Monday, November 3, 2014

INTERVIEW with PAT HATT, author of MAX BLIZZARD AND THE GEM OF CAMELOT

Yes, Pat Hatt is his real name, and we're so glad to have him with us at the Book Pound today to kick off his blog tour for Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot. Patrick Hatt lives on Canada's eastern coast with his two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It's Rhyme Time. Pat shows kids and adults alike how fun writing and reading can be. Thanks, Pat, for the interview.

With a name like Pat Hatt, do you think you were destined to spend your life making rhymes? Have you always liked poetry?

I may have been destined to be a rhyming fool with a name like that.
There are still a few out there who don't think it is my real name. Maybe
because I rhyme under the guise of a cat? I really don't consider myself a poet, just a rhyming nut. Can I write poetry? Sure! But rhyming nut is
more fun, no rules to follow. I enjoy poetry depending on who or what it
is. Some just seem to try to make it difficult and hard on the head. That
proverbial stick can shine through in some as well. But for the most part, yep.

Who are your favorite authors? What do you read for inspiration?

Dr, Seuss, obviously, as a kid. I like Stephen King and some Tom Clancy stuff, as well as there are plenty of fun indie authors I've read that I couldn't even begin to name them all. As long as I find the book good I'll read any genre once. For inspiration though, tends to be a mixture of media. Books, movies, TV, music can all strike a chord in some way.

Describe your writing process. Do you have several projects going at once? Do you collaborate?

I tend to get an idea, jot it down, then just go to it. I always know where each novel will begin and end and if there is a series I know exactly how it will end in the final book. But all the stuff in between, I just go to it and let the story go where it wants to go. Oh I have many on the go at once. Usually a few kids books on the go and a novel or two. Maybe throw in a 20K word small rhyming novel for good measure, where I incorporate many blog followers in some form for fun. I've been published in a few anthologies, but that is as far as my collaboration has gone in the writing form. I have to collaborate with artists and such for illustrations and then there is plenty of collaboration in the blogsphere.

Who is your favorite character in Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot? Why do you like that character so much?

Bazooka was a fun one to write as he just came about out of the blue, but I'd have to go with Max Blizzard as it is his journey of discovery and developing his imagination that really makes the story take form.

What's coming up next for you?

I have Tarsier Man: A War Like None Before coming out in the middle of November. That's the tenth book starring him. Then I have another kids book scheduled every month from now until May. Blogvengers, an all rhyming novel, comes out in December. Another novel in February and working on a few more novels right now.

Is there anything else you would like to tell Book Pound readers?

Well I could blab on about just about anything. I could even leave a rhyme or ten. But I'll put down my virtual pen and just say thanks for taking the time to read. I hope some fun took seed.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for the interview, have it linked up on my blog for tomorrow's post. So the cat will get them to head over haha.

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    1. Looking forward to tomorrow's visits from cats. Will put out milk bowls for any friends of Hatt's.

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  2. Amazing revelation on what's in the pipeline! Keep at it Pat and the Cat!

    Hank

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  3. With a name like Pat Hatt he's destined to know where it's at. Go Pat. Good luck on your book.

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  4. Rhyme Time blog is more like a family where, like Cheers, everyone knows your name. One may get zapped or get the hook, but they keep coming back daily.
    This new book sports a name of intrigue, Max Blizzard...... kind of a Pat Hatt name. Here's to success. Bring on the cats.

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  5. What a fun chat
    with writer Pat!
    He makes reading fun
    with the tales he's spun!
    Pat's wonderfully prolific
    as he spins tales terrific.
    So go, Pat, go ~
    May your sales grow!

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  6. Coming over from Pat's blog
    to read his interview
    I am glad I did
    because I learned something new
    (the books he has scheduled to come out over the next few months)

    betty

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  7. I cant wait for Blogvengers!!!!! That sounds like a lot of fun :) and dr. Seaus? No surprise there!!!

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  8. I can't believe how may books you write! This is something different - one that doesn't rhyme. I'll have to check it out!

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  9. Pat Hatt is your real name? Ha! Well, that's news to me. I thought for sure it was a pen name. You really were destined to make rhymes. ;) And Dr. Seuss influenced the best of us. :) Congratulations on Max Blizzard!

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  10. How cool to learn a bit about the man behind the cats. Good job on the interview.

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  11. A rhyming nut he surely is
    With a name like that - born into show biz
    I still have one question for Mr. Hatt
    Does he ever sleep at his mat?
    And if/when he does, does he dream in rhyme?
    He creates great works in record time.

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  12. It is nice to read about the man Pat Hatt behind the cat.
    I've had a look at all your books at the Amazon Nook.
    Always a pleasure to read your work. Congratulations!

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  13. Thanks for the inside scoop on Pat. His prolific streak certainly impresses and amazes me. I, too, wonder how he works and sleeps. Congrats, Pat, on a terrific intereview and on such a busy upcoming book release schedule!

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  14. I enjoyed reading your interview. I love Pat Hatt's blog I'm going to have to look for this book.

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