Patti Jo Moore enjoys writing historical and contemporary romance, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is blessed to count some of her favorite authors among her friends and continues to learn so much from reading their amazing books.
A Georgia native and life-long resident of the peach state, Patti Jo lives with her husband and a houseful of cats in a small town south of Atlanta. Before having three children and a son-in-law (who calls her “CatMom”), Patti Jo received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the State University of West Georgia. After teaching first grade and kindergarten for twenty-one years, she had to retire early due to severe back problems.
When she’s not writing, Patti Jo loves spending time with her family—especially playing board games together. She also enjoys needlepoint, playing her piano, reading, and of course…cats. Even though she’s no longer physically able to teach kindergarten, she thoroughly enjoys visiting her friends’ classes and reading to their little students. Visitors to her home can always be certain Patti Jo will have a pot of coffee on and scented candles burning. (She claims coffee and candles help her write, too!)
Since Patti Jo is a retired Kindergarten teacher, I chose to use my Writer’s Quiz interview format. Rest assured, there are no grades involved. Patti Jo is already a winner in my book. 🙂
Multiple Choice Questions
(Please explain your answers.)
1) When did the dream of being a writer grab hold of you?
a. I’ve wanted to write since I first learned to form sentences.
b. I took a creative writing course in college and was hooked.
c. I’m a late bloomer, and didn’t feel the pull until recently.
d. None of the above.
A. I’ve always loved books and writing, and as a young child I’d write my own versions of the old Nancy Drew stories. Over the years I was so busy raising my family and teaching school, but at the back of my mind I held on to my dream of being a writer someday.
2) How many stories have you completed?
a. I’ve finished my first story but can’t stop editing it.
b. I finished my first story and moved right on to the next one.
c. So many that I’ve lost count.
d. None of the above.
B. I’ve actually completed four manuscripts, but I’ll admit they all need some more “editing and polishing.”
3) What kind of stories do you write?
a. Contemporary romance
b. Historical romance
c. Some of both
d. None of the above
C. Some of both! My very favorite genre to read is Historical romance, but I do enjoy writing both contemporary and historical.
Fill in the Blank
1) My favorite time to write is: late at night, when my house is quiet.
2) My best sources of inspiration are: reading my Bible and reading books by my favorite authors.
3) The staunchest members of the Patti Jo Fan Club are: my children (especially daughter Becca), my sisters, and my close girlfriends. They all think it’s wonderful that I enjoy writing!
(Maximum of three paragraphs per question.)
1) What aspects of writing do you find most enjoyable?
I absolutely love having a story idea and the characters in my head. Then when I begin writing some of my characters “surprise” me and take off on their own! It is truly an adventure to see your story heading in an unexpected direction. Also, being able to create a fictional town and people with various personalities is FUN!
2) How have the challenges you’ve faced affected your writing?
Last year I had to completely put my writing “on hold” for several months. Due to worsening back problems, I had four spinal surgeries within eight days. That ordeal was the most difficult time I’ve ever experienced, but so many blessings have come about from that experience.
As I was recuperating from my surgeries, an editor requested my full manuscript from a proposal I’d submitted six months earlier. When I read her request, I sobbed. Still in much pain, I didn’t feel “ready” to resume writing, but her request “forced” me to, in a way.
Looking back, I see the Lord used her request to help me turn my focus onto my writing rather than my back pain. I was also adjusting to an empty nest at the same time, so writing was a true blessing for me.
3) Do you have any writing companions of the furry variety?
Oh yes! I have seven cats who I call my “toddlers in fur” because I often feel I have very young children again. Although I didn’t intend to have so many felines (my husband is actually embarrassed for anyone to know how many I have), I just couldn’t turn away the lovely stray Calico who gave birth at my front door or the sweet orange tabby who appeared in my yard and never left. Since I’m at home most of the time, my cats really are good company for me, as they each have their own distinct “purr”-sonality.
True or False
(Please explain your answers.)
1) The thought of plotting a story before starting it gives me hives.
False—but it used to! I am a former “seat-of-the-pants” writer, but in time realized I write much better when I at least have a general outline and some good plot ideas in writing.
2) My characters talk to me all the time.
Partially true—maybe not ALL the time, but a good bit of the time.
3) I can’t write without an infusion of caffeine.
TRUE!!! I’ll admit, I am a “coffee-holic” and drink it all day, even up until bedtime.
Story Problems: Just for Fun
(X is an unknown number. You get extra credit for tackling these. :-))
1) You’re time traveling to the year X to spend a day with a real historical figure. Where will you end up, and whom will you be seeing?
I would travel way back to the Old Testament days! I’d visit Persia and meet Queen Esther. I would ask her questions about saving her people (was she afraid?), and feel certain she would be a gracious hostess.
2) Your hubby invites you out to dinner and gives you a choice of your favorite X restaurants. Which are they, and which one wins out?
Since I prefer more casual restaurants, the choices would be: My favorite barbecue and Mexican restaurants, and also Truett’s Grill (Chick-fil-a founder Truett Cathy’s restaurant—he lives not too far from me, and often visits the Grill). And I’d probably choose Truett’s!
3) A limo pulls up in front of your house with Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, and Colin Firth inside. You have the pleasure of their company (and their lovely accents) for X hours and must choose where you’ll spend them. The driver asks you to choose a favorite destination within your state. Where will you direct him?
Definitely to the Georgia coast! We’d visit my favorite islands (Jekyll and St. Simon’s) and Johnny Depp would of course talk like Capt. Jack!
Patti Jo’s Question for You
Do you have any pets? Do you like pets to be mentioned in stories you read?
Patti Jo’s Drawing
Patti Jo has generously offered to give away a $15 Starbucks gift card! (Even if you don’t enjoy coffee, Starbucks has other goodies, too.)
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment for Patti Jo by May 16th and enter your email address when prompted during the comment process.
On May 17th, I will hold the drawing and post the winner’s name here as well as in a comment and will contact her/him via email to get a mailing address.
Congratulations to Sandra Orchard, winner of the Starbucks card.
Note: Offer void where prohibited.
Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
Prizes will be mailed to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.
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