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I recently read Patricia D. Adams debut novel, A Secret Place of Thunder, last month. (Click here for my review on it!) It's Book one of the Patriach's Covenant Series- available where books are sold. It was a great read, of biblical proportions, and with my own Christian upbringing I enjoyed it all the more, so I wanted to ask her some questions about what inspired her to write it, what her writing life is like and what's coming next for this up and coming fellow indie!
Here's what she had to say!
Me: Hi Patty, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Patty: Hi, Shanna! I am a new indie author. I am 35 years old, a wife and mother of twin boys. I love to do crafty things, read, love TV shows and movies. I love all things Disney and Disney world and I also am a huge fan of the Winchester brothers. Above all I love spending time with family and friends. Oh, and ice cream is my favorite treat.
I did not always start out wanting to be a writer. When I was a child, I wanted to be a pediatrician. As I grew up, my ideas changed, I wanted to be a voice over for a new Disney princess, and then finally decided that I wanted to teach young children. I also went with my mother to college, and we both received our floral design degree. During the course of getting my degree, I found out I was pregnant. It was then that I began to rekindle my love of reading. I then realized that my true calling was writing.
Me: LOL! It seems most authors don't know they are going to be authors, until boom, we've published a book ;-) What inspired you to write the Patriarch's Covenant series?
Patty: About 10 years ago, I had an idea for a novel and began to flesh it out. During the process I had a dream one night. In this dream, a new idea for my novel was born. I ended up throwing out more than 40,000 words from the original manuscript to allow for the flow of the new idea. I fought with it because I felt this was a HUGE idea and didn’t know how it would be received. My own self-doubt and the message I felt needed to be heard made me torn on the idea alone. So, I started writing it solely for myself. It wasn’t until 2018 that I began to regain my faith in myself and my novel.
Me: What was it that restored your faith?
Patty: It was several things. Hard to put into words, but I will try. He gave me the idea for the novel through a dream. It was one that, I just knew immediately it was from Him. As a spiritual believer, when God speaks to you, you always just know His voice. I wrote it down, but it weighed heavily. I knew it was important and it caused me to doubt myself and my abilities to handle such an enormous task. Self doubt always get to a writer. The dream I was given changed the story of my novel greatly, so I denied it. I didn't fell I could do what was necessary. Later, when a visiting pastor of my church called out to me during his sermon and told me to believe that God is in control and that through Him I could, I began to write the story. It wasn't instant faith. Many times throughout writing, I doubted my ability and even quit writing it all together, but every time I stopped, God sent that same preacher to give me yet another message to trust and believe I can. In January of 2018, it was the third and final time I needed his message. I then began to finish the novel. It is one of His stories and I'm just an author; she who holds the pen. I finished with the help of my family and a few amazing people that I cannot be more certain God placed on my journey. I published the novel in November, and everything since the dream He gave me to now, he has led. I have not done anything but follow Him and trust that I could because of Him. Since November, I have a social media following of approximately 10,000 people, not one single doubt in my mind that He directed them to me or me to them. Testimony truths are scary things, but sometimes, they are also just as important as the message delivered from the messenger.
Me: Wow, that's truly beautiful, Patty! I have such chills! :-O Now, where did the title, A Secret Place of Thunder, come from?
Patty: All of my titles in some way refer to scripture.
Psalm 81:7 Thou calledst in trouble and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder
Me: Girl, you just gave me chills AGAIN! That's awesome! I love it! Which character of the series is your favorite? Why?
Patty: Grace is certainly one of my favorites. She is a lot like me, she is reluctant to accept her path and she fights her way through destiny. She is like so many of us who doubt our own abilities. I admire her ultimate strength and think that I aspire to be like her in that way.
Me: So, is Grace modeled after you? What about Eli?
Patty: Well, actually yes. I drew from my own experiences and struggles with my own path in life for Grace and actually many of the other characters. Not really knowing what is around the next corner but just having faith to step out of your comfort zone and believe that you will not fail. Faith enough to take that next step.
Eli and Lucas are a lot like the significant male figures in my life. They fight like my twin boys and some of their humor is even the same. They also have plenty of both of their characteristics. To me, my characters are all one big family. Eli though I drew from my husband. I know he comes off as emotional and volatile with his temper, but he is so smart and witty under that moodiness. There is so much more depth to Eli and what he has been through than what GRACE could/can see. He plays so much close to his heart. I would love to voice that later on.
Me: Ah, yes, he seems to be ;-) What are you working on now?
Patty: Currently I am working on book 2 in the series The Realm of Duality. I am so excited for it. I also have a surprise novella and a Stand-alone new adult romance novel called Breaking Pointe. Breaking Pointe is not in the Patriarchs Covenant Series. It is a little side project I work on when the Teenage drama gets too moody and broody. An outlet for being more of an Adult if you will.
