Let’s Chat! Pat Nichols

Welcome, everyone!

Meet Pat Nichols, our guest author this week. Pat describes her first novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, as “contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of cozy mystery.”

Oooooo. Intriguing.

Pat is offering a print copy of The Secret of Willow Inn to someone who joins our conversation below. So gather ’round. Let’s encourage one another. 

Pat Nichols Before Writing

My life began in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with two wonderful parents and later a sister. When I was in third grade we moved to Orlando, Florida, where years later I married Tim, my high-school-sweetheart.

When our son and daughter were toddlers, I became an Avon Representative to supplement our income. In 1978, following seven years as an independent representative, I was hired as a district sales manager. Three years later Avon promoted me to division sales manager and moved our family to Atlanta, Georgia. I spent the next twenty-four years in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women throughout the US.

Tim and I retired the same day in 2005. We finished decorating our home and ticked off every item on our travel bucket list. Our favorite destination, Venice, Italy. During the next few years, I engaged in volunteer work, served on three boards, and spent time with our three grandchildren.

Pat Nichols, the Writer

he tragic loss of our God-daughter compelled me to write a story about her life, but with a happy ending. The experience watered a seed planted years earlier and launched career number two. Now I’m proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams or fulfill God’s calling.

How Pat Nichols Began as an Author

I’d heard it takes an average of ten years for an author to land a first publishing contract. Having begun my writing journey after becoming eligible for social security, I needed to shave as much off that time as possible. For three years, my time split between studying the craft, attending conferences, connecting with authors, and writing a second novel. I pitched those first two books to seven agents and publishers and received seven rejections.

One benefit that comes with age is the ability to view rejection and disappointment as opportunity. I took the feedback from those agents and publishers to heart and fleshed out a new idea. A series about two women, strangers from different backgrounds, and a convicted felon returning to the scene of her crime.

How Pat Nichols Grew as an Author

visualized the characters, the way they looked, their personalities and their history. Next came a decision about the settings. A small town struggling to survive and a big, bustling metropolis. Because I live thirty miles from downtown Atlanta, I chose it as the city. Although I’m old enough to remember slide rules, I’m grateful modern technology allows me to conduct research from my living room. Not that I don’t like to get out and about. It’s simply a more efficient use of time.

When it came to the second setting, I wanted to create a community I could conform to the story. It began with century-old storefronts facing a lakeside park and a block-long section graced with seven southern-style, antebellum homes. An abandoned hotel and historical general store completed the scene. It was time to breathe life into Emily, Rachel, and Sadie.

A Debut for Pat Nichols

our years after first typing Chapter One, I signed a contract with Guiding Light, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas imprint. The Secret of Willow Inn—book one in the Willow Falls Series releases January 10, 2019. Book two releases January, 2020.

The discipline, goal setting, and multi-tasking I learned during my corporate life is serving me well in my writing career. The biggest learning curve has been marketing and social media. Thank goodness I have grandchildren to answer my technical questions.  

What’s Next for Pat Nichols?

My goal is to publish at least ten books before God takes me home. My current work-in-progress is Willow Falls Series book three. Emily, Rachel, and Sadie have become so much a part of my life I sometimes want to invite them to dinner.

What’s next? Willow Falls book four, a possible rewrite of my first novel, and a Christmas novella. I thank God for planting the seed and opening the door to this wonderful, world of writing. I pray my journey will encourage others to follow their dreams and view age as a precious gift.

How to Find Pat Nichols

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Dear Lord, Pat’s life story illustrates how You give Your children dreams and callings and set their feet on paths to reach them. We can see Your hand in Pat’s life and in her journey to publication. How faithful You are. Thank You for Your faithfulness to every generation. We pray You’ll bless each word she writes to Your glory.
~ For Jesus’ sake


23 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Pat Nichols

  1. Debbey

    Isn’t God great. I so enjoyed your “chat” and learning of your writing journey. I am looking forward to reading the Willow Falls series…all 10 of them! I agree with you, age is God’s gift to us. It is just a number. We can definitely do all things through Christ. By the way, I am in the midst of my 40th year teaching!

    1. Hi Debby,
      Wow, 40th year teaching. That’s awesome. My mother and sister were teachers and one of my corporate positions was trainer. So we have a lot in common. And you’re right, age is just a number. I hope you enjoy The Secret of Willow Inn.

