Author Interview – Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Here is the interview that I did with author Rebecca Patrick-Howard who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 28th 6-9pm EASTERN! Thank you Rebecca for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
My first book under my own name was released in 2004 so I’ve been at this for a little while-over ten years. For most of that time, though, I was a ghostwriter and only wrote for other people. I’ve stopped ghostwriting these days and now just focus on my own books.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
Haunted Estill County- true ghost stories
More Tales From Haunted Estill County- true ghost stories
Windwood Farm (Taryn’s Camera series)- paranormal mystery
Griffith Tavern (Taryn’s Camera series)- paranormal mystery
A Summer of Fear- paranormal & memoir
Four Months of Terror- paranormal & memoir
Coping with Grief: The Anti-Guide to Infant Loss- death & bereavement
Finding Henry: A Journey into Eastern Europe- travel & memoir

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
The books revolving around my true experiences with hauntings were difficult because it was hard to relive those periods in my life. Sometimes when writing them in the middle of the night I actually scared myself! My grief book is about the death of my young son. I also included stories by other infant-loss moms so that one was very difficult to put together. It took me a few years to finish it.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
I like taking the stories that pop into my head and putting them down on paper. It’s like lying without anyone getting mad at you!

If you could give your youngerself a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
Don’t wait; start now! Seriously…I think I wasted so much time telling myself that I’d write a book “some day.” I actually started a book back in 1995 and STILL haven’t finished it. I don’t write that quickly. I am easily distracted.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible?
I think negativity is the hardest part. Getting a bad review stinks. Getting a bad review on a nonfiction book stinks because when they don’t like the main character it feels personal since that main character is you! Ha ha. But still…You have to remember that you can’t please everyone and the best that you can do is keep plugging along and getting your stories down.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’d like to meet and talk to Anne Rice. Out of all the authors I enjoy reading, I actually like her as a person. If we were to sit down and talk I’d love to ask her about her experiences in the house on First Street, but I’d also like to talk to her about the daughter she lost. She’s had a lot of heartache in her life and she puts that into her stories beautifully.

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
That changes every day. I’d love a ranch in Montana, a summer house on St. Simon’s in Georgia, a farm house in Vermont, a seaside cottage in Croatia. And, of course, an antebellum mansion in Georgia.

If you were to guess how you readers would describe you in three words what would they be?
Oh Lord, that’s a tough one. Those three words would depend on whether or not they liked the book!

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
My next book is the third installment in my Taryn’s Camera series. It’s called DARK HOLLOW ROAD and is about the disappearance of a teenage girl. If you’re not familiar with my series, Taryn is a multi-media artist and is commissioned to paint portraits of old houses. When she looks into her camera, Miss Dixie, she sees the past. She uses this to solve old murder mysteries. After DARK HOLLOW ROAD, Taryn will be uncovering mysteries at Shaker Village-a historical site that belonged to the oddly compelling religious group, the Shakers.