Welcome: Patricia Gligor
November 26, 2012
We’re off and Touring…
I first met Patricia on a similar blog-tour. Soooo glad we’ve connected and are now on tour together!
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling, especially to the ocean. Mixed Messages, the first novel in her Malone Mystery Series, was published in April 2012 by Post Mortem Press. Unfinished Business is the second novel in the series.
What I enjoy most about “The Writing Life”
Madeline asked me this question: “What do you enjoy most about the writing life?” The first response that popped into my head was “The days when it’s snowing outside and I get to stay in my PJs all day, doing what I love to do: write.” And, seriously, I do love those days! Unfortunately they’re few and far between because I have other obligations and responsibilities, as we all do, that take me away from my computer far more than I’d like.
So, I guess the thing I enjoy second most about the writing life is the fact that I am able, most of the time, to juggle my writing and marketing with everything else. When I worked full-time as an administrative assistant for a large corporation, I punched a time clock Monday through Friday and, after working at a computer all day, when I got home in the evenings, I was lucky to check my email. That left the weekends and, since I had family obligations which took up my Saturdays, Sunday was the only day I had to write. And, let’s face it, a girl likes (and needs) to have fun sometimes. Not having enough time to write was very frustrating!
Then, in 2009, a wonderful thing happened: I lost my job. The company I worked for eliminated my position company wide. One minute I had a job and, the next minute, I didn’t. As you read that first sentence, you were probably wondering why I would consider losing my job to be “a wonderful thing.” Well, I didn’t – at first. I panicked, I cried, I didn’t know what I was going to do.
One day it hit me; I now had the time to do what I’d always dreamed of doing: finishing the novel I’d been working on for years! And, that’s exactly what I did. I finished writing Mixed Messages, the first novel in my Malone mystery series, and I went on to write the sequel,
Unfinished Business. One of the happiest days of my life was the day that Eric Beebe, of Post Mortem Press, sent me an email, accepting Mixed Messages. I literally did the dance of joy! This was my dream come true, something I’d been working toward and praying for my entire life. And, when Eric sent the acceptance email for Unfinished Business, I cranked up the music and danced again! Thank you, Eric!
But there’s another aspect of the writing life that is almost as important as writing: marketing and promoting. You may write the great American novel but, if no one knows about it, your family and friends could be the only people who ever get to read it. I have someone else to thank for steering me in the right direction in that area. Thank you, Sunny Frazier. Oh and by the way, I enjoy that part of my writing life too mostly because I’ve met so many wonderful writers online, including you, Madeline, and formed friendships that mean so much to me.
(Oh Patricia, I so enjoyed hearing about your acceptance by Mortem Press! I think that moment in an author’s life is such a joy! Congratulations…)
At the end of the blog tour, I will be giving away one copy of Unfinished Business, the second novel in my Malone mystery series. Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered to win. Please include your email address with your comment so that, if your name is selected, I may contact you to get your mailing address. The winner will be announced on my blog: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/ on December 11. Best of luck!
AND – Don’t forget Buster, Dobie, and Mugs (the latest) are each drawing a name from comments for free copies of Lies of Convenience (or a M.M. Gornell title of your choosing)!