An interview with Patricia Gallo-Stenman on

April 12, 2018

What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by the world around me. Reality. History. A great story. Raw emotions. Perhaps this originates from my decades-long discipline as a journalist. I am a 100 percent non-fiction writer.

What do we need to know about your book?

What do we need to know about my book? The same as what we need to know about our own children. First, you struggle to conceive and give birth   – and then do your utmost to nurture. Finally, they cleverly surprise you when they are launched into the world. In short, Diary of a Beatlemaniac was compiled from my own diary, newspaper columns, original photos. Best of all, the memoir offers a true glimpse of the ‘60s from a vintage teenager who lived and loved it.

Please describe your writing process.

I usually approach the writing process with much trepidation. I tiptoe into it. Although if something truly inspires me, I will scribble it down quickly on any available scrap of paper. I edit and revise and edit and revise until it feels comfortable and right to me. Diary of a Beatlemaniac was mainly drafted in two-hour intervals on my frequent train trips between Helsinki and Turku, Finland.

What are you reading now?

Currently I am reading The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport.

What are you writing now?

I am not writing at present but am in the research stage. It is a family chronicle based on the 1925 murder of my maternal grandfather in Philadelphia. It features that raw-emotion element coupled with young love, an immigrant family, a dark secret, revenge, and, sadly, murder by gunshot and the assailant’s escape.

Who are your favorite authors?

In alphabetical order: Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Nora Ephron, Joan Didion, Stephen King, James Michener, Vilhelm Moberg, and Kay Thompson.

Patricia's January 4, 2018 appearance on “Good Morning Texas” TV show to discuss Diary Of A Beatlemaniac and show her memorabilia:…/…/diary-of-a-beatlemaniac/287-8385320 

Patricia's May 29, 2019 interview with Bob Wilson in Beatles Magazine: