Q1: When did you first start writing, and who was your inspiration for getting your work out there?
A: I started writing really early in life. Throughout school I had always loved short story and creative essay writing. The earliest I remember writing is about 10 years old. Reading Twilight made me think, “that’s what I want to do.” Other than that, my grade 9 English teacher was self publishing and that was the moment I thought I, “Woah! I can actually do this! There are other options for me to look into.”

Q2: What was the first piece of work you ever published for people to read? And what made you chose for that piece to be your first?
A: Witchcraft and Monsters is the first large project that I’ve published. I’ve had articles and a short co-authored story that was published. But Witchcraft and Monsters feels different. It’s all mine and it feels real. And it chose itself. I was going to wait until a different project was done. I didn’t even think I was going to publish poetry. But an opportunity arose and l was looking at old projects. It was a project that I finished a year ago. And re-reading it made me feel like it deserved a home.

Q3: What are your favorite poetry collections? The ones you think everyone should read at least once.
A: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Why I’m Not Where You Are by Brianna Albers
Wrong Side of a Fistfight by Ashe Vernon

Q4: What are your publishing goals moving forward from here?
A: l have another project on the way. It is a young adult fantasy. And other things in the works. l hope to keep publishing for a long while!

Q5: What are the main themes readers can expect to find in your writing?
A: Magic. Doesn’t matter what I’m writing, magic is always there.

Q6: What is the genre you most like to read when you’re not writing?
A: Young adult fantasy

Q7: Do you have a set process when you write? If so, what is that process?
A: Honestly? whenever and wherever l can write, is my process.And if l need to take a break, I take one.

Q8: Poetry is such a personal genre. What do the poems inside your collection tell us about you as a person?
A: There’s a large section in this collection where l talk about my physical disability and a lot of the sections relate back to that.

Q9: What are your top three strengths you consider yourself to have as an author?
A: 1.I’m good at turning emotions into long flowery sentences. I love metaphors.

  1. Thriller stories. So good that I terrified a teacher in middle school.
  2. I’m incredibly good at forgetting what my characters look like.

Q10: Name anything about yourself completely unrelated to writing, that no one knows about you that you’d love to share with the world!
A: I love mermaids. I have a tattoo of one and everything!

hogle_author-photoToday we are getting to know one of our Patchwork Press authors, Sarah Hogle, a bit better! Check out her author interview!

Q – What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I wrote was a masterpiece called MY ETERNAL, and answered the question “What if Twilight had less character development and more purple prose?” I am still surprised that I received kind replies from the poor literary agents I queried, because it was pretty cringe-worthy. The last 10% of the book featured a love triangle in a comatose, bizarre stream-of-consciousness state, which I used in the sample of my writing included with the query. You know, instead of the first chapter like you’re supposed to include.

THE BELLS OF BLACK MAGIC is my first published book. No one is in a coma in this one.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

Sharon Creech. I devoured her books when I was in middle school, and they had such an enormous impact on what I wanted to read and write about as I grew older. Her voice is uniquely her own. I love her haunting magical realism and ability to snatch readers out of their homes and throw them right into the story.

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

I think that what I want as an author, more than anything, is to create a large body of work that I can be proud of. I want to fill a shelf with my name. I hope that every year I write a novel that I love more than the last. I want to avoid following trends or letting industry noise shape my work, and focus only on stories that are fun and satisfying to write. I love the idea of being a hybrid author, and producing both self-published and traditionally published titles.

Q –  What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy! Particularly, YA Fantasy. The future seems so open when you’re a young adult. Anything can happen, and in a fantasy setting I love to see underdog teens gather up their courage to conquer evil forces and save the day. It also helps if there’s swoon-worthy romance involved. I like a mix of magic, romance, and humor, with bonus points for spooky atmospheres.

Q – What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

My process begins with a handful of disjointed notes. I dive right into writing, because if I plot first I end up plotting it to death before the story even begins and lose the desire to write it. So I get ahead of myself, hammering out a couple of chapters to establish the tone, and once I’m about five chapters in and I know the novel is something I want to complete, I get to work on a light outline. Nothing too dense, and I leave plenty of room for spontaneity. I try to think of the outline as a suggestion. When I write I can’t listen to actual music, or else I start singing along and stop paying attention, so I listen to rainymood or atmospheric sounds on ambient-mixer.

