HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Lee Patterson
HEIDI'S PICK SIX welcomes the Greater Portland Scribists: Cynthia Ravinski, Lee Patterson, Richard Veysey, and Jamie Belanger.
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Faust, debuting in my first published work. He is a very large Maine Coon cat. A fun loving cat, with a very dark side, which I enjoy exploring. I am currently exploring Faust's dark side. I model him after my cat Tasha. She leads the carefree life I sometimes wish I could.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Milk, chocolate, shaken not stirred.
4. What else can you do besides write?
Video game programmer, robot builder and programmer. I got out of the video game industry when I moved to the states in pursuit of business software, but I have recently been getting myself back into games. I have published my first iPhone game Tog vs. Dino [http://axorion.com/games] in the app store.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Stephen King. I became interested in his writing once I moved to Maine and discovered he only lived a few short hours away. I had first started listening to his books on CD when I was doing a lot of driving to/from work. Then once I moved out to Maine I took a liking to his stories. He can be a bit wordy, but his stories can be quite amazing. I also started reading Dean Koontz.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat every day.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
That's easy, Sandra Bullock. She first caught my eye in The Net. But the best movie would have to be Practical Magic. Rarrr!
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
King, I draw my dark influences, and story structure from him. I guess you could say, his work inspired me to start working on my first book. Piers Anthony helps when I have to think of silly or comical situations.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Lee Patterson has worked as a software developer for over 17 years at companies like Electronic Arts and IBM. He enjoys long weekends curled up with his iPad, gazing at a nice screen full of source code, and thinking up cleaver ways to kill characters in his short stories. Find Lee and the other Greater Portland Scribists at their blog (http://scribists.blogspot.com) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/GreaterPortlandScribists). And buy their new book Scribings at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/65295).