Please help me welcome Author Patricia Bridewell to my blog today. Author Patricia welcome.
Patricia A. Bridewell’s love for reading transitioned to a desire for writing reality-based Inspirational Romance, and Women’s Fiction. She is a nurse practitioner, educator, and blogger, her passions are writing, reading, and helping people. She also loves music and spending time with her family.
Her debut novel was published in 2009. The second, A Generation of Curses 2nd Edition, co-authored with her daughter-in-law, hit the Amazon’s Best Sellers List and received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest, Two Steps Past the Altar was published in 2018. She also had the privilege of contributing to the Brown Girls Books African American Literary Book Club (AALBC) Best Selling Anthology, Single Mama Dating Drama, Love Walked In (2019), four other anthologies, and several healthcare articles.
Her church home is West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I am a mom of three adult children – one son, one daughter, and one stepson, three grandkids. I am an avid reader, I love writing, music, and spending time with my family. I am also a blogger. I am a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, I try to go out and socialize with friends at least a couple of times a month. I attend worship services on Sundays. I also work on ways to market and promote my books. I watch CNN for updates on the presidential campaigns, and on #45.
Do you have a day job as well?
I am currently working as adjunct nursing faculty for two universities, and my next weekend course begins at the end of August. Sometimes, I also accept per diem nurse practitioner assignments.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
After a year of journaling, I decided I wanted to write a book. I worked on the book for approximately two years and completed it in 2007. From that point, I found an editor, and for three months we worked on the editing process. I started searching for agents and publishers. I received a contract with a publisher in 2008. The book was released in 2009.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
As a new author, I initially did not really know which genre I would write in because I had read all non-fiction books at that time. After I attended a few writing workshops and conferences, I decided on Christian Fiction and/or Women’s Fiction. Some workshop facilitators recommended that I read the books in those genres if I wanted to write in those genres, and I did that.
The first two books that I saw on the bookstore shelves were Victoria Christopher Murray and Kimberla Lawson Roby, and I purchased them. When I returned, I picked up more books, one of which, was by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. I became an avid reader of fiction books, and I have also read books by Tiffany L. Warren, Rhonda McKnight, J.D. Mason, Vanessa Pierce Miller, and too many more talented authors to mention.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas primarily come from reality-based situations, but if I utilize them in my stories, I change a significant amount of the information, including character traits. A few may come from my own background, many come from the environments that I have lived, worked in, or observed in everyday life. I will build a story that is fiction, but also integrate true, or partially true, ideas into the book. All the ideas that pop into my head are not necessarily from real-life experiences, but in this world that we live in, things that I have seen, no matter how unrealistic they seem, may be in my stories.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Occasionally. That normally happens when I am tired. Most of my writing sessions, whether long or short, will be productive. I try to end the chapter that I am writing when I start feeling tired.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
After I have a general idea of the story line, I start with a detailed synopsis. Then I do chapter outlines for each chapter, but I write them as I am writing each chapter.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I have read so many authors’ books that have influenced me, so I cannot say which one.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I didn’t have a lot of challenges obtaining a publisher in 2008. I was a new author, so I contacted another published author who sent me a one-page letter related to how she secured an agent and then a two-book publishing contract. I pitched to two agents and was not successful. I cannot remember how I chose the two publishers that I sent my book to, but I am sure that I sent them query letters, and then they requested that I mail the full manuscript. I photocopied and sent them. I waited two months, and one contacted me about a publishing contract. It was a small independent publisher, but I felt blessed for the opportunity, and I still am.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
My first book came out in 2009, and I would most likely change quite a bit in the book. That’s because I have more experience as a writer. To be honest, as far as my first publisher is concerned, I would not change anything. The publisher was professional, very helpful, and she hired a P.R. person (Ella D. Curry) who taught us about marketing and promotion during conference calls. This was valuable information that I still use today.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I market and promote at conferences, book events, social media, I write blogs, I use word of mouth – I pass out my promo cards with my information, and I ask for reviews. I’ve done multiple blog radio shows and three regular radio shows, book club visits, I also promote at some of my nursing organization’s events, at health and job fairs, at my university. I also use paid advertising/marketing & promotion
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I pitched a synopsis, query letter, and the first four pages of a book about nine years ago. I didn’t get a book deal, and that was disappointing. I put it on the shelf, and years later I realized why I didn’t get a deal. Lol! I started restructuring and rewriting that story about a year ago, and someday I may submit it.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I am at the end of the book, and I am self-editing, then it goes to an editor. I am excited about this new project. I can share a brief summary about the story line, but it is still in progress.
The main characters are Antoine, AKA DJ Ant, a famous DJ and poet, and Jada, the Traffic Director, who is over the commercials. Working at the #1 black-owned radio station on the west coast is a gift wrapped in gold. They love their jobs. Both are from opposite sides of the planet; she’s from South Central Los Angeles, he’s from the ritzy Oakland Hills Bay area, and his father’s business makes millions. Which, he wants no part of.
They bump heads, cannot stand each other, and are healing from past relationships, family strife, and tragedies, when they realize they have a lot in common. They start dating. Their joy is soon filled with potholes when vengeance, scandal, and hidden secrets, threaten to destroy their new relationship. The question is…who is trying to tear them apart, and will their relationship survive the drama?
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
In my new book, the environment is real because I formerly worked at a radio station years ago before I became a nurse, but the story line is from my imagination.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I have several, but chapters 1 and 3 stand out in my mind. These chapters are at the beginning when the two main characters do not like each other. So, they go back and forth, and then have an intense argument.
How did you come up with the title?
Rhythm Love seemed appropriate because they love music and work at a radio station.
What project are you working on now?
My current project is RhythmLove, my last novel was Two Steps Past the Altar (published 5/2018)
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
My short story Love Won’t Let Me Wait was published in the new anthology Love Walked In –Aspiring Love Collection #2 (released in 6/2019 by Tymm Publishing). My next novel will hopefully be released in 2020.
How can your readers find you?
Facebook – Patricia Ann Bridewell
Instagram: Patricia Ann Bridewell
Blog Site: https://patriciaannbridewell.wordpress.com