Author Spotlight: Pat Williams

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

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This week we are featuring Pat Williams! To enter to win a copy of his book, Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret (Revell), leave a comment on this post.

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

Pat Williams 3x5 ColorI am married with 19 adult children (14 adopted from four foreign countries) and 14 grandkids, ages ranging from eight months to nine years old. I work for the NBA’s Orlando Magic and write a little bit every day.

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?

I wrote my first book in 1974. No, I had no dreams of being a published author, but after my first book was released the bug bit me. Book number 88 was released this month.

This is the second book you’ve written about Coach Wooden. Would you tell us what makes this man special and the impact he’s had on your life?

Coach Wooden possessed a rare quality called wisdom. The more I study his life, the more wisdom keeps emerging. I feel there are more Wooden books to be written.

So many books have been written on Coach Wooden, who retired over 30 years ago and passed away in 2011.  What sets this book apart?

My new book, Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret, focuses on his belief of taking care of the little things in our daily activities. That’s how he coached at UCLA and conducted his entire life.

What are the life lessons we can take away from Coach Wooden?

Do your best every day and don’t compare yourself to others. Make each day your masterpiece.

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

The biggest help to publication has been persistence. I get lots of declines, but that inspires me to keep at it and not give up.

What do you most like about being a writer?Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret cover photo 

I love to write and still get a thrill when the final book arrives on my desk. A bigger thrill comes when a reader lets me know that my book has been helpful.

What advice would you give to new writers?

My advice to new writers is to write the book first. Don’t worry about anything else. Nothing will happen until the book is written and edited thoroughly.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

I have several new book projects in the pipeline. I’m working on them now.

Where can readers learn more?

My website, patwilliams.com

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Melanie Backus says:

    I love this post and I love his words, “Make everyday your masterpiece.” What great advice and what a great way to live.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  2. Carla Moore says:

    I would love to win the book and read about Coach Wooden. Anyone who has 19 children and 14 grandchildren definitely has something to say and write about.

  3. felecia says:

    I would love to read this book!

  4. Dawn Kleinsasser says:

    Very inspirational. I am impressed that he has adopted so many children from 4 countries. What a blessing! His book would be a joy to read. Thank you.

  5. Renee says:

    Sounds like a very inspirational book. I’d love to read it!

  6. Sharyl B. says:

    Thanks for sharing with us. Would love to read your book.

  7. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I would love to win this book! After I’m done reading it, I’ll pass it on to my son 😉

  8. Laura McLendon says:

    Thanks for the chance to win an inspiring read 🙂