Interview with Patti Davis, author of “The Earth Breaks in Colors”

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. I think it’s one of the best books ever written.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Accuracy is important even in fiction. Errors can take the reader out of the story.

How often do you write?

Every day.

Who are your favorite authors?

Alice Hoffman, John Irving, Pat Conroy, Louise Erdrich, Anna Quindlen, Alice Sebold, Cormac McCarthy.

Which book inspired you to begin writing?

Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey.

What books have influenced your life the most?

All of Alice Hoffman’s books, The Prince of Tides, The Road.

Have any new writers grasped your interest recently?

Kathryn Stockett

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Yes. Writing was all I wanted to do.

How do you see writing? As a hobby, a profession or a passion?

It is my profession and my passion.

Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?

I often hyphenate words that spell-check doesn’t recognize.

How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work?

It’s incredibly flattering. I wish it happened more often.

How did it feel when your first book got published? What is your motivation for writing more?

It was very exciting – it was a long time ago. Writing is in my blood, it isn’t a choice. I can’t not write.

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?

Yes, I jot down things when they come to me that I might want to use.

Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

Yes, if I am not engrossed in the story, no one else will be.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I am working on a new novel titled Burying Amber.

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