Meet Patricia Gligor

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Today on Reade and Write I welcome Patricia Gligor, author of the Malone Mystery series. She’s here to talk in particular about her newest book, Mistaken Identity. Glad you could be here, Pat!
Tell me about your new book.
In Mistaken Identity, the fourth book in my Malone mystery series, my main character, Ann, and her two young children leave Cincinnati to vacation on Fripp Island in South Carolina with Ann’s sister, Marnie. While going for an early morning walk on the beach the day after the Fourth of July fireworks, Ann finds the body of a young woman in the sand.
Mistaken Identity
Who is the audience for the book?
A tough question. Although my main character is female, both men and women play important parts in the series and my characters encompass all ages from children to senior citizens. However, if I have to pick a specific audience, I would say “women from nineteen to ninety.”
Tell me about the setting of your book- how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?
In order to write about a place, I need to have a “feel” for it and I’ve visited (and loved) Fripp Island and Beaufort, South Carolina, the settings for the book. As I always do when I travel, I took lots of photos while I was there, and picked up pamphlets and maps to bring home with me. (I never know what places will one day end up in one of my books.) Of course, in addition to first-hand experience, I do some of my research online.
What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
I think the hardest part, the toughest decision for me in writing the book, was how much actual southern dialect to include because I wanted my readers to “hear” the characters speak.
Tell me about your other books. 
As I mentioned, Mistaken Identity is the fourth in the series. The first three are Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business, and Desperate Deeds. All three take place in Cincinnati, my (and Ann’s) hometown.
Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?
I am. I belong to the Queen City Writers Critique group and I wouldn’t trade the other members for the world.
Do you write every day?
Normally, yes. I usually write between two and four hours every morning. Sometimes though, “life” gets in the way and family obligations have to be the priority.
When you read a book, what authors do you like best? What genres do you like best?
I love mystery novels, from cozies to suspense. Mary Higgins Clark and Joy Fielding are two of my favorite authors and there are so many small press authors whose books I enjoy that the list is too long to post here.
Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?
Just about any tropical Spanish speaking country with gorgeous beaches. Two of my favorite vacations were to Mexico and Puerto Rico.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Develop a social media presence BEFORE you submit your manuscript to an agent or a publisher. Set up a blog and/or website, join several social media groups including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Post on your blog and on the sites regularly and participate in the discussions. In other words, get your name out there FIRST because agents and publishers are sure to Google your name. If they come up with a blank, even the greatest novel of the century will most likely be rejected because they won’t even bother to read it.
That’s always the advice I give people, too, because it’s the best advice I ever received.
What is your favorite movie and why?
If I absolutely have to pick just one, I’d have to say Delores Claiborne starring Kathy Bates.
Describe yourself in three words. 
Gorgeous, sexy and brilliant. (LOL) I’m sorry, Amy, I couldn’t resist. I know I’m honest, loyal and determined but that sounds so boring – more like a cocker spaniel than a person.
Great answer!!
Is there anything I haven’t asked that you wanted me to?
Yes. I’d like to mention my WIP. I’m currently (slowly but surely) working on the fifth Malone mystery. If all goes as planned, Marnie Malone will be published before the end of the year.
Where can readers connect with you?
Where can readers find your books?
My books can be ordered from any bookstore and they’re available at several online sites in paper and eBook versions. The link to my amazon author’s page is:
Unfinished Business  Mixed Messages  Desperate Deeds
Thanks for being here today, Pat!
Until next week,

40 thoughts on “Meet Patricia Gligor”

  1. Amy,
    Thanks again for inviting me to be your guest this week. It was a lot of fun! If you’d ever like to do a post on my blog, just say the word. You have an open invitation!


    1. Thanks, Pat. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have you here. I’d love to go on your blog sometime! I’m sure I’ll hear about the next book, but make sure you let me know so you can come back!

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  2. Excellent interview, Amy. I had to chuckle when Patricia answered the question about the audience for her book, “if I have to pick a specific audience, I would say “women from nineteen to ninety.” Life often does get in the way of our favorite endeavors, but that is not a bad thing.

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    1. Hi Linda, thanks for visiting! It’s nice that you find Pat’s series inspiring. Maybe you’d like to come on Reade and Write to talk about your mystery series?


  3. Honest, loyal and determined, sounds like someone I’d be happy to call a friend. Looking forward to reading Marnie Malone. You are the best at characterization. Whenever I buy one of your books, I know I’ll enjoy reading it.

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  4. Excellent interview, Pat and Amy, as usual. I’m a dyed in the wool Malone Mystery fan and can’t wait for the next book. Also, a great idea to interview readers. I enjoyed this post very much.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marja! Glad you enjoyed the interview. What’s been great for me is getting to know some of the Posse members better, and I think it’s been great for my readers to meet new writers~ including you and Pat!

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  5. Good morning Amy and Patricia… Very nice interview, and looks like an interesting series…. I just read your comment to Pam, and I gotta say I disagree with you about only authors getting what you go through! As a reader, I make it my business to learn all about my favorite authors… and yes, that includes what they go through. If a reader follows an author, sooner or later who they really are comes out on the pages…. At least for me, it does! 🙂

    Have a wonderful day, and as always, “Keep Reading and Writing!”



    1. Sharon, you and Pam and Pat have given me an idea. I think I may start interviewing readers on my blog, too. That way writers who visit the blog can see what readers are reading and what they’re looking for in books. Would you be interested in being my first reader interview once I have a list of questions drawn up?

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  6. Another wonderful interview, Amy. It was fun to read about you and your books, Patricia, because I also had the distinct honor and pleasure of being interviewed by Ms. Reade (and Write!). 🙂 I really feel like I know you, Patricia, from reading your answers. I think you and I would have a lot to talk about if we ever met at a café and talked over the business (and pleasure) of writing and publishing. I’ll go on over to your sites now. Pleased to meet you.

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    1. Pam,
      Who knows? Maybe one day we will meet and talk about writing. That sounds like fun!
      Other writers are really the only people who “get” what it takes to do what we do. A love for the written word, an active (or over-active) imagination, determination, a thick skin and, most of all, perseverance!

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      1. It’s that thick skin I’m trying to develop. I’m good at taking criticism, but there are some areas where I need to improve. I’m a WIP, if you will. 🙂


    2. Pam, what a wonderful comment! That’s exactly what I want this site to be- a place where readers and writers can meet and get to know each other better. Hope you’re having a great day.

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