Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Patricia: A to Z blogging challenge

Patricia O'Neill was tough as nails long before she became literally bulletproof. She had to be. She was one of the women who put the first cracks in the glass ceiling of corporate leadership. Patricia had been taking care of herself for nearly her entire life, so when the Change brought some more unusual changes to her life, she didn't know how to ask for or accept help.

"Patricia had always taken the attitude that the only person she could rely on was herself, so she was shocked to find how grateful she felt that Suzie was there and cared about where she had been. She wasn’t sure, but she thought she felt tears in her eyes. Patricia never cried."

The Suzie in the above quote is Patricia's intern, a young, pretty, petite, cute blonde. Just exactly the kind of woman Patricia usually detested.  And, it turns out, just exactly the kind of friend she needed most. (You can read a short story version of a chapter in this book that features Patricia and Suzie at

Patricia, as drawn by +Charles C. Dowd 

This posting is part of the A to Z blogging challenge, in which bloggers undertake to post every day in April, excepting Sundays, which amounts to 26 postings, one for each letter of the alphabet--preferably along a theme. My postings will all be about my debut novel and my experiences writing it and seeing it published.

Blogging A to Z is a great opportunity to connect with some excellent bloggers and interesting people. I encourage you to check out other participating blogs, too!
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  1. Friends can be found in the most unexpected places :)
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

    1. True. My best friends have not always been people I would have expected.

  2. This is the weekend before the last full week of A to Z. You’re amazing for staying with us this long. Thanks for your commitment. You’re almost there. This event only happens once a year, so get ready for the home stretch!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    P is for Paranormal Vs. Supernatural

    1. Thanks, Stephen! There have been days I didn't make it all I'd hope for, but I really do love this bloghop!

  3. I'm fascinated by this type of female character -- I've also written about women who are unlikely friends, and this subject interests me as well. I'm looking forward to reading this book. You've done a great job of sharing bits of it throughout this challenge.

    1. That Nadine! I'm glad to hear that you're interested in my book and that my posts have stayed interesting. I did try hard to come up with twenty-six DIFFERENT things to say about my book and the process.