Author Interview with Patricia Pickett author of "Hearts Never Lie"
Tracy Ames: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up and how did you get started in the business?
Patricia Pickett: First off I would like to say thank you to you Tracy for taking the time to read my book and for featuring me, it is a huge honor. Without sounding like a personal add *laughing* My name is Patricia but most people call me Trish. I’m half Puerto Rican half Irish.
I started writing under the pen name Greeneyedrican in 2000. I began using my poetry as a vehicle to express feelings about the loss of one of my best friends. Shortly after that I found out that I had Cancer and I almost lost my life, I spent two days in intensive care and had to have a very serious surgery. Poetry was and is my first love and was there for me in the darkest times of my life (thanks to the grace of God I am Cancer free now) I am married and the mother of three, two boys and a girl. I have a pit bull named Animosity, don’t let the name fool you she is a sweetheart. I love cooking, making jewelry and I am an avid reader of all genres. I love to read books filled with drama or books filled with magic. I was born in Colorado and I spent half my childhood in Denver and the other half in different cities in Florida. (God I miss the beach) I came back to Colorado in my late teens and have lived here since. I have fantasies of moving to the South living in a large house with a bunch of pets and a giant porch.
TA: Is this your first book?
PP: Hearts never lie is my first book of fiction in 2005 I self published a book of poetry entitled Green Eyes Open, after all the reviews I was given enough confidence to go forward and write my first book. I wanted to write a story about young people and the lessons of what happens when they make bad choices. I grew up in some bad neighborhoods witnessed a lot of tragedies resulting from the bad decisions that my peers and myself had made. I watched friends lose their lives to prison and death through gang and street life and I realized early what people meant when they said life is too short. When I began penning Hearts never lie I definitely wanted my voice to make a difference I wanted to write stories that were familiar to people of color.
TA: I loved watching the characters Caesar and Mariposa grow. Did you pull their characters from real life? How do you go about developing your characters?
PP: Caesar and Mariposa were pulled from my imagination though I did pull Mariposa’s childhood crush on Caesar from my own life. And Abuela personality was similar to my own Grandma’s and Sunday dinners at her home were always very special.
TA: Were you concerned about the storyline being too edgy for mainstream literature? What challenges, if any, have you faced?
PP: Yes, I did fear that mainstream readers would not like my book because the story was full of slang, cursing and sex but that is how real life is and my Characters wanted me to write them in that light and so that’s how I wrote it. After my book was published I was disappointed to find out that the book was published from an older version other then from the final copy so there are many errors in the book but I was still very thrilled to have a my story in book form to share with the world. Every part of writing is a learning experience. I hope to create great stories for the rest of my life.
TA: You mentioned that you also write poetry. Where can I tell my readers to find your work?
PP: Green Eyes Open is available online at Iuniverse.com and Amazon.com.
TA: With the success of “Hearts Never Lie”, will you be penning a sequel? What other works can we expect from you? Any new projects?
PP: I would love to continue Mariposa and Caesar’s story and their life after Hearts Never Lie, but as of now I am working on a novel that is a little more main stream with a tiny supernatural twist, I’m very excited about this one.
I am nearly finished with another “street Lit” story about a love story with horrible timing, no matter how much Reese and Jelani wanted to be together there were always too many obstacles that kept them apart from one another. After almost a decade had passed them by with dealing with prison and death they never stopped thinking about one another or wanting to be together so they will finally get that chance, but will they feel the same? You’ll have to wait and see.
I’m also included in an anthology entitled “That’s the way love goes.” It’s a book of short stories all about love coming from the perspective of seven really cool authors. Some stories have a happy ending some don't but all stories are very entertaining.
TA: Thank you for taking time out of your day and I'm sure the readers will enjoy your work.