Welcome to Pat Browning
November 28, 2011
Pat, thank you for visiting my blog today and sharing your thoughts on Inspiration, Author Enjoyment, & Reader Wishes…
Pat Browning was born and raised in Oklahoma. A longtime resident of California’s San Joaquin Valley before moving back to Oklahoma in 2005, her professional writing credits go back to the 1960s, when she was a stringer for The Fresno Bee while working full time in a Hanford law office.
Her globetrotting in the 1970s led her into the travel business, first as a travel agent, then as a correspondent for TravelAge West, a trade journal published in San Francisco. In the 1990s, she signed on fulltime as a newspaper reporter and columnist, first at The Selma Enterprise and then at The Hanford Sentinel.
Her first mystery, FULL CIRCLE, was set in a fictional version of Hanford, and published through iUniverse in 2001. It was revised and reissued as ABSINTHE 0F MALICE by Krill Press in 2008. An extensive excerpt can be read at Google Books —http://tinyurl.com/23pojdm.
The second book in the series, METAPHOR FOR MURDER, is a work in progress. ABSINTHE takes place on a Labor Day weekend. METAPHOR picks up the story the week before Christmas. Log line: Small town reporter Penny Mackenzie tracks an offbeat Christmas story and finds herself in the middle of a murder and the mysterious desecration of an old Chinese cemetery.
Pat’s articles on the writing life have appeared in The SouthWest Sage, the monthly journal of SouthWest Writers, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her web site at http://patbrowning.weebly.com is under construction.
My Inspiration? Basically I’m writing the story of my life so my characters and stories come right out of my everyday experiences. It’s really a holdover from my long years as a reporter. People are interesting. They do interesting things. You watch, you listen, you ponder, and the stories begin to form.
What do you most like about being an author? I don’t think of myself as an author. I’m a writer, and have been since I was old enough to hold a pencil and stay within the lines of a notebook. My satisfaction as a writer comes from doing it. My satisfaction as a writer read by other people comes when they tell me they liked something I wrote.
As a columnist for The Hanford (California) Sentinel in the 1990s I wrote an occasional column about my marriage, my family and growing up in Oklahoma. People stopped me on the street and in the grocery store to tell me how much they liked those columns.
It’s always interesting to hear from readers. Nobody ever commented on my book reviews, but my personal columns and my cooking columns, with recipes, got all kinds of feedback. People do love to talk about family and food.
Now I put all that on my blog, Morning’s At Noon. What I really want to write is mysteries. I’m up to one and half. The other half is in bits and pieces. One of these days …
Reader Satisfaction? Every reader brings himself or herself to a book, reading it in light of his or her own experiences and beliefs. That’s fine with me. If a reader simply thinks, “Well, that was fun,” I’m satisfied.
I don’t write for the ages or even for today’s best seller lists. I write simply because I want to. I took on my first mystery as a challenge, just to see if I could do it. It took about four years, umpteen “final” drafts and a dozen online writing classes before I finally finished it. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Now I’m halfway into Book #2 and I know how it’s done, but I can tell you – it doesn’t get easier. Stay tuned …
Thanks for having me, M.M. It was a pleasure to sound off a little. Good luck with the Mystery We Write blog tour.
ABSINTHE OF MALICE can be ordered through any bookstore or online from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Barnes and Noble, print and Nook http://tinyurl.com/43lgk5u
Amazon, print and Kindle http://tinyurl.com/3ry9gya
Thank you, Pat, for sharing your thoughts with us today!
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