Interview with Patricia Briggs

Posted March 2, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Interview | | 6 Comments

Interview with Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Published by Ace on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Amazon | Audio | Goodreads

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Welcome to The Book Nympho, Patricia! I’m a huge fan of yours and it’s great to have you here today.

Thank you so much for inviting me to stop by.

In the world of social media, if you had to pitch the Alpha and Omega series to new readers with only 140 characters what would you say?

In a world where the monsters are real, werewolves Charles and Anna Cornick are troubleshooters tasked with keeping the peace between the humans and the werewolves.

Which of the books has been your favorite to write so far? 

I am always happiest with my last book because (I hope) my storytelling skills get better as I go along.  But Dead Heat was especially fun.  While I enjoy exploring vampires and werewolves, it is the fae where I can really push the boundaries of folklore and invent a few creatures of my own.  I also enjoyed meeting the Sani family and hanging out with them for a while—I hope readers enjoy them, too.

Who’s your favorite secondary character from the Alpha and Omega series?

Whoever is causing the most trouble-haha.  Probably it would have to be Asil or Bran.  Asil doesn’t appear in Dead Heat, but he got two short stories recently.  The first, “Roses in Winter” is in my collection of short stories, Shifting Shadows. The second one, “Unappreciated Gifts” is in Kevin J. Anderson and Keith J. Olexa’s collection of Christmas stories, A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories.

How is it different to write Charles vs Mercy? Do you find it harder to write from a male’s  POV?

I have tried to describe what characters feel like to me many ways over the years.  I think the closest thing is music.  Every character has his or her own song in my head—not always the same notes or the same intensity, but always a version of the same song.  Both Charles and Mercy have a song that is easy for me to access.  Oddly, most of the time Charles is probably easier for me to write—I think it’s because if I’m having trouble with him, I can always find the story from Anna’s viewpoint instead.  Mercy’s stories are all told through her eyes, and that means I have to exercise a little more self-discipline to keep the action focused on her.

The worlds of your Alpha and Omega and Mercy Thompson series cross over with history and characters. Is there any chance in the future that Charles and/or Anna will show up in a Mercy book or Mercy showing up in an A&O book?

I am not planning it—though all things are possible.  I used to just say, no.  The problems, as I see them, are that too many major characters makes a headache for the reader, and bringing in the major character from a different story to be a minor character in another can be distracting from the story at hand.  If I find the story calls for it, I might try it.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Book Nympho today to answer a few questions.

I’ve enjoyed it very much.  Thank you for letting me chat with you.

Check out Anne’s review today. And look out for my audio book review later in the month.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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6 responses to “Interview with Patricia Briggs

  1. Anne H

    I’ve enjoyed all of the Mercy Thompson books & the ones in this series & look forward to reading Dead Heat

  2. I love Patricia Briggs books! She is an amazing writer that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I look forward to her books every time they come out and can’t wait for the next one in line. It would be awesome to win a copy of her book.

  3. I need to read the novellas too.
    Great Q&A! I always like to find out more about my favorite authors, thanks for featuring one of my top 10 🙂