**AUTHOR PEEK** Spotlight Interview with Patricia Rosemoor
INTRODUCING… Patricia Rosemoor.
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I live to write and write to live. I’ve written 96 books for 9 publishers and have more than 7 million books in print. And more, of course, in digital formats. I’ve taught Writing Popular Fiction and Suspense Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago since 1987. For fun, I garden. And I volunteer as a Master Gardener (trained by University of Illinois Extension), helping others with their gardening problems. One of my greatest pleasures is spending a day in the garden reading and/or writing.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense. I am fascinated by the combination of love and danger, and feel writing both gives me a more complex story that I enjoy.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to read minds, something I’ve explored in some of my stories. If I could, I would know exactly what readers are looking for.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I think all writers get stuck at some point in their stories. Sometimes it takes a little break from writing to suddenly come up with the solution. Sometimes I need to write something — anything — and keep going. Eventually, I find a solution to whatever help me up, and I go back and rewrite.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Writing a synopsis. I never know the story until I’m halfway through, at which point, I go back and redevelop what I already have.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Something spicy but also healthy like Southwestern turkey chili.
6. What is your typical day like?
Spending too much time on the Internet. Promoting, promoting, promoting. Since the huge shift from print to digital, it seems like I spend more time trying to get the word out about a new release than I do writing the next story.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Oddly enough, none of those. I thrive on developing characters with complex conflict and emotions. Making the story sing as a romance is actually more difficult.
8. A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
I don’t actually use my office. A friend calls it my storage room. I work mostly on a laptop in my living area. So, unfortunately the penguin wouldn’t find me.
9. If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?
Cancer, because it has taken two aunts, a writer friend, sisters of two of my good friends, one of my beloved cats and most importantly, my mother and my husband.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Dangerous debuts on January 6, 2015. My heroine Camille Martell is a disgraced homicide detective who is determined to find a young girl being held by a killer. My hero Drago Nance grew up fighting gangs and has little trust for police, but he’s the PI assigned to help Camille, a woman with whom he had a one weekend stand before spending six months in jail.
Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.
Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.
After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.
With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction
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