Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Real Life Inspiration in Fiction

Hey, everyone!

Today, My Pet Blog is turning the spotlight on to author Patricia Josephine and her latest release, Mistakes of the Past.

Take it away, Patricia!

Four real life inspirations in Mistakes of the Past

1) Rose’s cleft lip
My nephew was born with a cleft lip and palate. By the time he was five, he had five different surgeries. He still has more to go, but is getting a break. When I created Rose I wanted her to be a cleft lip baby. There really isn’t any reason and it has no impact on the plot. It’s just one of those things that affected my life, and I know it affects others, so it’s nice to see a character with something I can relate to.

2) Josh and his grandma
There is a scene where Luc is comforting a young man at the hospital about his grandma. The thing is, she is still alive in this scene. Still, Josh asks Luc why it hurts already when she’s not gone yet.

I have one grandma left. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and every illness saps her severely. She’s in her 80s. That’s where the scene came from. I’m aware that I have less time than more with my grandma. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye and I doubt I’ll ever be ready. This scene is coming to term with that fact.

3) Rose’s memory of her teacher at the funeral
My main memory of kindergarten is getting in trouble with the teacher. My bestie of 30+ odd years and I met in kindergarten. We sat next to each other, and instead of listening to the teacher, we were talking. That got us in trouble. For the longest time, I was not endeared to that teacher.

4) The Gerrish farm and Rose’s landlord
Both those I drew from my own landlord. His last name is Gerrish, and I needed a one-time name and that popped in my head. When Rose gripes about her landlord not fixing her toilet and having to reach in to flush. That actually happened with my toilet. Although, my landlord fixed it really fast.

And as a bonus, here is one inspiration that isn’t based on real life.

Rose’s hair loops in chapter five. Anyone watch Avatar: The Last Airbender? Katara has hair loopies and I recall her brother poking fun about them. That’s the picture I had in my head when imagining Rose.

Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

Now available at: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes

About the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

Find Patricia online at: Twitter, website, Google+, Wattpad, Goodreads


  1. Having to reach in and flush your toilet is disgusting.
    Congratulations, Patricia!

  2. Very fascinating to see your real life inspirations for this book, Patricia! Someone in my family was born with a cleft palate, too. I think it's great how you gave this trait to Rose--conditions like that aren't seen enough in fiction!

  3. It's fun when real life incidents can influence a story. I'm glad your landlord fixed the toilet quickly. Congrats, Patricia!

  4. I love hearing about what real-life experiences writers draw on for inspiration. Good luck with the release!

  5. Grats Patricia! Fun seeing the influences.

  6. I bet the cleft lip does impact the plot. At least it informs the character. Nice detail.

  7. Those are fantastic story-fodder moments from your real life! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  8. What a great way to use your life experiences. I find I base characters on people I've known at times, usually the bad guys more than the good.

  9. Thanks for having me, MJ. And thank you everyone for the nice comments. <3

    Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine