Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
I grew up in rural Georgia an hour outside of Atlanta. I’ve never lived anywhere else and even went to college in my hometown. My mother raised me alone after my parents divorced (I wanna say in ‘95) and she is a significant influence on me. She went to the same college and also majored in English. I even had one of her professors in grad school. Beyond that boring story, I’m married and work a full time day job.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
I started with poetry: Cornbread Poetry, Disease of Ambition, Titleless, Mediocre Endings, Glutton For Despair, Abnormal Poetry, and Spoiled Rice. My novels are Demise of the Trinity and Price of the Trinity.
Where can they be found?
It’s all on Amazon, but I have always stated people can DM me for free copies. Very few people have.
Do you have any current WIPs?
I finished my third novel this year in 73 days. Started my fourth novel in August.
How are they going?
I’m taking a short break to focus on reading since I don’t have the mental capacity to read and write with a full time job right now, but I am having a lot of fun. My experience with my first two novels taught me I can pretty much do what I want
What got you into writing?
I had the same teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade, and she (Mrs. Stone) gave us all blue binders to write stories for thirty minutes or when we had free time. By the 4th grade, I was really into writing and decided I wanted to be a professional writer when I grew up.
What keeps you focused?
I’m probably the most unfocused individual you’ll meet. I’m always in my own head and think of writing more in terms of characters rather than strictly arcs and scenarios. Plus, I write poetry and that makes me pretty pretentious on paper, so I can get away with being esoteric.
What gives you inspiration?
Most of my ideas come from listening to music. I’m also a musician, so I have an intimate relationship with that form. Movies and TV help too. A lot of my secondary characters are inspired by actors and their performances. For instance, two characters in my novels, Murray and Charles, are inspired by Mike from Breaking Bad and Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. Writing is a lot like making music. Whenever I am stumped on a riff or chord progression, I open up my Beatles song book.
How do you battle writer’s block?
If I don’t feel the urge to write, I don’t force it. I do find writing in shorter spurts with a focus on less word count helps. I used to write every day with the Stephen King method of 2000 or more words a day, but all that writing saw the cutting room floor. I finished my third novel in 73 days because I actually spent less time each day trying to crank it out.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
My journey gets interesting here. I started submitting to poetry journals in 2012 and only got maybe five out of 100 poems published. Plus, no one read them. I found a cool self-publishing community on DigitalVerse and grew tremendously as a result. I could actually track how many views my poetry got and interact with readers. I only published Cornbread Poetry because the site went offline.
I decided to self-publish my novels after querying them from 2016 to 2019.
What made you make that choice?
Dissatisfaction with agents. The whole process of pitching your work to a person and trying to convey your entire book in a short paragraph, especially something as complex as Demise of the Trinity, is like trying to kill a bird with biscuit dough.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
I think more people consider me to be an eccentric person. Being a writer is romanticized to a large degree. I encourage anyone with a story or feeling they want to express to try writing because it’s not difficult. I spent many years thinking there was a magic to it all.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I’m on Twitter @PatrickAttawayy
and I have a writing podcast entitled Demise of the Podcast.