AUTHOR INTERVIEW 73 – Pat Backley


PAT BACKLEY

AGE 69

ENGLISH, BUT NOW LIVES IN NEW ZEALAND

Pat Backley is an English woman, who at the age of 59 decided to become a Kiwi. She now lives in New Zealand and when not writing, loves to travel the world, particularly spending lots of time in the Fiji Islands with her beloved extended Fijian family, or visiting her daughter who currently lives in London. She also gardens, paints, loves interior design, walks on the beach and socialising. In short, an ideal existence. Not that it was always so easy, as her soon-to-be-published memoirs will explain!
„A perfect weekend or holiday read”
Sit back, relax and escape for a little while into the world of DAISY.
„DAISY” is a gentle family saga, spanning almost 100 years, from 1887 to 1974. It is set in Alabama, Harlem and London and incorporates some of the evils of society – poverty, racism and snobbery – as well as some of the greatest that life has to offer – family, friendship and love.
„Being born poor was a scar that never faded.”
„She had never experienced racial hatred first hand, so had no real idea of how it could erode a person’s whole life.”

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Pat Backley: The most difficult part of my artistic process is the marketing once my  book is published. I find the writing part incredibly easy!

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Pat Backley: Yes.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Pat Backley: Maybe start my author career earlier, 69 years old is rather late!

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Pat Backley: 6-8 weeks. My own proofreading and editing adds another week or so, then I send it off to my editor for her careful viewing!

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Pat Backley: Yes.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Pat Backley: Once they have published their first book, or sooner if they prefer!

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Pat Backley: I am not really sure. I call myself an author, because I write fiction and memoirs. Perhaps I think of a writer as someone who does general, non fiction kind of work.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Pat Backley: The first two negative book reviews made me cry. Then I remembered someone telling me that you are not a proper author until you have received negative reviews! So now, I try to treat them as just peoples opinions and soothe myself my remembering that the vast majority of my reviews are excellent, positive ones!

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Pat Backley: The most difficult part of my writing is probably the research. As I write mostly historical fiction it is very important to get my facts right!

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Pat Backley: I wrote my first book during Covid and it was published in October.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Pat Backley: Just stick with it, even when the going is hard. Write with passion, from your heart.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Pat Backley: Something that people enjoy reading, good storylines, good characters and a message.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Pat Backley: The plot, although that often changes as my writing progresses!

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Pat Backley: Just in my head and through mind mapping.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Pat Backley: After my first book, Daisy, was published.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Pat Backley: Facebook and Instagram posts, Linkedin and my own website: http://www.patbackley.com

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Pat Backley: My favorite part is the excitement of seeing my book go live and getting good reviews. My least favorite is the bad reviews and the marketing!

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Pat Backley: Unless you are very confident in your own ability, I think it is better to go with a proper cover designer.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Pat Backley: I have finished two so far, with another two in the writing stage. The second one (my memoirs) will be published in the new year. I will always love Daisy best, as she was my first, but my life story is pretty interesting too!

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Pat Backley: actually I didn’t find it hard at all, I love the whole writing process!

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Pat Backley: Again, I loved writing it all really, although I guess seeing how my characters developed and took on a story of their own was pretty exciting!

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Pat Backley: Probably many of them, because I realize how much is based on my own life experiences.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Pat Backley: Yes I am currently writing a sequel. It will be called Daisy the second and will follow the lives of the younger generation (from 1974 to 2001).

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Pat Backley: My life has not turned out at all as I expected it to. There have been many amusing moments, as my forthcoming memoirs will tell!

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Pat Backley: I was 59 years old when I decided to become a kiwi and 69 years old when i wrote and published my first book. I absolutely love my new career and  intend to carry on writing until i am at least 100. I love life, but just wish the world was a fairer place, that we could all be equal.

website: http://www.patbackley.com

tel: (64) 21281 1234

email: patbackley@yahoo.co.nz

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