Thursday, June 24, 2010

Author Interview - Patricia A Rasey

 Congratulations to the Winner:


...Officer, please let them through, they're part of our investigation team. Thank you...Sorry about all that. I'm glad you could make it, Ms. Rasey is right over here and anxious to meet you.

I want to thank all of you for joining us today. Oops, watch the evidence tags, they're everywhere. I'd like to introduce Ms. Patricia A. Rasey, suspense author and today, our investigative lead. She and I have been friends for many years and though we don't live close anymore, we stay in touch with each other. Pat, thank you so much for joining us today, it's a pleasure to have such a talented author here.

A bit about Ms. Rasey: 

Ms. Rasey is a three-time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and a three-time winner of the prestigious RIO Award of Excellence. She is also a three-time EPPIE finalist and was a 2001 nominee for Romantic Times Magazine's Best Electronic Book. Additionally, Twilight Obsessions and Twilight Visions, two anthologies she was a part of, was nominated for the PEARL, the Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature, in the Best Anthology category. Her short story, In The Mind of Darkness won the P and E 2002 Horror short story category. 

Ms. Rasey's work includes the novels... 

-- Deadly Obsession (currently not available).
-- Kiss of Deceit.
-- Facade.
-- The Hour Before Dawn, sequel to the best-selling Deadly Obsession (currently not available).
-- Eyes Of Betrayal, sequel to the best-selling Kiss Of Deceit.
-- Love You to Pieces (not yet published).
-- Lawfully Yours, her first historical romance.
-- Eternally Yours, sequel to Lawfully yours.
-- Dark Savior.
...As well as the novellas and award winning short story...
-- Fear the Dark
-- Sanitarium
-- In the Mind of Darkness

Deanna: Way back when we were critiquing together, I loved the way you wrote from the killer's point of view. It immediately drew the reader in. For those who haven't read Pat's books, you're definitely missing a good read. Pat, tell us a bit about YOU as a person, something that your readers might not know.

Patricia:  I’ve been writing since 1992, and finally saw my first publication in 1999. I wrote short stories in school and had always hoped to one day see my stories in print. I have been actively writing ever since, but I do work full time as well. It’s hard some days to juggle writing, working and the home life, but someday I do hope to make enough money at writing to quit the day job.

While in school, I was always the kid that got picked last in gym class, not real popular…and pretty darn quiet until I hit my junior and senior years when I started breaking out of my shell. After school, I got married and started a family right away. My oldest son, like me, lacked confidence in himself and was also the last kid picked in gym. I decided to get him confidence and enrolled him in Karate taught by my cousin. After he took it a few years, his confidence rose tremendously, and my cousin talked me into taking it myself…I am now a third degree black belt, but unfortunately I no longer teach. It became too hard to fit it all in. Now I am a huge fan of MMA fighting and the UFC.

Deanna:  Did anything happen in your life that made you want to become a writer?

Patricia:  I can’t say that anything happened to make me decide to write. My earliest memory is a neighbor and I decided to create a story. We bought a notebook and we would each take turns writing part of the story, then give it to the other person. I can still remember the basis of that story today. It was a great outlet for my daydreams, so it seemed natural when after discovering reading that I thought: ‘I can do this.’ I started my first historical romance and the rest is history. By the way…no one will ever see that first written novel. We will call it my trial period.

Deanna:   Is there a certain type of character that is easier to write than another?

Patricia:  Believe it or not, I enjoy writing the alpha males and the villains. For some reason, it seems natural to be in their heads. A while back, I had a published friend who told me I should try my hand at suspense. She was correct…I never turned back after writing my first romantic suspense. Comedic characters? Now there is a character type I don’t find easy to write…but I love to read those types of books.

Deanna:   Do you read in the same genre you write?

Patricia:  Yes and no. I tend to read contemporary romance books and love the ones with humor. As I said above, I likely could never pull that off myself. I do read some romantic suspense. But because my head lives in a dark world, I love to read outside that genre to lighten things up for me. Some of my favorite authors, though, are romantic suspense such as Sandra Brown, Tami Hoag, Lisa Jackson and I could go on.

Officer to the crowd beyond the taped area:  PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE CRIME SCENE!

Deanna:   You’ve written a few books that seem to be part of a series: Deadly Obsession and The Hour Before Dawn, Kiss of Deceit and Eyes of Betrayal, even Façade was left open to possibly pursue a sequel. Any future plans for these books?

