“I’d love to share lemondrop martinis with Cormac McCarthy. The first question I’d ask him: What is your writing environment like?”
A Writers’ League of Texas Member since July, Patricia Wright lives in Houston, TX.
Patricia Wright: Literary historical fiction.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
PW: I’d love to share lemondrop martinis with Cormac McCarthy. The first question I’d ask him: What is your writing environment like?
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
PW: Trite though it may be, I’d want to have the Complete Works of Shakespeare for its extensive coverage of themes, plots, character types, and historic matter. I’d have a version without annotations, for I’d have plenty of time to simply figure out what the Bard was saying.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
PW: I’ve only recently learned of, and joined, the League; but I like the fact that its membership is open to those of us who haven’t published yet. I look forward to taking advantage of the many benefits the League has to offer.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
PW: My plan is to write literary historical fiction that would appeal to filmmakers.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
PW: Hands down, it would be Al Roker’s The Storm of the Century. His is the best and fullest account of the 1900 Galveston hurricane that I’ve ever read.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
PW: I’ve been working with a writing coach, who has taught me all the things about fiction-writing that, in the past, I knew I didn’t know. I’m halfway through the first draft of what will probably end up being a trilogy, set in the late 19th century. My coach feels certain that a major publisher will pick it up. (Fingers crossed.)
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