TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Patricia: I can and will write anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. Back before I ever dreamed of getting published I was writing short stories and fanfiction to send out to my friends either via email or through online forums. I had an idea for a story come in and actually left my own bridal shower so I could scribble away on an idea I'd had for a Doctor Who fanfic. It's not like it mattered really. My mother in law was hosting it for my in-laws and they didn't even notice I was gone. Then again, she did refuse to hold me a baby shower a few years later so maybe she did notice...
TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Patricia: Anyone who can make me laugh or give me something to wonder about. I love MaryJanice Davidson, Nicole Peeler, Gail Carriger, Linda Wisdom and Katie MacAlister for their abilities to write comedy. I’d love to say I’m influenced by some of the real masters of the craft like Shakespeare, JK Rowling, or Stephen King but I’m totally not. Or maybe I am. I keep trying to live up to what they write. It never works but I keep trying.
TQ: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Patricia: Most definitely a pantser. I wouldn’t know how to plot if the technique grew legs, walked up and slapped me across the face.
TQ: Describe Luck of the Devil in 140 characters or less.
Patricia: The Family Reunion From Hell.
TQ: What inspired you to write Luck of the Devil?
Patricia: I actually saw a young woman in the grocery store, in the middle of the night, arguing into her cellphone with someone about the fact that their family had shown up and she had no idea what to do about it. I ended up following her through the entire store, stalking her almost and listening to her complain to what I always thought was her significant other about the fact that their family had shown up but she was going to be the one doing all the work. That’s when Faith Bettincourt wiggled into my brain and announced “you think she’s got it bad, let me tell you about my family.”
TQ: What sort of research did you do for Luck of the Devil?
Patricia: Research? What is this research as you call it? Oh right, that was making my husband take me to Primanti Brothers for food constantly so I could “check out the ambiance.” Man I love this gig.
TQ: Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?
Patricia: Malachi was the easiest to write. He’s my own personal sort of voice in the story. Somebody once referred to him as a demonic Greek chorus. Everything I ever wanted to say delivered to you in a three foot, demonic form. The hardest character to write was Matt. The character has secrets. Big secrets. And he likes to play things close to the vest. Unfortunately he kept trying to do the same thing with me.
TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?
Patricia: When Faith convinces Matt to steal the Devil’s Lamborghini. You know when the scene starts that it can’t end well. There’s no way it can end well. But with enough bare flesh you can convince even the smartest guy to do something patently stupid.
TQ: Who should play Faith Bettincourt if Luck of the Devil is made into a movie?
Patricia: Reese Witherspoon. Or possible Katie Perry as a blonde. Yeah, definitely Katy Perry as a blonde.
TQ: Do you and Faith have anything in common?
Patricia: We both tend to be the nursemaid in our family. The person who just takes care of everything without question. It’s a horrible habit to have because it always leads you into trouble but at the same time it comes from a pure place so it’s a hard habit to break.
TQ: How many books are planned for Speak of the Devil series?
Patricia: Right now there’re 3 books planned and I’ve started tinkering with the idea of a spin off related to Faith’s sister Hope.
TQ: What's next?
Patricia: Right now Book 2 of Speak of the Devil is with my editor, I’m plotting out Book 3 ( I never write the next book until I’m done edits with the previous one because of all the changes that happens. Ah, plotting why do I fail so much at you?), and starting to work on another series set in a very different world from the one Faith and her family inhabit.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Patricia: Thank you for having me.
About Luck of The Devil
Luck of the DevilSpeak of the Devil 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)
Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.
Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.
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