About Me/Contact

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Oh, no. My storytelling genius isn’t me. My strong desire to tell stories hit me early in life, mainly because of this woman, my great-grandmother, Jeanette Pardo Stidham, my Mumo.

She wove amazing tales of her upbringing with her father, Leon Pardo, a Baptist Missionary who had the family travel all over Texas, Cuba, and Louisiana during his attempts to convert so many.

Her mother, Charlotte DuVall, had always been shrouded in mystery. She and her sister, Naomi, arrived in New York City in 1884 with only a photograph pinned to my great-great grandmother’s clothes as a form of ID. She and her sister were left in the care of strangers, the Davis’s. The bio family never arrived or the Davis’s left NYC with the children before they returned. It’s been a dead end on the family tree, but has always been a wealth of interesting assumptions to what the real stories were.

As I grew up, I heard multiple stories from not only my Mumo, but additionally grandparents, parents along with the numerous aunts and uncles (who’d also grown up on her storytelling) were always amazing sources of information and incredible stories. These ranged from where exactly the tooth fairy puts all those teeth to the Santa elf who hides in the air conditioning vents and watches us all year, to the mythological creatures that hang out under our beds.

Needless to say, I had a very well rounded education in how to spin a yarn and probably a very warped sense of what normal was…is.

Being a native Texan,  grand stories weren’t the only staple of my  upbringing. Fishing, both fresh and salt water occupied a great deal of my weekends. So if there’s a Zombie Apocalypse, I can feed my family, which makes me feel good.

1970 Patricia Walters fishing

Patricia age 2y and yes, that’s a cane pole

2014 2 17 Nessie Photo

One of my favorite photos ever. When I found out it was a fake, I felt so betrayed, but I still love the picture.

At the young age of nine, I penned a play about Nessie from the monster’s point of view. I remember my mother typing the script on a typewriter with carbon copy paper so I’d have multiple copies.  My friends helped me act my first adventure into theater and seemed to think it was at marginally cool, but the writing bug had bitten.

Since then, I’ve written constantly, whether it was in a journal, diary, in my notebooks at school, or on my computer.

Many times, I wrote during class when I should have been listening to the instructor.

In my adult years, I learned to be a waitress, bartender, bill collector, bank teller, Blockbuster Video clerk, and dishwasher all before I earned my degree in nursing. Then I spent the next ten years in the adult ICU’s and adult and pediatric trauma units.  As if I didn’t have anything else to do, I went to massage therapy school to learn to better care for my ICU patients, many of whom suffered bed sores and back pain due to their extensive times in bed. (Yes, I’m coming up with a hero who’s a massage therapist.)

After that certification, I still didn’t think I had enough knowledge. In an attempt to educate myself right out of the general dating pool, I returned to school to earn my journalism degree.  It was while I worked as a Level 1 pediatric trauma nurse at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, I met my husband, one super smart guy in his own right.

Now I hope to share my fiction and non-fiction story telling techniques with our children and with anyone who wants to read or hear it or simply those who are trapped in an elevator with me for an extensive period of time.

 

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My dog Lily wondering whatcha doing?

HOW TO CONTACT ME:

I’d love to hear from you so give me a shout at patricia@patriciawfischer.com

Interested in being a guest blogger or being part of a giveaway?

Want a character to have their own story? Let me know.

I’d love to hear from you!

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21 thoughts on “About Me/Contact

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  3. mary katherine says:

    How do you keep from having too many characters in a book versus having too many? Also, any hints on character development? Looking forward to reading your books, Mary K.M.

    • PatriciaWF says:

      That’s a great question Mary–honestly, there are times I’m writing and characters just take off in one direction and tell me who they are. Other times, I brainstorm with my writer friends and things go from there. I think the biggest hint I can give you is to open your mind to possibilities of “why the characters are who they are.” Don’t worry about being cliche as you start because that can change as you write more.
      One game I like to play is sit in a coffee shop or grocery store and pick out people, tell their story in one minute. It truly helps your brain push the boundaries of what’s possible, what’s out there.
      I don’t have a set amount of characters in a book or in a series because people tend to “show up” as the story unfolds. Take my second book, Carried Away. I had a friend ask, “What about Trenton?”
      My response was “What about Trenton?”
      She said, “You’ve got to give him a nice story. He’s being dealing with that horrible woman for so long. Give him a good story.” So we sat down and brainstormed an idea. Now, it’ll be out later this year.
      Don’t be afraid to overlap characters, introduce them in, but only you’ll know when there’s too many. It’s your story, you have to figure out how to tell it. What may be too many people in my story, might not be enough for yours.
      Keep writing and thank you for asking.

  4. Theaoanya G or Thea says:

    Hello I just started reading your Tuscany series today and am already on book 3 I truly enjoy reading your stories the characters are amazing and I feel as if they I can relate to them in some ways I can’t wait to finish reading the rest of your series and am looking forward to book 5 release.
    So I just wanted to say thanks and hope you continue writing!! Sorry if the grammar is poor on this but I’m dyslexic and sometimes miss things
    Keep up the amazing work

    • PatriciaWF says:

      You are super sweet to write me. Thank you for the note, it made my day.

      Yes, this year will be Harrison’s, Kate, Kelly, and Trenton’s stories. Maybe a couple of other smaller ones, but it’s always busy in Tuscany.

      Stay warm!

    • PatriciaWF says:

      Hey Gail! Thank you so much for writing.

      Yes, I’m working on book 5 (To Heal a Wounded Heart–Annie and Harrison) and the second half of Tish and Ethan’s story–how they became a family.

      I’ve also been asked to write a story for Trenton Dexter since he’s put up with Jo-Leigh for so long. Tanner (Tish’s brother) is also being outlined.

      Suggestions? Is there someone you’d like to read about?

      If you haven’t read it yet, I’ve also got a romantic comedy Weighting for Mr. Right out and I’m working on book 2 and 3 of that series. Busy, busy, busy. It’s never dull here.

      How are you? From where are you writing me?

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