Award-winning author, Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Nine years after retiring from a twenty-seven-year corporate career with an international beauty company, her love for writing resurfaced and prompted her to launch career number two as a novelist. Now she draws on her experience to write stories with tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs. The Secret of Willow Inn is a 2020 Selah Award winner. Starstruck in Willow Falls is a NGCWC Georgia Peach Award winner. Her short story The Vet and Valentine Day also won a Georgia Peach Award.
Pat is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. She has been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive, in Southern Writer’s Magazine, and in Voyager Magazine http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-pat-nichols-author-duluth/
Pat was born in Illinois and grew up in Orlando. She and her high-school-sweetheart husband of fifty-plus years have called the Atlanta area home since the eighties. She is the mother of two and grandmother of four. One precious granddaughter lives with the angels. She volunteers in guest services for Gwinnett Church, a Northpoint Ministries campus.
Q’s and A’s
What inspired you to create a series? Inspired by Jan Karon’s Mitford’s and Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs series, I wanted to create captivating characters readers could relate to care about. My mother’s love for Eugenia Price’s trilogies also inspired me to write series.
Why did you use a real city and a fictional town in your Willow Falls series? I chose to have Rachel live in Atlanta so I could write about real places I’d visited. When it came to Emily, I wanted to create a hometown I could conform to the story. To create a visual reference, I drew a map of Willow Falls on a poster board and referred to it when writing descriptions.
Did you know the end before you wrote The Secret of Willow Inn? Yes, however the journey from the first to the last chapter was directed by my characters. The same applies to each of my novels.
Does anyone give you feedback before you’re published? Absolutely. I have five wonderful beta readers and a Word Weavers group who provide input. And of course I rely on professional editors for a final review. The writing journey takes a team.
How long does it take you to write a book? My first and second manuscripts each took a little more than a year to write. Now my goal is to write two novels a year.