Interview with Author Patricia Willoughby – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Patricia Willoughby

Author Patricia Mark Willoughby is a native Texan. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has traveled to different states and countries. She is married and living in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband, Brian, and their two sons. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, Austin. Patricia loves to travel and enjoys reading.

Tell me more about your latest book

Anthony Armadillo travels to Alabama in time for its bicentennial celebration. He adventures to different cities and places. Anthony uses different modes of transportation. Along his travels, he meets several of the state’s animals and insects. He even gets to ride in a racecar and attend a horseshow. The names of the animals that Anthony meets are in an alliterative form such as Herman Horse. There is a parade at the end of the book and includes a glossary.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

Since I was writing a book for children, the biggest challenge was finding an illustrator.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

I chose to self-publish my book through This meant that I had to fund the publishing.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I did my research on the Internet. I took me about 5 months to research before I sent it to be published.

How many books have you written so far?

“Anthony Armadillo Arrives in Alabama”

I wish that I could say that I had several, but this is my first and only. I would love to be recognized by a publisher to be able to write more.

What’s the best way to market your books? offered some marketing through Amazon and Barnes & Noble with the publishing package that I purchased. I even had a professional website for a time through another agency.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

When I started my book, I was not working, so I had time to commit to writing. I probably spent 4 to 6 hours 5 days a week.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Get started! Do your research and commit to your project. Imagine the audience you want to read your book.

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