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Trish Dudek loves horses, books, and Native American history. This combination led her to write after she retired from teaching. She has published several children's stories. On their farm, in her husband's memory, Trish continues to operate Rivendell ReCreation Center, a not-for-profit therapeutic riding facility for children and adults in South Wales, New York. A portion of book sales will be donated to Rivendell.

Interview with Trish Dudek

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Elizabeth, one of the main characters in my next novel, The Heart Of A Woman. She is going to be a rare woman as she matures from her late teens to middle-aged. I liked Margaret in Taima’s Woman. But, I love developing Elizabeth – she is the kind of woman I would like to be.

What book were you forced to read at school that no child should have to study?

Every book has something to offer a reader, regardless of genre. Children should first read what interests them, and then be exposed to other writings. I cannot remember disliking any book. The family joke was: when I was a spirit in heaven waiting to be born, I ran to get first in line when they called out “looks” – only to discover they had called out “books”. (LOL)

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Any cookbook – because I really dislike cooking. Reading one would indicate I was going to attempt to cook, instead of write – almost unheard of in my home.

Had you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. I only regret I did short stories newsletters, press releases, etc., and put the novel off until I retired from teaching. Now I may not have the time left to tell all the stories in my head and heart.

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

Taima’s Woman, of course! The book in hard cover is only 323 pages, moves fast, and keeps the reader involved. There are many discussion topics in Taima’s Woman: history of the early 1800’s; courage of the characters; wild animal behaviors; Native American spirituality and culture; etc.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Believe in your words and your story. Decorate with pride the walls of your home with rejection letters. Keep writing. You will succeed.

How much of your writing is based on things you see in real life?

Only the saddle / bridle training of Taima is from my “real” life. The rest of the story is based on research and imagination.

Do you find it difficult to sit down and write for weeks, months, or years on the same book?

No. I don’t find the time difficult. Characters often surprise me as I develop dialog. They will say (and do) things not in my outline.

What do you think of eBooks? Do you support digital publishing?

I am almost 70 years old. I still love the feel and aroma of a new hard cover book. The aroma is almost as exciting as that of a new car!

It took me 60 pages into the first book I read on the Nook that was a gift to remember not to lick my thumb before I turned a page (LOL).

However, I appreciate the less room taken up in luggage when traveling. I like the reduction of glare and the ability to read in sunlight. E-books are a part of today and tomorrow as our world moves at faster speed. I am interested in the glow nite-light concept.

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