In the reverse sequence of the 20 Posts in 20 Days that I'm plodding along to finish even though the crowds aren't on the sidelines anymore, this one is supposed to be something else. But, if I'm not following the marathon rules on the 20 days, I guess I might as well break another one, even if it's one I set for myself. This is going to be the interview one.
It being after midnight now and there being only two creatures available at this hour for an interview, and the cat refusing to be interviewed, I figure I am forced to interview myself. But, since I like talking to myself anyway, that's OK.
Q: So, Patricia Smith Gundry, how do you like being interviewed?
A: I like it, and it's been awhile since anyone interviewed me, so thanks for the opportunity.
Q: You're welcome. I notice you've added Smith to your name in the title to this post. Why is that?
A: I miss my maiden name, was sorry I lost it when I married. If I were marrying now, I'd keep my own name.
Q: So, why not change it back now?
A: I thought about it, and would like to, but my books have been written under the name Pat Gundry and Patricia Gundry, and there are a LOT of people named Patricia, Pat, or Patsy (everyone called me Patsy until I went to college) Smith, so writing under that name might not be a good idea after all. So, from time to time, I think I'll add my Smith name in the middle. Makes me feel good to see it there.
I always liked Smith, everyone can spell it, and usually remember it, except when they think it's Jones. Nobody can spell Gundry. If only I'd known.
Q: What are you most known for?
A: Being late.
Q: And, in addition to that? Say, internationally?
A: Probably for writing one of the early books in this era on equality for women in the church. In 1977 my first book, Woman Be Free was published by Zondervan Publishing House, and has been in print ever since except for a few months between publishers. It is now published by Suitcase Books.
Q: What else have you written?
A: My husband and I did a compilation of D.L. Moody quotations, with a biographical chapter. He did his doctoral dissertation on Moody's theology. Besides my first book, looking at biblical equality for women, I've written additional books peripheral to the subject, including one on marriage, and compiled a cookbook. I've also written chapters in other books, book reviews, articles, etc. I also do a lot of writing online on my blogs, and on email discussion lists.
Q: Do you have additional books in the works?
A: Yes, several, in fact.
Q: Want to tell us what they are about?
A: No, but I'd love to have a great, kind, generous, honest, respectful and wonderful publisher ask me that question.
Q: How many blogs do you have?
A: More than 25. However, they aren't all completed, nor all public. Some are to replace a couple of web sites I have that I want to shift into blogging hosting at TypePad, one is an extended family history site, one is for photos.
Q: Why so many blogs?
A: I love to make them. It's fun and very satisfying.
Q: Do you write regularly on all of them.
A: No, and that's something I've been trying to figure out--how many can I write for regularly, and which ones should that be--I really don't know. I suppose I'll experiment and see.
Q: Are you also a personal coach?
A: Yes, I have graduate clients who are free to contact me at any time for a session, but who have gotten what they came to coaching for and aren't having regularly scheduled sessions anymore.
I'm not seeking new clients at this time, though I'd not refuse a new client who seems like good match for what I like to do. I'm focusing on my writing projects and on my blogs and not on one on one coaching.
Q: Which is your favorite blog?
A: I'm not sure I can pick a favorite. They are a bit like one's children, they are all my favorites. I think some of the blogs have been neglected though, so I'm wanting to take care of that.
Q: OK, then, what is your quirkiest blog?
A: I suppose it's Cookbookie. I started it so I could write about cookbooks, but most of my search engine traffic comes from people looking for a recipe for Tunis Cake. Who knew so many people were hungry for Tunis Cake?
I'd mentioned Tunis Cake when listing a few recipes from a new cookbook I'd received, and that mention was picked up by the search engines. Since I was getting so many hits for Tunis Cake I emailed the publisher of the cookbook and asked permission to post the recipe on my blog. They said yes, and so now I imagine lots of happy searchers finding it and making Tunis Cake. (They are going to be coming here too, I suppose. Go to Cookbookie and you'll find the recipe.)
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with all these blogs?
A: Mostly, I want to have fun. I enjoy blogging. I have a lot of interest areas, and blogs are a way to play in those interest areas, and help where I can with some of them. Oh, yes, I'd also like to make some money.
Q: Is there big money in blogging?
A: There may be, and if so, I'd like some. Meanwhile, I'd be happy with medium sized money. I'm studying how to do that, make significant money blogging. I may or may not report back on how it works.
Q: Good. We'll look forward to your possible reports.
A: Thank you, and Good Night. The cat is now eager to talk, but I'm not eager to translate. I think she just wants to go outside anyway, and it's way past cheesies time. I'd better go crumble cheese.