  2. Tammy

    I totally enjoyed getting to know you. I live about 2 hours from Atlanta in North GA. This book sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

    1. Hi Tammy,
      I love north Georgia, which is why I created Willow Falls in that part of the state. I hope you enjoy the book. Perhaps our paths will cross one day.

  3. Sonnetta Jones

    I love how your goal is to write 10 books before God takes you home. I will be working on my vision board tomorrow and I am excited for what God will place on my heart and what the Holy Sprirt will prompt me to do tomorrow.

    1. Hi Sonnetta,
      Amazing things happen when we follow God’s nudging. He gives us strength we in our weaknesses.

  4. Lydia Rodruguez

    I am going to read your book sounds like I could also invite your characters for lunch . I especially like how I can feel your faith
    for God, keep writing and may God bless you .

    1. Hi Lydia,
      I’m delighted you plan to read The Secret of Willow Inn. Thank you for your encouragement and blessing, both mean a lot. I wish you well in all you do.

  5. Maryann

    It was wonderful getting to know Pat. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into both your writing and personal life. This sounds like a wonderful series with enjoyable characters. You brought back some memories as I remember how my late sister loved being an Avon lady too!

    1. Welcome, Maryann. Thanks for joining our circle.

    2. Hi Maryann,
      You’re welcome. I’ve enjoyed watching my characters develop through the first, second and now third book. I wonder if your sister’s path and mine crossed when she was an Avon lady? It’s possible, because I worked in 4 different divisions in 4 states during my career.

  6. Linda

    I bet I have met you in Atlanta at an Avon conference. I was in the Honor Society so I got to go to Atlanta several times! Looking forward to your books!

    1. What a neat connection, Linda. Great to welcome you to the circle.

    2. Oh my gosh, it’s quite possible we did meet. Honor Society, that’s awesome. I loved working with Avon representatives.

  7. Alison Boss

    Thank you, Pat, for sharing your writing journey with us! It is wonderful to see God work and see His plan unfold as we wait on Him. Though at times that waiting can be very hard, God proves Himself faithful time and time again! Your book, The Secret of Willow Inn, sounds very good!! I love a good mystery! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!! 🙂

    1. My pleasure, Alison and thank you for your insightful comments.

    2. Welcome, Alison. Amen. God does, indeed, prove Himself faithful. Thank you for commenting.

  8. Great to learn more about Pat and her writing journey. Thank you for the encouragement.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Melissa. I wish you much success on your journey.

    2. Welcome, Melissa. I agree. Pat’s message encourages. Thank you for joining our circle.

  9. Belinda

    Amen! What a beautiful inspiration!

    1. Thank you for commenting, Belinda. Blessings as you pursue your dreams.

    2. Yes. Both beautiful and inspiration apply to Pat. Thanks much for joining us, Belinda.


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Let’s Chat! Author Sinmisola Ogunyinka

Welcome, Everyone!

Sinmisola Ogunyinka
Sinmisola Ogunyinka

Sinmisola Ogunyinka joins us as our honored guest this week. (Click to Tweet!) I met Sinmisola several years ago at a writers’ retreat and was instantly impressed with her beauty and warmth. She has written over forty books, including a collection of short stories, contemporary romance, historical, and now a Young Adult African Suspense Thriller.

Sinmisola hails originally from Nigeria but resides now in the USA. Her life story, as you can imagine, is out of the ordinary—like her. (Click to Tweet!) 

**Sinmi’s offering a giveaway, so check it out below.**

**Congratulations to Anthea Kolan, Melissa Henderson, and Wendy Jones, winners of Sinmi’s giveaway of 3 digital copies of Under a Red Delta Sun!** 

Sinmisola Ogunyinka’s Early Life

Sinmisola OgunyinkaMy name is Sinmisola Ogunyinka. I ask people to call me Sinmi (See-me). Sinmi means “Rest” in my local language, Yoruba. The whole name means “Rest in wealth.” I am originally from Nigeria, West Africa. I emigrated to America January 2017.

Sinmisola OgunyinkaBorn and raised in the Western parts of Nigeria, I speak the Yoruba language, besides English. I am the sixth of six children, and my parents were quite enlightened and educated in the society, so we grew up “privileged.” I attended the best available schools and even got to go for vacation outside the country.

Sinmisola’s Education and Work Experience

Sinmisola OgunyinkaI majored in Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University, and later got into the Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild courses. I have worked in accounting, office and human resource administration, property management and facility management.

