Author: Patricia M. Bryce
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Today’s second interview is with Patricia M. Bryce.
Patricia M. Bryce is a short story author, novelist and cos-player. She has appeared as Patricia M. Rose in the anthology, Dreams of Steam: Gadgets, edited by Kimberly Richardson and published by Dark Oak Press. When she’s not busy writing, she’s off being a play-tron up at Bristol Renaissance Faire during Faire Season. (That means she likes to play dress up still.)
Born in the City of Chicago, she hasn’t strayed far from her roots. She is married, the mother of two grown children, and primary caregiver to her disabled husband.
In her own words; “Someone asked when I began to write. The simple answer is that I’ve written stories as long as I’ve known how to put two words together. From simple tales of our day, to the more fantastical tales of the Fae world, and even the world of young romance.”
Interviewed by Stephanie Ayers
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I learned to hold a pencil, seriously. As a child I wrote stories, very long, drawn out and involved. In High School I turned to Fan Fiction, Star Trek, Thunderbirds are Go. As an adult I started writing my own stories, with original characters.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I write in Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk, Alternate History, etc. I’m trying to broaden my writing scope. I feel comfortable in Fantasy, and Romance and Alternate History.
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre?
Fantasy, because I love folklore and fairytales. Romance, because I am a hopeful Romantic. Steampunk was on a bet. Alternate History, because I didn’t like the way history unfolded, or I felt the whole story wasn’t told.
- What inspires you?
I think sometimes it’s more a case of what doesn’t inspire me. I hear a song, or see a painting, and I get ideas. Sometimes it’s a dream, or a drive in the car. Life–life inspires me.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from?
That would be my mother. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. The ‘experts’ told Mom I would never be able to read or write, and any hope of college was gone. She told them to go to hell. Mom bought me comic books, good ones, such as Classic Illustrated. Then she got me into a groundbreaking study on dyslexia that the Catholic Diocese was doing. I was given tools to overcome the obstacles. But it was Mom who supported me, and who read to me and passed her love of books on to me.
- How do you find or make time to write?
Over the past fifteen years, I’ve made time in the morning while my invalid husband is sleeping. There are days that are a full eight hours, but not always.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I would have to say that most of my work is done by intuition. I start on an idea, and if I can’t leave it alone, I know I’m on to something.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
Pure luck. No kidding, I was in the right place at the right time, and met some wonderful writers and editors. I was telling one editor an idea, and she dared me to submit a steampunk story for an anthology she was putting together and the rest is history.
- What projects are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m getting ready to self publish book 3 of my Forged series. And I’m working on the final stages of book 4 to be published in August. As well as editing two more books, one for October, and one for December.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
I submitted my short story to a small press for an anthology. And then I took a leap of faith and self-published the first and second books of my Forged series last year. Followed this year by my first Romance novel and the third and fourth books in the Forged series. I like self publishing as I find it hard to pigeon hold my genres.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing. I hate having to cut my words out and replace them, over and over and over.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work.
That would have to be reviews. I love hearing what other people think, what they like, or didn’t like.
I don’t know that I have a favorite work, I love all my stories.
13. For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start?
In Fantasy, I would suggest getting a original copy of the Brother’s Grimm, and read between the lines. Going and checking old folk lore is amazing. I enjoy working in Celtic lore, and history.
14. What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?
I self promote. I plug my work on Facebook, on Goodreads, on my personal blog. I find that it’s part of my writing time. It’s my business now, and if I want it to succeed, I need to promote.
15. Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
I’ve a wide range of authors that I like, Tolkien, Lewis, McCaffrey, Shakespeare, Brooks, Saberhagen are some of my favorites.
Some opened doors, others challenged, or teased.
16. What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
I like to think it’s my style, and the way I weave a tale. That my readers feel part of the story, and start to root for the characters.
17. What are you currently reading?
I’ve started Summon the Keeper, by Tanya Huff.
18. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I would like to say that I think there will always be readers, and writers.
You can purchase Patricia’s books below: