Friday, May 25, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA BELL


Patricia Bell is a forty something year old (give or take) whose brain has been scorched by the hot desert Arizona sun. Which, by the way, is the setting for most of her stories. She’s authored several books and is continually writing, whether in her head or on the screen. Her characters are often sharp witted and sarcastic and more often than not, find themselves in a bit of trouble.

Patricia is married to her best friend and has three grown children who think they know better than she. Who knows, maybe they do.


As a Christian, her stories each have a message of grace and hope as well as suspense and a tiny touch of romance. She is an Avid reader of Christian fiction of any kind, and sometimes dabbles into the unknown world of Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and John Grisham.

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INTERVIEW

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say? 

I am a follower of Christ, a loving wife, and a caring friend.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

More recently I’ve been on the Keto/healthy food kick, so pinning on Pinterest has been a thing. I also love to read. I always have a book at the ready.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

I loved Judy Blume books. I would have to say Are you there God, it’s me Margaret was my all-time favorite book.

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.

1.      I served in the U.S. Navy for thirteen years.
2.      I lived on the small island of Guam for two years.
3.      I’ve been on two missionary trips to Uganda.

Why did you pick the genre you’re writing? 

I usually write in the Christian suspense genre. I love the action and uncertainty of a good story. I also enjoy adding just a hint of romance along with an inspirational message.

What is your biggest challenge right now as a writer?

My biggest challenge is time. I thought being a writer meant you sit down and write a book and you are done. There are so many other aspects to writing that can be very costly and time consuming. Marketing is the absolute worst.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism was given to me by Nancy Mehl. But at the same time, she was my best compliment. That she took the time to read one of my books and encourage me, means a great deal to me. Other great compliments are when someone has read a book of mine and is inspired by it.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?

Okay so, a friend of mine says I should try out the romance genre. I am not a very romantic type of person but I wrote out an outline to an entire billionaire romance series. To be perfectly honest, I think it’s more on the comedy side than romance, but someday I might write it. Maybe even someday soon.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?

In five? I hope to be a full-time writer. By ten years, I would like to be better established and have an entire library of my own books.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?

Each of my books present a message of hope. Whether it be an abused woman, A wayward teen or an abducted child, each story is uniquely inspiring and often tragic.

The Chosen

After yet another fight with her mother, 17 year-old Luna Ferris runs off. This time, she’s determined to stay away. But when a mysterious stranger saves her life, Luna doubts her
ability to survive on the streets. Her rescuer offers her a life among “The Chosen,” a society closed off from the rest of the world, and desperately, Luna agrees to his offer. She soon realizes that bad things happen among the community . . . and she's been chosen to do the unthinkable

Back home, Luna’s mother is frantic with worry, and fraught with guilt. In her frustration she does something she promised she would never do. Something that will change the course of her life forever.

Can Canyon Rock Chief of Police Erika Granger find the girl in time?

Buy link - https://amzn.to/2GsHJ8I

*Patricia is giving away an ebook copy of THE CHOSEN. Leave a comment, along with your contact information for a chance to win!

20 comments:

  1. nice interview

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  2. Christian suspense is my favorite. Thank you for a chance to win. You are a new author to me. lhanberry1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Linda, Christian suspense is my favorite as well. Thank you for your interest. :)

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  3. Interesting sounding book. My hubby was in the Navy for six years and we were on Guam for 4 of those years ending in 1974. Son#1 was born at the Naval Hospital in 1972. Then we stayed there as missionaries for another year. The Navy shipped us home in time for son #2 to be born. We lived on the Air base, which was the International Airport, right by the back gate! Fond memories.

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    1. Paula, my second son was born there in 93 after the huge earthquake that hit. I was stationed at Nctams Westpac in Agana. Besides the loadshedding and continual power outages (Oh yeah and typhoons) I loved it there. Thank you for your interest in my book.

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  4. I enjoyed your interview and the bits of humor among the serious. Your book sounds intriguing and mysterious.
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    1. Gail, thank you! Humor is the spice of life (Or is that variety?) Anyway, thanks for taking the time out to read my review. Good luck in the drawing!

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  5. Thanks for the review. I would love to read this book as it sounds really intriguing.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Faith, thank you for the kind words. It's an honor to be in the presense of such fine talent. Good luck in the drawing!

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  6. From one Patricia to another - I like your voice! I hopped over to Amazon and after reading the first page or so, I went ahead and purchased the book. Can't wait to read all of it!

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    1. Patricia Bradley Thank you so much. I am honored to be complimented by such a talented author! I hope you enjoy it. (My stomach is doing somersaults right now.)

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  7. Sounds like a must read -- pick me, me, me!! :-)
    dawn . nicol at gmail dot com

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    1. Nicolmom, thanks for the interest! Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Sounds like a good book to read. I do enjoy mystery and suspense.
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    1. Thank you Beth. Mystery and suspense are my favorite! Good luck in the drawing!

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  10. I'm not a very romantic person either. It makes it harder to write believable romance, although the challenge can be fun! :-)

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    1. Mishael I love a good challenge! Thanks for the comment. Good luck in the drawing.

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  11. Mishael I love a good challenge! Thanks for the comment. Good luck in the drawing.

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