Tuesday, 11 May 2010

My Guest: Anne Patrick

Earlier this month, Anne and I, fellow Champagne Books writers, decided to swap interviews.  She has a new book out called Out Of The Darkness.

Anne Patrick, author of ‘Sweet’ Edge of Your Seat Romantic Suspense, has penned more than a dozen novels.  Her works have garnered four and five star reviews and she’s received or been nominated for several awards.  Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent.  Anne has an alter ego by the name of Kinzie Monroe, who writes Inspirational Romance.  Anne, you might say, is the dark side of Kinzie.  Anne’s books may be darker in subject matter, but they all carry messages of hope and faith.  Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.

LR: How long have you been writing?
AP: I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, but I didn’t get serious about it until a couple of years ago.  It was then I studied the craft, honed my work and started submitting.  After a folder full of rejections, I landed my first publisher in 2007.  I now have nine books under contract with several different publishers.

LR: What's your genre and why this particular?
AP: I write ‘Sweet’ Romantic Suspense because I’m a suspense junkie big time.  I have an alter ego named Kinzie Monroe who writes Inspirational Romance.  She’s my lighter side.

LR: How do you get inspiration?
AP: My muse tackles me from many different directions.  While people watching, driving down the highway, walking my dog, I’ve even dreamed some of my ideas.

LR: Which books/authors are among your favorites? 
AP: Dee Henderson is at the top of my list for her O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series.  They are fantastic!  Many others follow.  Stephen King, Ted Dekker, Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag just to name a few.

LR: How did you get through the initial no-name-writer-going-through-submissions stage?
AP: The biggest step I took in seeking publication was finding a pro editor who worked with me on my first two books.  Her help was invaluable in that she pointed out my weak areas, but at the same time was very encouraging.  Once I had enough confidence I started submitting and just kept at it until that first door opened.

LR: How many books have you written?
AP: More than a dozen, so far.  Nine are under contract, a couple are being reviewed by publishers at this time, and I’m working on two others.

LR: Your current release, what's it about? 
AP: Out of the Darkness released from Champagne Books May 3rd.  Here’s a blurb: Ex-FBI Profiler Alex Michaels is forced into hiding by the serial killer who murdered her twin sister and left her with a career ending injury. Meeting up with an ex-pro football player who is also facing an uncertain future, Alex makes Royce McIntire an offer he can’t refuse.  Settling into her new life, Alex has no idea the killer is hot on her tracks along with the team of FBI agents who failed to protect her before.  When they all catch up to her, not only is her peaceful life shattered, but once again her life is in jeopardy.   You can purchase it here: http://champagne.vstore.ca/product_info.php/pName/out-of-the-darkness-ebook
LR: Are you in both print and ebooks?
AP: Yes.  Most of my releases are available in both formats or will be soon.

LR: Why ebooks?
AP: I personally like ebooks because of their affordability and convenience.

LR: What's next for you?
AP: I’m working on a romantic suspense and an inspirational romance.

LR: Anything else you’d like to add?
AP: I just want to thank you for having me on your blog today and I’d like to mention that throughout the month of May I’m giving away free downloads of Out of the Darkness and Ties That Bind, along with a few other goodies.  To learn more about my latest releases, please visit my blog: www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com or my website: www.annepatrick.weebly.com.

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