

“You just came through the portal to the Heartwarming blog. You know, the place where readers and authors can have a little heart to heart. I’ve been expecting you.”

Patricia Johns
“I’m where? And who are you? And why were you expecting me?”

“You’re the new Heartwarming author, Patricia Johns, right?”

“Well, yes…” a frown crossed Patricia’s face. “But what does that have to do with anything?”

“This is where you come to write your blog posts. I’m Patricia Bradley, and if you’ll look up above at that button that says Authors, you’ll see the others. Your picture and bio will be there soon.”

“But…what about my son and my husband?”

“They’ll be fine. You’ll go back as soon as your post is finished. Say, what do they think of you being this awesome romance writer?”

“My husband loves it. I get to work from home, which means I can keep the family running and be there for him when his schedule changes. It works for us! For a long time, my son didn’t think that Mommy’s books on the bookstore shelves were anything special, but then he told some school friends about it, they called him a liar, and he now thinks what I do is moderately more interesting.” Patricia laughed. “He’s eight. So I get it.”

Patricia Bradley
“By the way, I hopped over to your blog and see that you were interviewed by a television reporter about romance. I bet that was fun! Tell us what that was like.”

“That was both fun and crazy stressful. It takes a certain level of introversion to be a writer. You sit alone for eight hours a day spinning stories. So talking to a reporter on camera left me terrified that I’d make a fool of myself. I think it turned out pretty well, though.”

"It was a great interview. Readers can see it here.
I understand you write other books for Harlequin. Are they family-friendly, too?”

“All of my books—Love Inspired, Heartwarming and Western—are family friendly. I focus on the emotional build in a relationship, and while the couple will experience some very conflicting and intense emotions, there is no hanky-panky.”

“Good. What made you want to write for Heartwarming?”

“The lack of hanky-panky.” Patricia grinned. “Seriously. As I said, I have an eight-year-old son, and one of these days he’s going to pick up one of Mom’s books and flip through. I’d rather not have to provide therapy afterward. It takes skill to write a romance that tugs the reader by the heartstrings and leaves all clothing intact. I love that challenge.”

“I guarantee you’ll love it here. I think Heartwarming has some of the best romance books around, and the other authors…they are the best! Can you tell us a little about your new Heartwarming book and when it will be out?

“A BAXTER’S REDEMPTION comes out January 2017, and I love this story so much. It’s about a woman named Isabel Baxter whose wealthy father remarries a woman younger than she is. When Isabel returns home to Haggerston, Montana after an accident, she finds herself at odds with her newly married father and his newly pregnant wife. 

When the wealthy father asks the family lawyer, James Hunter, to give his daughter some financial advice, she’s furious… except he’s the only one who seems capable of negotiating some sort of relationship in this dysfunctional family. But James knew Isabel back when she was a spoiled beauty queen, and he knows better than to get caught up in this influential family’s drama… I can give you one spoiler: they get married in the end.”

“We always have to have a Happy Ever After! Patricia, it was great to learn more about you. I can’t wait to share fourth Mondays with you. Do you have any questions?”

“Will I have to fall down that rabbit hole every time I come here?”

“No. That was a one-time deal so I could interview you." :-)

Join us next month on the fourth Monday for no telling what...




23 comments:

  1. Good morning, Patricias! Enjoyed that interview.

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  2. Welcome, New Patricia! And thanks for the fun post! I'm looking forward to your January release and wishing you a wonderful week!

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  3. Great post Patricia. I enjoyed your presentation as an interview. How fun it is to be a creative writer. Super congratulations on your debut with Heartwarming. I love the clean and wholesome books also. Makes it much easier to face family and friends. smile

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    1. Yes! I have nieces and nephews as well, and I had to reassure them that Auntie has them in mind when she writes. ;) It isn't that I write books FOR them, because the themes are much too old for little kids, but I certainly write them with the knowledge that one day they might pick one up... And I love those kids too much to mess them up. LOL!

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  4. Thank you, everyone! :) It's so great to be here!

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  5. Hi, Patricia! And old Patricia. (Ha! Kidding about that, of course.) Welcome to the blog. Sounds as though you have a lot of experience writing all kinds of things. Wonderful to have you among us.

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  6. Good morning, ladies! Thanks for sharing this fun interview!

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  7. We're happy to have you as part of the Heartwarming family, Patricia J., and thanks for the fun introduction, Patricia B.!

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  8. Welcome to the group, Patricia. Your book sounds intriguing, and I look forward to reading it.

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  9. Fun interview, Patricia. Looking forward to the book. I love a good redemption story.

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  10. I'm laughing and wishing I'd thought to do a post this way. Love it.

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  11. So funny. Nice way to start a Monday morning.

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  12. This interview idea was all Patricia Bradley! It was a great way for me to meet her, too. :) Can't wait to share a day with her.

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  13. What an entertaining interview! I love it! Welcome to Heartwarming, Patricia!

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  14. Welcome to Heartwarming!! How exciting to write for 3 Harlequin lines.
    When you start a new story, are there any tricks you have to do to remind yourself which line you are writing the book for?

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    1. Yes, actually! For Love Inspired, I write cops. For American/Western, I write cowboys. For Heartwarming, I write other kinds of heroes and heroines. I keep those lines quite firm right now and it helps to remember which town I'm writing in, and which group of characters. I have big maps of my fictional towns so that I can remember what stores belong where, too.

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  15. Welcome to Heartwarming, Patricia J. And what a cute blog/interview!

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  16. Great introduction, Patricia B! Welcome, Patricia J and congratulations on your debut!

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  17. Thanks Jill and all! It was fun interviewing Patricia J!

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  18. Such a sweet interview. I'm looking forward to A Baxter's Redemption. Congratulations on becoming a Heartwarming author.

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