Patricia Ann Phillips

Patricia Ann Phillips
"June In Winter"

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
July 2, 2004

Q. Who is Patricia Ann Phillips?

A. My life would be boring if there were no challenges. I've been called a romantic, and I'm a dreamer. One of my dreams were to become a writer, and I challenged it. I'm also a person with self-confidence. If I want to do something I won't take no for an answer.

Q. What inspired you to write June In Winter?

A. When I write a book I think of a theme and a character, and write a story around it. After thinking of a story for a few days, I came up with June In Winter, and the story just came out of the blue.

Q. How did you come about the title?

A. Tracey lost her husband in June, which was the winter of her life. After I was half way through my story, I decided to write it from June to June of the next year. That's how I decided on June In Winter, and my editor loved it.

Q. Why did you choose California and Mississippi as the states for you characters to live?

A. I chose California because it's where I live. I have a closed friend that lives in Mississippi.

Q. How did you come about Tracey’s character?

A. I wanted to betray Tracey as a strong woman, but vulnerable, and I decided to use Tracey for it.

Q. How did you come about Robin’s situation?

A. I hadn't though of Robin's situation in the beginning of the book. But I though it would be a refreshing twist, and the rest took over as I wrote it.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Eric and Aunt Flora?

A. I wanted Aunt Flora to be more than just someone for Tracey and Robin. So I gave her a life to live of her own and companionship to spice it up.

Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I started writing my self-published novel Something In Common in 1997, and it was release in 1999.

Q. Are you currently working on another book?

A. I am currently working on my first anthology with two other writers. And my next novel title First Wives Finish Last will be published in March 2005.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading June In Winter?

A. In the beginning of June In Winter, Tracey's experience was portrayed in a time in her life where she was deflated of any hope of a loving future and trust. But as she forged ahead, she found that there were a second chance for love, and to believe in someone that she loved. I hope readers would get the message and not give up. Be strong and believe that you can be loved and respected.