Welcome to Classified, an interview where we host different guests who are exceptional artists in their domains, may it be literary, musical and or any form of art.
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Our Guest is the author of corporate crime novels featuring women balancing dynamic careers with private lives. Raised in Kings Point, New York, she earned her BS degree from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Fordham. During her career as an executive in public relations, she also served as Chapter President of American Women in Radio and Television. She uses her life as a tool box and have 3 novels available which we will get to during the interview!
First of all welcome Patricia Gitt to “Classified” where we will going through your file and attempt learn more about you and let the readers know even more.
1 – So , it’s a pleasure to have you with us , so let us commence by asking you , what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Classified”?
- A comprehensive listing of sources.
2- Do you believe Authors are Artists? If so do you view yourself as an artist?
- Yes, authors use words to paint pictures of people, places, emotions and objects. An artist uses line, form, perspective and color.
3- “First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! – Ray Bradbury”. Do you agree?
- Yes and know. In my case I find some characteristic that I’ve observed in women I’ve met, worked with and know. I use that as a starting point and then find out where my heroine wants to go. Sometimes, she doesn’t even know herself.
4- Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
- I enjoyed my long career in public relations working with some of the best and brightest people who were bringing new technologies, financial services, fashions, pharmaceutical and health science developments to market. I use these experiences as my toolbox with which I create my plots and characters.
- I am fascinated by power, people who wield it and those impacted by it.
- Living in New York City, I have a wealth of resources at my disposal. Just as Agatha Christie used a train or ship as a setting for her characters, I situate my characters in a business, and include information that might not be widely known…sort of an insider’s view of that company.
5- When people speak of your name, what would you like them to be thinking of?
- Creative, friendly, independently-minded and the author of interesting novels.
6- Can you share with us a memorable experience you went through related to your writing or book publishing?
- In my second novel, ASAP, I invented a home health station to facilitate the daily management of people with chronic diseases. Then I wondered if it would be possible to build such a home-based system and contacted a professor at MIT. After our meeting, he told me that yes it was entirely possible to build this technically advanced system, but at that time (in the late 90s), the power sources required would not fit in the space I had allocated. Today, 18-years later, science is talking about smart phones taking chest X-rays, and physicians are carrying scanners the size of a briefcase.
7- Authors are mostly connected to procrastination, and it has been mentioned by many, do you consider yourself one of the authors who procrastinate a lot? Is it a challenge for you?
- There are days, when my procrastination is satisfied with a short runaway to some other locale (a library, hotel, other destination), and once away from distractions of my home office I am more relaxed and will spend a couple of hours at my laptop editing or reworking an idea. When home, I will work 3-4 hours, 4 days a week. Longer if on a deadline.
8- What was or is your toughest challenge as a writer? How did you or do you deal with it?
- As an executive in public relations, everything I wrote was in the form of who, what, where, when and why, for a press release of 1 ½ pages. The hardest thing I had to learn in writing fiction, was “show” not “tell”. I continually work on this aspect of my writing via courses in one of the New York universities and writers workshops.
9- What inspires you as a writer? A muse of some sort?
- First, I am fascinated by the multiple layers in women. Men are more direct. Neither is better, but I choose to write about heroines facing some dilemma.
- Second, I am not a feminist. I am a person who happens to be female, and therefore entitled to everything my study and hard work prepare me for. If I thought myself a feminist I would be marginalized to a portion of society and limit my scope of opportunities. And, it is this belief I share with the protagonists in my novels.
10- Can you share with us some of your favored writers, authors and Books?
- Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series, early Tom Clancy’s Sum or all Fears, Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series, Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid, and Caleb Carr’s, The Alienist.
11- Can you share with us your best moment as a Writer/Author?
- The best moment is a personal memory of my father, who in failing health, held up my first novel, and told me how proud he was for my sticking with it. That first book took 25 years to write and publish.
12- Why do you write? Fame? Pleasure? Message?
