Patricia Gligor – Desperate Deeds, Unfinished Business & Mixed Messages

This week, I’m delighted to bring back one of my favorite authors, Patricia Gligor.

Patricia Gligor

Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.

I’ve invited Patricia back to find out the answers to some questions I’ve been dying to ask her, so here goes:

What sparked the idea for your first novel?

Before I answer that question, Evelyn, I need to tell you that I see mystery everywhere. It all started when I was a little girl reading Judy Bolton and Nancy Drew mysteries and living in a big, old house with a woods behind it, extending as far as the eye could see. I developed quite an imagination and I was constantly coming up with “what if” scenarios to entertain (and often frighten) myself and my friends.

Fast forward years later. I was going for a walk one day, not far from where I grew up,  and I happened upon an old Victorian. Something about that house captivated me and I found myself gazing up at it and wondering what would happen if those walls could talk. Little by little, the plot and the characters came together and I wrote Mixed Messages, my first Malone mystery.

How personal is your writing?

On a scale of one to ten, ten being the most personal, I’d say my writing is probably an eight because every book I write contains bits and pieces from my life, whether it be something that I myself experienced or something I heard or read about.

Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?

Although my novels are definitely character driven, the idea for my series started with setting – the old Victorian – and the story came next – a serial killer on the loose in what had always been considered a safe, peaceful neighborhood. And, when I wrote my third Malone mystery, Desperate Deeds, the topic was a missing child.

How do you get feedback while developing a novel? Do you use a writers’ group or friends or family?

I belong to a wonderful critique group and I’ve learned so much from the other members. But I don’t discuss what I’m writing with anyone else until I’ve finished writing it because I realized a long time ago that, if I talk about a story, odds are I won’t write it. I guess for me it’s all about getting the story out and I’d much rather see that happen on paper.

Have you ever been surprised by a controversy among fans or reviewers – for example, you created a character without thinking too much about what people would think of him, and found some readers loved him and some hated him?

Yes. Two examples immediately come to mind and both have helped me to show how my characters change and grow with each new book.

My main character’s husband, David, is an alcoholic and, in my first Malone mystery, he’s in the midst of active alcoholism. I’ve had readers tell me they didn’t like him which is something I hadn’t really thought about. However, if they go on to read the rest of the books in the series, they will come to realize that once David begins recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous, he is a very likeable guy.

My main character, Ann, is another example. I had one reviewer comment that she seemed a bit “wimpy.” Obviously, that reader knew little or nothing about the effects alcoholism has on the people who love an alcoholic. The tendency to “walk on eggs” and to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. Again, reading the next book, Unfinished Business, would clear that up because the reader would see that, thanks to Alanon, Ann is becoming stronger and more assertive every day.

Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?

I honestly thought that some people would have an issue with the fact that I refer to alcoholism as a disease, which I firmly believe it is, but no one has voiced that to me. In conversations (not about my books), I’ve frequently heard people say that alcoholism is a weakness, an addiction, a habit, that a person could stop drinking if they chose to, etc. and they’ve argued that it’s not a disease. That upsets me and that’s one of the main reasons I’ve included it in my series. To make people aware that alcoholism is about much more than excessive drinking and to show them that there is help available.

Would you tell us about your upcoming novel?

Gladly, she says, with a big smile on her face. My fourth Malone mystery, Mistaken Identity, will be coming out early this summer, published by Post Mortem Press. In it, Ann and her two young children, Danielle and Davey, travel to South Carolina to vacation with Ann’s sister, Marnie, on Fripp Island. Ann is looking forward to a peaceful, relaxing vacation but, when she discovers a body on the beach, she finds herself involved in solving a murder.

I enjoy spending time with your characters and your new novel sounds like an interesting story. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Here are the other wonderful novels by this author:

Mixed Messages

Unfinished BusinessDesperate DeedsMixed Messages, Unfinished Business and Desperate Deeds, the first three novels in her Malone Mystery series, are available at:

Visit her website at:

Patricia and I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment. 


About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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15 Responses to Patricia Gligor – Desperate Deeds, Unfinished Business & Mixed Messages

  1. Stefanie says:

    I like reading an article that can make men and women think.
    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  2. Madeline Gornell says:

    Great hearing about how you write and how you think, Patricia. Especially nice knowing there’s a piece of you in your novels. Also liked how your characters are growing. Good interview with good questions from Evelyn!


  3. John Fowles said The French Lieutenant’s Woman developed from his vision of a lone woman standing at the end of a jetty. I think a lot of interesting novels begin in just this way, as Patricia’s series began from her vision of this old Victorian house. Many of us have become equally interested in that old house and what unfolds therein. If you haven’t read Pat’s series, do yourself a favor and seek them out.

  4. I am so lookingforward to your third book in the Malone series. I, too, didn’t care much for David in the first book, but I think that was because I was married once to an alcoholic and I found life with him difficult. I grew to understand something of the disease of alcoholism and knew I was not the person to cope with his drinking because I feared for my safety. I’m so happy to see how you’ve handled the disease and taken David on the road to recovery. Good stuff.

  5. Marja McGraw says:

    Terrific interview, and I enjoyed learning more about you and the process you go through with your books. I’ve enjoyed each one and can’t wait for the next one! I’ve been watching your characters grow and enjoy them very much.

  6. Hey Pat,
    You write great book AND find time to do a lot of reading? Are you super woman?? How do you make time for both?

    • Oh Cindy, you just made me laugh! Trust me, I’m light years away from being a super woman!
      How do I find the time to read and write? Well, I write “every” morning when I’m working on a book and I read “every” night before I go to bed. Afternoons are for doing the things we all have to do. Housework, shopping, etc. Most evenings, I watch some TV.
      I’m a plotter when I write and a planner in my life. Structuring and scheduling my day is what works best for me. It’s not for everybody!

  7. Evelyn,
    I got a bit of a late start this morning but I want to thank you for inviting me to be your guest this week. It’s always a pleasure visiting your blog!

  8. Great interview…it’s amazing how evocative particular aspects of your characters and your plots can be? One great thing about a series is the opportunity for characters to grow and change…glad to hear the fourth in the series is on its way.

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