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Interview with Patricia Lee

Patricia Lee joins us in the Author Interview spotlight, discussing her routines, book takeaway, and more in today's interview by Kathy McKinsey.

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What message do you hope readers take away from this book? Everyone can find forgiveness no matter what their past mistakes are.

Reflecting back, what do you see as most significant to your publication journey? Meeting strangers along the way who offered insights and suggestions to keep moving forward.

What’s your biggest challenge in balancing writing time with your other responsibilities? I chose a time in my day that had no real purpose and made those hours “office hours” and showed up for work every day as I would for any job.

How do your faith and spiritual life play into the picture and affect your storytelling?
I start my writing time with a scripture reading and a time of prayer. If I forget or miss that time my day is never as productive.

What do you consider the greatest moment of your writing/publishing career? The first letter I received from a reader who said I made her cry. Wow.

Where do your story and character ideas come from?
I don’t know, honestly. I get an idea or read a news article that piques my interest and I’m off to explore what may wait beyond.

What is your writing routine? Any quirky habits or must-have snacks?
No snacks. Sitting and eating make for very round writers and I am round enough. I drink tea.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you as an author?
I almost missed my flight home from Dallas because I misread the gate information. I laugh now but it wasn’t funny then. That would have been a long walk home.

What do you think makes your style of storytelling unique?
I write strong male characters. The guy must be a hero—strong, decisive, protective. Too many heroes are portrayed as weak willed men.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Reading, flowers, lunch with friends and family

What books are on your nightstand right now?
Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz, Where Stone Wings Fly by Karen Barnett, The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz, and The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin.

Finish this statement: If I were not an author... I would be bored to tears.


Kathy McKinsey lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her husband Murray and the oldest of their five children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille drawing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with their rambunctious cat. Visit her at

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