Q – What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Probably my perseverance. You need it when you’re staring rejection in the face just about every day. Authors are rejected by agents, by editors, by readers, etc. I could write twenty books in a row and have all of them labeled failures and I’d still jump right back into writing the twenty-first. I never hesitate before getting back on the horse. I have to trust that someday it will take me somewhere.

Q –  Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I try to be crafty, but usually don’t execute my ideas very well. Last Halloween, however, I tried my hand at a homemade witch cabinet (inspired by Pinterest) and it was a lot of fun! I painted a shelf with streaks of black, green, blue, and purple and filled it with “potions” – old jars and bottles I decorated. Then I turned a snow globe into a crystal ball, stuffed Spanish moss into a cauldron, added candles and tarot cards I painted myself, and finished it off with orange and purple fairy lights. Wha-la! Halloween by my computer desk all year round.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads

Today we’re welcoming a new author to the Patchwork Press family! Sarah Hogle is a fantasy writer of The Fortune-Teller duology, and the first installment is called The Bells of Black Magic. We cannot wait to dive into the worlds she creates for all her readers!


Sarah has horrible social anxiety and despises talking about herself. But when she must, she will awkwardly steer the conversation toward talking about someone else say that she lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, and is almost always working on a fantasy novel at any given time. She loves forests, witch stories, the color blue, Linda Belcher, strange magic, Harry Potter, and the movie Big Fish. Sarah is very easily amused and distracted, so productivity in the age of cat gifs is a miracle.

The Bells of Black Magic is book one in The Fortune-Teller duology.

A note from Sarah: I’ve been writing since the age of five. When I was growing up I loved trying my hand at Dear America style novels, which never advanced past ten pages in a notebook before I started something new. I also loved mimickingAmerican Girl books, and Molly was my favorite character. 🙂 These days, I still prefer historical settings over contemporary, but now most of my settings are fictional and filled with magic – partly, I think, because I dabbled in Harry Potter fan fiction. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is fleshing out magic systems.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads

katherineQ – What was the first book you wrote? Published?

A – The first book I ever wrote was a YA paranormal called Freakshow. Let’s just say, it will NEVER see the light of day. Some day I’d love to go back and turn it into an intense adult horror, but today is not that day. My first published book was actually the third I’ve ever written. Haven was published earlier this year.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

A – For publishing career, I’d have to say Lindsay Buroker, who’s done a kick ass job self-publishing MANY novels. For story structure/creativity/plot/etc, I love Susan Dennard, Robin LaFevers, Daniel H. Wilson, Stephen King and Kristin Cashore (and also Lindsay to be real here).

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

A – Ultimately I’d love to make a living as an author, not anything crazy, just enough to support myself and my family. I also want to spread a message of female empowerment in literature, so I’d love for that to come across as well.

Q – Which of your characters do you most connect with?

A – I connect with different little bits of my character, so I don’t really identify with them all as a whole. For example, using Haven characters, I connect with Malka’s introverted nature, Blythe’s occasionally explosion temper, Lareina’s deep love for her friends, and Haven’s fierce determination.

Q –  What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

A – Definitely fantasy, because fantasy can literally mean so many different things! You can read an epic fantasy, a modern one, one set in a steampunk world, etc.

Q – What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

A – Weirdly enough, writing the actual books. I overthink a lot and sometimes keep myself from just writing the dang book.

Q – What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

A – Typically I have an idea, marinate on it potentially for a year or two (or more). In that time I come up with a list of ideas, potential plot points, characters, etc. Once I have a general story in mind, I outline like a crazy person. My timelines can be anywhere from 10-20 pages, and I think my longest was over 12,000 words. Yep, I like to plan.

Once I’m happy with the timeline (which usually takes awhile), I’ll get to writing, depending if I’m working on any other projects at the time. Writing can take anywhere from 2 months to over a year. I’m starting to get much quicker though! Once all the fun writing is done, I go over the book myself for a few rounds of self-edits. Then depending on the project, I’ll send the book to my beta readers or critique partners. More rounds of edits. Time in between. More editing. Proofreading. More time. And usually more editing. There is a LOT of editing, let me tell yah.

Q – Do you have any go-to snacks while writing?

A – Not particularly, I just drink a ton of coffee.

Q – What is your all-time favorite novel to read?30119375

A – Watership Down by Richard Adams

Q – What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

A – My strong female characters. I never write a book without them!

Q – What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

A – Every story has been told; don’t worry if you think your plot is too close to another. Chances are it already exists.

