For the first time ever, I saw Patricia Wood today wearing something other than white. She gave a talk and a book signing today. Maybe that had something to do with it. Even though she’s like a little fish in the ocean known as a bird wrasse, darting here and there, I managed to wrangle a few bits of information out of her. Here they are:
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
Keep writing and write everyday. Do not stop writing.
What do you do in the middle of a writing day/project to jumpstart or contemplate your writing?
I write very early in the morning - often by 5 or 6 am. I blog to warm up and then try to plunge right in. I try to take a break and take a walk before 10 am. By the afternoon I have no energy so I either ride my horse or swim.
How old were you when your first book was published?
I was 54 when LOTTERY was released.
How important is place to your writing process? Please explain.
Place is important as setting but it’s also important for a calming influence in my writing. I tend to be easily distracted so I try to keep disturbances at a minimum so I unplug my router, close my hatches and ports and turn on my air conditioner and restrain myself from answering the phone.
What book has influenced your writing the most and why?
Many books for different reasons but the main one for sheer story telling brilliance is
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
What book are you reading right now?
Classic short stories about horses some by Leo Tolstoy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anna Sewell, Will James. When I am in the middle of early drafts of my stories I tend not to read as much.