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.