Hi! Thanks for inviting me here today. I’ve been writing for fifteen years now, and in the last two have finally managed a degree of success in getting my books published. As my mate of forty-two years says, I’m an overnight success in just 5,475 nights. LOL
So, where did I land in the wacky world of publishing? Smack dab in the middle of the biggest shift since invention of the printing press, that’s where. But, you know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now that I have eight books available either in print or in e-form, and another four due to be released in the next half year, I’m satisfied that I’m in the right place.
Don’t get me wrong, I lusted for those nice advances. Many of my friends were publishing books hand over fist, collecting advances, and enjoying life. But, they had to keep on producing books at an ever-increasing pace to keep the money coming in. After a while, it became all about the money; deadlines and the money. Their books generally disappeared from bookstore shelves in a couple of months, never to be seen or heard from again.
Enter the electronic age. Exit most advances, large or small. But, once my book is available online, it won’t go out of ‘print’ unless my publisher folds, barring unforeseen circumstances. So, my books that came out two years ago are still as fresh as the day I wrote them. And still as available. That’s my take on the fiction world we live in these days. Now, on to a subject I love to discuss.
Why do I, as a man, write romances? From the day I joined a chapter of RWA, I’ve been asked that question. Well, why shouldn’t I? The way I see it, there are two genders, male and female, and we can’t be both. Should love be the sole responsibility of one gender with the other absolved of obligation? I think not. Yet, that’s exactly what many women have done, perhaps unwittingly, in assuming that men ‘know nothing about romance’. They had better hope that is not the case, if they desire a romantic partner in life.
I cut my eye teeth reading classic romance paperbacks and reveling in the world-wise revelations I found inside those pages. But I did not admire the heroes that were prevalent in the day; strong, uncaring louts, who had to be brought to their knees by an even stronger heroine before they could become suitable love partners.
Oh, that stuff happens. I grant you that. But in the world I’ve grown up in, most of those jerks are not the guys who ‘get the girls’ in the end. Same goes for ‘cowboys’, in my estimation. Having spent years living on the high plains, I’ve known real cowboys and, to a man, they are not what is written about by most romance writers.
My novel, A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND, released by Whimsical Publications, features a character who’d grown up on a ranch in northern Nebraska. Cut from real cowboy cloth, he’s spent years developing his ‘spy’ skills in the service of his country, only to be betrayed by one of his own colleagues. Running for his life, he meets Laura Margolin, a TV jewelry diva, and his world spins out of control. Classic love at first sight develops between them as Laura experiences betrayal in her own world. A crazy patchwork develops as each deals with their own situation, and before it’s over, Laz will have died a hero’s death, Laura’s career will be toast, and they will live happily ever after. How could that happen, you ask?
Log onto my (Pat Dale) author page at Amazon.com, BN.com, or click on www.whimsicalpublications.com where the book is available in print or ebook, and read A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND to find out.
Have a great day, everybody, and happy reading!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: After a long career as a professional musician, Dale turned to the pen to craft over a dozen novels and he’s adding more to the list. The native Missourian traveled far and wide before settling near Kansas City to enjoy the scenic beauty of the heartland. Using musical rhythms and values, he writes in a style some call poetic prose.
Readers noted his bent for dark gritty stories when not in comedic mode, so he’s writing a mystery series that will give even hardy souls something to shiver about. Whether romantic comedy or dark drama is your cup of tea, Pat’s endearing (sometimes frightening) characters will lead you into worlds you might otherwise never have visited. So, pick up a Pat Dale novel and whisk yourself off for a few hours of fun fantasy reading.