The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions.  At the end of the blog, we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later.  So not only do you get to find out more about my upcoming book but you also will discover some other interesting writers.  Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins, a true friend and Irishwoman from the heart, tagged me  and here are my answers:

  1. What is the working title of your next book?

I am still waiting on the publisher‘s acceptance of my first book, which has the working title A Time To Love. I hope to get an answer soon.

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

I desired to write a book about romance with mirrored true life and would lift the reader into an alternative world, which gives  power and strength. Actually, the characters had been living within me since 1993, but it has taken some years for them to be born.

3.  What genre does your book fall under?

To be honest, I am not sure.  I write in different genres in fiction and non-fiction. At the moment, I think it falls under multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense, but it could fall under women’s fiction. What I am definite about is that it is a book that men would love to read also.

  1. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The two main characters who would be absolutely ideal are Taraji P. Henson in the female role, and Adam Rodriguez in the male role. I even have a producer that  I favour most,  named  Tyler Perry.

  1. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Living out your destiny means accepting crossroads, which will occur in your life and lead you to change and move up higher.

  1. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be traditionally published, and at the moment, I do not want to reveal the publisher’s name due to waiting on an answer

  1. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me a month, writing day and night. My characters started talking to me as soon as I sat at my computer and began to type in the first words. They felt I was way overdue in starting.

  1. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Far Pavilions  – M.M. Kaye – My book is not historical as Kaye’s  but it has a purpose and destiny that is  unique.

  1. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was visiting the home of my birth in 2008, and several people whom I grew up with asked me when I had planned on writing my first book. It was amazing, because I had talked to no one about the hidden desire  I had to write, so they couldn’t have known it. In fact, one person told me  he had always expected me to write and wondered what I was waiting on.

  1. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is multicultural, inspirational, romantic suspense fiction in which I have incorporated aspects of poetry, music and my own love for biblical texts I believe in. Even though inspirational, the book does not avoid sexual intimacy, and humor, hope, and faith runs throughout the book.   Most important, this book reveals the strength in women. My female characters are strong women.

That’s it for me. Below are several great writers whom you may want to read.

Peggy Strack – A Stop in the Park

L. W. Smith – Mountain of Death

Merlin Fraser – Inner Space Trilogy

Micki Peluso – And The Whippoorwill Sang

Marta Merajver – Just Toss The Ashes

Nicole Dunlap -  Miss Nobody (A Shaw Family Saga)

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Pat Garcia


  1. I will look forward to reading it, Pat. Have a very blessed and prosperous New Year!

    • Happy New Year my Dear Dierdre and a prosperous one for you also. We both are starting out with new projects this year. I cannot wait to read your first children’s book.
      So, my blessings go with you. I am rooting for you Lady.
      God bless you.

  2. Thanks for putting me in there Sis, I appreciate it. good blog.

    • Hi Bro,

      You are welcome. Please let me know if you have any questions about how it work. I will assist you in whatever way I can.


      • Thanks Sis, I will.

  3. Good luck with the book. I hope a publisher accepts it soon.

    • Hi,
      Thank you.
      You may be getting several replies from me and several comments about your own blog because I am finally catching up. After NaNo, the wind left my sails and I was slowly trudging along. I also hope that it has found a publisher. I am waiting on an answer, and hope it is in my favour. You will definitely hear a scream around the world when it happens.


      • I look forward to hearing the scream!
        DId you bother looking for an agent? I am thinking about it myself.

      • Hi,

        I didn’t limit myself so I looked at both. I sent out to agencies and publishers, and for the first four to six months, I only got rejections and the majority did not even bother to send me a rejection slip. But the ones that did were more than helpful, and they were not a few, because they helped strengthen my muscles of endurance, and they helped keep me the faith. I want to go the traditional publishing route. It was my choice to take this route, so I kept at it. I believe I have something unique, and I will keep on knocking on the doors until they open and someone says come in. Hope this helps you.


      • It definitely does. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Pat,

    I loved your interview! I can’t wait for your book to come out as I loveit already!!


    • My Dear Micki,

      Thank you. I am still waiting on an answer from the publisher. As soon I as know something concrete, I too will shout for your joy and my screams of delight will be heard around the world.


  5. I loved hearing about your book and you! :) Praying for an answer from the publishing company soon, so we can all get our copies! God bless you, Patricia, and the work of your hands and heart!

  6. Raani York

    I have tagged you in my latest blog post. I hope you’ll like it!!

    The post is about the “Very inspiring Blog Award”.

    Have fun!!


  7. Reblogged this on Walk On and commented:

    Good morning everyone,
    Because of a error I made by misunderstading the cycle for The Next Big Blog, I posted my acceptance response much sooner than it was supposed to be published. Therefore, in order to put the cycle back in order, I have reposted this blog article and decided to do it by reblogging it. I believe that is equal to reposting. Something good has come out of my reposting this though. Not only was I nominated by Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins,, but also by Micki Peluso, Both authors are not only outstanding writers, but women with whom I feel highly honored to know and communicate with as I walk my journey. So, many thanks to you Rosemary and to you Micki. Keep on walking on. The both of you are building legacies that future generations will look upon and hopefully make their decisions to set the same examples.
    Walk On, Ladies, Walk On!
    Pat Garcia

  8. Oh your book sounds so interesting! I see more and more people avoiding formula fiction to work on uplifting stories that ring true to life. I think you are catching the wave at the beginning. Best wishes for your novel.

  9. Raani York

    I can’t wait to read your book, Patti!! It will be amazing!!! Let me know about the publishing date, ok?? Hugs

  10. Patricia,
    I can’t believe I have been here several times and just found the right place to post my comment. Must have had blinders on! I have wanted to tell you something you know already but YOU ARE AMAZING! Disciplined to write a book in 30 days and not just a book-One to hold your head high. That talent of your comes from the goodness inside your beautiful soul. I truly loved this interview and look forward to reading so much more from you. Thank you fir sharing your new book with us. And, it is not if published by a traditional publisher it is only when!
    Many Blessings are Yours

    • Good evening Dear Friend,

      I don’t know how many times that happens to me. I am still playing catch-up as I try to map out a decent plan for myself for 2013, and it seems like the more I plan, the more I keep coming up with things to do. The details that you have to complete are a lot just to get one project off the ground.

      Thank you for your loyal support. By the way, I wrote the book in one month but it took 17 years for it grow within me. I was to the point of exploding and knew that the words were ready to become real. So, I wrote what my characters said.

      Love you.


  11. Thanks for liking my interview on Morgen Bailey’s writing blog.

    • Good morning,

      I truly enjoyed meeting you. I didn’t know we had a female Walt Disney (I hope you don’t mind the comparison) living. I checked out your website and was fascinated by what I read and what I saw. It impressed me and now I have put one of your books on my reading list. Keep up the good work and thank you for the acknowledgement.

  12. Hi,

    Good luck with your book. It sounds very interesting.



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