Sinmisola’s Marriage and Family Life

Sinmisola OgunyinkaI married my college sweetheart, Afolarin, who studied civil engineering but later became a pastor full time. We lived in Calabar in the Southern part of Nigeria for about sixteen years, had four kids, and several foster kids.

Sinmisola OgunyinkaThen we moved to Pretoria, South Africa to plant a church, and now we are in the United States. My husband is an ordained apostle and a church planter.

Sinmisola’s Writing Journey

Sinmisola Ogunyinka
“I started writing at the age of ten.” ~ Sinmisola Ogunyinka

I started writing at the age of ten but in my country, writing is not seen as a career but rather a hobby. So for a long time I had no training and no form of encouragement. I quickly realized that if I wanted to have a career in writing, especially Christian fiction, I’d have to be a pioneer.

Sinmisola OgunyinkaSo, I decided to self-publish in 2003. My first book titled, Sister Minister, is a book with ten short stories followed by Bible passages and a devotional of sorts. I was afraid it would not be well-received if it was just fiction. Only foreign bestselling authors wrote Christian fiction! So I added Bible commentaries at the end of each story! Lol. It worked!

The book sold all of the one thousand copies I printed, and I did a reprint the following year, and a devotional and workbook for the book! Since then, I have self-published forty more books. Established in my country as a Christian fiction writer, I even won an award for Faith-based Writer from a secular organization.

Sinmisola’s Insight

Sinmisola OgunyinkaIt’s been a long journey with many disappointments, and giveaways, but it’s been well worth it. I became one of the pioneers of Christian fiction in my country (Click to Tweet!)

Today, I celebrate the release of my first traditionally published novel, Under a Red Delta Sun.

Sinmisola’s Goals

Sinmisola OgunyinkaI keep writing. My mother, who is an author of educational books back in Nigeria, encourages me to keep writing. Since my first book, I have written forty more books with four series, and a family saga, ranging from contemporary to romance to historical. I have an agent now, Cyle Young, and I have a few books being pitched to several publishers.

I am working on my first novel set in Manhattan. It’s the very first novel I will write that is set completely in the United States. And it’s a contemporary women’s fiction.

I plan to be a bestselling international author. It is another daunting task, but I believe God will make it come true. I hope to make some of my books into movies. That’s my big plan for the future, with God’s hand working!

How to Connect with Sinmi

Sinmisola OgunyinkaMy books are on Amazon.



Twitter : @sinmisolaog 


Pinterest  Sinmisola Ogunyinka


Sinmi’s Giveaway Offer

I would love to give three digital copies of my new novel, Under a Red Delta Sun

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Lord, we continue to be amazed at how You bring Your righteous plans to fruition. You set Sinmi into her family at just the right time. You brought her and Afolarin to OAU at just the right time. And You laid their children in their arms at just the right. Thank You for leading Sinmi into writing for a time such as this. We pray You’ll bless each word she writes for You and that You will enlarge her territory to Your glory.
~ For Jesus’ sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Sinmisola Ogunyinka

  1. Marilyn R

    Sinmi, nice to meet you on Linda’s blog. What an incredible journey you’ve experienced in life. You books sound like wonderful stories to enjoy. Thank you for sharing you story. Blessings as you continue to write. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Linda and each one.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Marilyn R. Nice to meet you on Linda’s blog too! And happy mother’s day to you and yours.

    2. Hi, Marilyn. What a faithful guest you are. You encourage us. Thank you and God bless you.

  2. Great to learn about this author. Thank you for sharing the info.

    1. You’re most welcome, Melissa.

    2. Welcome, Melissa. Great to see your smiling face!

  3. Anthea Kotlan

    Dear Sinmi,
    I love prayer that you wrote and the boldness of your life story. I would love to read one of your books as I need more boldness in my writing life.

    1. Dear Anthea,
      Thank you for your kind comments. You are right, writing needs a lot of boldness, and I pray you find your voice too.
      God bless you richly,

    2. Welcome, Anthea! It’s just wonderful to have you in our circle. Thank you for your uplifting comments. Please come back, friend.

  4. What an inspiring story, Sinmisola. It was lovely to hear your journey and I love the look of your books. May God Bless you richly in your writing

    1. Hello Wendy,
      I say “amen” to your prayers for me and my writing journey. Thank you for your kind comment.


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