Welcome to Sunday morning Coffee Chat time!
Today’s guest is P.C. Zick!
Welcome!!! Normally I call my guests by their first name, but you are secretive and use initials… You do know that in my line of work, PC actually stands for Probably Cause, right? I might have to keep a close eye on you! Anyway welcome! Hope my readers enjoy this – and take a moment to view your Video Greeting!!!
SE: Thank you for that great introduction! Let’s get started with the interview! My standard first question – Coffee or Tea?
PC: I am coffee all the way, strong enough to grow hair with a touch of cream.
SE: lol… That’s funny! Alright, you’re an author, what else?
PC: In 2011, I began writing fiction as my full time job. I’ve been an English teacher, reporter, columnist, editor, publisher, and public relations director. Since 2001, all my jobs have been focused on some type of writing.
SE: Then you have a good background for being a writer! That’s great! What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing or working?
PC: I love spending time with my husband. We’re still newlyweds and hope to remain that way for the rest of our lives. We have a small pleasure boat and we spend all warm weekends cruising around the rivers near us. We also kayak and golf. And of course when I’m not outdoors I’m reading.
SE: Writer and Reader – they go hand and hand. So what is your favorite color?
PC: Deep, deep red of the maroon hue. It’s rich and makes me feel embraced in warm and loving arms.
SE: Awww… that is romantic. What is your favorite season?
PC: I don’t like winter, but I do like the holidays. I was born on December 23, so the month of December is usually my favorite. But for a whole season? I love spring, summer, and fall equally.
SE: A holiday baby, cool! If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be?
PC: Right here for right now in western Pennsylvania. I’ll live wherever I need to live and I always embrace the place. I believe that we make our home with what surrounds us at any given time. Right now I’m embracing the Pittsburgh area.
SE: I’m waving from the Philly area! That is a nice way to look at things. So how long have your been writing?
PC: I’ve been writing seriously since 1998 when I finished my first novel. It was always a passion or dream of mine to be a writer. I dabbled until I finished that first book. It was picked up by a small publisher , which gave me courage to start writing for the local paper. I continued to write fiction in the early mornings and late evenings.
SE: How awesome! How many hours a day do you devote to writing?
PC: I spend 10-12 hours doing something related to writing, but unfortunately marketing takes up far too much of that time.
SE: Ugh! I know… It takes up so much time! Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
PC: I try to have a routine. As soon as I finish here, I’ll start on the final edits for Native Lands. That takes priority right now. I’m also writing a romance in the Romance in a Month class so I’ll end my day with writing at least one chapter on that book. However, it’s almost noon and I haven’t done any real writing at all!
SE: It is amazing how fast time gets away from us! Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
PC: I love my office. It’s set up like I’ve always dreamed. But there are days when I like to get out of the house and go to the library or a coffee shop and just write without distraction. When all else fails, I pull out the old legal pad, sharpen my pencils, and sit down and write longhand what needs to be written for the day. I find that very freeing to try another method.
SE: I’m not sure I could write that way. My fingers move to fast, if I wrote long hand I wouldn’t be able to read it, lol! Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
PC: I listen to new age or classical music. I can’t listen to anything with lyrics while I’m doing my own composing. When I’m doing marketing stuff, it doesn’t matter.
SE: My kind of girl! I listen to those kinds too! So, let’s talk book now! What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
PC: Native Lands is the third book in my Florida Fiction Series although each of the novels are stand-alones.
SE: What is it about?
PC: When their environment is torn apart by a conglomerate of international interests, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up and form their own oddly matched conglomerate, and with the assistance of nature, attempt to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure. Cultural boundaries established centuries ago are erased as love and nature seek the balance lost in the battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier.
Native Lands is a novel rich in intrigue and history as a tribe of Native Americans, thought to be extinct, fight to save their beloved heritage. They join with others willing to sacrifice everything to save further destruction of the Everglades and St. Augustine.
SE: I will admit that when I first heard the title, it didn’t peak my interest, but hearing more about it, I am very interested to read it! So, Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published – Tell us about them?
PC: I have published five novels and three nonfiction books.
A Lethal Legacy (Psychological Suspense) – A fascinating study of human expectations, failings, and redemption filled with lust and forbidden lovers.
Live from the Road (Fiction) Live from the Road takes the reader on an often humorous, yet harrowing, journey as Meg Newton and Sally Sutton seek a change in the mundane routine of their lives. Joined by their daughters, they set off on a journey of salvation enhanced by the glories of the Mother Road.
Tortoise Stew (Florida Fiction Series, Book 1) – Politics, murder, and chaos in rural Florida reign supreme in a story where love triumphs over it all.
Trails in the Sand (Florida Fiction Series, Book 2) – Family secrets, an oil spill, and redemption create a roller coaster ride for journalist Caroline Carlisle.
Behind the Altar (Romance – Behind the Love Trilogy, Book 1) – All seems perfect in Leah’s life until tattoo artist Dean rides his Harley into her heart in this story of forbidden love.
From Seed to Table (Blog posts) Gardening techniques, organic gardening, canning vegetables, and recipes galore
Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier (Memoir nonfiction) – My great grandfather’s journal from his days as a soldier. It’s a personal account of war and all its sundry causes and effects from the eyes of a man who fought it.
Odyssey to Myself (Essays nonfiction): The people of Morocco, Italy, Panama, and Chile come to life through the experiences of the author as she absorbs the cultures so different from her own.
SE: WOW! You have so many different genre’s and style’s there! I love that! I’m like you, I like to jump! Although I have not jumped over to the non-fiction realm yet, someday I might. Thank you so much for coming to visit today! I’m so glad to have you here!
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Video Trailers: http://youtu.be/GNsZUiyDKIo?list=UUxE92WgTCZOLI6wrbIgoYhw