We are so thrilled to host Jessica Patch here on our blog. She is one stellar lady and the read of her novel Fatal Reunion will be a delicious experience. It's so great to have her here today!
Thanks so much, ladies, for having me here. Happy New Year!
What authors do you like to read? Oh my. I have so many. I think I read most everyone in the CBA! And I also read in the General Market. I’ve become a big, big fan of Carrie Stuart Parks (suspense/thriller). She really needs to write faster. :)
What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing? If I’m being honest, I’d have to say my first love affair with books was the Sweet Valley High. Well, not my first love affair because I adored Ramona, Little House on the Prairie and such. But I loved the melodrama and romance/triangles in Sweet Valley High and then of course, Nora Roberts. Long before I realized there was a Christian market, I devoured many of her books.
What’s more important: characters or plot? Can’t have one without the other. I think they’re equally important. When I’m writing a contemporary romance, the characters talk to me first—who they are, what they want. In a suspense, the plot typically comes and the characters insert themselves and open up while trying to stay alive.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author and what would it be? A subject? I never say never. I’ll write about anything God tells me to and I don’t want to limit Him by drawing a line. I typically like to tackle edgier topics. Read my novellas. It can be done tastefully.
How important are names to you in your books and how do you choose them? Oh! So very important. Typically, they name themselves and then when I look up what the names mean, it has a lot to do with the story or their personality. So I pretty much say, “It’s a team effort. Them, me, & God.”
What secret talents do you have? Because here at the CCC blog we have all kinds of them ;) I have the inane ability to interrupt a conversation with song lyrics that pertain to the conversation. I have several friends that call me “iTunes.” I can also apply a Friends TV quote to any topic as well. I’m kinda proud of it all.
What were you like as a child? Steady-going like our Anne, a tornado like Jaime, and adventurous soul like Erica, or an avid-reader like Gabrielle? As a child (not a teenager) I was bossy but well-mannered. I like to read a LOT and make up stories with my Barbies and babies. I did this pretty much every day. Carried the storyline out like a soap opera. I did like adventure, without getting dirty. I don’t much care to be filty. Sundresses, pig tails, barbies, babies, and books. That was me.
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do? I find myself in sticky situations often because I forget to turn on my filter. I typically use humor to slide my way out. But in storms, serious storms, I go to the Rock, baby. My Shelter in the storm. My best friend. The lover of my soul. And I let Jesus defend me or get me through whatever it may be.
What’s your writing goals for 2016? Well, I have another book coming out in June (Protective Duty) and possibly one late in 2016, but more likely January 2017. My 4th Love Inspired Suspense book is due in May, so I ought to write that at some point. :) And I plan to work on an Indie series to release in 2017. I hope, anyway. We’ll see where God takes me. I have a book on submission and a Bible study. So lots going on! Which is a good thing.
Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages? My heroine (Piper) is a black belt in karate and owns a doja. She’s scrappy, tough, and capable of taking care of herself. She’ll stop at nothing to find out who hurt her grandmother and is trying to kill her. And if that means bypassing a former love who’s a homicide detective (Luke), she will.
An elderly man shuffled across the floor with a pile of chips, and Piper nearly careened into him.
Smoky appeared at the end of a nickel slot machine row, a grin on his face as he looked back at Luke cuffing the big guy. You just wish you were home-free, Willis Fitzgerald.
Piper erupted from the side and tackled Smoky, his head nailing the carpet with a thud. She pressed his cheek into the floor. He deserved the carpet burn.
An older woman squealed and onlookers surrounded her like a SWAT team.
Luke split the crowd and stared down at her, the big guy in front of him with a scowl on his face.
Piper wasn’t sure if Luke was appalled or amazed. Either way. This punk was hers. She craned her neck at Luke. “Don’t worry. I didn’t put him under arrest for ya.”
“Well, it’s the little things that bring me pleasure.”
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