|Patrick says this is "all you need to know about me."|
Third Person Press: Where did you grow up?
Patrick M. Charron: In a small village outside of Windsor Ontario, named McGregor. I grew up on the outskirts of the small community; it was a rural environment with a forest on one side, a 50 acre wheat farm on the other, and a cattle pasture across the street. There wasn't a lot of inspiration in the area, aside from the landscape. Our games as children were rather limited, mostly involving the agitation of said cattle. Though I have since tried to replicate the sheer terror of having an entire herd of cattle charging headlong at an 8 year old fat kid, thus far, I haven't been able to reproduce the feeling.
TPP: Who were your three favorite writers when you were young? Who are three favorites now?
PMC: As I noted previously, our play was somewhat limited as a child, and as an adolescent I spent a great deal of time playing baseball. I spent very little time reading; the only pleasure reading I enjoyed were biographies of famous baseball players. It wasn't until I was nearly twenty that I began to read for pleasure, finding the sci-fi and fantasy genres for the first time. My current favourite authors, if I have to limit it to three, would be R.A Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, and J.K. Rowling. If I'm allowed to extend it a bit, I'm also partial to J.R.R Tolkien, Stephen King, Robert Jordan, and a writer by the name of Sherry Ramsey - you should definitely check her out.
(Editors' note--haha, Patrick, we see what you did there!)
TPP: What are you most likely to be doing when you're not writing?PMC: I am not a terribly interesting person, as I spend most of my time working my day job as an accountant with the Provincial Government and my night job as a supervisor at the local Marion Bridge grocery store. My free time is spent enjoying time with my family. I do however enjoy gaming and we go to Hal-Con as a family every year.
TPP: Do you have any writing habits or rituals?PMC: I typically write late at night, in short bursts. I do envision, at some point in the future, spending time on the deck or by the pool, writing while the gentle breeze moves among the trees, with a hot cup of coffee within easy reach.
TPP: What's your favorite beverage while writing? While not writing?PMC: On both counts, coffee. Morning, noon and night, writing, working, or relaxing. Coffee. Can't live without the Caffeine.
TPP: If you were a superhero, what would your name and power/ability be? Or would you be a supervillain instead?
PMC: As much as I would love to be a super villain, I just don't have the mean streak necessary. And as much as I love Super-hero stories, I've never really considered being a super-hero myself. I've always seen myself as part of the supporting cast, the guy that makes sure the guns are loaded and the plane is all fueled up.
TPP: What are you working on now? What's your next writing project?
PMC: I'm working on a fantasy novel (shocking, I know) with a wayward dwarf who forms an allegiance with a venerable elf warrior, a disgraced military captain and hungry for adventurous Halfling cook. They endure prisons, portals and persons of ill-repute in an effort to imprison an ancient demon the dwarf was fool enough to release.
TPP: Is there a question you've always wanted to answer as a writer? Pose it and then write your answer. :)
Q: What is the one thing you worry about most when writing?
PMC: That my characters will refuse to behave as I want them to, will run wild and dominate my story in ways I can't foresee.
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