Friday, May 4, 2012

Taking a bite out of... Violet Patterson

There's nothing we love more at Tears of Crimson than fantasy and paranormal, so when we caught Violet Patterson and she agreed to be lured into the lair we jumped at the chance.  We did have a few thoughts of keeping her here indefinitely, but after careful contemplation we decided that wouldn't be fair to her readers!

TOC: We've been looking over your list of books on Amazon and it looks like you've been extremely busy this year! Would you like to share with our readers what books you have available right now?

VIOLET: Thank you!  It has been a busy year.  In November I released my first installment of the Emerald Seer Series – Ryder on the Storm.  In December, I released the sequel, Light My Fire.  By January, the third installment, End of the Night and an accompanying novella, Whiskey, Mystics and Men were well under way.  I just released the novella and plan to have End of the Night ready to go this summer.  I’ve also recently released a the first in a YA/epic fantasy series, Estelan (as Trace Broyles).

TOC: So many delicious titles to choose from, which one do you recommend to start off and why?

VIOLET:  Definitely start with Ryder on the Storm.  Since the series centers around Storm Sullivan it is important to learn her backstory.  Also, I personally find Ryder to be yummy. 

TOC: Ryder on the Storm is really making it's way up the chart! Could you tell us a little more about how you came up with the idea for this book?

VIOLET:  Actually, that is a funny story.  I have been working on Estelan for years and I was talking to a coworker about it when she suggested I try my hand at romance.   You see, initially Estelan was to be an adult novel and there were some adult content scenes that my friend beta read for me.  She saw something there and made the suggestion.  It started out as a joke but turned into so much more.  It truly just hit me, the idea for Storm and the Seraphs, everything else just fell into place after that.  I am a big fan of the Doors and thought to name each book in this series after one of their songs. 

TOC: The characters in your books are so vibrant. If you had to choose one character as your favorite, who would it be and why?

VIOLET: That is a tough question.  I feel so connected to all of them but I am partial to Lucian.  He is a combination of the best and worst characteristics of my closest male friends.  He is headstrong and sarcastic but also jealous and possessive.  I truly enjoyed writing Light My Fire – which incidentally is my husband’s favorite of the series. 

TOC: What can we look forward to in the near future as far as books Violet?

VIOLET:  End of the Night will be out this summer if all goes well.  I am pretty confident it will supplant Light My Fire as my favorite.  For the first time readers will see inside Damarra’s head and get a much better look into not only the Sullivan history but the very foundations of this supernatural world.  I intend to have one more installment to tie things up but have some ideas for another series with some possible crossover of characters. 

TOC: I know all of our readers are dying to learn more about you! Where can they find out more about your books and you as a writer?

VIOLET: I have been keeping things kind of quiet on the personal front.  I have two awesome kids and a very supportive husband but I am a firm believer of keeping some things private.  I do try to update my blogs – and and I have Facebook author pages for Violet Patterson and Trace Broyles that are public.

TOC: I'm sure you get asked this all the time, but what are your thoughts on the Supernatural?

VIOLET:  I find the idea of supernatural influences to be fascinating.  There are things in this world that are completely inexplicable – they occur every day, sometimes in the simplest, most unexpected places.  I want to believe in something more because it gives me hope and feeds my imagination. 

TOC: When it comes to the artwork for your books, how do you come up with ideas?

VIOLET: Actually, the fabulous Tammie Gibbs did the covers for my Emerald Seer Series and Barbara Ivie Green did the gorgeous cover for Estelan.  I had to give very little input to Tammie or Barbara for them to turn out those amazing covers.  I tip my hat to them both!

TOC: Thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to sit down with us. Can you offer the new authors any tidbits of advice?

VIOLET:  Edit, edit, edit some more, upload your book to Createspace to get a proof and then re-edit by reading it aloud.  I put each of my books through 6-8 edits (including the paper proof) and I am sure there are still some errors.  Aside from that, be patient and develop a very thick skin!!

TOC: It's been a load of fun Violet and we hope you stop in again soon. Before we let you out of here, there's one more question I've been dying to ask. What do you do when you're not writing?

VIOLET:  Thanks for having me!  It’s been a great time.  As I said before, I am a mom and my kiddos are my priority as much as they are my inspiration.  I am working hard to get out of my current career in social services so I can devote more time to my family and my writing – and possibly open a bakery!  Thank you so much!

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