Fridays 5 with Patricia H Patterson

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Patricia Hopper Patteson now calls the hills West Virginia home. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University (WVU). She studied creative writing and received honors from WVU. She also received numerous awards from the annual West Virginia Writers' competition. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in magazines, reviews, and anthologies. Previously published fiction has appeared in Amore Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Hamilton Stone Review, Ireland's Own, Mist on the Mon, Woman, Woman's Way, and Woman's World. Previously published non-fiction has appeared in Blue Ridge Country, Christmas Traditions, Flashlight Memories, Fed from the Blade, The Good Life, The Mystery of Fate, and The Simple Touch of Fate. Her novel Kilpara debuted in May 2015, published by Bygone Era Books.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) When I studied Creative Writing at West Virginia University as a non-traditional student

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) Finding large blocks of time. Life just gets in the way

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Synopsis: Only the heart knows where home truly is.

Ellis O’Donovan was an American through and through. He had no intention of going to his ancestral home in Ireland. After all, his parents were chased out by the English. But his mother insists on being taken back to die at her old estate, Kilpara. Ellis reluctantly agrees, expecting a quick round trip. Kilpara and its residents have other plans. The strife Ellis finds between his desire to return to his life in America, and to aid his kin in Ireland reaches a dangerous pinnacle when he meets Morrigan, the daughter of the very English overlord who has taken his birthright.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.) ecstatic!

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.) Sometimes I start with story, sometimes with character. Hard to say.

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.)  Up at 6:30 a.m. Work at 8:00 a.m. Home at 5:30 p.m. Busy most evenings until 7:00 p.m. Exercise, chores, meeting friends, meetings. Fix dinner. Write (some evenings) until about 9:00 p.m. Bed & reading.

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