Welcome to my blog,
today, my guest is P.L. Yizzi, Indie Author of KATU and All the Fields Above.
Jeannine: P.L., I’d like to welcome you to my blog. I read your book KATU and it is a lovely story about the relationship of a young boy and his Native American grandfather. I must say that the ending was very touching. Where did you get the inspiration to write KATU?
Patti: Katu began as a writing exercise to explore then contemporary non-Anglo opinion of the American War for Independence. The story is about an elderly Lenni-Lenape man, and his friend, James, a native born slave, as told by Katu’s fifteen year old, half-English grandson, Joshua. I wondered how those living outside the mainstream, in the midst of monstrous upheaval, would have felt. Would they have embraced the prospect of a representative republic, where all men were free and equal under the law? Or would they have been too cynical from their experiences to believe that those proposed rights would ever be extended to them? History is full of the forgotten, and those are the people who interest me most. You have to dig a bit deeper to find them, but, often times, it’s the historically forgotten who are able to give us a better understanding of the time.
Jeannine: At what moment in your life did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
Patti: I’ve been writing sporadically since I was twelve, but I began writing consistently when I was in my thirties and ran into a serious health issue. Writing kept me centered and gave me something else to focus on. It was always there, but I think that stressor threw open the flood gates.
Jeannine: How do you deal with writer’s block?
Patti: I pick up another project. Just stepping out of one story mode and into another, even briefly, seems to do the trick.
Jeannine: Do you always do an outline or do you let your inspiration take you away?
Patti: The methodical approach just doesn’t work for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is a certain degree of planning and order that comes into play in all story telling. But for the first draft I just go with it.
Jeannine: Describe to us a typical day in the life of P.L. Yizzi, the author.
Patti: Recently, my focus has been on preparing my first novel for release, but normally my days are split between all the normal demands of family life, running my handmade jewellery business, and typing out my chicken scratch from the night before.
Jeannine: Who are your favourite authors?
Patti: Wow, that’s a hard question to answer. There are so many talented writers. Off the top of my head, I’d say Daphne Du Maurier, she’s always been my comfort read. Also, Hilary Mantel, Philip Kerr, Maureen Jennings, Louis Bayard but there’s just so many.
Jeannine: Where do you write from?
Patti: A comfortable spot on my sofa with a pen and notepad in hand. It’s a little unusual these days, most writers prefer their laptops, but paper is where my horses run free. Staring at the computer screen chokes off my creativity.
Jeannine: How does P.L. Yizzi spend her free time?
Patti: Jotting down story buds, crafting jewellery, reading. My TBR pile is daunting.
Jeannine: What’s the main thing you’d like your readers to take away from your book?
Patti: Katu is a story about healing. Katu’s deep love for his grandson has forced him to confront his animosity towards whites, and bring about the end of life closure he desperately needs. There’s also an underlying thread of how little people change over time. We like to think of ourselves as more advanced than our predecessors, and in some ways that’s true of course, but at the core, we really haven’t changed. I love to read through old correspondence, from the trifling gossip, and household matters, to insider views of historical event. They tell us so much about the people who wrote them. And I find it striking that many of the political cruces of that day—taxation, personal freedom, the desire to be heard by lawmakers , the size and degree of power of the federal government–are still resonating today, and debated as heatedly as they were then.
Jeannine: Why do you write? What keeps you motivated during creative slumps?
Patti: I guess like every other writer, I have to write. It’s a part of me. What keeps me motivated is my stack of unfinished work nagging at me.
Jeannine: Describe some of the challenges you faced on the road to publication. And did you ever feel like giving up when you felt a bump on the road?
Patti: I decided to self-publish from the start. The control and freedom which that path offers is just a no brainer. The only down side is that you’re on your own when it comes to marketing. That’s the most frustrating aspect, but there are so many resources out there to educate and assist independent writers to overcome that obstacle.
I want to thank you for your time today P.L. and I wish you a successful launch to your new book From Where the Light Shines, Virgins and Widows Series, Book 1 which will be coming out later this year. Announcements and release date of P.L.’s new book will be featured on my blog.
If you haven’t read P.L.’s books, I invite you to get your copies today. KATU and All the Fields Above are now available at all major eBook retailers.