- I write to express my often times unconventional truths. When I make myself laugh or cry, I turn off the computer knowing I couldn’t do any better for the rest of that day.So writing is a pleasure, and frustrating, and something that opens my mind and curiosity to learn about things I’m not familiar with.
13- “Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.” – Catherine Drinker Bowen, biographer, Do you agree and relate?
- I agree but I think It is also an opportunity to correct ideas, situations, and happenings found in real life.
14- Could you share with us 2 preferred quotes from your books?
- “I didn’t start my company to have it fail.” From an upcoming novel, FYI, due out shortly.
“To breaking tradition or balls. Whatever works.” From CEO.
15- Do you have a favorite among your books? If so which?
- It would be my first novel, CEO. I began writing it when traveling for m
y job and spent a lot of down-time in airplanes and hotels. I was also in grad school earning my MBA. I had gone back to college to strengthen my resume. Then, I wondered what it would be like if I wanted to be the CEO of a corporation. That “what if” was the inspiration for the novel.
16- Could you share with us a bit about your latest novel, what do you think is special about it ?
- My latest novel ASAP –as soon as possible- explores the 24/7 life of a woman who is co-founder of a technology company, mother of a preteen son and daughter, and wife of a Wall Street lawyer.
The story opens with a phone call warning the woman that her company’s proprietary technology was found on a black market ring’s shopping list.
Aided by her partner, with secrets of his own, she travels to Macau and back, helping to hunt down the thieves.
On her return, she finds that by trying to be the dynamic executive, perfect wife and mother, she has alienated her family.
Determined to restore order to her life, she places herself on the top of her list of priorities. In the end, she takes charge of her business, family and m
ost especially, her own life.
- This is a story of a dynamic woman in a field dominated by men, who exhibits intelligence, strength, leadership and yet, the mindset of wife a
nd mother. The story is special in that it presents the challenges facing working women with families everywhere.
17- What is your most favorite word? Why?
- Power , because it fuels the engine of the brain, nourishes the spirit and fills each day with possibilities.
18- What is your least favorite word? Why?
- Defeat , It’s totally destructive, clouds rational thought and behavior, and robs a person, family, community and country of humanity.
19- Are you currently working on a new book? If yes could you tell us a bit about it?
- I have a new novel schedule to come out shortly. Titled, FYI An unintended consequence, it explores the relationships of four women, friends and business partners since they were 8-years of age. These women are the founding partners of 4G Investments, a hedge fund based in New York City. When the managing partner begins to receive copies of newspaper clips suggesting that she isn’t running an ethical firm, the protagonist enlists her family and friends to help find and stop the antagonist’s salacious rumors, which if made public, would ruin her
20- What are your preferred hobbies?
- I love to travel and have recently returned from Antarctica. Hobbies include reading, but also cooking, knitting and attending theater with friends.
21- What would you advise people who love to write and are afraid to take chance?
- Just do it! No one has to see it. But once you start you open yourself to a new adventure. For encouragement, I recommend reading Stephen King’s book on writing. Also, I have found that by working in a class or workshop you will meet other authors with their own fears, and are therefore usually generous and kind.
22- Advice to authors?
- Why not try? Writing for yourself is one endeavor in which there is no judge and jury. If and when you have enough confidence to share with others, enroll in a class. The work of others will benefit from your ideas and you will gain the insight of others.
23- We are coming to an end of this “Classified interview” which we certainly do not want to end, would you like to share something a message perhaps with your readers, fans and readers of this blog?
- I think it is sad that business gets a bad rap. As with people, there are good and bad companies. I also think it is sad that women limit themselves by accepting the negativity of the feminist movement. No one said the world was fair. However, if people keep their skills sharp, and work hard, they will be focusing all their energies on moving forward.
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Thank you for being with us Patricia . it’s been indeed a great pleasure!!
Thanks again for the wonderful interview.