Monday, September 26, 2011

This Week's Reader Interview with Patricia Carrigan

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am seventeen years old, a Senior in high school and I'm graduating June 2012.  I love to write.  I have a large family with 4 other siblings, all of which include, a twin sister, an older sister, and two older brothers. I grew up listening to all sorts of music but I'm a country girl at heart and if I had to chose a country singer that I like the most, it would have to be Toby Kieth or Tim McGraw. Anyways, my favorite class in school is glass class, I've taken the beginning and the advanced class and now I've just been a teacher's assistant for the past two years and helping out with some of the new students that come into the class. I'm usually known for being bubbly and I enjoy trying to cheer people up or just helping them have a good time... but mainly, just being random. :)

When and how did you discover that you love reading fiction?
I discovered that I loved reading fiction when I was fairly young, in fact, I was already reading at a ninth grade level in third grade. My teachers in elementary school didn't like that very much when we took trips to the school library because everyone else would be checking out stuff like Goosebumps and Animal Ark (even though I had tons of them at home) but I would be checking books out like National Velvet. But my mom always got me new books to read and she quickly got me into teen fiction and then the classics!

What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite books now are The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, The House of Night novels by P.C. and Kristen Cast, as well as some teen fiction novels by Sara Zarr like Story of a Girl and Sweethearts.

What is your favorite thing about reading fiction?
My favorite thing about reading fiction is that the story can go anywhere and take the wildest dips and turns. I also find that fiction can really grab the reader's attention easier than a non-fiction story can, but that's just my personal opinion.

Do you have any “pet peeves” about authors, something they do that really annoys you?
I don't really think I have any pet peeves when it comes to something authors do, I'm fairly tolerable. :)

Do you write fiction yourself?
Yes, in fact, I prefer writing fiction than non-fiction because it allows me to give my own personal flare and supernatural twists to my story. I wrote and published, Antiserum during my Junior year in High School.  It has been a real experience!  Antiserum is a unique version of a vampire story.  I'm currently almost through Antiserum Part II, The Rising.  Hard work, but so fun!

What do you think about ebooks vs. paper books?
Personally, I prefer reading an actual book than I would an ebook mainly because books don't die from a low battery and I love to be able to turn an actual page. I don't really know :) I just love having an actual book to add to my bookshelf, too.

What is your favorite Mike Wells book and why?
The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer!   It is a terrific book.  I fell right in with the characters like they were my friends from school! So Mike, you must be doing something right.  Wonderful storyline... I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the tale.  I will continue to be a big Mike Wells fan.

Thanks so much for taking the time give the interview, Patricia!
I love to connect!, @pcarrigan1,
My website is located at  I don't give my book away free because I support the Burn Institute with half my profit.  is a page for a group of authors that donate to charity.


  1. Very nice interview; charming young lady who believes in filling bookshelves with actual books.

  2. Oh yes, give us more young people with a passion... a creative passion!

  3. THIS COMMENT IS FROM PATRICIA--Blogger isn't letting her leave comments, she's tried everything, so I'll post on her behalf:

    "Thank you both! Yes, I do love to have my shelves filled to overflowing with books! That is books I can touch and smell, even turn the pages of! The heart of my creative passion comes from my parents. They encourage all of us to chase our dreams with gusto. Well, that and giggles! :-D

    Patricia Carrigan
    Author Antiserum

    PS. big thanks to Mike for fixing the "glitch." My hero! lol."