Lindsay and I have known each other for several years. We met at The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in California in James Scott Bell’s mentoring class. I was writing my first Amish novel and she was pitching her fantasy piece, The Story Peddler. Even though we were on opposite ends of the writing spectrum, we found something in common in that class and became good friends. I recently hired Lindsay to do the substantive editing for my newest book, The Amish Heiress. She did an incredible job and the book is doing really well on Amazon—it’s been on the best seller lists for six weeks and I give a lot of the credit for that to Lindsay. Now…on with the interview.
We’ve know each other quite a while and been to several conferences together and become great friends. What did you think when we met in James Scott Bell’s class at Mount Hermon, lo those many years ago, and you found out this strange old guy in the class was writing Amish fiction?
Well, the first shock came when I was reading this Amish fiction excerpt and I glanced at the author name: Patrick? As in…a guy? But the more I read, the more I liked the voice—lyrical but not saccharine. It lent itself well to the genre, especially for those people like me who are hesitant to read the genre because they’re allergic to cheese (the proverbial kind). And I knew there would be an interesting story as to how a man came to be writing an Amish story involving a quilt. And there was.
You worked at Splickety Magazine for a while. What did you do there?
I was hired on as production manager when we were one magazine (Splickety Magazine). By the time I left, I was Senior Operations Manager of Splickety Publishing Group, which publishes three quarterly flash fiction magazines (Splickety Prime, Havok, and Splickety Love), has an active online presence via the Lightning Blog, and is moving into book publishing in 2016. I’m so, so proud of the folks at SPG, and I’m thrilled that my organizational, management, and business skills helped facilitate that growth. If you read or write short fiction, check out Splickety!