Today, I am excited to be interviewing Patty Way, who is talking with me from Pennsylvania.
And before we get started, I know your birthday is in October ~ so...Happy Birthday to you! 🎂 🎈
Lexi: How did you get into reading romance novels?
Patty: I've always been a reader. In school, I loved historical novels about royalty. Then I discovered Georgette Heyer at a bookstore when on vacation at the beach. From there, I moved on to Barbara Cartland, whose writing style was similar. Then I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers and the rest of that group of romance writers.
Lexi: What are you good at?
Patty: I'm good at listening and offering suggestions. At work, my friends used to call me Dr. Way because I was their psychologist! I am also good at writing letters and keeping in touch with friends and organizing group events, such as group lunches, group vacations, I've even been a wedding planner and photographer for several friends' weddings. And I'm good at deciphering legal jargon, interpreting legalese into layman's terms, circumventing Medicare and health insurance issues for family members.
Lexi: It sounds like you were a very valued member of the office. People like you are needed in every office, I think. You are obviously a very good listener.
Lexi: What makes you happy?
Patty: The little things...Being outside, dreaming of living at the beach or being at the beach, warm and hot weather and high humidity, when I don't have to make decisions and when I have time to myself.
Lexi: I'm with you on the warm weather. It's one reason I moved to the Caribbean. If the healthcare had been better, I'd still be there!
Lexi: What types of romance do you like to read?
Patty: Historical, paranormal, time travel, and erotica (aka ~ mature adult).
Lexi: What are you proud of?
Patty: Working at the same place all my career (over 40 years) and being respected by and friends with the professionals (judges, attorneys, police) I worked with.
Lexi: What’s your average day look like?
Patty: Get up 6 - 6:30 a.m., breakfast and my time (reading, Facebook, emails, taking walk) until 1:00, when my brother and I get my mom (she's 99, has dementia, can not walk, can barely hear and is mostly incontinent) out of bed. I wash her, dress her, we get her on the potty chair, then to her chair. The afternoon is spent with me getting her lunch, eating with her (she takes most of the afternoon to eat) sitting with her, then getting supper for her, and helping her eat. After supper, I help her with her dentures, sit with her until around 7, then get her ready for bed. After she is in bed, 7:30 or 7:45, I still stay in the same room as her, usually on my laptop or watching t.v. My bedtime is between 11 and midnight. I sleep in the same room with her to make sure she is all right during the night.
Lexi: Wow, your day is full of giving to your mom. You are a saint. It's so wonderful of you to help her in her time of need.
Lexi: What is your favorite color?
Lexi: What is your favorite time of day?
Lexi: Do you have any pets?
Patty: Two cats - Punkin, a Maine Coon mix, and JJ, a small Tuxedo.
Lexi: Your two kitties are so precious!
Lexi: Are you single or in a relationship?
Lexi: What initially draws your interest to a book? (Author, cover, blurb, etc?)
Patty: Author and topic.
Lexi: Do you have a preference between e-books or paperbacks? Why?
Patty: Paperbacks, I read very few e-books.
Lexi: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Patty: I identify as an introvert but most consider me an extrovert.
Lexi: What is your most treasured possession?
Patty: Photos and personal items of my ancestors.
Lexi: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Patty: On the beach in a beach house where the weather is warm all year long.
Lexi: How often do you read?
Patty: As often as I can. 4 days of the week for an hour each time.
Lexi: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Patty: Talk to my cats, get dressed, and drink coffee.
Lexi: You sound like me talking to the cat in the morning. 😀
Lexi: Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
Patty: “Be still and know that I am God; for lo, I am with you always.”
Lexi: What kind of car do you drive? If you had your choice, would it be that one or something different?
Patty? Jeep Patriot and Jeep Renegade.
Lexi: What did you think you'd be when you grew up?
Patty: Secretary, wife, and mother.
Lexi: What's your favorite holiday? Why?
Patty: Christmas. I love the Christmas season. The joy and merriment, shopping, happy people, decorating, and the feeling of good anticipation.
Lexi: Do you dream at night? Do you remember your dreams?
Patty: Yes, several times a night. Always in color and I do usually remember them.
Lexi: Patty, I loved learning more about you, thanks for sharing! Before I let you go, let's do the quickie questions.
Dark-haired hero or light-haired? Dark hair; long dark hair.
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate.
Hot and spicy or sweet and salty? Hot and spicy.
Spicy food or not spicy? Not too spicy.
Beard or no beard? Beard or 5 o'clock shadow.
Hot weather or cold? Hot.
Chest hair or no chest hair? Chest hair.
Morning person or night person? Morning.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
High heels or boots? Boots.
Beach or mountains? Beach.
Cats or dogs? Cats.
Hero with long hair or short? Long.
Rent or own? Own.
Working or retired? Retired.
Blonde heroine or brunette? Brunette.
Coor or eat out? Eat out.
Recliner or easy chair? Recliner.
Sweet or salty? Sweet.
Lexi: This has been great! Thanks again, and happy birthday! 😊