About Pat White
I’ve always been a dreamer, spinning stories in my head ever since I was a little girl. The stuff happening behind the heating grate in my grade school classroom was fascinating! As a teenager, stories of adventure and intrigue would distract me from lectures on the Civil War.
Inquisitive by nature, I took a job as a reporter after graduating from college. I decided I liked telling stories more than reporting them so I became a PR manager. But those were real stories and although I enjoyed my work, the imaginary stories of romance, adventure, and intrigue continued to haunt me. Rather than go nutty, I decided to write them down.
Writers draw inspiration from life experiences. Some of my experiences include firing machine guns in Vegas, hiking the Rocky Mountains, hosting a cable TV program, and performing in a jazz band with the great Louie Bellson.
What’s next? Check out my Extras page for updates on my adventures.
Q & A with Pat White
Q) Why do you write fiction?
A) It’s cheaper than therapy.
Q) No seriously.
A) It’s seriously cheaper than therapy. Plus I get to create a world where bad guys get their just deserts.
What does that mean, anyway? Just deserts? Is that all you get? What about the entrée? (Sorry, ADD moment.)
Q) I see you started in journalism and PR? How does that translate to writing fiction?
A) Not very easily. A completely different skill set. I wasn’t even reading fiction at the time I started writing it. I was obsessed with reading parenting books so I wouldn’t screw up my kids too much. Now they’re writing. Hmm.
Q) What inspires you to write?
A) Deadlines. Looming closer, about to smack me in the face. WHACK!
Okay, okay, what inspires me to write? I find inspiration everywhere. Cliché, huh? No really, check it out:
A few years ago I saw a news story about a woman who disappeared on a ferry. Her car was still on the ferry. Her purse was still in the car. No one saw her dive into the water. Yet she vanished. Poof!
How can you not write a story about that? And why haven’t I written it yet?
Q) What do you like writing better: books or screenplays?
A) Trick question.
Q) What’s your trick answer?
A) I like them for very different reasons. I love writing books because I can get so deeply into my characters’ heads. I love writing scripts because I’m a visual storyteller. Plus my strength is dialogue.
Q) What are your favorite books or movies?
A) Some favorite books are: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Return to Love, The Catcher in the Rye, Jurassic Park, Jane Eyre.
Movies: Love Actually, Soapdish, Empire Strikes Back, While You Were Sleeping, Laura, The Apartment. And what’s with The Hunt for Red October? I mean anytime I’m channel surfing and it’s on, I can’t stop watching!
Q) The most challenging aspect of being a writer?
A) Turning off the inner critic. She needs to take a vacation somewhere far away. Bali, Australia, The Congo. I mean, I know I forgot a comma, now back off will ya’!
Q) What are you doing when you’re not writing?
A) Mostly trying to keep my Golden Retriever from digging under the fence and escaping into the neighbor’s yard. I’m serious. That’s a big deal because my neighbor has a professionally landscaped yard worthy of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine cover. If I don’t want to get kicked out of the neighborhood I’d better get Fiona under control.
Q) How about we wrap up with some random questions?
… Green tea!!! Oh, you mean that kind of beverage? Bushmills Black.
… Lou Malnatti’s – Chicago Deep Dish. Anything else isn’t pizza. (You can take the girl out of Chicago, but you can’t take the sports teams or pizza preferences out of the girl.)
… Are we talking existential?
… I’m living the dream. Don’t shake your head at me. I’m married to an incredible guy, I’ve got two amazing sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and at this very moment, Fiona is not digging under the fence. Doesn’t get much better than that.
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- Pat White