(The Chronicles of Nerisette #3)
Pub. Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Although she’s still stuck in the magical world of Nerissette, Queen Allie is finally ready to build a relationship with the half hottie, half dragon next door, Winston. But all isn’t really fair in love and war. Unrest is quickly forming at the borders and soon Allie realizes that the Fate Maker wasn’t the only one who wanted her crown.
When her trusted aunt Bavasama sends her troops into Nerissette on a campaign of murder and mass destruction, Allie has a tough decision to make. She can’t take the chance of letting more people die or letting those she’s lost disappear from memory, but there is more at stake than even she knows. Still, Allie has to do something. And in the process she’ll discover what she’s truly made of when faced with a series of options…each more horrible than the last.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That my characters usually have minds of their own and most of the time they couldn’t care less what plot I come up with—they’re going to do what they want.
I think I’m most like Mercedes because I remember being horribly awkward at that age and feeling like I didn’t belong. The character I’m least like? I’m definitely least like Kitsuna. I was never the brave, gung ho teenager who dropped herself into trouble I was always the one on the sidelines holding the books going “um guys….”
Do you have a particular writing habit?
I have to have noise. Music, reruns blaring on the television, something. Otherwise I get creeped out by the sounds my house makes. Last time I tried to write in silence I managed to convince myself that there was an animal trapped in my heater (there wasn’t) and that it was slowly and painfully roasting to death (it wasn’t). I even convinced myself I could smell it ( I couldn’t.)
What is the hardest part of your writing?
The first chapter. I spend a week on the first chapter of my rough draft and I can get the rest done within eight weeks but I’ll go back and write a first chapter a dozen times and still not be happy with it. To be honest, I’m usually not happy with my first chapters until that final pass of edits before the books go to the printers and even then it’s more that I’m resigned to the fact that I can’t think of better.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. Write. Write. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. And if you do get discouraged? Write anyway. Get one of Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art posters. Put it over your desk and another one over your bed. Put it on your fridge. Over the toilet. Wherever you’re going to see it. Then write some more.
Describe yourself in three words.
Neurotic. Chocoholic. Bibliophile.
I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books? Of all time?
From my books—definitely Esmeralda. That cat owned me from the minute she stepped onto the page.
Of All Time—Raziel by Christopher Moore. He makes his first appearance in The Stupidest Angel: A Tale of Christmas Terror and then he reappears as a side character in the book Lamb and to me, the angel is proof that God does in fact have a sense of humor. And he loans it to writers on occasion.
Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?
They’re coming to take me away by Napolean XIV? No seriously, I listened to this CD my brother burnt me of all these epic movie climax music. It had Last of the Mohicans and Star Wars and all sorts of stuff and he entitled it the Playlist of Awesome and anytime I get stuck writing that’s what I play is the Playlist of Awesome. If it doesn’t clear out the block then at least I get a laugh out of the deal.
Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?
I try to plot but routinely the characters take over and I find out that I’ve wasted my time because they have other ideas.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?
Christopher Moore. I think his ability to grasp the absurd and make you suspend disbelief long enough to follow him down his particular rabbit hole is absolutely brilliant.
What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m actually working on an adult romance novel series about a group of not-so-super superheroes who are trying to find love and keep screwing up.
Patricia's a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in her twenties she earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but, her passion has always been a good book. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she's not writing she can be found fencing and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. She's in a distant third. Patricia writes adult Paranormal under the name Patricia Eimer and writes Young Adult books under the name Andria Buchanan.
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