Patrick Sean Lee
Trekking The Road of Experiences
To Write From The Heart!
By: Roger A. Sanchez Sr.@The Net Blogger.Com
Again as I rummage through the countless e-books across the vastness of writer’s blogs and websites, something catches my eye. In this case it was the writings of Patrick Sean Lee. It never ceases to amaze me that after reading a writer’s stories long enough, a glimpse of their character comes through. In this case I not only had the chance to read some of the author’s writings, but also developed an online friendship which gave me more insight.
It is impossible for me to travel around the country and spend personal time with each writer whose stories draw my attention, but still, a good story always leaves me wanting to learn what I can about the writer behind the story. What I have gathered from my relationship with this writer, is that he is a hard working family man, who loves family, friends, and most importantly still travels the road of imagination and dreams.
Those thoughts take me back to a saying I have heard more than once. When we stop dreaming and no longer see the possibilities through imagination, we stop living. Patrick Sean Lee is one of those writers that opens the doors to other worlds in which we may travel with him. One more thing that impresses me, he always has an open mind and a helping hand for his fellow writers. I hope you will enjoy this interview with Mr. Lee, as much as I have.
Patrick Sean Lee: The moment of my birth, April 20, 1:24 A.M., 1948. My mother wept when the nurses laid me in her arms. I was number six of eight children, and after having heard the account years later, I set out to make a mark for myself somehow. Perhaps to redeem myself in her’s and my siblings’ eyes.
I began to write, and listen closely to the grammar instructions from the nuns in the Parochial schools I attended. Years later in college I turned coat on writing and vowed to become “The World’s Greatest Living American Contemporary Artist”, and might have succeeded were it not for the fact that I wasn’t very good at either drawing or painting. I was very good, however, at choosing titles for my strange works, and writing clever blurbs concerning them.
When I was dissed by a major gallery in Los Angeles following my great leap upward in the art world, I hung up my airbrush, laid the brushes down, and wrote long, tear-jerking memos to self about the nearsightedness of the art world. Regarding me, at least.
I read a book in the early 80s—Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. It stuck with me over the years; the sheer beauty of it. In 1998, having had a quite innocent, remarkable dream at the age of 49, I rose from the bed, sat down at the PC, and began The Redemption of Marvin Fuster (later to become “The Dance of the Spiral Virgins”), a tribute of sorts to Mr. Helprin. The book became my passion.
Never again will I give up a dream. “When they pry my cold dead fingers from” the keyboard, I will stop writing.
I am happily married, have three wonderful children, and six grandchildren. Oh yes, and a dog and a cat. We all live in California where it never rains, it just pours.
The Net Blogger: What type of stories do you mostly like to write?
Patrick Sean Lee: I don’t actually know where my work fits, or where my preferences lie. I definitely love writing fiction, definitely romance, very often slightly sci-fi, always fantasy, with tinctures of Biography and Memoir hopefully gracing them. Where once I was cowed by the idea of writing a short story (how can one possibly say in 5-10,000 words what should be said in 100,000?), I now love the genre. But, I love a good love story of any length, and that’s basically what I write.
The Net Blogger: What motivated you to start writing?
Early on, it was the highly visual stories in comic books! At somewhere around ten years-old I submitted to one or another of the mags! “Thanks, but not quite what we’re looking for…” I think the response went. Later, as my tastes matured somewhat, I devoured Mad Magazine, Analog, and other Sci-Fi periodicals. Smiley face there. By high school I had been introduced to some of the classics, written by the likes of the Bronte sisters, Dickens, George Elliot, Byron, Shelley…I began to love words, and actually “see” stories. The possibilities of our language in the hands of masters, especially those of the Classical and Romantic eras. All of these influences (not all of them high class, lol) contributed to my picking up the pen, particularly those encountered in my college years and after.
The Net Blogger.Com: What do you like to read?
Patrick Sean Lee: I enjoy good historical fiction written by authors such as Barry Unsworth. I always enjoy well-written short stories. My true passion, though, is Literary Fiction. As a footnote, however, I must admit I fell in love with Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”. Definitely not in the Literary genre, but brilliantly conceived and written. Riveting!
The Net Blogger.Com: Do you have a favorite writer?
Patrick Sean Lee: A favorite writer? Without a doubt, Mark Helprin. Arguably, his collections of short stories are more astonishing than his best novels, but his mastery of language, theme, and plot is second to none. Close behind is Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a native Barcelonan.
The Net Blogger.Com: Where do you draw the ideas and inspiration for your writing?
Patrick Sean Lee: Quite often I arrive at a plot/theme idea from contests! More often from some “thing” that pops into my head, triggered by a comment someone makes, a TV program…the sight of a homeless person rummaging through a trash dumpster. I am “inspired” by the haughty among us. The downtrodden. The common man. Those whose stories would not be told, if not by me.
The Net Blogger.Com: What is your favorite pastime other than writing?
Patrick Sean Lee: Being with family. Life races by. I must appreciate those closest to me; those who know me for all that I am, and love me most deeply. My smiles are greatest when my grand kids are in my presence.
The Net Blogger.Com: What is your favorite color and why?
Patrick Sean Lee: Red, if I have to choose. It is the most vibrant and active. I think that stems from my love of fire engines as a child☺ But put Magenta alongside Viridian; Cobalt coursing over Burnt Umber…they’re all exciting. That’s why God gave us the infinite variety of the basic three ☺
The Net Blogger.Com: What is your most life changing experience.
Patrick Sean Lee: No doubt the first time I saw my wife-to-be when she was 19 and I was 18. No other moment in my life can compare to the jaw-dropping impact of that instant.