3 Questions Wednesday with Pat Nichols

It’s Wednesday! Today our guest is Pat Nichols, a novelist, who in her management career met some incredible women who inspired many of her characters. Let’s get to know her a little better.  Our first question, if you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pat:  Writers who aspire to move beyond the hobby stage need to accept one important fact; writing is a business. Whether pursuing traditional or indie publishing, one must find footing in a highly competitive field. While an author’s first priority is learning the craft and creating a quality manuscript, writing a compelling story isn’t enough. Authors also need to study and understand marketing. How to find and attract readers through social media, newsletters, and advertising. It takes discipline, patience, and determination and is never too early to begin the process. Fortunately, excellent resources exist to educate and guide new writers.

The business side of writing is a challenge for many writers. Next question: were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?

Pat: Having written my first manuscript, unleashing a passion, and launching careerBest Watering Practices For The Vegetable Garden number two at age sixty-eight, I am a late bloomer. I am grateful to God for planting the seed in the autumn of my life, then giving me the courage to water it. Now my motto is it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Of course, it’s also never too early. After choosing to pursue traditional publishing, I attended conferences to connect with agents, publishers, and editors. As with any business, contacts are critical. I also studied the craft and learned everything I could about writing and marketing. To become a member of the writing community and learn from other authors, I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. Three years and three manuscripts after first typing Chapter One, I was blessed with a contract from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Following our dreams in any season, great advice! Final question, describe your writing space.

Pat: At this moment I am sitting in my writing space, a comfy recliner in our living room, with my laptop poised on my lap desk. The room is two stories tall with one wall of windows facing a wooded area providing a view of sunrises, trees fluttering in the wind, squirrels scampering across our deck, birds dropping by for a visit, changing weather and seasons, and the occasional Georgia snowfall. On the wall opposite my chair hangs the Tree of Life tapestry, which reminds me of God’s blessings. Other than the sounds of nature, I prefer to write in quiet.

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Pat Nichols Bio:

Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls, series book one, which is a 2020 Selah Award finalist, debut novel category, released January 2019. Book two in the series, The Trouble in Willow Fallsreleased November 2019 and book three will release late in 2020. Pat received a 2018 NGCWC Georgia Peach Awards for her short story, The Vet and Valentine’s Day, and a 2019 NGCWC Georgia Peach Award for Willow Falls series book three. She has been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive and in Voyager Magazine.

Pat resides in Duluth, Georgia with her husband of fifty-plus years. She is the mother of two and grandmother of four—one who lives with the angels.