Remember that movie When Harry Met Sally? Harry used to read the last line of every book he read. Pat Kirk reminded me of this movie, because she now does the same thing. She’ll tell you why in the interview below. Enjoy.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I was a farm-girl raised in Jefferson County , Kansas , about 10 miles from where I live now. I went to a country school called Knowledge Hill (really). We had fifteen students. My class was the biggest, with four students. I graduated from the University of Kansas in editorial art and worked for twenty years in that field. I also worked as an editorial assistant for a military magazine before that time. I was married briefly.
Actually, I don’t consider myself a writer. I collect stories from others and polish them. Then I compile them into books. My first book, One Touch From the Maker came from a newsletter I started in 1995 on the same subject–God’s intervention in our tough times when we believe in Him.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
The Bible says: “I will walk among you and be your God and you will be My people.” I believe that is a literal statement. People need to know that there is help when you can’t do it alone. They can feel the presence of God when they read these stories and recognize their own touches from Him. What they might have seen as a lucky coincidence will make sense. They will feel the gratitude God deserves.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I have a book in the works for next year called Escape from the Prison System: Finding the Narrow Door about prisoner salvations. A woman in church once stood at the podium and said, “I lost one son to death and the other to the prison system.” Could there be a more tragic statement? She said it like she would say, “I went to the store.” Those were her only children. I feel the only way to clear out the prisons and make us a little safer is get the prisoners on a better path. The statistic is that 20% of the young men in this country will go to prison–a terrifying number. How many crimes do they commit before and after prison? No one is safe. The only way to change that statistic is from within the person. It’s amazing what good citizens some of them become when they are redirected. Many don’t know there is any other way to live than the way they do. I hope the book will show people that rather than revenge, these people need to be changed. I’ll approach prison ministries with it as gifts to encourage people who work in the ministries. Or possibly they can use it as a fund-raiser.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Until I became so busy, I read everything. It’s hard to pick a favorite. Ask about a movie and I’ll say “Letter to Three Wives“–the one with Lauren Bacall (I saw it as a re-run on television. I’m not really THAT old). I can tell you the book I hated the most–Rosemary’s Baby–but I couldn’t put it down. Since then I read the endings first.
Book you’re currently reading?
I’m reading Throne of Fire by Vickie and George Jordan for the purpose of reviewing it on Amazon for her. Apart from that, I haven’t read books for escape for years. I read to educate myself to make my books better–Dan Poynter, Peter Bowerman, Marilyn Ross to name a few. I used to read Daphne DuMaurier and enjoyed mysteries.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I work logic puzzles, play on the computer, eat out (I like that one), watch Dancing with the Stars (or I did before they all got so cranky). I burn the candle from the middle. I like humor and enjoy comics and stand-up (clean).
Where can we learn more about you?
My biography is on my website. Just hit “About.” I have a Facebook page under PatWKirk. You can read about my recent brush with the law. I didn’t feel well and the pain pills knocked me out. After my son tried to rouse me for two hours and couldn’t get into my apartment, he called the police. I woke up with a uniformed policewoman at the foot of my bed–a first.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for placing this interview on your site. I hope your readers enjoy it.