You might wonder what spurs an idea that evolves into a book? What is the miracle of writing? How do prolific authors keep coming up with plot after plot? And exciting new adventures. Characters that have depth, conflict, emotional turmoil. And then create that black moment when everything falls to pieces. Only to turn it around with a resolution that will make readers sigh with pleasure. This might not be a Gone With The Wind, but authors repeat this sequence of events book after book, and year after year.
It’s quite boggling, isn’t it? I have been writing for thirty years, published for the past seventeen. Never in my life would I have thought that was possible. I have written at least thirty romance novels—Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Romance.
Currently, I have moved from Romance to Cozy Mysteries. I co-write with my brilliant writing partner, Traci Hall. We write our Salem B&B cozy mystery series for Kensington Books under the name Traci Wilton. In three years, we have written 7 mysteries together.
Feels Like A Miracle
Although that might seem like quite an achievement, I will tell you that I feel like a slacker when it comes to some of the dedicated, savvy, mind-blowing authors I know. They easily can write six books or more per year. It gives me the hives just thinking about it.
Few years back I managed to write 4 books in 12 months. Now, I’m down to three, and can’t wait for two. Ideas come from everywhere and from nowhere. Being a pantser (someone who writes from the seat of their pants with no plot to follow), I would go with the flow and let the story tell itself.
Now, writing Mysteries with Traci Hall, I am so grateful that she is a plotter and I can follow an outline. Working the story, whether romance or mystery, is the fun part. Writing a series makes it easier to know what the next story will be, but creating standalone books or a new series means doing a lot of world building.
A writer may find inspiration in a dream, or going for a long walk, or talking with people, or even from everyday experiences. Once a spark hits, the fire inside is lit and a new book is born.
Happy May everyone, and take a good book with you to the beach or the park. Writers everywhere will thank you for it!
The inspiration for DEATH IN SANDPIPER BAY came about after hearing a friend mention that they were building a cottage on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Bingo! I knew it would be a wonderful place for a Murder Mystery. So, Traci and I got right down to plotting. The reviews have been sensational, we are delighted to say. The second book in the series, Danger in Sandpiper Bay, will soon begin.
Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.
Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.
She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.
Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.