It’s Wednesday which you should all know by now what time it is. So, without holding up anymore of your time. I would like to introduce to you Patrice Rivers.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
My name is Patrice Rivers. I am an author of eight books, a freelance writer, journalist and Owner and Creator of That Riverz Gurl Brand which includes many facets such as: Books, Married to Journalism Suite, Freelance Writing, Design and Writing services, my You Tube Channel called TRGB TV and my magazine Versafi Magazine.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
That’s an interesting question! Well for starters my story began when I was nine; that was when I was birthed to write. I started writing creative stories and at the age of 15 I was called to write poetry. Ever since then poetry was always my first love. Then I started dealing with some emotional and mental stress that probably started way back in middle school until now. I’m always writing new chapters of my book as I deal with new things in life whether it be making bad choices or allowing my anger and emotions to take full control. As I continue to write it, I want to say I’m not perfect and I’m still a working progress!
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
Going back to the age of nine, that’s where my story telling began. Even though I can’t recall the title of the first short story that I wrote, the first book I published was back in 2012 called “A Collection of God’s Word and Motivation” which is a collection of motivational and inspirational poetry.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing for me is creating good character dialogue especially if I’m writing a short fiction story. In my writing years, I’ve only written two short stories and one of them was very hard to pull off. Creating content and a plot or even the characters can sometimes be very challenging and tedious at times. It’s easier for me to write children stories, poetry and non-fiction.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I write Children books, Poetry and now I’m focusing on writing non-fiction. Right now my favorite genre is writing children books because I get to use my creativity during the planning and writing process.
- Why do you write?
I write because it is very therapeutic for me; it relaxes my heart, mind and soul to the fullness. When I’m going through some tough times, writing helps me to relieve some of those bottled up thoughts and feelings inside of me. I also discovered that writing poetry has helped a lot with my anxiety and depression from over the years. If I can’t talk to someone about my problems, I write about it on paper.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
My favorite authors at the present moment are Nikita Lynette Nicols, Kimberly Cash Tate and Kimberla Lawson Roby. They are Urban Christian and Christian authors with awesome books.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
Yes, Mental Health is VERY important. I have depression and anxiety so I know what it’s like and the feelings/thoughts that go through your mind when you can’t get your manuscript together or you are experiences a block in your writing. The best advice that I can give is to keep pushing through. All days aren’t going to be good, but if you keep pushing through, everything will be okay. Self-care is absolutely important. As authors we want to publish all these books and go to bed late just to finish typing a chapter, but in reality, we all need to take better care of ourselves mentally and physically. Take an hour out of the day or even 30 minutes to relax and unwind just to get your thoughts back on track.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
Absolutely! I wrote a new children’s book called ‘Patricia’s Visit to the Hospital” which is about a little girl living with Sickle Cell Disease. This book will tell her journey of what it is like to live with the disease. It is actually part of a series I created and this is actually a remake of the original first book of the series called ‘Patricia’s Trip to the Hospital” I am remaking this book and it is set to release in September in honor of Sickle Cell Month. I’m also planning to write my first non-fiction book about my journey living with SCD. No month has been determined for publishing, but it will be out before the end of the year.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Keep focused! If you want to become a writer or an author, keep writing and don’t stop! A lot of time we lose our focus and don’t follow through to what we are writing. Set a goal and set a time aside to get some writing done for that day. No manuscript has to be perfect at first, so just write. You were born to stand out and shine in the literary world. Don’t let fear stop you from what you were destined to do!
Welcome back and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Patrice as much as I did. If you want to know more you can go to her website, Instagram, and all three Facebook pages here, here, and here.
“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”