Morning my lovelies. Today it’s the final day of Meet the Author week, and we’re finish up with the lovely Patricia Feinberg Stoner. We’re talking about funniest typo’s, favourite words, not believing in love at first sight, the one thing she wishes she could do, her most recent book, Tales from the Pays d’Oc, and more……
No specific genre but all my books are humorous
How many books have you written and published?
I have published four books, two of comic verse, one (not very serious) memoir and one book of short stories.
How long does it take you to write a book?
A long time! Which is surprising because my books are all very short. But I am incredibly lazy and will do anything rather than sit down and write. My preferred genre has to be short stories, and even those are on the very short side.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
The Old Curiosity Cat. Although I am a ‘dog person’ I love cats too, and I think that this chap would keep me amused. Also, as he is a very nosy cat, I’d hope he would find us some good things to eat, and maybe an escape route.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
An actress. My mother was an actress and I always assumed that I would be too – then I discovered I had zero talent.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve always been a writer: journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. I ran my own publicity agency for 11 years, it was called The Good Word. Being called an author always makes me giggle because I don’t see myself that way – more of a hobbyist.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I once interviewed Salvador Dali by mistake. When I was a student I had a holiday job at Time Magazine in Paris. All the various bureaux used to get telexes (that’s how long ago it was!) with the current assignments. What I didn’t know was that they were different colours: one colour for ‘do this’ and another colour for general info. I saw a telex saying that Dali was quoted as saying something or other, and please talk to him about it. So I got to it – managed to get his phone number (in Cadaques) from a rather bewildered directory enquiries lady. Imagine that happening today! I spoke to him and wrote the story, which was just as well as it turned out that the Madrid bureau hadn’t been able to reach him.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
No. My parents, who had a long and happy marriage, hated each other on sight. And when I met my husband at a dinner party my first thought was ‘Why is this strange man chatting me up? I wish he’d go away.’ Still, we’ve only been married 38 years, so the jury is still out.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
It wasn’t me, but I was writing an email to a vicar friend of mine whose name is Vivienne. Auto-correct changed her name to divine, wich I thought was appropriate.
What is your favourite word and why?
I have two: serendipity, because I love the thought of happy accidents, and egregious because it is so deliciously pompous. I also enjoy inventing words: the mayor in ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’ has six children, and I referred to his polyprogeniture. Hands up: I sort of stole that from TS Eliot!
What is something you wish you had been able to do?
I’ve always wished I had is a reasonable singing voice. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I would love to be able to sing.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recently published and available to buy book is ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’, second in the series which begins with ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc.’
However, I am currently publishing ‘Murder in the Pays d’Oc’ in monthly instalments on my blog, and it is free to read. Just visit my blog and click on the tab marked Murder. It’s a light-hearted story about Gaspard Petit, otherwise known as Le Petit Chat, a notorious ‘cat’ burglar in his youth. He has returned to his native Morbignan la Crebe where he is the most hated man in the village. The story opens with him being found dead at the foot of some stone steps. Who killed the Little Cat?
thanks so much patricia for chatting with us and being our last author of the week.
As always, get in touch with any questions or comments.
Enjoy your Friday my lovelies and I’ll be back over the weekend.