Who is Patty Blount?
Patty spends her days writing facts and her nights writing contemporary romantic fiction. A coworker once said if Patty were a super-villain, she’d be called The Quibbler. Her costume would be covered in exclamation points. Fueled by a serious chocolate obsession, a love of bad science-fiction movies, and a weird attraction to exclamation points, Patty looks for ways to mix business with pleasure, mining her day job for ideas to use in her fiction.
Though she’s passionate about happily-ever-afters, her first story wasn’t a romance at all. Penalty Killer, a whodunit, was written on a dare from her oldest son. Though unpublished, it was the subject of so many seventh-grade book reports that year, the English teacher requested a copy and later returned it, covered in red ink.
Ripped from the headlines, Patty’s novel, Send, a YA story about a former cyber-bully learning to deal with the suicide he caused with a single thoughtless click, was conceived when her boss suggested she learn about social media. Send was released August, 2012 from Sourcebooks Fire.
Patty is a master multi-tasker, squeezing in reading time whenever she can – in the gym, while waiting on long lines and even while cooking dinner.
Patty is represented by Evan Gregory of The Ethan Ellenberg Agency. You can contact her at pattyblount3 at gmail dot com.
Favorite Chocolate: Hershey’s Kisses
Favorite TV Show: The X-Files, Supernatural, Outlander
Favorite Book Boyfriend: Roarke from the JD Robb series; Jamie Fraser from Outlander, and Levi Cooper from Kristan Higgins’ The Best Man.
Favorite Punctuation Mark: !
Favorite Food: See Favorite Chocolate, above
Favorite Book: *gasps* Just one?
Favorite Writer: *gasps again* There are SO many, Patty can’t choose just one. Jeff Somers for his Avery Cates series. Nora Roberts for romance. Sherry Thomas for historical romances. Gayle Forman for her Where She Went sequel to If I Stay. Katie McGarry for her Pushing The Limits series.
Favorite Movie: Chocolat. (Johnny Depp and chocolate in one movie – ’nuff said). Also, Airplane! Patty has seen it a few dozen times now.
Favorite Bad Movie: Mega-Python vs. Gata-Roid. Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. No, really.
Favorite Crush: Gilles Marini makes Patty melt. And now that Outlander is a big hit, Gilles has a little competition from Sam Heughan… okay, maybe a LOT of competition. *fans face* Come on, Gilles! Show us what you look like in a kilt! Have you seen Patty’s blog post from when she got to meet Gilles in person? ?
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Patty lives on Long Island with her family. She has two sons. One is a motorsports reporter and the other is studying medicine. Patty and her youngest son often read books together, holding their own book club meetings. A blog post they wrote together for Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why is posted on Goodreads and Jay himself read it!
Patty loves to read. When she’s not writing her own stories, chances are she’s reading somebody else’s. But asking her to pick a favorite book? Not happening! There are far too many to choose just one.
Patty is a car enthusiast. She learned to drive on a 1965 Chevy Impala. “One day, I hope to buy a classic 1969 Pontiac GTO. It’s the original muscle car,” Patty admits.
Patty wants you to know she’s generally really easy going, but there are a few things that seriously make her mad. “I don’t understand people hating feminists! Feminists just want equal rights. Why is that so wrong?” she wonders. “People think feminists are man-hating radicals but most of us just want to enjoy the same rights and privileges as men. I think men can — and should — raise their voices to fight against injustice, instead of treating us like adversaries.”
Patty also has no love for bullying. “I cannot understand why people deliberately hurt someone’s feelings to make themselves feel better.” Patty’s oldest son was bullied when he was in sixth grade and it’s left lasting scars.
Patty always wanted to be a writer but couldn’t seem to actually finish a book. “It wasn’t until I was at work one day and suddenly realized I always get my projects completed on time. So why can’t I treat a book like a project?” Patty did just that and it worked. She was finally able to finish a book. She wrote one, then two and finally, it was her fifth or sixth try that got published — that book was SEND.
Patty writes whenever she can make time, often getting up early to write before work. She belongs to several chapters of the Romance Writers of America including Long Island Romance Writers, Connecticut Romance Writers and YARWA, the young adult online chapter.
Patty frequently speaks at schools local to her, or via Skype.
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