Series: Alpha and Omega

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
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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.

Shifting Shadows by  Patricia Briggs

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

Posted January 24, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

SHIFTING SHADOWS is a short story anthology in the world of Mercy Thompson and includes the world of Charles & Anna.  Patricia Briggs is a talented and engaging writer and I always have enjoyed everything of hers I have read.  This is no exception. The short stories included are:  Silver, Fairy Gifts, Gray, Seeing Eye, Alpha and Omega, The Star of David, Roses in Winter, In Red with Pearls, Redemption,  and Hollow. There were also two outtakes, one from Silver Borne and one from Night Broken.  Here are few brief thoughts on my favorites. Which apparently is pretty much all of them! Silver –  This was a great story to have as it gave us the history of Samuel and Ariana.  I really appreciated it. It […]

The Beginning! Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

The Beginning! Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Posted January 16, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 10 Comments

I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start this series. This is one of the best novellas I’ve read as it accomplishes the goal of effectively introducing the characters and provides an exciting story. Anna Latham is a seemingly submissive wolf who has suffered abuse from her pack in Chicago. After recognizing a werewolf in the news as one from her pack, she bravely contacts The Marrok (werewolf king) who dispatches his son Charles, an Alpha who serves as his enforcer, to investigate what’s going on in the pack. The story was exciting and Charles is absolutely intriguing as the ultimate über Alpha. Anna emerges as a much more interesting character than she was at the beginning and I’m looking forward to following the […]

Audio Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Audio Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Posted December 3, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

Best book in the series so far! Fair Game had a bit different feel that the last two books since the POV included someone who was not Anna or Charles. The book actually starts out in the POV of a little girl that we later see as the grown FBI agent that Anna and Charles is partnered with to solve a serial killer case. There has been some time between the ending of Hunting Ground and Fair Game. Briggs doesn’t come out and give us an exact time frame but it’s at least around a year, maybe even more. Anna makes reference to it being several months since Charles has touched her and the events with the werewolves coming out to the public are parallel […]

Audio Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Audio Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted November 26, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

Ok. In the review of Cry Wolf I stated that I would READ the rest of the series because of my dislike for the narrator. Well….I listened to Hunting Game on audio because it was only 8 hours and I knew I could get it done in one day at work. And this time around the narrator didn’t bother me as much. I guess I got use to his voice as the characters. And I have Fair Game on audio since they offered it during a sale at and it was cheaper that the book. YES I’m cheap. I really enjoy Briggs writing, world and characters. I like seeing that Anna and Charles are getting more comfortable with each other in each book. Charles […]

Audio Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Audio Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 22, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

This series is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson Series, but on a slightly earlier time line. It begins with a novella titled Alpha and Omega published in the On the Prowl anthology. The decision to continue the story was made after the anthology had already been published, which has caused some confusion, since “book 1” is an actually a continuation of the short story. The series has plenty of action, but there’s more emphasis on the romantic attraction between the hero and heroine. On a romance-readers scale, this series is sweet rather than steamy. I highly recommend reading the novella Alpha and Omega before reading Cry Wolf. You will get a better feel for Anna’s character and why hers and Charles’ relationship is […]