Author Spotlight: Patrice Fentiman
This week, we feature Dorrance author Patrice Fentiman, author of Jamie’s Secret.
Name: Patrice Fentiman
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Book Title: Jamie’s Secret
Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less:
Patrice Fentiman (PF): Jamie’s Secret is about a young girl’s discovery of magic.
DP: What made you want to write the book?:
PF: I wanted to offer support and recognition of children who experience the magic of seeing, hearing and knowing what others may not. I was one such child.
DP: How long did it take you to write the book:
PF: Though the book was always a part of me, it took two years to complete my text and confirm my vision of the look of the book.
DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?
PF: There are three things that relieve my writer’s block: 1) walking in nature; 2) meditating; 3) dancing. Any one or all of these things wipe my cluttered or cloudy brain right away.
DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
PF: My favorite part of the story is when Jamie admits to having so many questions for the fairies and can barely contain her curiosity.
DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:
-One friend or family member:
PF: I would have my fiancé, Ron, with me. He is an avid reader, has a huge imagination, is the original renaissance man and is honest in his criticism.
-One fictional character:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar because it was all about transformation and change for the good of all.
-One famous person (living or dead):
Maya Angelou because her life spanned decades of civil, social, political and environmental change and she could speak about ways that we can work together to create a more cooperative world.
DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?
PF: Besides writing, I love to read, mentor children & young adults, play piano, sing and cook.
DP: Do you keep a journal?
PF: I do keep a journal but don’t write in it daily.
DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
PF: We had a family barbecue.
DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
PF: As my book is the first of a series of books, this first book only includes three characters that spoke
Jamie – Skye Dakota Turner
Jamie’s Mother – Wunmi Mosaku
Jamie’s Grandmother – Aunjanue Ellis
Shaylee (Fairy) – Hailey Kilgore
DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?
PF: The most important aspect of the Dorrance Publishing relationship for me was in keeping editorial control of all aspects of my book.
DP: Five favorite books of all time?
PF: 1) The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
2) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
3) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
4) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
5) The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:
PF: Though it may take a little while, allow yourself to fully see, hear, feel and know the story you are writing and why you are writing it.
Thank you, Patrice!
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