Q – If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

A – Wow, you guys really like to ask the tough questions don’t you! I’d have to say, Lindsay Buroker, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Kristin Cashore. Amaranthe (Emperor’s Edge), Ismae (Grave Mercy), Aragorn (LoTR), Jon Snow (GoT) and Daenerys (also GoT).

Q – What’s the best thing about being a writer?

A – Having crazy stories in your head all the time. Seriously, if you’re not a writer, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Q – If you could co-write a novel with any other author in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?

A – Another ridiculously tough question! Probably Stephen King or George R.R. Martin, though I’d be intimidated beyond belief.

Q –  If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

A – Youtuber, gamer or professional Netflix-watcher.

Q – How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

A – Since I’ve only published one book, I’d say about four years. I’m sure this will go down drastically when I have more work ready.

Q – What is the weirdest thing you had to research for one of your novels?

A – Probably cloning. I haven’t actually had to research much, strangely enough.

Q –  What is your favorite place to write?

A – My desk, butt in chair. I find it hard to get any work done elsewhere.

Q –  Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

A – I moved to Charlottetown, PEI for 2 years where I studied and received my diploma in Photography. I’ve also travelled to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Cuba. I hope that’s interesting enough!

Today we welcome yet another author! Katherine Bogle is the author of Haven, a YA book that we think you’re going to love, and she has lots of BIG plans for the future. We can’t wait to see what she achieves as part of team Patchwork Press.

katherineKatherine Bogle’s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats. She can be found at www.katherinebogle.com.

A note from Katherine: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Since as early as elementary school I had what I like to call “epic-story dreams”, which have influenced me creatively over the years. A lot of inspiration and story ideas have come from these dreams, so I’m glad to have such an awesome subconscious. I became a writer because these stories weren’t going away. From my early years writing fan fiction and roleplaying online, to the few books I’ve written now, I know this is what I was meant to do.

b4rpbtfnToday we are getting to know our newest member of the Patchwork Press family, Amy Sousa, a little bit better!

  • What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote was “Love Unexpected” (Formerly titled “Unexpected Love”). I was 11 years old and I would post each chapter to the Sims Resource along with screenshots of my Sims. I later migrated the story to Wattpad and it remains unedited until today. I keep it up because it’s hilarious to me to see how awful my grammar was back then. The first book I ever published was “It Started with a Phone Call,” back in 2013. I self published it on Amazon, but at that point the fame had gone down for over a year so very few purchased it. I also had many complains from new readers (young teens) who weren’t allowed to buy it so I decided to take it down from Amazon and put it back on Wattpad.

  • Which author do you most look up to?

This might seem like a weird answer, but Meg Cabot. I haven’t read her books in years, mainly because I’ve outgrown her style of writing. Growing up, her books were the ones that helped me learn English and really got me into reading and writing. I remember several years ago she followed me on Twitter and I actually squealed, even though she follows a lot of people.

  • What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Honestly, to have people read my books from beginning to end. It might seem silly, but I notice that a lot of people start books, but never finish them. I’m guilty of this, but I don’t do it often because I’m easily impressed. I want people to read my story and make the decision that it’s interesting enough for them to read it to the end, and even want more.

  • Which of your characters do you most connect with?

Jacqueline/Princess Annabella for sure. I always put bits of my personality into my female protagonists, but she is definitely really special to me. I basically wrote her as me, but changed her appearance and minor aspects of her personality. She’s also funnier than me because I don’t have to come up with comebacks on the spot when I have time to think about them.

  • What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy 100%. I love reading about magical creatures, mythology, and different worlds because it’s not something that I could possibly experience. It’s an escape for me. It’s also my favourite genre to watch. I think it’s mainly because there aren’t any rules because it’s not a reflection of reality.

  • What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Avoiding writing “he said” or “____ said” too often.  I feel like I’m pretty terrible at describing things instead of just sticking to straight dialogue.

  • What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

I don’t really have a routine. When I have ideas and spare time I’ll get into bed and start writing away on my laptop.  The only real routine thing I do is to write out a descriptive storyboard so I know exactly what to mention in each chapter, but the rest of the content gets made up as I go, or I’ll jot down ideas that come to me randomly during the day.

  • Do you have any go-to snacks while writing?

Cherry Blasters for sure if they’re available to me. I try to avoid buying them because I have no self-control, but when I do I love to munch on them (the entire bag) while I write. Then again I also eat them when I’m doing anything productive (or unproductive) at all. I pretty much eat them any chance I get.

