July 5, 2015
Patricia Gligor has headed out, it was great visiting with her! If you missed her visit, just go back one post.
I’m back to writing, but thought I’d take a moment to talk about my Raven’s trilogy. I’m working on the final leg of Hugh’s Mojave adventure at last. It started as a standalone, Reticence of Ravens, then several readers said, more from Hugh! So Counsel of Ravens followed. Then I opened my big mouth and said, I’m writing a trilogy! Ha! During all this, I’ve written several other standalones, Lies of Convenience (I especially like Margo’s story), and Rhodes The Mojave-Stone. This may sound like a promotional commercial, it isn’t meant to be, but to point out how hard it is (for me) to pick up characters and circumstances I’ve left as continuing “what ifs” in my fictional worlds, and take another step forward in their lives. I’m very fond of mystery series–but to write one, now that’s another matter. For sure, I’m a snapshot writer, not a saga writer. But I told someone, you might know who you are, Ravens was a trilogy–and I’m trying to keep that promise! Thank goodness for making commitments…
Off to writing…
In the meantime, if you haven’t visited any of these role models below…many of you know Lou Allin is no longer with us, but I continue to post our conversation in remembrance and honor.
(if the link doesn’t work–just put the name in “search.” )
A Conversation with:
Gayle Bartos-Pool http://wp.me/pyLFm-yo
Quintin Peterson http://wp.me/pyLFm-xk
Michael Black http://wp.me/pyLFm-wu
Earl Staggs http://wp.me/pyLFm-vY
Marja McGraw http://wp.me/pyLFm-vE
Patricia Gligor http://wp.me/pyLFm-vh
Lou Allin http://wp.me/pyLFm-u4
Kurt Kamm http://wp.me/pyLFm-52
Victoria Heckman http://wp.me/pyLFm-5E
Kathleen A. Ryan http://wp.me/pyLFm-6w
Julie Egert http://wp.me/pyLFm-6I
M. Albert Morningstar http://wp.me/pyLFm-82
Morgan St. James http://wp.me/pyLFm-cK
Jackie Houchin http://wp.me/pyLFm-eQ
Jean Henry Mead http://wp.me/pyLFm-ff
Marilyn Meredith http://wp.me/pyLFm-fB
Lorie Lewis Ham http://wp.me/pyLFm-kb
Rebecca Buckley http://wp.me/pyLFm-ld
John M. Daniel http://wp.me/pyLFm-mC
July 1, 2015
I know it’s a strange thing to say in that I’ve never met, Patricia in person–but it’s true–she is one of my favorite people! So it’s with great pleasure I welcome Patricia to share some thoughts about her characters , and introduce her latest book. An added bonus to Patricia being such a lovely person is that I’ve read her books,–and she’s a talented writer who tells darned good stories! So, here’s Patricia, not only giving us a peek at her new book, but talking about how her characters became “real.”
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction. Ms. Gligor writes the Malone Mystery series. The first three books, Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business, and Desperate Deeds take place in Cincinnati but in Mistaken Identity, the fourth book, her characters are vacationing on Fripp Island in South Carolina.
Family Drama Meets Mystery
Writers are constantly asked: “Are your novels character driven or plot driven?” A simple question for me because there’s no doubt about it. My Malone Mystery series is definitely character driven. Here’s how I think of it:
The Malone Mystery Series isn’t just about the mystery. It’s the story of Ann Malone Kern and her family and the struggles they face. As the series progresses, you will see Ann and the other characters change and grow as they deal with a multitude of problems and are involved in several dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, situations. But through it all, the underlining message in each book is one of Hope.
What’s interesting to me is that it didn’t start out that way. When I wrote the first book, Mixed Messages, it was my intention to write a standalone novel. That quickly changed as I began writing and found myself engrossed in the lives of Ann, David, their children and the other characters who play important roles in the series. I care about each of them and I need to know what will happen to them next. With each new book, I make sure to provide enough background information so that a first time reader won’t feel as if he/she has been dropped into the middle of the story. In other words, each book may be read as a standalone. (Although, I hope you’ll read them all.)
The first three books, Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business and Desperate Deeds, take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, my hometown, but in Mistaken Identity, Ann and her two young children travel to . . . well, I’ll let the blurb from the back of the book tell you about it. Happy Reading!
Ann feels like she’s in Paradise as she digs her toes into the soft, white sand and gazes out at the ocean. She’s looked forward to this trip to South Carolina for a long time and all she wants to do is bask in the sun, resting and relaxing.
She and her two young children are enjoying their time on Fripp Island with Ann’s sister, Marnie, and Marnie’s elderly friend and former neighbor, Clara Brunner, a long time resident with a vast knowledge of the island and the people who live there. At the fourth of July fireworks, Clara introduces them to newlyweds Jenny and Mark Hall and their families.
But Ann’s plans for a peaceful vacation are shattered the next morning. When she goes for a solitary walk on the beach, she discovers the body of a young woman with the chain of a gold locket twisted around her neck and she immediately recognizes the locket as the one Jenny Hall was wearing the night before.
Shocked and saddened, Ann is determined to try to find the killer and to see them brought to justice. She convinces Marnie and Clara to join her in conducting an investigation but, in the process, she places her own life in jeopardy.
Patricia’s books are available at:
http://tinyurl.com/ntujm7s (Buy at Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007VDDUPQ (author page)
And you can visit Patricia at her website:
Thanks for stopping by, Patricia!
June 7, 2015
This isn’t much of a post, doing for two reasons–I can’t figure out how to make my blog “go to sleep” until my next post, and wanted to make an official commitment to my next book (I know, silly) but whatever it takes to get words to file…
So, “off” to writing. Starting a new book–for real! (Serenity of Ravens--the last in Hubert James Champion Trilogy–whew!!!)
In the meantime, if you haven’t visited any of these role models below… (if the link doesn’t work–just put the name in “search.” )