Author Archives: Patricia Kiyono

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/

Getting Unstuck

This week I asked my fellow bloggers to share ways that we deal with writer’s block. Since I’m used to dealing with several different issues at any given time, I’m often faced with the inability to write when I have … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Jessica James and the Shades of Gray trilogy

My guest this month is a fellow member of the Marketing for Romance Writers support group. Jessica James responded when I mentioned to the group that I was looking for clean romances to promote here. She is celebrating the release … Continue reading

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Story Time

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Do you have a favorite story about your family that has been passed down, or one that you hope will get passed down?” My father’s family has only been in America since 1915, and most of … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Five

This has been a busy month, but I managed to read three great mysteries. I linked the book covers to their Amazon pages, in case you find one that interests you! Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott DavidsonGoldy Schultz Book … Continue reading

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It’s Me… Sort of

Our Friday Fox asked, “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to both questions is YES.  Almost all of … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Elizabeth Devlin and Home Waters

When Elizabeth Devlin announced on one of my author support groups that she was looking for a place to promote her new mildly spicy release, I offered to host her. Then, when I learned that her new romance highlighted environmental … Continue reading

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Caution: Plot Hole!

This week, our Hound asked, “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Four

This month, I managed to read four mysteries, plus a non-fiction work. Three of these were print books, to give my eyes a rest, and to make progress through my never-ending TBR pile. Murder on the Dance Floor by Helena … Continue reading

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Presenting… Me

Recently, I’ve been working with several new authors, helping them beef up their online presence. One thing an author needs to have handy is a bio. But a person’s bio varies, depending on how and where it’s used. So this … Continue reading

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Guest Authors: Members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and Lost and Found

I’ve mentioned the support I get from fellow members of my local writing groups. Last summer, while the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group discussed fund-raising ideas, someone came up with the idea of publishing an anthology. Author Diana Lloyd, a … Continue reading

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