December 16, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 9: patricia mann

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.

I met Patricia Mann earlier this year as she prepared to publish her debut novel, Is This All There Is? A novel with a lot of heart that tackles tough issues, the story left me thinking about it long after I finished the last page. It's been a delight to get to know the woman who crafted that tale, and I wish her a lot of luck as she works on her next book. For now, I hope you enjoy getting to know Patricia and her holiday favorites.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Playing board games for hours with my family. This Thanksgiving we played a four-hour game of Risk. My 16 year-old son ended up dominating the world. Just like in real life.

What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
My mom’s pumpkin pie with whipped cream!

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
A mixed CD of love songs from my husband. He’s not an overly romantic kind of guy, so when he does something like that, it means a lot to me. The first one he made for me was actually a cassette tape. Anyone remember those? That’s how long we’ve been together.

What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
"Oprah’s Favorite Things" in the December issue of O magazine. Sorry, I know it should be a book. But I need gift ideas to combat my recurring nightmare that I wake up Christmas morning and have no gifts for anyone.

"Elf" with Will Ferrell. My husband, kids and I frequently use the line, “He’s an angry elf,” to break the tension when someone’s cranky. We can’t help but laugh when thinking back on that scene. And though it’s a comedy, the part where Will and Zoey Deschanel singing "Baby It’s Cold Outside" is so sweet, I love it!

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
Work less and make more money. Damn, those don’t really go together, do they?

About the Author
Patricia Mann is a university professor and the owner of a communication consulting firm. She lives in California with her husband, their two kids, and a sweet, silly old dog.

Connect with Patricia
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About Her Book
Is This All There Is? is Patricia's first novel. It reached the top 100 on Amazon at one point.

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty-one-year-old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. As she tries to put the memory behind her, Dave’s pursuit leaves Beth torn between what her mind says is right and what her heart and body crave.

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  1. Thanks so much for having welcoming me here, Laura! Great questions. Hope you're enjoying the holiday season! :)

    1. It's been a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for sharing your answers. This has been a lot of fun for me, and I'm glad to know all of you better.

  2. I love "Elf" too. And board games - although my hubs would call them "bored" games. Sigh. I can rarely get him to play! Probably cuz I usually beat him...

    Oprah always has fun ideas on those "fave things" lists!

    1. It's always unfortunate when a sore loser spoils the fun. ;)

      I agree - "Elf" is a fantastic movie. Totally cracks me up.

    2. Haha, Jackie, you should let him win just to get him to play more! :)

  3. I love that scene in Elf!! So sweet. I tried the Chai tea from Teavana that Oprah picked as one of her favorite things... and it is, indeed, pretty awesome!!

    Thanks for this great series, Laura! It's been so fun getting to know more about everyone. Happy holidays!! :)

    1. Ooh, I'll have to try the tea too. Thanks for the tip, Cat!

  4. We used to play board games every year. Such memories! I despised Risk because I'm such a pacifist. :-) My mother never let us win in Monopoly. It was her favorite. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!! xo

    1. Yeah, I'm not too competitive, especially with games like Risk, but as corny as it sounds, I'm just happy when we're all hanging out together. I love Monopoly too, much better for us pacifists! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Francine, and everyone! xoxoxo