  • What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

This might sound weird because it wasn’t intended to be a novel, but “The Odyssey” by Homer. I read this for the first time when I was eight, but my reading skills were really bad back then so I count the first time during my first year of university in my mythology class. I just really love Greek mythology.

  • What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Being able to come up with something creative at the last second. This doesn’t only apply to my writing, but life things such as gift ideas. I always feel stumped for a long time about what I’m going to write, but every time without fail I think of something that works pretty well. I’m also good at writing in little jokes (mainly dad jokes) into my stories because I don’t have to come out with them at the same moment, but I can actually think of them.

  • What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Proof read your work. The amount of times that I’ve fully edited my books is ridiculous. Once Upon A Tear was edited by me at least four times, and each of those times I found massive mistakes (repeating sentences, the use of the wrong names, contradictions). You can never proof read too much.

  • If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

This is really hard because my favourite characters probably wouldn’t get along. Odysseus from “The Odyssey,” both Lilly and Mr. Ambrose from the “Storm and Silence” series by Robert Their, and both Violet and Ryn from the “Creepy Hallow” series by Rachel Morgan. There would probably be a lot of bickering going on between everyone, but I feel like all of the females would get along well while the males would try to prove who is the smartest.

  • What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I get to write whatever I want to. I make my own choices because everything is coming from my imagination. I have so much freedom and it’s not something that I have to do. I do it for fun and as a hobby. I also love it when people like my work. It makes me feel like there’s a bigger purpose behind it all.

  • If you could co-write a novel with any other author in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?

This is SO difficult because my style of writing doesn’t really fit in with my favourite authors. I guess I’d have to say Meg Cabot or Sarah Dessen because their target audience for the most part is younger and I loved their books growing up. I’d obviously want to write fantasy, but with a teen fiction twist by either of them I feel like a good story might come out of it.

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

If I were better at Biology and Math I’d love to be a vet. Animals are my favourite things in the world and I want to do whatever possible to make them happy and healthy. I’d probably cry a lot with the ones I can’t save or the ones that come in in bad shape, but I’d try my best to make them better again.Or an otter cuddler.

  • How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

Quite a long time. I feel like most people only take a few months, but it takes me a few weeks just to plan out the entire storyline. It probably takes me a good six months to write all of the chapters out and another month to edit it a few times. As for publishing, I’ve only ever self published so that took me a few days. I guess I’ll have to find out how long it takes!

  • What is your favorite place to write?

In my bed with my dog near me. I can’t write in public because I feel like everyone is looking at my screen. My bed is my safe zone (and it’s really comfortable with the foam topper) so I can fully relax.

  • Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I have a planner (from Erin Condren) that I design stickers for. It’s surprisingly a really big thing and there are tons of stickers shops online, especially through Etsy. I make my own stickers and sometimes buy stickers from other people, but I’m hoping to save up and buy a sticker cutter so I can just buy printables and not waste hours trying to cut everything out perfectly by hand. You should really look into it if you like planning! I’m a bit of an organizational freak so I like everything to be colour coted and perfectly layed out. My planner helps me get through everyday with less anxiety.

We are ecstatic to introduce one of our newest authors joining the Patchwork Press family. Piper Landen is an adult and new adult author. Her latest novel being published by Patchwork Press, Mugs, an adult contemporary story inspired by the friendships in sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. We cannot wait to share her stories with you!

beautiful red-haired woman writing in a notebook sitting on the grass near the tree

Piper Landen is an author of adult and new adult contemporary titles focused on romance and friendship. She hails from somewhere that’s always either way too hot or way too cold so spends most of her time inside reading and writing, while cuddling her dogs.

A note from Piper to her readers: I’m so excited to be joining the amazing team behind Patchwork Press to bring my books into the world for their awesome readers. I’ve been an obsessive reader for as long as I can remember and the idea of publishing my own books can be pretty scary sometimes, but I love the idea of taking part in a team and believe 1000% that my books are better for it. Can’t wait to get to know all of you!

Today we are so thrilled to welcome Kathryn Renard to the Patchwork Press family. She is a fantastic author of NA romances that we know you’re going to love. We’ll be republishing her current Montgomery University novels in the coming weeks and you’re also going to see a lot of great books from her in the future!

headshotKathryn Renard is an award-winning journalist who has always enjoyed romance novels. She felt there was a need for romances that were more like real-life college years. Her modern heroines and swoon-worthy heroes have flaws, but they also have a lot of passion. They may kiss the wrong guy, or sleep with the wrong girl, but her couples are worth rooting for.

