EP: In Abigail’s Revenge, the central character,
Abigail is a plus-size woman. You have the male character Desh,
describe her rounded, full frame and her beauty, “…don’t ever be
ashamed of your beauty. Don’t run from it. You are a beautiful
Do you feel that larger women tend to shy away from their
curves, their beauty over all?
PB: I think, in most cases, it’s very hard for larger
women to accept and believe that they can be beautiful. On a
daily basis, we’re told that we can’t be beautiful if we aren’t
tall, thin and young.
EP: When writing Abigail’s Revenge, did you have
someone in mind for the character of Abigail or was she a
product of a fertile and active imagination?
PB: Abigail was mostly a product of my imagination. I
wrote the prologue of Abigail’s Revenge one day, just
“playing around” with a different writing style. Just to prove
that I could write in a more “mysterious” voice than I usually
do. I liked the prologue, so I sent it to several reading
friends and their reaction was very strong. So I decided to tell
EP: The characters within Abigail’s Revenge are
rather startled to see Abigail’s new larger frame. Yet, Abigail
feels good being a larger woman and makes no apologies for her
larger voluptuous figure. Do you feel that Plus-size women need
to take a stand for themselves and accept who they are size and
PB: Abigail knew a lot of hunger in her childhood, so
when she was sent to prison and started having regular meals,
her body sought and found its natural fullness. So Abigail
couldn’t grasp the concept that she should make herself hungry
again by dieting just to be skinny like she used to be. And
that’s the point I was trying to bring out to my readers. Each
of us has our own mold that our bodies fight to maintain. When
we diet, 99% of us gain it right back if we aren’t hungry. So,
yes, each of us should accept the size we are, look the world in
the face and say, “Hello! This is me! I’m not apologizing for
who I am. And I’m not changing who I am just because society
thinks I should.”
EP: The lead female characters in, Abigail’s Revenge
and A Worthy Heir are plus-size women who face personal
and emotional obstacles by other characters within the book due
to their size. Do you feel that larger women are treated in a
similar fashion say within the workplace, their homes, or in
general by society overall?
PB: Yes. I use these other characters in my books to
bring out the issues that larger women face. I always have the
“opposition” character that I use as the mouthpiece of what we
hear and have to deal with every day in our society.
EP: Your books have an underlying tone of self-acceptance
and even on your website you have, “10 Steps to Loving your
Body”. Do you feel that in today’s thin-centric society it is
important for women of any size to wave their self acceptance
banners and proclaim, “I like who I am?”
PB: In two of my books, Nobody’s Perfect and A
Worthy Heir, my heroines come into the story as
self-confident women. There’s a lot of “me” in those heroines.
In three of my books, His Brother’s Child, Wanted: One
Groom and Abigail’s Revenge, I’ve brought the
heroines into the story not quite as confident. The reason I did
this is because I wanted to address some of the issues that most
of us have had to deal with, or are still dealing with when it
comes to self-acceptance. But what I try to accomplish at the
end of my books is to have all my heroines, and hopefully the
reader, feeling so good about themselves that they want to walk
out into the street and shout, “Hey world! I like me just the
way I am!” No matter what size they are. My goal is to remind
all women… of any and every size that we’re okay just the way we
EP: What inspired you to write about larger characters in
your novels? Do you feel that any of your characters are a
personal reflection of yourself?
PB: I discovered romance novels when I was a teenager. My
favorite author, at the time, was Emily Loring. I loved her
books because they weren’t just romance novels. They also had
wonderful “life-messages” written into the story. I knew I
wanted to write novels, but I wanted my novels to have a message
that would make the reader feel better about themselves when
they’d finished my book(s). But at the time, and until I was 33
years old, I was busy starving myself, trying to stay thin.
After I stopped dieting and decided to love whatever body that
developed from eating healthily and exercising moderately, I
realized that there was no representation of us “big girls” in
the media, movies, or books. Then, one day, that proverbial
light bulb went off over my head… romance novels with Big
Beautiful Heroines. I immediately started my first novel with a
Big Beautiful Heroine, Nobody’s Perfect.
Actually, I think all my heroines have a little of me in them.
After all, they’re seeing the world through my eyes.
EP: Do you have any words of wisdom or self encouragement
you would like to pass onto other women who read your books?
PB: Just like a snowflake, each one of us is unique. Each
one of us is a one-of-a-kind work of art. There never has been,
nor will there ever be another individual like us. So we don’t
have the right not to love ourselves.
Browse Pat Ballard's books on-line at
|In addition to romance novels Pat is working on her
first non-fiction book, 10 Steps To Loving Your Body,
that should be in print by late spring or early summer.
If you would like to know more about Pat Ballard and
other works by her, please visit her blog,
The Queen's Proclamation.