A few questions I've been asked since my debut book, Shadows of the Past, came out:
How is writing different since you have a contract?
I'm more focused and now write at least 8 hours a day--deadlines will do that for you. Before if I wrote 3 days a week, I was satisfied. The only deadlines I had were the ones I imposed on myself. And that's something I would encourage any writer to do--decide how many words you are going to write a day or a week or even a month and then meet that word count. It makes it much easier to discipline yourself for when you get that contract.
And along the same lines--Do you write every day?
If I have a deadline, I write every day, even on Sunday (after church). If I don't have a deadline looming, I still write something at least 5 days a week. Writing is not just something I love to do, it's a real job and I've found it really is important to write every day, even if it's only a paragraph.
Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Yes and not really. Every person I meet is potentially a character in my book. Their mannerisms, the way they speak, stories they tell me--it's all fodder for a book. So be careful if you're talking to me. You might end up in a book.
Are you famous? This one always amuses me.
No, I am not famous. Probably never will be. It's not anything I aspire to.
Is Patricia Bradley your real name?
Yes and no. Patricia Bradley is my maiden name and much easier to spell than my real name. I originally wanted to write under P. T. Bradley, but that didn't work out. As I talked with my mother about what name to use she said, "Well, I wouldn't have named you Patricia if I hadn't thought it was pretty." So that solved the question of what name I would use.
These are just a few of the questions I've been asked. If you have a question you'd like to ask, leave it in the comment box and I'll try to answer it.