Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a part-time professor, communication consulting business owner, wife, and mother of two sons. Writing novels is a passion and I’m thrilled to finally be a published author. My first book, “Is This All There Is?” tells the story of a bored wife, mother, and professor who allows herself to be seduced by an attentive former student. The sequel, “Is This What I Want?” deals with the aftermath and new temptations.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I’m currently writing the third and final book in my trilogy, “Is This How It Ends?” It picks up eight years after the life-changing events of the first two books. My main character, Beth, didn’t feel that her story was finished and I agreed.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure if they are unusual, but I like to eat healthy snacks and drink coffee while writing, listen to music, and once in a while, I’ll enjoy some wine… especially if I have to write a sex scene. A little loosening up doesn’t hurt.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I enjoy women’s fiction by Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, and Sophie Kinsella. I also like nonfiction that forces me to contemplate the big issues in life such as Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third book in my trilogy. I also have a lot of little side projects, but nothing far enough along to mention yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I try to be active on Facebook and Twitter. I’m a part of several online author forums where authors support one another in promoting each other’s books. I’m about to have my first author signing on May 2 from 1:00-3:00 in Calabasas, California, so I’m hoping to meet new readers there!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep writing and don’t be too hard on yourself. Not everyone will love your work, but enough people will so that you’ll want to keep writing. Keep writing what you love to write, because you love to write it, not because you expect fame and fortune. Those things may come… but they shouldn’t be your biggest motivation.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Enjoy the present moment and do all you can to make it the best it can be – because it’s all you ever really have.
What are you reading now?
America’s Most Eligible by Corie Skolnick. She’s a favorite author and a dear friend!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Patricia Mann is a pen name. Because of the controversial nature of my books and the similarities between my character and myself, I used the pen name. I want to start writing as me and somehow merge my real self and my secret self.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Fiction: The Mists of Avalon
Nonfiction: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle