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by Dee Gentle
Leslie Tramposch: Managing Editor - Sara Reyes: Marketing and Publicity

 
January 2008 Issue
 
 
Knights To Remember
Spotlight on Chivalry Themed Romance
Featuring 
 
Interviews with:
| Lisa Renee Jones | Rene Lyons | Kinley MacGregor | Cindy Miles |
 
Special Features:
 
The SCIONS Series from Nocturne
An Interview with Patrice Michelle
 ~~
PNR Coming Attractions 2008
 
 
Chat with Featured Authors
at PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 9pm Eastern
 

Patrice Michelle

Born and raised in the Southeast, award-winning author Patrice Michelle gave up her financial calculator for a keyboard and never looked back. Thanks to an open-minded family who taught her that life isn’t as black and white as we’re conditioned to believe, she pens her novels with the belief that various shades of gray are a lot more interesting. She’s a natural with a point-and-shoot camera, likes to fiddle with graphic design and, to the relief of her family, strums her guitar to an audience of one.

An Interview with Patrice Michelle

PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?

Patrice M.: I started writing a full length novel right after I’d finished reading my hundredth novel (okay, it was probably more like my 400th book.).  I closed the book and sighed with happiness.  My college roommate said, “I’ll bet you could write a novel. You’ve certainly read enough.”

I’d always been a voracious reader since elementary school and from my early teens on I’d entered contests for short pieces of work here and there, but once my friend mentioned writing my own book, I thought, “I should try. I love the romance genre too much not to at least see what I can accomplish.” I did start a novel in college, but it wasn’t until a decade had passed that I really got serious about writing.  Nine months after I started writing again, I sold my first novel, A Taste for Passion.

PNR: Are you able to write as much as you would like? Could you tell us about your writing schedule? What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

Patrice M.: When I first started writing, I was only able to write at night after a long day working full time.  I’d get home from work, eat and then write until three in the morning, crawl into bed and get up at seven am for work the next day.  The very first book I wrote was written this way.  It took me four months to write it.

Today I feel very lucky to be able to write full-time. My schedule is about six hours of uninterrupted writing time five days a week and then another few hours over the weekend.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, digital photography and working on graphic design projects.

PNR: What are the greatest challenges to you as an author?

Patrice M.: Balancing writing time with other aspects of being an author, like promo, keeping up with email, etc is the greatest challenge.  Sometimes the other factors can really take a chunk of time out of your writing day.

PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?

Patrice M.: I feel the most essential elements are blending unique and complicated storylines with compelling, three dimensional characters. 

I find that creating the kind of characters readers will cheer for and placing them in a distinctive yet believable world (especially if it’s paranormal) are challenging and exciting aspects of being an author.

PNR: Readers are very excited about your January 2008 release of RESURRECTION from Silhouette Nocturne; this is the first in your new SCIONS series. Could you tell us what inspired this new series and a little about your vision for the project? A sneak peek perhaps?

Patrice M.: Yey! I’m thrilled readers are excited about my Scions world.  The inspiration for Scions: Resurrection came straight from a dream, and you’ll find bits and pieces of chapter two in my book almost verbatim from that surreal dream.  The rest of my Scions world, the prophesy, the secondary characters and the two following books were all an outcome of me brainstorming with the question, “Okay, I had this really cool dream. Now, how can I expand it into a book?”  The ideas for the next two Scions books flowed from the first one.

Here’s the official blurb for Scions: Resurrection, the book that kicks off the beginning of my Scions trilogy.

Everyone believed vampires were extinct.

Everyone was wrong.

When Ariel Swanson wrote a novel about vampires, she hoped it would exorcise her fear of the creatures that had, not so long ago, terrorized the human population.

Instead, it brought her to their attention. 

And to the attention of Jachin Black—a man banished from the Sanguinas, a vampire clan, and forced to hunt among the despised humans. For he clung to the prophecy given years ago, of a better way for his kind to live… a prophecy Ariel unknowingly used as the basis of her novel.

Ariel hates and fears vampires. Jachin despises humanity. But the prophesy—and passion—bind them in ways they could never have imagined. Ways that may heal the past, and change the future…

Excerpts are available on my website.

PNR: Could you tell us about the challenges you face in world building and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and the series?

Patrice M.: The biggest challenge is that I’m a panster writer at heart (I write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants), and even though I’ve had to evolve into a hybrid writer in many ways (I now write a high-level outline to give me an idea how the story might go), I still like to discover the story as I write it. I like to be surprised by the characters’ reactions and choices and pleasantly shocked at the plot twists that pop up from nowhere—gotta love the “subconscious muse”, forever on autopilot and working in the background. *g*   

Many of my world rules I’ll know before I ever start writing, but others are discovered as I write the story.  And yes, as I move forward to the next book(s), the challenges grow because in later novels, I must make sure that I stay “true” to my world rules I’ve created while delving deeper into my world and keeping my characters’ stories fresh and unique.

PNR: Could you give us some insight into the mythology of the Sanguinas and the vampire culture you have created?

Patrice M.: With Scions: Resurrection I tried to take a new spin on vampires.  Instead of starting my story with the assumption that vampires exist, I wanted to back up a little to explain “where” vampires and werewolves came from, to change up the mythology a bit.  My vampires were once human and were the result of a genetic experiment.  They aren’t undead, but are superhuman in many ways.  They evolved into supernatural beings over time.  Yes, they have fangs and avoid sunlight, and as the storyline progresses you’ll discover other slight differences in my Scions race of vampires.

PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?

Patrice M.: Actually, I think my writing is both plot and character driven.  I love complicated plots, so I like to think forward as to what might happen, but my characters are the ones who ultimately dictate how the plot with unfold.  I think that’s the hardest aspect of being a bit of both…is finding just the right balance between developing both the characters and the plot.  I want “character” readers to feel that I went deep with my characters, touching the characters’ hearts and uncovering their issues in the most intimate and emotional ways, yet I also want “plot” readers to appreciate the twists and turns I’ve included and be surprised by the path I took my story down.

PNR: Your heroine, Ariel is a writer and Jachin is a bitter, tortured hero; they have much to overcome to find happiness. Could you tell us a little about how you developed their characters? Who has been your favorite character to write? The most challenging?

Patrice M.: In the dream I mentioned earlier, I knew the woman was an author who’d written a book about vampires and the man who kidnapped her was a vampire, but that’s all I knew.  The rest of the story I developed after I woke up and started scribbling. As for Ariel and Jachin’s characterization, the intricate facets of their personalities developed along the way as the story evolved and progressed.

I’d have to say that Jachin Black has definitely been my most challenging (and therefore my most favorite for this reason) character to write because he was so dark and he was also my hero.  I’ve written very dark secondary characters in other books, but not main characters.  As I created Jachin’s character, I had to make sure I wrote him in such a way that readers could sympathize with him and fall in love with him as well. I really enjoyed writing Jachin Black and urging and prodding him into a worthy hero.

PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write the love/sex scenes?

Patrice M.: The sensuality level of my books is definitely on the steamy side. ;o)  I’ve never found it challenging to write love scenes, because I let my characters dictate how and when they will finally make love.  I’m a big believer in tons of sexual tension, so I’ll let my main characters’ attraction to each other build and build until neither the hero nor the heroine can fight their desire any longer. I guess you could say I like my love scenes to be explosive when they finally happen.

PNR: Your Kendrian Vampires series from Ellora’s Cave has been very popular with readers.  Why do you feel vampires and shifters are such a popular theme in the paranormal romance genre?

Patrice M.: I think vampires and shifters heroes are so popular because even though they represent the “paranormal” equivalent to a “bad-boy” in a contemporary novel, their dangerous, primordial nature ratchets up the stakes considerably when it comes to interacting with them. In my mind, beyond being from a supernatural race, what makes paranormal heroes the most appealing is that they also possess a primal, seductive prowess that is hard to resist—then again, who’d want to resist them? LOL!

PNR: You have written in the vampire, shifter, time travel and contemporary genres; what is it about the paranormal romance genre that captures your imagination? Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?

Patrice M.: The paranormal genre gives me free rein to write whatever my imagination can conceive. I love that kind of freedom! I haven’t written a book set in the far future, yet.  One day, maybe. :)

PNR: How does publishing with a print publisher differ from epublishing? Do you plan to continue epublishing as well as print?

Patrice M.: I can only speak to my experience with EC, Samhain and Silhouette, but publishing with a print publisher is fairly similar to publishing with an epub.  The editorial processes are comparable overall, i.e. editorial input, revisions and then a few rounds of edits occur before the final book is completed.  The time frames from sale to publication are the biggest differences between print and epubs. It’s obviously a lot longer from sale to publication in the print publishing world, but you also get the benefit of mass distribution, so each venue has its advantages.  Yes, I do plan to submit some work to a small press publisher to fill those stints between sale and release in the print world.

PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?  

Patrice M.: In the next few months, I should have four print books releasing:

Scions: Resurrection – Silhouette Nocturne (Jan ’08)

Scions: Insurrection – Silhouette Nocturne (May ’08)

Scions: Revelation – Silhouette Nocturne (Fall ’08)

Anticipation and Seduction (contemporary) – Samhain (Oct ’08)

PNR: Thank you, Patrice, for taking time out to talk with us about your exciting new series. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?

Patrice M.: Dee, thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. That was fun!

Readers can sign up for my newsletter at my website http://www.patricemichelle.net. They can also check out updates on my blog at http://www.patricemichelle.net/blog.  My email is also on my website.  

Thanks again for having me at PNR!

 
Featured in this issue:
~Chivalry Themed Romance
~SCIONS Trilogy from Silhouette Nocturne
~PNR Coming Attractions 2008

Interviews with:

Patrice Michelle
 
 
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Silhouette Nocturne
January 1, 2008
ISBN #037361778X
EAN #9780373617784
288 pages
Paperback
 
 
Scions Trilogy: Book 1

Everyone believed vampires were extinct.

Everyone was wrong.

When Ariel Swanson wrote a novel about vampires, she hoped it would exorcise her fear of the creatures that had, not so long ago, terrorized the human population.

Instead, it brought her to their attention.

And to the attention of Jachin Black—a man banished from the Sanguinas, a vampire clan, and forced to hunt among the despised humans. For he clung to the prophecy given years ago, of a better way for his kind to live… a prophecy Ariel unknowingly used as the basis of her novel.

Ariel hates and fears vampires. Jachin despises humanity. But the prophesy—and passion—bind them in ways they could never have imagined. Ways that may heal the past, and change the future…

Scions: A prophecy reveals hidden secrets and holds the key to fulfilling their ultimate desires.


Buy it Now!

Silhouette Nocturne
May 1, 2008
ISBN #0373617879
EAN #9780373617876
288 pages
Paperback
 
 
Scions Trilogy: Book 2
 
Humanity had reason to fear vampires.

But they didn't know about werewolves. Yet.

When Detective Kaitlyn McKinney responded to a call about a strange, burned body, she discovers something far more complicated - and dangerous.

Landon Rourke is a werewolf, exiled from his pack and dedicated to keeping a protective watch over Kaitlyn. A prophecy has said that his kind and vampires would one day come to a truce. But that day has yet to come.

Landon has his own past to deal with, too, involving Kaitie herself. A dark truth that has kept them apart for years. When Kaitlyn gets caught up in the battle between vampires and werewolves, their long-simmering attraction ignites. And in that attraction, they find the secret that will bring them together...

Silhouette Nocturne
Coming 2008
ISBN # tba
EAN # tba
Paperback

Coming Soon
 
Scions Trilogy: Book 3

SCIONS: REVELATION

The next installment in the Scions world. Another action-adventure story where love will be found and all the elements of the prophesy will finally be revealed.

 
 
 
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