patspicturePatricia E. Canterbury is a children’s book author, award-winning poet and short story writer,  novelist, philanthropist and political scientist.

 Her first adult mystery novel is Every Thursday (Willow Valley Press 2009). The Secret of St. Gabriel’s Tower (Regeje Press 1998) is the first of a proposed five book middle-grade historical mystery series, A Poplar Cove Mystery. This is a historical mystery set in the late 1920s in a fictionalized “colored” town in Northern California coast.

Read about the adventures of three eleven year old best friends nicknamed, The Triplets, by the townspeople who solve mysteries in and around their small town.


Carlotta’s Secret (Rbe Pub 2001) is the first of her eight chapter book contemporary mystery series, The Delta Mysteries, and has been optioned by a small independent motion picture studio.  Carlotta’s Secret introduces the reader to the small fictionalized town of Willow Springs, California, and to Carlotta Stevens, a newly transplanted New Yorker, her mother and father and the six neighborhood friends who call themselves the Webster Street Gang. In the first novel we also meet Miss Simon, a woman with an unusual past who also plays a part in some of the future novels.

Carlotta’s Secret has been optioned by a motion picture studio for some time.


Q & A with Author Patricia E. Canterbury

by Book Promotions Newsletter Editor Francine Silverman


Q – Any news?

Unfortunately no news on the movies front.


Q –  You were the assistant executive officer of the Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Another mystery author who was an electro photographic engineer at Eastman Kodak says there’s a link between engineering and writing. Do you see any commonality between the two

No, I’m not an engineer. I’m a political scientist who has been writing since I was 10. I always have a dozen stories in my head.


Q – You have said that as an African American writer, you “believe that it is important to show African-American children in natural settings doing real things and engaged in childhood play.” As author of books featuring African American children is your marketing directed at schools and communities with high percentages of AA students, or do your books transcend ethnicities?

My marketing is to the Greater Sacramento School District. I have been the only AA author speaking at assembly in many of the rural schools. I believe my books transcend ethnicity especially my historical Poplar Cove Mysteries.

It’s one thing to write for adults, children and middle school children but surely you have different ways of marketing all three.


Q – Please explain how you do this.

All of them have a “sense” of mystery to them so I attend Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon and other mystery conferences and speak on panels aimed at Childrens’ Authors, Midgrade Authors or Adults.


Q – You have received awards and won contests for your poetry and short stories – the hardest things to sell of all writingsDo you have any special ways of marketing poetry and short stories?

Sacramento is a very active poetry town. There is Open Mic somewhere almost every night. When I have something new I go to an Open Mic event. For the short stories I participate in various anthologies, Capitol Crimes (mystery), wrote one story edited both anthologies; Seasoned Sistahs (a women of color, mostly African American) submitted and was accepted in three of the anthologies, ZICA Creative Arts & Literary Guild’s two anthologies, submit and was accepted in two anthologies. I’ve been in over a dozen anthologies.


Patricia was interviewed by Francine Silverman, editor of Book Promotion Newsletter, an on-line publicist, compiler of 16 ebooks of talk radio shows and host of a weekly radio show, Fraternizing with Fran – where interesting people come to chat.  blog:

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4 Responses to “Q & A with Author Patricia Canterbury by Francine Silverman”

  1. ~Sia McKye~ says:

    I admire anyone who can do open mic. Where we live there aren’t any unless you go to the larger cities.

    Stories about the adventures of children should transcend ethnicity. Stories told with a different culture background are fun to read whether you’re an adult or a kid.

    Thank you for sharing Ms Canterbury’s story.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  2. This author has the best answers to your questions. I love that she shows her characters in mysterious adventures.

    She’s practically a neighbor. Maybe I can hear her speak one of these days.

  3. Shelly says:

    Great interview, you two!

    Hi, nut!

    Hugs and chocolate!

  4. Maurice Mitchell says:

    What an inspiring interview and I love the thoughtful answers to the question. African American or not we need more young adult mysteries.

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