Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Author Interview - Patricia Preston

Hello everyone! Below is my interview with blog friend Patricia Preston, author of The Yard Sale.

Hi Patricia! Tell us a little bit about how you got started writing:

The first thing I recall writing is a short story when I was in the 6th grade. I remember the title was “Priscilla’s Christmas.” I have no memory of what happened to poor Priscilla on Christmas but I do remember getting a lot of praise from my teacher. That is when my love affair with writing started and it is still going on today. I figure even if the day comes that I can no longer physically write, there still be a story dancing in my head.

What are you writing now and why?

I decided to do something different this year. In 2011, I joined an Indy email list. At the time, there were about 300 Indy authors on the list. Now there are over 700 members. Many of them were hybrids, writers who write for traditional publishers and self-publish, such as Bob Mayer and Brenda Novak. All the members were eager to talk about this big change in publishing and about the business side of this new venture. I learned so much from them.
Also, around the New Year, Ben Wallace started following me on Twitter. Ben is an Indy author who writes comedy. So, I read some of his short stories.  I do admit, once again, to ignorance. I didn’t know writers were publishing short stories on Amazon. Duh! I’m not going into massive detail here, but reading Ben’s stories helped me make a decision that I had been considering. I decided I would revise one of my favorite short stories, “The Yard Sale,” and put it up on Amazon. This was my way of getting my feet wet. I was terrified of trying a book but I knew I could handle a short story.

Ben put in touch with his wife, Patty, who is a cover designer. What can I say? The rest is history.  I put “The Yard Sale” up on Amazon the 3rd weekend in April and overnight it made the Amazon Top 100 Best Seller list in Comedy and Short Stories.

I hope to have my second story, “Laid to Rest,” published in June. Writing has never been more fun!

What advice would you give writers today?

It is a great time to be a writer. You have more options than ever. Explore. Rule nothing out. Rejectionis a moot point. Don’t be afraid to write from the heart. Submit to a publisher if you want. Or do it yourself. Oh, one word of advice, if you are signing a contract, pay close attention to your e-royalties on net third party sales. Because with each passing day, that is where the money is.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I’m a little of both. I have to have a general idea and outline.  Then, when I write, that outline will change. But I like to have a direction when I start to write.

In closing, list your five favs:

Fruit:  Pineapple
Season: Autumn
Holiday: Christmas
2012 Summer movie: The Dark Knight Rises
Best new TV series: Hell on Wheels

And where can readers find you online?

My webpage:

Twitter at!/pat_preston

Facebook page at

Check out “The Yard Sale” at

It’s a humorous 8500 word short story for 99 cents! 

Thanks, Patricia! It's fun being part of your blog tour and the best of luck with all your writing!

* NOTE: I'm still on my Blog Break and my writing is going well. This interview was scheduled for an automatic post. Thanks to everyone who stops by to read and comment!

* Welcome to my two newest followers, Super Earthling and CF Legette 
I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see! Thank you! *


  1. Goodness you know a lot of talented people. It is always a pleasure for a dedicated reader like myself to drop in. Thanks.

  2. Hey there, EC! Thanks so much for stopping by. You're always so sweet about doing that!

  3. Thanks, Becky for having me! And I'm glad you stopped by, Elephant's Child.

  4. I've read "The Yard Sale" and loved it! Patricia has a wonderful cast of hilarious characters.

  5. Hi Becky, I really enjoyed reading this interview and I learned a lot! Glad things are going well with your writing.

    Kathy M.

  6. Hey Patricia! Thanks for the mention lady. It is so wonderful to hear how Ben's books and words have helped set you on this path. We love to help people. That has been one of the most fascinating things about this epubbing thing. We have met so many AMAZING people that have become good friends. Congratulations on all your success. You are such a sweetheart and we're SO happy for you. And, I LOVE working on your covers :) Can't wait for the next one. - PAW

  7. I just Love Pat's writing! She's a one of a kind lady...

  8. This is interesting about how she got started. Pretty neat!


  9. Kathy, Glad you enjoyed the interview. I love being entertaining!

    Patty: I can't wait to see what we come with for Laid to Rest! You and Ben are great! I couldn't ask for better inspiration or a kick in the pants.

    Donna: Thrilled you stopped by. Everyone should check out Donna's blog for her photography.

    Sue: Thanks for stopping by. I have been writing forever it seems.

  10. Thanks to everyone who stopped and left a comment, and thank you to Patricia Preston!

  11. Really good interview. Nice to see you on-line even if for a scheduled post.

    Keep on writing Becky. Glad you're pro-active with your dream.

  12. Nice interview and helpful tips. Thanks, Becky!

    Critter Alley

  13. Hi Myrna and Pat! Thank you both for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  14. I didn't know that Amazon sold short stories either.

    I can't wait to buy Yard Sale!


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