I'm pleased to share my interview for the Chattanooga Writers Guild Member Spotlight from the September 30, 2019 CWG Newsletter:
Member Spotlight with
Patricia Ann Ledford
What are your writing goals for the next 12 months?
My book Strings-The Story of Hope covers four generations from 1776-1804.
My goal is to begin writing the sequel, Strings Undone, this winter.
Readers want to know how the lives of
Jeremiah, Amity, Carter – and even Wash – intertwine in the future.
What does your writing area look like? My small cabin near Grandfather Mountain has a view of more than five mountain ranges. This view has been an inspiration for mywriting,though I actually write on my laptop while comfortably seated in my living room’s recliner.
Tell us about your muse or source of motivation. I constantly find new insights by reading the Bible daily. Each day before I begin writing, I pray
“Dear Lord, I commit my work to Thee. Please establish my thoughts.”
Then I take a moment to listen.
As soon my hands hit the keyboard, the words come.
There is no doubt that the Lord helped me write my debut novel.
What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?
The Chattanooga Symphony’s April 2019 Rose of Sonora violin concerto. Chattanooga native George Clinton and CSO concertmaster Holly Mulcahy composed this original piece that features five scenes – each launched with a few words that create a powerful journey (in one’s imagination) accompanied by music and voices that bring tears of passion and joy.
Listening to the music of each scene, I could visualize the adventures of my protagonist Anna Hope O’Connor.
Where is your favorite place to go in Chattanooga?
I love walking to the Chattanooga Market for cooking competitions,
bands like Sweet Georgia Sound, and champagne.
Tell us about the best vacation you’ve ever taken.
Two trips to Antigua within 6 months in 2014 were the best.
I enjoy spending time underwater, snorkeling
and swimming with the tropical fishes.
What writing project are you working on at the moment?
I’m making notes for Strings Undone, the sequel to Strings-The Story of Hope.
And I’m always making notes for my 3rd book,
My Resume Myself, a collection of stories from my kaleidoscopic life.
Tell us about a book or poem that had an impact on your life.
Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas strengthened
my faith and my mantra:
“Thy Will Be Done”.
What is your favorite book on writing?
Ernest Hemmingway on Writing offers inspiring excerpts from
Hemingway’s letters to other authors.
To Fitzgerald, Hemingway writes: “the good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life – and one is as good as the other.”
Dear Scott/Dear Max is an enlightening chronicle of Fitzgerald’s correspondence with his publisher that should be required reading for any author.
Who do you nominate for next time? Sarah Elise Cornett