Monday, January 14, 2013

Meet Suspense Author Patricia Rasey!

 Patricia Rasey
Suspense Author

      I'd like to introduce you to a long-time friend of mine who also happens to be a kickass writer! We've known each other for many years and Pat is the one who helped show me how to go forward when I started writing! Thank you, Pat! I owe you so much! 
       This week we're hanging out at a biker bar where Pat's next book will take place. It's safe! Come on in, grab a drink and we're at a table back in the corner, come have a seat...Pat's already here!
     Readers, if you've not read her latest work, please take a few moments when you get to the bottom and click her links to check out her latest release, book trailer and more!
      A daydreamer at heart, Patricia A. Rasey, resides in her native town in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her lovable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Todd. A graduate of Long Ridge Writer's School, Patricia has seen publication of some her short stories in magazines as well as several of her novels.
      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&E 2002 Horror short story category.
      When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping with her husband and two sons. Ms. Rasey is currently a third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.


Deanna:  Pat, what a great place for the interview. This pulls us into your story. I love it! What else do you do along with your writing?


 Patricia: Hi, Deanna. Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog. I appreciate it. Along with writing, I also work full-time for a software company called WriteWay. I am their Marketing/Personal Relations Manager. They have created a writing software for fictional novelists. I also use it to write with and love it. It’s a great company to work for.
 
Deanna:  What do you do to relax?


Patricia: I like to read and watch movies. A couple of my favorite pastimes. That…and spending time with my granddaughter. She’s a year and a half and a joy to be around. There is nothing like being a grandmother.
 
Deanna:  As authors, we’ve sometimes been accused of being several people. How many personalities live in your mind?


Patricia: Wow. I’m not sure I have an answer for that. I suppose every character in my book that I am writing at the moment. But then, even when we are finished with that book, most of those characters remain with me for a long time to come. Especially those close to your heart. And those are usually the ones I want to carry on to a new book.
 
Deanna: I hear ya! What is your strongest area in writing: plotting, character personality, dialogue, etc?


Patricia: Dialogue. I think it’s always been my strong point. And character development. I suppose that lends itself to the above question as they do live in my mind. But I’m more of a seat of the pants type of writer—so I am trying to get better at plotting and narrative.


Deanna:  Can you work on more than one book at a time?


Patricia: I can to a point—if I would have to. But I usually don’t. It’s hard for me to turn off one story and go to the next. So for the most part—I stick with one until it’s finished.


Deanna:  How long does it take you to write a book?


Patricia: Longer than I’d like. Due to juggling work, family, and writing—sometimes I allow myself to get lazy and not write. I need to get better at that. But for now, I’d say over a year. Before I worked full-time, I could finish a book in 6 months.


Deanna:  The day job can get in the way for sure! I know that first hand! What is your editing process?


Patricia: I can’t turn off that internal editor. I’ve tried. So as I write, I edit myself until I feel I the chapter or scene is as good as I can get get it. Then I move on about two or three chapters—then I’ll revisit and rewrite again. But the nice thing about doing it that way—when it’s finished, I have less work to do.


Deanna:  What is your favorite way to connect with readers?


Patricia:  Probably through Facebook and Twitter. I don’t mind emails either—and I always try to personally answer them. But the easiest way for reader to interact with me is Facebook and Twitter. I’m just a big kid and I love to get on there and chat.


Deanna:  Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.


Patricia: I really have no typical day because any number of things can change the direction of my day. But I usually hit my office around 8:30 and start doing my day job. After work, I’ll start cooking—then I try to write in the evenings. I also do writing on the weekends when I can fit it in. So I guess, I best try to fit my writing schedule in where I can.


Deanna:  Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?


Patricia: I have a few connected books—Kiss of Deceit/Eyes of Betrayal, Deadly Obsession/The Hour Before Dawn, but most are stand alone books, or are waiting for sequels to be written. But even if the book is a second in a series—you can still read them without having to have read the other.
 
Deanna:  Pat, thanks so much for sharing with us. We wish you the best with Viper!


Patricia:  thanks again for having me guest on your blog, Deanna. It’s been a pleasure.

  

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