Today we sit down with practicing clinical psychologist and author Richard B. Patterson PhD. He is a very busy man, but has found time to write five books over the past several years. He is going to share his outlook on writing, his inspiration and a bit about himself in this lightning round installment of 20 Questions.
Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably at midlife. Prior to that, I had let fear keep me from pursuing anything
Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Q3) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I have a regular job as a psychologist so, in the name of being consistent, I commit to writing for 15 minutes every day as a minimum
Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
None come to mind.
Q5) How are your books published? (traditional, indie, etc.)
My books have all been published via traditional publishers
Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?
From my own struggles and those of my clients
Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book in 1988 at age 40
Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Run, follow Boston Redsox
Q9) What is your favorite book?
Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird Non-fiction: Wounded Healer by henri Nouwen
Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?
Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Feeling of vulnerability
Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?
Dealing with rejections and maintaining a belief in myself
Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written five books. My favorite is my third one titled The Modern Contemplative: A Psychospiritual Model for Personal Growth
Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
Write regularly and be aware of fear. Don’t let it make decisions for you
Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much?
Q16) How and what kinds of things do they say?
Some religious traditionalists have some trouble with some of my thoughts, e.g., on being angry with God
Q17) What is your preferred reading audience?
Open-minded people who are spiritual but not necessarily religious
Q18) What do you think makes a good story?
A life well lived
Q19) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
At various times, a priest, an actor, and a professional baseball player
Q20) Where can we find your books?
Amazon or directly from me at e-mail RichP45198@aol.com
About Richard B. Patterson PhD
Richard B. Patterson PhD is a clinical psychologist with a practice in El Paso, TX. He specializes in trauma treatment. He also has written numerous articles and five books, all exploring the interface between psychology and spirituality. He is the father of four, grandfather of five, a published poet, occasional actor, and avid Redsox fan
Contact Richard B. Patterson PhD
Blog at www.psycheandspirit.net