WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – M J Patrick

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Mary-portraitM.J. Patrick was born in Sacramento CA to a military family. She lived in faraway places such as Taiwan and Alaska. Today she lives in the Baltimore Washington metropolitan area. M. J. is an avid reader and video game enthusiast. She is ferocious in her determination to win. Her middle son shamed her into writing her first novel after he had written his.

She truly imagines herself as Jane, her ten-year-old main character in The House on Moss Swamp Road! Her adventures have just begun.

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

M J: If I could be any animal in the universe, I would be one of the whales that Captain Kirk, Spock, and Scottie rescued in San Francisco in 1986 and bring back to the year 2286 to save Earth from an alien probe. Returning these awesome creatures back home is a touching lesson to never lose them in the first place.

Wolf: That was one of my favorite Star Trek movies. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

M J: I have a strange food story. My parents were stationed in Taiwan when I was four. A friend of theirs tried the local cuisine. He liked what he was served and ate it all up. When he asked what it was, the cook took him to the back and showed him a pen of live rats. Sometimes its better not to ask.

Wolf: I hope they were a step up from alley rats. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

M J: I would choose a quick-witted tongue because it could convince opponents to lay down their weapons, to forgive me, or sway them I’m a friend not a foe.

Wolf: I like that. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

M J: The nicest thing I ever did for my characters was to give them a wonderful grandmother who understood when no one else could.

Wolf: What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

M J: Hmmm, the meanest. One of my characters cuts her foot on a broken beer bottle. That’s pretty mean. Another character was punched three times in the jaw for no reason at all.

Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?

M J: A favorite character? As I used to tell my three sons, I love you all the same. But since you asked so nicely I’ll share my secret. I love writing the villains. Lilly is a pixie who uses nature to scare you to death. A close second is my newest villain Gordo who will slay you with his smile and southern generosity. Just don’t cross him.

Wolf: Lilly is a great character. What story are you working on now?

M J: I’m working on Veiled Horizons – a young adult family drama about seventeen-year-old Rachel who has to decide either to follow her heart and lose her family and friends, or stay in their good graces by giving her baby up for adoption to the perfect family.

Wolf: That’s a tough choice. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

M J: When I’m not writing, I’m boating on the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the sun and water. It’s important for writers to read, so I’ll curl up with an adventure, fantasy, or a mystery.

Wolf: Thanks for stopping by. You can connect with M J through the links below.

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About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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