 Kathryn enjoys books with great plots and great characters, but also great sex scenes. She includes these elements in her books. Her characters do not tend to close the bedroom door on the reader.

 In her real life, Kathryn works for a well-known national news organization, and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, twin daughters, and two dogs.

A note from Kathryn: My name is Kathryn Renard, and I am thrilled to be able to connect with readers as part of Patchwork Press. I am the author of the Montgomery University series of New Adult romances. My fans have described my books as being “sexy reads” “smart” and “thoroughly entertaining.”

I enjoy writing and reading novels with strong heroines. My books have descriptive love scenes, but they’re all plot driven and consensual.

I have a few projects in the works, including a new series based in my home state of California.

I hope you enjoy my books. I’m looking forward to a long career with Patchwork Press.

What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote (book, not short story) was basically a fanfiction (I didn’t realize this at the time) of things like the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth series. There was every single high fantasy cliché you can imagine.

Which author do you most look up to?erin

I know saying JK Rowling is old hat, but I think I have to. She wove the most imaginative story, and captured an entire generation of readers. She basically unlocked the love of reading in many many young children, and I can’t imagine leaving a better legacy than that.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Basically what I’ve said above, starting a love of reading in people. And telling a killer story.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?

I connect to each one of my characters a little bit, you have to in order to write them. But I most identify with the ones who are unsure of their places in life, because that was me for so long.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy, always fantasy. And for me it’s YA fantasy, because the genre is so revolutionary. It’s the kind of genre and category that makes me compelled to buy a book because the “hook” behind so many of the books is so intriguing. Plus there’s something about that teen narration that keeps me turning pages.

But yeah, it’s always going to be fantasy. There’s got to be something magical about it.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Making myself sit down to do it when I know I’ve got about a dozen other things I should do.

 Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

Mostly just tea. Lots and lots of tea.

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

Anything by Neil Gaiman

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

No author wants to answer that, do they? It always sounds like bragging. But if I’ve got to say, I think probably voice (can I even say that, is that allowed?) It’s getting stronger with every new book, and as I find my space and narrative within each book.

frostWhat is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t compare yourself to others. It really is the best advice, but I’ve yet to learn how to follow it completely.

If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

Characters: The Mad Hatter (because tea party, duh), Lord Henry Wotton from Dorian Gray and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments (mostly because I think they’d have a verbal sparring match) Warren from Shatter Me, and Hermione from Harry Potter (I think she’d probably hex Warren, which would be delightful to watch).

Authors: Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Maggie Stiefvator and Maureen Johnson.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Getting to make up lies all day and being paid money for them.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

I don’t really have one aside from writer, but if I did, I expect it would be something else ridiculous, like mattress tester or chocolatier, or “pillow fight technician”. Okay, that last one I made up.

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

It varies wildly. But the Frost books are so dang long that the proper answer is “simply ages”.

What is your favorite place to write?

At home in my library without any noises or distractions.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I hoop dance. Which is a bit like simple hula hooping, but with a lot more tossing and flailing and throwing things about.

taylorTaylor Hondos prides herself in being your average, everyday girl. Born and raised in North Carolina, she lives with her family and her miniature schnauzer, Blackie. She attends the University of North Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. When she isn’t writing, you can find her searching endlessly for new books to binge-read or watching Sex and the City. The idea for Antidote came to Taylor while she was watching I, Robot with her brother and had the sudden thought, what if I became a robot? Antidote takes place in a world where a mysterious disease called Dermadecatis causes those who contract it to rot from the inside out. The novel follows eighteen-year-old Lena Alona, whose father discovered Dermadecatis but died, taking whatever knowledge he had about the disease with him. Lena must find the cure for Dermadecatis before it has the opportunity to wipe out the human race. Antidote is her first novel.

A Note from Taylor:  Hello to all the readers out there, who stay up far past their bedtime to stay a second longer in their book realm. I am so happy to be working with Patchwork Press to republish my book, Antidote. It is the first book of The Antidote Trilogy and it is more than meets the eye. Not all lines are black and white. Not all evil means there isn’t a little bit of good in there. I have always been obsessed with why villains become just that, villains. It’s true that all of us have a little dark in us. When disease takes over the entire world, what becomes of those left of us? Do we run and hide? Or do we fight back? By any means possible; even mind control perhaps? I hope you check it out and find out what pushes humanity over the edge!

Thank you so much to Patchwork Press. I am so lucky to be a part of this group of authors.

Find Taylor online at taylorhondos.com