BIW Member Interview
Patricia Kennelly is a freelance writer, chef and restaurant owner who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a contributing editor at Garden and Hearth and the editor of Pikes Peak Writers News Magazine.
Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Patricia Kennelly: I was ten, my cousin and I wrote the Princesses of Gugalachi, which my mom handwrote, and we made copies at school. We sold each copy with construction paper covers for two cents a piece. It wasn’t a best seller but I loved the whole process of getting my thoughts on paper and sharing them with others.
Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing?
Patricia Kennelly: Like any other career you have to work at it to be good, my uncle’s advise, “don’t be a lazy writer”. Be persistent; don’t let rejections stop you if you’re passionate about your words. Write every day, even when you don’t feel like it, if you just commit to five minutes a day, you’ll find yourself looking forward to the writing time and five minutes will turn into fifty in no time.
Moe: What are you working on now?
Patricia Kennelly: I am writing a women’s fiction manuscript that I hope to have finished by the end of the year thanks to BIW. I’m also working on a collection of short stories and I try to write a poem everyday. That’s in addition to my food writing.
Moe: Do you have a favorite writing related book?
Patricia Kennelly: I’m kind of a writing book fanatic but if I had to pick one I would say Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. When I’m
feeling overwhelmed with life I reread it. It should be required reading for every beginning writer.
Moe: What is your favorite writing website?
Patricia Kennelly: I’m a big fan of Duotrope’s Digest, they make it easy to find publishers for your poetry, short fiction and novels. They also have a theme calendar that I use when I’m looking for inspiration.
Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?
Patricia Kennelly: Plan your BIW week in advance. Learn how to say no to other commitments, you’re working on your craft. If you just joined get ready to be motivated