Her relationship with a publisher came at the right time, she says. As orders for Real Women and offers of speaking engagements poured in, Patterson found herself overwhelmed. She says that the deal will give more time to do what she loves: write.
"My plans are to continue to inform people and women in particular," Patterson says. "My focus is women's issues. And if by chance I make money while I tap into these issues, that's fine, I guess.