1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I had to go back and count my titles. I have 22 novels; 18 novellas; 6 short stories. Wow. Who knew?
2. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)? How much I can identify with the characters.
3. Who is your favorite character? In my current series, Family is Forever–Nicholas
4. Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special. I have a favorite book–Crowning Glory, a favorite series–Love at the Crossroads, a lot of favorite characters. The most popular would be Mrs. Beatrice Tilley Beacon aka Grandma BB. She gets to be silly without constraint. Grandma BB seems to write her own dialogue in my stories.
5. Where do you get your inspiration? I think my news background sparks my interest to dig deeper in various topics, and God gives me the ministry to write it.
6. Where can readers purchase your books? Wherever books are sold
7. Where can readers find out more about you and your books? http://www.PatSimmons.net
8. Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook? The Keepsake, What God Has for Me, and Lean on Me. The first two were my indie projects. The narrator was an actress from California, and she did a great job. However, it was an expensive endeavor. Recorded Books picked up the tab for Lean on Me through my publisher Sourcebooks.
9. Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write? Couple by Christmas. I remember thinking how much fun the story was to create, and my developmental editor had few suggestions for improvement. When children are part of the cast of characters, the plot is heartwarming.
10. Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like? Guilty of Love set a writing path I didn’t think possible. I felt I found my tribe when other kindred spirits like my nutty sense of humor, love of Scriptures and handsome hunks, an incredible combination for a perfect love story. The journey was hard. After so many rejections, I was about to give up. I doubted my story until Joylynn Jossel Ross offered me a deal with Urban Christian. The rest is history. One sweet revenge, I guess you can say, is when my book hit the shelves in Barnes & Noble, I got a rejection letter from another publisher. Lesson learned: all editors aren’t created equal. The book deal is in the eye of the beholder of your manuscript.