Me: LOL! Nice! I look forward to checking that out ;-) Now, how many books are there going to be in the Patriarch's Covenant Series?
Patty: There are four novels in the series. I do plan to release two novellas, and a guide book. There is so much more to the story that is hidden between lines and pages that I feel a guide book may come in handy to explain in further detailing why I chose certain things and phrases and locations. I think it would just be one of those really cool things to have. Maybe even include parts of my notes and where all you can find each parable and scripture I drew from in the series.
Me: That's so cool! :-D So, what are you planning for after the series is complete?
Patty: Well, I do plan to write more. I have over fifty-eight and growing ideas for other stories that should be told. I keep them in a secret location so that when its time I can see which I want to write. Some may never see the light of day but others I think will be so fun to tell. Not all of my novel ideas are series and not all are strictly Christian.
Me: Fifty-eight?! Wow!! That's amazing!!! Now, as a wife and mother, how do you get any writing done?
Patty: It is always a struggle to wear so many hats. I love writing and creating worlds, I often get lost in the process and it makes me late. I AM NEVER ON TIME ANYMORE but as someone else says “a wizard is never late nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” I like to think of writers as wizards because we are creatures of magic. I also help my husband out with his business doing the paperwork. Again, sometimes it takes a little longer than planned but I am always able to provide at least some support for him so that he is not as taxed with work. We are a people of many hats I guess you could say but we juggle well. I like to write when the boys are at school since the house is quiet, and sometimes at night I will work into the late hours to make sure I have time with the family. For my husband, my boys and I, it’s certainly a struggle to do it all, but it’s something we all help each other out in and are able to be there for each other. We’re all a team.
Me: LOL! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who runs late creating worlds, haha. I love that you likened writers to wizards. I'll take that! :-D Tell us a little about the next book of the series! When is its debut?
Patty: Book two is going to be more in-depth look at the spiritual realm and the crisis that occurred during the end of book one. Grace is still learning how great of a burden she has to carry and what her ultimate action plan will be all while dealing with tremendous loss to her as well as the end of some of her dreams. Grace will face many hardships still, and she will be broken and rebuilt many times on her path, but she will always grow stronger. However, I have several twists and turns amongst this path that I believe you guys won’t see coming. I hope that you are all prepared for quite the ride. It’s going to be a fun one.
I do not have a release date for book two because I am a turtle writer and am currently thinly spread with the end of school activities. I always have to plan way in advance. But I will be announcing a date soon, currently it is looking like the end of summer to mid fall of 2019. If I can write a little faster, I will for sure because I think you guys will love where this story is going.
Me: Squeee... I can't wait!! I love twists and turns. What drew you to the YA Christian genre?
Patty: I really wanted to write something that anyone of any age could enjoy and relate to. The message has such a great story line for kids and teens, but it also has a deep-seated spiritual meaning “between the pages”. It’s not hidden but, yet it is in some code for adults to decipher. It’s one of those things that naturally happened. I did not originally set out to be exclusively a Christian author. My goal was just to write the novel, but this was it’s natural fitting.
Me: Nice! Now, who are your favorite authors/books?
Patty: I have many favorite authors and books; many people influenced my writing. I have always had a passion for children’s literature, some of my favorites are Alice In Wonderland and Little Women. I also have a great appreciation for more current contemporary authors such as Jennifer Armentrout and Colleen Hoover. And then there are my fellow indie authors, who inspire me EVERY DAY.
Me: I think I may know who those are ;-) So, what do you love about writing?
Patty: To me writing is magic. I love crafting the imagination. I love making childhood free of restraining ideas, I love that writing can do that. I also love to create. Characters and the worlds they live in are among my top favorite things to craft.
Me: What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Patty: Finishing book two of course! I always have a goal to meet my best friend and our families in Disney world.
Me: That's awesome! I hope you enjoy Disney World! I can’t wait to see what's in store for book 2! Thank you for taking the time to sit with me and discuss your work. It’s been spiritual, literally!
You can find Patricia D. Adam's, A Secret Place of Thunder, anywhere where books are sold! Below is a link to her website and the Amazon link. Get this YA Christian novel now! It's a beautiful journey and now knowing Patty personally, it holds such a significant meaning.
Patricia, is a wife and mother of twin boys, loves all of the crafty things, devours books like they are life, loves TV watching, Movie watching, and Spending time with family and friends. She also loves Ice cream, starburst, the color Purple, Disney world, Is a RavenClaw, and a Big fan of the Winchester brothers. She spends most of her time sporting T-shirts, pjs and Messy buns under blankets with her dogs while creating worlds at the computer like a true introvert. Patricia Adams is the author of the Patriarchs Covenant Saga, A Young Adult four book series. A Secret Place of Thunder is her debut novel.
Shanna Swenson, Author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart. She also loves supporting her fellow indies.