Conversations with . . . Me!

For those of you who have read Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, you might remember Rami Ungar, the wannabe writer cop who kept bedeviling poor Pat.

Today I’m being interviewed by the real Rami Ungar, a real writer, on his blog. It was an interesting interview — for me, anyway — because his questions made me think about my two newest books and to see them in a different light. Please check out the interview here: Conversations with Pat Bertram

At the beginning of the interview, Rami mentions that we met during my cross-country trip, which is true. Rami and his rabbi father invited me to a family dinner when I passed through Ohio, and they apologized profusely for the poor fare. Because it was Passover, there were various dietary restrictions, but even if the food hadn’t been gourmet quality (it was truly delicious), I would have been delighted with the meal. I mean really — Passover with a rabbi? How cool is that! (Another couple of firsts for me: first Passover meal, first visit with a rabbi.)

There was a lot of talk that night — religion, writing, comedy, travel — but what I will always remember is the joy of that simple sentence, a strange one to me, a common one to them: “Pass the matzo.”

Be sure to check out Rami’s post for more about our visit:

If that isn’t enough information about me, you can find a previous interview here: First Conversation With Pat Bertram

And interviews with Rami: Conversation With Rami Ungar and  Meet Rami Ungar.

Whew! I’m sure there are plenty of other links connecting the two of us, but these are more than enough for now. Is it any wonder that this fellow writer sneaked his way into my book about older women dancing — and murdering?


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.


4 Responses to “Conversations with . . . Me!”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Always pleased to have a conversation with you, Pat. Thanks for spreading the word.

  2. Avyukta Says:

    It was great to read your interview, Pat.
    “The biggest challenge is always me. Some writers can sit down at a keyboard and the story flows from their fingertips as if it wants to be written. In my case, I have to drag every word from somewhere deep in my brain, and sometimes the effort is more than I want to make.”
    Now this is really something that is also a block inside my head. I like the way you approached the characters themselves to reveal or guide you into what next.
    My next question would be to Rami, on why she calls us Followers of Fear. Off I go!!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Thank you for reading the interview! I used to try to break out of this way of writing, to just try to let the words flow, but unless I already knew what to write, I wrote nothing. Or gibberish. Oddly, blogging is different. I just write whatever comes to mind. But then, I don’t have to form blog words into a novel.

      • Avyukta Says:

        Yeah, and we can leave a blog post “unfinished” because there’s always the next blog to finish it. I for sure will use your idea when I get stuck next time. Thank you so much and Happy New Year.

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