Author Anne Patrick is my guest today. I’m so happy she’s visiting! Just wait ’till you hear about her writing, I guarantee your jaw will drop! She just released “Fire and Ash” from Desert Breeze Publishing.
Hi Anne, welcome, welcome! Thank you so much for joining us today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, Regina, that’s a complicated question. I guess you could say I’m the female version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…well maybe not that bad, but I do have an alter ego named Kinzie Monroe. Together we’ve penned over a dozen novels that are either published or under contract. When Anne’s not telling ‘sweet’ suspenseful tales of murder and mayhem, Kinzie fills in with stories of love and inspiration. Having a split personality makes life so much more interesting :-).
How long have you been writing? What’s the most rewarding aspect of it?
I’ve been spinning tales since high school, but I didn’t really get serious about my craft until about three years ago. The most rewarding aspect would be hearing from my readers. There is no greater feeling than to receive a letter or email from someone telling you they loved one of your stories.
You have a new release. For those who haven’t read the book yet, would you tell us a little about it?
Fire and Ash is an inspirational romantic suspense. Here’s the book blurb: Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks accidental. What Sadie and the handsome new sheriff discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community and may cost one of them their life.
What was the inspiration behind your book?
The idea came to me while watching the DVD of the movie Backdraft a couple of years ago. I loved Robert DeNiro in the part of the fire investigator and was really intrigued by what all goes into finding the answers to why a fire started. I then had the good fortune of meeting a real life fire investigator named Keith Tarbox who helped me get inside the head of my main character, Sadie McGregor. He also read over the entire manuscript to make sure the fire scenes were believable and that I did my homework.
That’s so interesting! Could you tell us what to expect in any other books you’ll be releasing?
No Greater Love, written by Kinzie, was also released this month. No Greater Love is a unique book that has it all: romance, drama, salvation, and sacrifice. It gives a whole new meaning to what it means to lay down one’s life for a friend. Leah Dalton has been handed a death sentence in the form of a deadly brain tumor. Fearing a painful death, she comes up with a plan to end her life on her terms. Attorney Kirby Shelton reluctantly joins Leah on her journey and faces decisions that can and will chance her life forever. Kirby’s life isn’t the only one that is about to be changed, five of Leah’s closest friends have been included in Leah’s plan to end her life. Will one of them risk their future and freedom for three hundred million dollars?
Do you plot your stories in advance, or just start writing and see where the story goes?
I’m a character driven pantster. Once the idea is planted I concentrate on my characters. They basically use me as their writing vessel to tell their story the way THEY want it told.
Do you belong to a writer’s group? Have you in the past?
Since I live in a small town, I have to rely on the internet as far as writing groups go. I belong to several but I’m most active in The Sweetest Romance Author group and The Romance and More Promotions group. I’ve met several very talented authors who have been beneficial in helping me to learn more about the craft. Having awesome editors is also a huge plus.
What role does the geographical location play in your storylines?
I’ll usually choose a state, do some research of the area in which I want to create my fictional town or city, and go from there. I love dreaming up the perfect setting for my characters to live in…that is when they let me.
For plot development, have your methods changed since you began writing? How?
You ask such great questions! Back in high school, when I first started writing, I used to try and write like authors I admired. That didn’t work out too well. I would hit roadblocks and get discouraged. Then a met a wonderful writing instructor named Marilynn Henderson who told me to write from my heart and to tell the story as if I was speaking to someone sitting across from me. It was the best advice I’ve ever received. Marilynn later told me that advice came from her mentor, the great Phyllis Whitney.
Oh, I love Phyllis Whitney! Wow! That is incredible!! Outside of your writing life, is there something you would like to advocate through your writing?
My faith comes through in all my writing whether I’m writing as Anne or Kinzie. The Lord blessed me with this gift and I want to use it in a way that is pleasing to Him. I know it’s hard to imagine a story about a serial killer as being inspirational but I guess that’s why they call it Edgy Christian Fiction. There is both evil and good in this world and I like combing the two and watching how my characters deal with it.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Hands down, it’s Dee Henderson. If you haven’t read her O’Malley series or Uncommon Heroes series, you’re really missing out. She is a fantastic Christian Fiction author who writes spell binding tales of adventure and intrigue laced with inspirational messages.
Could you tell us a bit about some of your other publications?
Every Skull Tells a Story was my first published novel back in 07. Journey to Redemption was published in 09. Followed by: Dark Alliance, Lethal Dreams, Reservations for Two (by Kinzie), Ties That Bind, Out of the Darkness, Fire and Ash, No Greater Love (by Kinzie), and in November I have one coming out called Sabotage. You can visit my website, http://www.annepatrick.weebly.com for book blurbs, excerpts and buy links.
Thank you so much for sharing with us, Anne. I have learned so much from you already with all your experiences…this calls for an encore at your convenience! Good luck with your releases and please come back again soon!
It was a pleasure, Regina! Thanks for having me. I had a blast. And good luck to you with all of your writing endeavors.