Welcome back to another Fall of Magic Author Spotlight!
If you’re like me, you probably read a lot of books without knowing much about the people who wrote them. Working with the fifteen authors to put together the Fall of Magic anthology seemed like a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of my fellow authors. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting interviews with many of them.
Like many authors, Patricia Thomas started writing stories when she was in school. For Patricia it began in high school although she only began publishing this year. She’s grown addicted to plotting, finding joy in “working through story lines before the real work of writing begins.” If you’re a curious pantser, Patricia notes that it “gets to be more fun the more I do it.”
Her story Beginnings and Endings, in Fall of Magic, is set in her world The After. Patricia describes The After as, “…an afterlife for book characters from our world once their stories are over, letting them continue on and create their own futures. My anthology story is a standalone within that world.”
“I love the mixture of modern and magical!” Patricia says about urban fantasy, which as fans of the genre I’m sure we can all relate to. Perhaps one of the best parts of being an author is imagining fantastical things, so it’s no surprise that she loves to spend time, “making things up. I’d rather live in imaginary worlds than the real one any day.”
McKenzie Hunter, of The Martian fame, could embody her story’s main character.
One of the common themes in Patricia’s writing is, “Figuring out how to adult…” A common and relatable struggle at various times for all of us, and a great source of hilarious internet memes.
Patricia spends time running, recommending the Zombies! Run app, and watches a lot of TV. I’m always curious what book-to-screen adaptations people like. She mentioned Riverdale, a show I’d never heard of, and one of my favorites – Game of Thrones. I had to look up Riverdale and found that it’s based on the Archie comics, which is intriguing. She also mentioned that she’s been reading a lot of books by other indie authors, such as Pirate Nemesis by Carysa Locke.