INTERVIEW | Pat Simmons

Pat, describe yourself for our visitors.

This is always a hard question because it’s hard for me to talk about myself. I’m more interested on how others perceive me as a vessel of God. I’ve been a baptized believer for 24 years…yeah I’m old. I received the miraculous gift of the Holy Ghost and spoke in unknown tongues.

I’m more of an avid reader than writer. I can put away a book a day or every other day, and it’s because of that passion I write from a critical reader’s standpoint. If a scene doesn’t work for me—hey, it’s not going to work for readers.

I’m an amateur genealogists and have found more than 50 cousins I didn’t know existed. I am happily married with two in college.

I don’t know what else to say. If anybody wants to know something–just ask because I don’t know what else to share.

How do you find time to connect with God?

Since the seizure, I make it a priority to drop to my knees first foot out of bed and worship and praise his excellent. Not that I didn’t do it before, I think I’m more intense now.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

If you had asked me that months ago, I would have said, paying for bad editors before I met a good editor. Having a file for rejections and feeling like I’ve exhausted every market that existed. but just last week I received a rejection letter on Guilty of Love because it didn’t meet editorial needs…….funny, its being released in September and distributed by Kensington. That just goes to show you “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” translates to “one editor’s rejection is another one’s acceptance.”

Also, after one publisher hinted of the possibility to buy my manuscript if I made some changes—which I did, but it didn’t fit my original story–she still didn’t buy it.

My present editor, Joylynn Jossel, suggested some changes. After I prayed about it, I told her I would be happy to make any changes if an offer was extended. Guess what–she bought it and I made most of her suggested changes.

Tell us about your current book?

Guilty of Love is filled with plenty of comedy—I couldn’t write any other way! It also has a spiritual message to set people free. It’s about running away from God, but having a praying mother to help bring to back in a sense because only God can draw someone. and if you’re looking for a love story that sizzles, check out Malcolm and hallison…they want to cross the line, but God won’t let them.

How did you come up with ideas for your current release?

I didn’t, not really. as a matter of fact, I didn’t even want to deal with the subject matter. I had just finished one book and was about to begin on number two of the series. god spoke to me, at first I didn’t listen. Then I thought about it, and came to the realization that if I wrote 100 books, they would not be successful without God’s hand on it. So I obeyed, and I’m looking for god to do great things for my obedience. I didn’t even have much of an outline or knew what direction the book would eventually go, but after I started my research, the characters developed like grandma BB—I love her! Cheney represents “the hush hush” in our lives–the things that we keep torturing ourselves about although God has forgiven us.

Parke Jameson VI represents our ancestors–he was created on some genealogical research.

What’s next for you?

Talk to Me comes out in November 2008 if I can finish writing it. I’m about 20-30 pages away. God keeps making detours so I have to follow. In October for those who visit my website or receive my e-newsletter will have a chance to vote on my 2009 novel. I’ll provide the synopsis or first chapter of Delirious, Don’t Stop Praying, Because God Said, In a Blink of An Eye, A Mother’s Love, and Crowning Glory, and they will vote. That should be exciting.

Where can visitors find you online?

My website is www.patsimmons.net. I hope they will sign up for my monthly e-newsletter. I’m on facebook and myspace.com/patsimmonsauthor. I even have a great inspirational blog, where every post is inspirational from the music to the thoughts to the testimonies, etc.