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Pat Whitaker

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in Whitney, The United Kingdom



Arthur C. Clarke, Agatha Christie

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Three of my books, Returning, Mindset and Antithesis, have each been finalists in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the category of Best Adult Novel. These are the New Zealand Science Fiction awards.

The books I write are intended in the first instance to tell a good story and secondly "once the tale is told" to leave the reader with something to ponder. To this end, all my stories attempt to provide an original take on some commonly held belief, be it cultural, social or scientific.

Being a fan of both science fiction and classic murder mysteries, these tend to be common themes, with elements of both often combined in a single story.

As a person who likes to read a book in a single sitting, I limit each work to around forty-five or fifty thousan

From now until the end of the month, all my titles are available at half price – in all eBook formats. Go to my Smashwords page, select the title required, then use the code provided in the box on the right hand side of the page to make your purchase.
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Bad Blood (Mystery & Thrillers)
29 chapters   —   updated Mar 04, 2009 09:27AM
Description: This serialisation of my first book, not into chapters as there aren't any, but just arbitrarily chopped up. It is now complete.
Why Science Fiction (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 13, 2009 12:28PM
Description: All genres of writing have a wide variety of interpretation, but none more so than Science Fiction. I'd like to trigger a bit of debate on this issue, and to kick things off I'm posting an opinion piece I wrote a number of years ago. It was not intended as an article, I wrote it to give my son some ideas that he could use for a piece he was to write. He published it anyway, but it will suffice for setting the ball rolling (assuming it is a ball that anyone wants to roll). I'm sure some of you will take me to task on the odd fact and misquote (it was written overnight, so no research at all, just my very suspect memory), and you are welcome to do so, but it is the roles of the various sub-genre and their importance in art and society that I'm really interested in. It first appeared in Salient, pp. 14-15, Issue # 9, 15 May 2000 and is reproduced here with their permission. There is an emphasis on film and television in the piece, but the arguments apply equally to the written word.
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Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Pat.

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Pat Whitaker You're right, of course, it is time I donated another book.

All sorts of things are afoot at the moment, but the best place to catch up is on my website, as I'm not too flash about regular postings here.

Trust you're well (and behaving yourself) Pat.

Whitaker Good to meet you, Pat. :-D

Christine Hi Pat, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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Pat Whitaker Christine wrote: "Hi from down under Pat, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
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Not a lot, to be honest, Chris. I haven't done an awful lot on Goodreads yet. I really should post a bit more, but I'm not sure what.

I have just finished posting Bad Blood in serialised form, but it hasn't generated much reaction. It did a lot better on Gather (Got me a few sales, even though I was giving it away). I also posted Mindset over there and that was very well received - I might try that here.

I notice you only post five chapters of each book, how has that worked out?

No word from ARAS, but it's early days.

And how about yourself, getting plenty of writing done? My current book is chugging along slowly, there's always a patch somewhere in the middle where I suddenly lose confidence and question what I'm doing. It's been exactly the same with every book. I launch in, all enthusiastic, and the story just pours out of me, then it gradually slows and I become uncertain. I know I just need to keep going. I set targets (something I never do early on) and then suddenly it starts to flow again.

It's silly, really, as my books are not exactly long.

Anyway, great to hear from you, take care, Pat.

Christine Hi from down under Pat, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
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