five

If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?

34
Leave a Reply

avatar
17 Comment threads
17 Thread replies
1 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
18 Comment authors
Pat SimmonsrebeccaCindyAllieSuzanne Pepple Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
makayla adams
Guest
makayla adams

I would ask what inspired u to write this book??

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

I was my grandmother’s caregiver beginning in 1995 before it became a “norm” in society.

Jenny
Guest
Jenny

Do you start with an outline?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Yes, but I usually divert from it by chapter 7. I let my characters take over/

Alex Pander
Guest
Alex Pander

i would ask the author is if you choose one super power what it will be and why?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Hmmm. It would be to have an abundance of strength to overpower the bad guys.

Lavoris
Guest
Lavoris

Not a question but a comment…loved that fact that you focused on faith in God. Definitely helps in times of frustration and weakness.

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Thanks, Lavoris, for saying that. I like to remind readers that God can give us peace.

Rebecca Whorton
Guest
Rebecca Whorton

What inspired you to become a writer, and what was your first published book? (Sorry that’s two questions!😏

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Lol. Two questions are okay. I’m an avid reader first. I wanted to read romance novels that would keep my mind in a safe place spiritually. I didn’t want to read something shameful on Saturday and then go to church on Sunday and couldn’t receive the message but images were stuck in my head. 🙂 My first book was Guilty of Love, which is part of a 9 book series in the Jamieson Legacy. It has a lot of genealogy tidbits interweaved in the storyline.

Yvonne
Guest
Yvonne

When is the next book in this series going to be released?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Here for You, Book 2, will be released September 1, 2020. Only six months away.

Wendy
Guest
Wendy

Will we find out more about Aunt Tweets story? I’m curious about the connections she’s making to her life experiences even if it isn’t all true.

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Hmmm. Good question. Unfortunately, I don’t know.

Sarah Bacher
Guest
Sarah Bacher

I would ask..how do you put your faith into words in a way everyone can understand?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Sarah, that’s a thought-provoking question that has many answers. Sometimes, God will increase my understanding about a Scripture while reading my Bible or while I’m sitting in Bible class. I try to create scenarios (parables) with my characters experiencing a situation and need to hear God’s voice for guidance. Sometimes, we need a reminder that God never leaves us alone.

Lynell
Guest
Lynell

I listened to your podcast for the book and liked what you had to say about how knowledge and attitudes about dementia have changed through the years. I also agree with what you said about how most families deal with care-giving needs of loved ones, especially now that people tend to live longer than they the did in the past. In your research for this book, what new developments about Alzheimer’s treatment and support in recent years stood out to you the most?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Hmmm. What really stood out since my grandmother’s diagnosis was the different levels of dementia and how there is no one-size fits all symptoms. My grandmother could talk, some loved ones stop. The other thing is the different stages of dementia. When my grandmother was diagnosed in 1995, the information was s limited.

Kolleen Daniels
Guest
Kolleen Daniels

I would ask if there was any sort of personal situation which influenced the development of the characters in this book. I think their portrayal of different issues in the community is extremely realistic.

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Yes, some of the scenes in Lean on Me happened when I was my grandmother’s caregiver–the wandering, the dog lose in the neighborhood, and more, but I also learned from recent caregivers too.

Ben
Guest
Ben

What did you want to become a author what did you make as a child that wanted you too

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

I’ve always enjoyed reading. I started writing because I wanted something inspirational to read.

Anita
Guest
Anita

I’m asking where your knowledge of Type 1 diabetes came from? As the mom of a T1D for 27 years, I know that you would never give insulin for a low blood glucose episode. You would do the opposite. Just asking.

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Thanks, Anita. I had original wrote it as such, but someone corrected me, so it appears I had it right the first time. Sorry about that.

Sue
Guest
Sue

What is your personal experience with dementia. Your writing is so on target!

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

My grandmother had advanced stages of dementia.

Suzanne Pepple
Guest
Suzanne Pepple

How could Marcus know he was in love after such a short time?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

I don’t think there is a time limit on falling in love. I think the more time he spent with Tabitha and Aunt Tweet made him see life in a different way and the type of woman he wanted in it.

Allie
Guest
Allie

Why did you write this book? I mean it was awesome but what inspired you to write it?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Thank you. My grandmother who passed away in 1995. I was her caregiver before the term became popular and it was hard. I wanted to share the experience.

Cindy
Guest
Cindy

Whose story, of all the characters, are you telling?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Tabitha and a little of Aunt Tweet.

rebecca
Guest
rebecca

What piece of advice would you give to someone that is curious about writing but not sure if they are cut out to do it?

Pat Simmons
Guest
Pat Simmons

Hi Rebecca! I would refer them to my website http://www.patsimmons.net where I have a section called FOR WRITERS