Q&A With Missouri Author Pat Simmons

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Pat Simmons is a renowned Christian romance author with forty-plus titles to her name. She’s a self-proclaimed genealogy enthusiast who loves digging up her ancestors’ stories, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She’s won five RSJ Emma Rodgers Award sfor Best Inspirational Romance. Her books Christmas Dinner and Here for You were also featured in Woman’s World Magazine. Her newest book Day Not Promised: The Intercessors was released in November 2022.

Author Q&A

How did you come up with the title?

This is a loaded question. The Bible lets us know that our life is like a vapor and it will fade away. Recent sudden losses in my family reminded me that the day isn’t promised to any of us. Despite the doom and gloom, I wanted to give readers hope and that God fights our battles so that we can enjoy each day.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Prayer changes situations for yourself and others. Talk to people about God’s promises and gifts before they make bad decisions that are irrevocable.

How much of the book is realistic?

So many of the spiritual situations in the book are real, and I used those to tell the story. Others are from church members’ testimonies.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Although I write fiction, I enjoy non-fiction books that help me build better plots for my books. I liked the Warmth of the Other Son by Isabel Wilkinson.

What book are you reading now?

His Makeshift Fiancee’ by Unoma Nwankwor

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Rosa Fresquez

What are your current projects?

Whew. I’m working on the sequel to DAY NOT PROMISED, Book 2 of the Intercessors series: DAY SHE PRAYED. I’m also polishing a proposal about generations of doctors, a contemporary women’s fiction, with glimpses into the past.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Military bases across the country.

Do you see writing as a career?

At first, yes. Now, no. it has become a writing ministry for the Lord.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, I was an avid reader, but I wanted more inspiration in romance, not sex. So I created my own fairytale with Guilty of Love.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Every morning, I spend time in prayer with God. When I finished, he told me to write five proposals, including the one for this book. My agent didn’t think she could sell it, so I indie-published it. Honestly, I’m more of a Christian romance writer than plain Christian fiction, so I was intimidated. I didn’t know if the genre was Christian thriller or Christian fantasy because of the spiritual aspect. My friends told me to go with Christian fiction. Next, based on the title, I thought I knew the direction God wanted me to go with end-time Scriptures. That was the opposite of what God wanted. His message was to show readers how He’s behind the scenes fighting our battles when we think we’re either all alone, or no one cares.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It’s always a challenge to do it all: engage on social media, write on current projects while outlining future ones, promotion, and perform administrative work.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

By favorite author, you mean I pre-order the book as soon as it’s available. I have a list: Rhonda McKnight, Unoma Nwankwor, Vanessa Miller, Vanessa Riley, Tyora Moody, Lisa Dodson, Rosa Fresquez…all these are Christian authors, but I’m always on the hunt for good non-fiction books like Isabel Wilkinson that tells the story of Black history in America.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I travel to conferences, military bases, libraries, and bookstores, because I want to meet readers, not because I feel obligated.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Listening to God to make sure my descriptions of spiritual scenes were visional for the readers.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Not to believe the hype that folks don’t want God in their lives. Readers are very receptive to wanting a stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I have a “writer’s tab” on my website to help steer aspiring authors and advance published writers in their careers. I share what I’ve learned in the industry these past 14 years and what works.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting me with your purchases, supporting reviews, and telling others.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Of the forty titles I’ve written, DAY NOT PROMISED was fairly smooth because I relied on my Bible and past experiences.

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

Books on the craft of writing, such as learning GMC (Goal, motivation, and conflict). My freelance developmental editor, Chandra Sparks Splond, also a young adult author, has guided my writing career throughout the years. She’s my cheerleader and teacher.

Find out more about Pat and her ooks on her website at http://www.patsimmons.net

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