Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the monthly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.
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What does your writing space look like?
I have a space in my home, a small room off the side of the house. For the past twenty years or so, no matter where we live, I have been intentional about having a “space of my own” no matter how small or large. It’s almost like a whisper to my muse “This is ours and this is important.” It is covered in books and my bulletin board is filled with my favorite things: photos, poems, cards, quotes, tickets, and even coasters from hotels or bars I want to remember. I have feathers and crystals and seashells on my shelves. And on my desktop and counters I have articles, research and notes to remind me of things I am sure to forget.
If you could spend a day with another popular author (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
Joy Davidman, C. S. Lewis’ wife — for all the obvious reasons, including spending the past five years both reading and writing about her.
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
I tell the very few who care and start another. I feel that giddy sense of accomplishment, and yet know that there is more ahead. Stories never end.
Is there something you do/have while writing that helps your process? (Music, snacks, etc.)
Quiet. Sometimes I have music, but it never has words. No snacks but always a cup of tea or coffee or bubbly water. I usually burn a candle, but I’m not too precious about my rituals.
What book are you currently reading?
When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain