I met Paty this year at Wild Deadwood Reads and we went and had an old tyme picture taken. This is my favorite one! We took some serious ones and then the photographer asked if we wanted to have some fun. We were all game and this was the result. So much fun.
Paty, thank you for joining us on this Fisher House charity drive and our inaugural fundraiser.
Do you have a personal connection to the military?
My father was a marine in the Korean war. My son is in the Air Force and did two tours after 9-11, one son-in-law was in the National Guard, and the other son-in-law is in the Coast Guard.
Thank you to your family for their service, please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
I grew up in the NE corner of Oregon in a sparsely populated county. We raised cattle, sheep, hogs, hay, and grain. We had horses that my two brothers and I rode all summer long. It was a good childhood but there were few jobs. I moved to central Oregon after a year of college and met my husband. We’ve been together 39 years, raised four children, one was adopted. Our family has always had cattle, horses, at one time pigs, and raised hay. It has always been a good life. I worked part-time in a stationary store and for 10 years as a 4-H Program Assistant. I was also a 4-H leader for 22 years. I also was an editor for a small press for five years. Now, my husband and I live in rural SE Oregon raising alfalfa for hay. We enjoy seeing our grandchildren when our military families can visit.
Wow, it sounds like you live a wholesome country life. What is your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
Depending on when this post goes live, I may have three new releases. I have the first story from a new contemporary western romance coming out in a box set titled Cowboy Dreamin’. The story is titled Eights Seconds to Love and is about a female bull rider and a male ER nurse who fall in love. I interviewed a friend’s daughter who rode bulls in high school rodeo to learn about the sport from a woman’s point of view. The other release is the first book of my new historical western romance series, Silver Dollar Saloon, the book title, Savannah. This book is set in a fictional railroad town along the Northern Pacific Railroad in Dakota Territory. I had to learn a lot about saloons in the 1800s for this book. One of the things not in this book but will come out in later books in the series, is how many saloon owners would use turpentine and other petroleum products in whiskey bottles along with cayenne pepper to “make” their own whiskey. And that is how whiskey got the name Rot Gut. Because if a person drank too much of it, it would literally rot out their gut and they would die. The third release comes out in October. It is the 9th book in my Shandra Higheagle Mystery series. Haunting Corpse has Shandra’s good friend’s estranged father showing up at her wedding and getting murdered. For this book, I had to ask a forensic specialist what a wound would look like if a head was struck with a heavy object. To not go into detail, she said the skull would be crushed and there could be more than blood oozing from the wound.
Wow, you’re a busy writer. Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?
One time when I was pulled over by the city police because it was late at night and I’d swerved (my husband and his friend were drunk in the back of the van), I recited the alphabet backwards to prove to the officer that I, at 8 months pregnant, had not had anything to drink.
OMG, good for you for reciting the alphabet backwards. Not sure I can do that on the best of days. What is the one question you never get asked at interviews, but wish you did?
Why do you write?
I write because I have to. It makes me happy. Early on in our marriage my husband learned that when I was able to write I was a happy wife and mother. Before I started writing, I would have scenarios of bad things happening to family members pop up in my mind during the day and have horrible nightmares. Once I started making trouble for my characters in my books, the day and night mares went away.
Yes, that’s definitely a writer thing. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
Making sure their speech patterns sound like a man and that you think like they would. It’s a bit easier for me coming from a childhood with two brothers and alpha father and my mother’s best friend had 5 boys who were always at our house. I was surrounded by testosterone my whole life.
Well, bless you for being surrounded by testosterone and making it through. Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
I realize the sacrifices not only by the members of the military but the families as well. We would not be the strong nation we are without people like you standing up for what is right. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you!
Thanks Paty. You can find out more about Paty and her books on her website.
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