Tag Archives: inspiration

Social Distancing in the 19th Century

Patricia Grady Cox March 30, 2020 We’ve all been stressed this month. We’ll be even more stressed next month from the sound of it. Some of us, being in a group at high risk of severe complications should we contract COVID-19, have been isolating ourselves for weeks already. That gives the writers among of us […]

My Story to Tell?

Patricia Grady Cox February 5, 2018 I wanted to have a character in my novel who told the story of the Navajo Long Walk from a native perspective. But how? I am not Native American. I had never done more than exchange a few words with Native Americans. I’d spent a lot of time at Monument […]

Ghost Town Godfather

Patricia Grady Cox January 18, 2018 Arizona owes its existence to mining. First gold, then silver, then copper. Eventually these mines played out or flooded out and closed down. Tombstone started out as a mining town and was too tough to die. But other mining-associated towns, such as Bisbee and Jerome, became ghost towns before […]

What Inspires You?

Patricia Grady Cox January 6, 2015   One of the most common questions asked of authors is, “Where did you get your inspiration?” For me, reading about the history of the southwest, particularly Arizona, inspires me. The scenery of the southwest, the Sonoran desert, inspires me. Visiting places that remain untouched by time inspires me. […]

WHERE AUTHORS AND READERS COLLIDE

My favorite weekend of the year is the second weekend in March. I look forward to it the way kids look forward to Christmas morning. Over 100,000 people who love books descend upon Tucson, Arizona to meet authors, attend presentations and panels, browse book-related gifts, and enjoy what is usually perfect weather.

INSPIRATION AND VALIDATION

INSPIRATION AND VALIDATION Years ago, I began doing research for my novel CHASM CREEK. I’m not sure I even knew I would someday write a novel, but I was intrigued by the history of the town I found myself living in: Cave Creek, Arizona, in the foothills about 30 miles north of Phoenix. It’s main […]

When the Past Seeps into the Present . . .

Those of you who frequent Facebook know about Throw Back Thursday, when people post photographs from their pasts. I like to torture my son by posting pictures of him when he was a baby. But recently I had reason to contemplate my own childhood, when Julia Robb, an author and a friend of mine, read […]