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Interview with Patricia Bates

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Most of my information is posted on my website www.patriciabates.webs.com as well as my blogs, and my author's pages associated with my publishers sites. I update regularly - and keep adding to my sites to keep everything up to date and fresh.

What genre do you write and why?
I write mostly historical romance because I find it the easiest and most romantic to write. For the most part, contemporary just doesn't stir me as much as history so I tend to write what I love. Which isn't to say I don't write contemporary, I just am limited to how much of it I write.

Where do you get your inspiration to write?
I have to laugh at this question. For me inspiration comes in many forms and from a lot of different directions. Movies, books, dreams, moods. My debut novel Master's Mistress was written after watching a movie and thinking it would be great to have a romance like this...only it didn't go so much like I'd thought it would. Still I can't complain, it made best seller.

Who are you published with?
I'm published with Champagne Books and Blade Publishing both are e-book pubs although Champagne does POD.

How did you research for your book?
I did a lot of research online as well as borrowing books from my library and getting interlibrary loans. I tend to spend as much time researching as I do writing. After all I want to be as accurate as possible without the book being a history lesson. Its a matter of picking out which details to use and which to pass by.

Anything else you'd like to add?
For any aspiring author my best advice would be to not give up. Rejections letters are something we all have to face and they can be devastating to us but if you push through them, they'll help you build your skills and your craft and ultimately you'll get that book contracted. Good luck.

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