Patricia:  Deadly Obsession is the first suspense I ever wrote.  A few years later I revisited that book and added more of the vampirism into it and thoroughly enjoyed creating that world. I would love to revisit that series and create a third book giving the character Damien his own book and bring back some of those beloved characters.

The same with Kiss of Deceit and Eyes of Betrayal. The world of outlaw motorcycle clubs is a huge fascination for me. I cannot get enough of the research. I do intend to write a third book and have an undercover agent infiltrate the biker gang I created in Eyes called the Lords of Lucifer. So yes, I do intend a third book in that series as well.

As for Façade, I recently finished a book entitled Love You to Pieces that is not connected to Façade, but the sequel to it, will also be the sequel to Charred Remains which I am currently writing. Shar and KC from Façade return as the hero/heroine in the new book. Love You to Pieces is a pretty dark world of sexual fetishes and I am still looking to seek publication for that work.

So yes, I do have plenty of ideas in the works for those books you mentioned.

Deanna:  Speaking of Deadly Obsession and The Hour Before Dawn, these books are not currently available. Any news that your readers might be able to purchase this series again?

Patricia:  I am hoping to find a new press for both of these works. I am actively seeking representation for them, but no news yet. Stay tuned on my website: I’ll post any news about those re-releases there. I am definitely hopeful that they will be released again someday.

Deanna:   I see that you have also published in the historical romance genre. Any chance you’ll revisit that market?

Patricia:  Never say never, but at this point I don’t anticipate writing in the historical market again. I had fun writing those three books: Dark Savior, Lawfully Yours, and Eternally Yours, and I definitely loved some of those characters. But at this time, I don’t foresee me returning to that type of writing. I think my voice is much stronger in the suspense/thriller side of things.

Deanna:   Yes, you have a very strong voice for those books. Who was your favorite hero to write and why?

Patricia:  I loved writing Egan ‘Villian’ Tate in Eyes of Betrayal. Not that I didn’t like all my heroes, but I think the whole outlaw biker thing makes for the ultimate bad boy. And who doesn’t want a bad boy, right? Bikers have their own code of justice.

It’s up to Dr. Whit Montgomery to tame him. But their two worlds are extreme opposites…her job is to save people and he’s killed before. Whitney has a lot or prejudice to overcome before settling in with her bad boy.

Officer:  Ms. Rasey, we need to you to move your team back just a bit, please. We need more room here. Thank you!

Deanna:   This is exciting to be able to be on the scene of an investigation. Once we all get moved out of their way, do you have any advice for the novice writer?

Patricia:  Never give up. I was once told by a friend that so many people have success waiting just around the corner, but they never realize it because they give up before ever realizing it. My fear is to quit the business because of the extreme work load placed on my shoulders, and losing my opportunity waiting around the bend.

There are all levels of success, too. The first and foremost…finishing that novel to begin with. Anyone can start a book. Not everyone will finish it. Then don’t stop there…while searching for that contract, start another novel. I had six full completed manuscripts written before I ever sold my first book. When I finally got that contract, I was able to sell the rest. Well, except for that first one we talked about earlier. That’s one for my eyes only.

And at each level of success, there is always a next step. Never stop learning, growing, and moving forward. Somewhere, someone is going to like your work.

Deanna:   So what’s next for Patricia A. Rasey?

Patricia:  As I said, I am currently writing Charred Remains. I stalled on it…dallied with the idea of writing a paranormal vampire book/series, and now I think I may just return to Charred Remains. Not that I don’t like the vampire idea…but I just think my voice is stronger in the thriller genre. I had a good friend read the open to both books and she agreed…stick with what I know.

I’d really like to get an agent, so I am working hard on that angle. I’m hoping to catch a bigger publisher’s eye. That’s the dream of every author, right? Cross your fingers…

Deanna:  Pat, thank you so much for being here today. I miss you and wish we had more time to spend chatting but though the miles separate us, I'm so glad we stay in touch.

Readers, feel free to leave a comment for Pat, chat with her a bit and for those who do leave a comment, she will draw a winner Saturday morning for a signed copy of Facade! Thank you all for stopping by. Officers may need to question a few of you before you leave so please cooperate with them. Thanks again. Pat, they're all yours...