Queenie’s Writer’s Week – Patricia Bridwell

Patricia A. Bridewell’s love for reading transitioned to a desire for writing reality-based Inspirational Romance and Women’s Fiction. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and teaches as Adjunct Nursing Faculty at several universities. Her passions are reading, writing, teaching nursing students, and taking care of patients. She also loves music and spending time with her family.

Her debut novel was published in 2009. She is working on her fifth novel, and she has contributed to eight anthology publications. Her church home is West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.

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Tell me more about your latest book.

My latest book is titled Rhythm Bay Love and it was released in June 2020 by Tymm Publishing. Rhythm Bay Love is a heartwarming story of two people who are trying to heal, move forward, and find true love.

Antoine Bailey AKA DJ Ant is one of the wealthy heirs to his father’s prominent real estate businesses in the Bay
Area. He enjoys his wealth, but it is not his main focus. After he relocates to work for a popular radio station in Los Angeles, a turbulent relationship with co-worker, Jada, becomes a challenge.

Jada Carson’s life has not been easy. At age twenty-two, she was thrust into the parenting role of her two minor sisters after her parents died in a plane crash. Eight years later, she is the Traffic Director at a radio station. When Antoine is hired for a DJ position he becomes the nail in her side. Eventually, sparks between the two ignite and they start dating.

What is your genre?

I write Inspirational Romance and Women’s Fiction.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Occasionally, I get writer’s block while I am writing. That usually happens when I am working on the end of my book. So, I might step away from my manuscript for a few days to think of new ideas.

What motivated you to become an author?

Well, I have always been an avid reader. But what really provoked an interest in writing was when I went through a crisis in life. My daily journal notes for one year and prayer brought me peace and a resolution. I decided that I wanted to turn my notes into a book and I started researching for resources.

What brought you to write this book?

The story just popped inside my head one day. Long before I became a nurse, I worked for five years at a radio station, and I just thought that would be the perfect place for two people to meet and fall in love. The story is totally fiction and was not based on anybody’s life experiences.

How many books have you written so far?

Right now I am working on my fifth book, and I have written about eight short stories for anthology publications..

What book or books had a strong influence on you and your writing?

There are so many books that have influenced my writing. I had read only non-fiction books when I decided that I wanted to write fiction books. So, I found out that I needed to start reading fiction books if I wanted to write one. I walked into a local book store and saw Victoria Christopher-Murray’s book – The Ex-Files on the shelf. I loved the book cover and the story.. I started buying more of her books, then I added ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Tiffany L. Warren, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Tyora Moody, and so many other authors’ books.

How hard is it to establish in your genre?

It was hard for me because I knew nothing about where to begin. So, I started attending conferences, writing workshops, reading fiction books, and hiring amazing editors, and other people in the literary business who taught me so much about the craft of writing.

Where do you love to write?

I usually write in my bedroom, sometimes in my office at home, and occasionally at a table in my kitchen..

Where do you get your ideas from?

My stories are created by me, but I also get ideas from real life situations. When I do, I make changes to the real life components.

What is your favorite fiction book?

I have way too many favorite books to name just one. Lol!

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