Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m author of six books who is also a blogger, poet and freelance writer and who just wants to be successful in life.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I have been writing ever since I was nine, starting poetry at fifteen, but I never had anything published up until 2012.
Why do you write?
I write to release the pain and talk about hardships I dealt with in life; mainly poetry which was a huge outlet for me during my writing. It releases my pain.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambition for my writing career has always been to be a successful author. Even after writing six books, I feel like writing books for teens and children are my strong points and I want to focus on that. I just want to use my God-given gift.
What has been the hardest part of building your career?
The hardest part about building my career as an author is marketing and promoting my books. The first time I became an author in 2012 was pure frustration and a big disappointment to me because I felt like people weren’t paying attention to my book.
Which writers inspire you?
I don’t really have any writers that have inspired me, but I do have a few favorite authors that are dedicated to their game and the support that they receive from their readers is phenomenal. That’s really a big inspiration to me to keep writing because of the big support system they have from their readers.
What have you written?
I have written two poetry books, two children’s, one short story and one urban that is considered a short story based on Christian issues.
Where can we buy or see them?
You can find all of my books on amazon at www.amazon.com/author/patricerivers
What genre are your books?
Poetry/Inspiration, Children, Christian and Urban
Why did you pick that/those genre(s)?
I like to be different and write on different genres. Poetry has always been my first love so I decided to write poetry books for the first two. The first one A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation is poetry, but mainly about words of encouragement and inspiration. I always saw myself writing children books and that is my favorite genre to write because children books are very great to read to young ones and they are filled with excitement. Christian and Urban I really wasn’t expecting to write, but I wanted to challenge myself in other genres.
What inspires your ideas?
Things that I have gone through inspire my ideas when it comes to writing my books. Also I take real life situations that happen in life and add them in my story as well to make it feel real and for others to relate to it.
Are there any correlations between the books you write and your life experiences?
Yes in a way. The first three books are about my life experiences especially my two children books which talks about a little girl living with sickle cell and the struggles she faces in daily life.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I like to work from an outline to be honest because I like to write down all of my ideas about the title and brainstorm how the story goes and planning my characters. I’m a big planner when it comes to writing my books.
Tell me about your most recent release.
The most recent release is called “A Sinner’s Cry” I had that tittle for a very long time but never acted on it until this year. Basically it is about two girls who are both preachers’ daughters and never had a normal childhood or high school year because they both weren’t allowed freedom like most teenagers. All that is about to change when they go to college and enter the world of danger and temptation. Temptation has them by the neck and as they continue to fight fire with fire, Nichole and Morgan find themselves in deep trouble.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
The message that I hope readers will grasp is that temptation still exists and a lot of people still judge the preacher’s kids but they are human just like us. The story kind of took a different turn for me because I had already visualized it a different way versus the way that it was written.
Any new projects we should look out for?
I am working on a new children’s book right now and I plan to have it published next spring.
Do you think it’s hard to build and maintain a writing career? Why or why not?
I think it is hard at times to build and maintain a writing career because you have to create a story that interests your readers without trying to write the same old story others has already read before. A lot of authors sometimes write about the same story with a different title, but in reality, you have to write something that stands out more than other books written by other authors. That is the biggest challenge. Once a reader is hooked on your book, you have to keep writing great books to keep their attention. If you are going to write sequels or part two to a book, you must be consistent.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
A Public Relations Specialist. I majored in Mass Communications with a focus in print media, but after I graduated in 2009, I began to find my love of PR and now I have a strong passion for it.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
My favorite motivational phrase is “Don’t focus on the past for the past is gone. Just focus on the present and prepare for the future”
Any advice for dealing with writer’s block?
My advice for dealing with writer’s block is to take a break for at least a couple of days to a week and then get back to writing. That normally works for me when I was writing my new books this year.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
For aspiring writers, I would say go for it! If you desire to be an author, then start writing whether it is in your notebook or on your computer, just write it! Accomplish your dreams and visions because no one is going to do it for you. Believe in yourself and the rest is history.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given, that keeps you motivated?
The best advice that I’ve been given is to do what I always love doing. I’ve been this creative genius with an imaginative mind since I was little so why give up now? I’m just doing what I love to do.
Where can readers connect with you?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/patricerivers