Episode 105 – Paula Bicknell loves to write California historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

Show Overview

  • Paula Bicknell is an author with seven children who lives in a farm. As a child she was an avid writer. In her 20’s she wrote feature stories for the local newspaper. Because of her large family and life on the farm, she often struggles with finding time to write – but she wants to write a book every six months. She has two books out in what will be a three book series of California history, and one contemporary fiction. More books are planned.


  • Historical fiction and contemporary fiction.

My Books

My Writing Obstacles

  • Time is my obstacle. There’s never enough time to do what you want to do. I learned early in life about hard work, and to get it done. Writing is hard work.

On Connecting With Other Writers

  • I connect with other writers through social media and the Internet.

On My Writing Process

  • When I write a book I see it as a film, as a movie, so action is important to me. I visualize it.

Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

  • Read. As a writer you must be a reader – especially if you want to be a historical writer. You have to do the research and read about the history too.

My Writing Motivation

  • I have a hunting dog who was bred to naturally hunt. I think I was bred to naturally write. I have always loved writing and reading – I was made to write.

On Balancing Writing Projects

  • That’s self control. I make myself finish a book because you’re never going to get a book published if you don’t finish it. I tell myself this is the book I am writing and until it’s done, this is what I get to do.

The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing

  •  I learned perseverance. I learned not to give up on a book, on a story, and not to give up on myself – to trust my journey.
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My Most Difficult Writing Challenge

  • I struggle with time management. I’m a mom first and have a 6-year old little guy to care for [while everyone else is working on the farm]. I put my books well behind my family. I need to spend time with them.

My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author

  • I got to go to my son’s third grade class and talk about my writing. They were full of questions. It was so rewarding.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • Don’t give up. Keep writing.

My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • Keep writing. Believe in yourself and your Maker. Believe you were born a writer.

What Writing Success Means to Me

  • Honestly, I want writing success. But when it’s all said and done, I really honestly want to please God. I hope people say I want to get to know the Lord better after reading your book.

My Favorite Book on Writing

The Author That Inspires Me

How To Find Me

About Paula from Her Amazon Author’s Page

  • In her early years, Paula wrote feature stories for a daily California newspaper. A fifth generation Californian, Paula’s great great grandmother came to California in a covered wagon and married a California farmer. Paula’s family has been farming ever since. Paula works on her family’s farm, writes historical fiction, and blogs about life, love, and farming at psbicknell.com.

From My Perspective

  • In the show’s From My Perspective segment I talk about the importance of loving what you write. Having passion for your writing project will carry you through the long process of writing, getting to publication, marketing, and extending the life of your book.

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