Getting to know Author Patty Wiseman
July 30, 2017
I am that child under the stairwell, listening to my grandmother weave the stories of her girlhood, transforming facts into an exciting tale of adventure and mystery.
I was that kid who hid under the sheets with a flash light reading a book way past my bedtime. Stories fascinated me, took me away to places I knew I’d probably never see. Reading was an important part of my life. A library was my favorite place, a place where I could devour book after book, story after story.
When I was four or five years old, I remember hiding under the stairwell in my grandmother’s house listening to her tell stories of where she grew up. She had a knack for story-telling and I would listen, spellbound. That was when I became enamored by the art of story-telling. Of course, if she knew I was hiding there, she would have scolded me and sent me back upstairs. She never caught me.
In high school, I dabbled in poetry. I was pretty good at it, but my heart pulled me toward stories. I loved English and Literature classes. Secretly, I dreamed of being an author, but never had the confidence or the support to pursue it.
I went to college to study voice and music and put aside writing. I married, had children, started a career, and well, you know, life happened. The dream I kept tucked away got lost in the task of living.
Before I knew it, it was time to retire. The children were raised, grandchildren were born, and off they went to live their lives.
The question loomed before me. What will I do, now?
I don’t like to sit idle. It’s important to have a project, something to fill my time. I wondered—could I dust off that dream? Could I learn to write a book at my age?
And so, I found a writer’s group, took online classes, rubbed elbows with other writers in the community. And I learned.
It’s been six years since I finished and published my first book. Since then, I have published six books. There are so many more in the works! A children’s book, a novella, one more book in my vintage series. The list goes on.
I am that child under the stairwell, listening to my grandmother weave the stories of her girlhood, transforming facts into an exciting tale of adventure and mystery. She taught me the value of words, the gift of story-telling and she didn’t even know it.
Patty Wiseman’s newest novel, That One Moment, was a finalist in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest for Romance. Please click HERE to find the novel on Amazon.