My interview with Sherril Bodine was up on blog on 12th August. She wrote "Written in the Stars" with Patricia Rosemoor, who is my guest today to answer some questions about herself and their book. Meet her and enjoy our little chat.
Hello Patricia! It’s a great pleasure to have you as my guest at FLY HIGH! I’ve already discussed “Written in the Stars” with Sherrill a couple of weeks ago and now it’s your turn. Could you briefly present yourself to our readers?
Written in the Stars is my fourth project with Entangled Suspense – my next is Animal Instincts, to be released in November. I cut my teeth on romantic suspense writing for Harlequin Intrigue, Blaze and Bombshell. I also co-wrote a couple of urban fantasy romantic thrillers for Del Rey with another author. Sherrill Bodine and I have been part of the same critique group for twenty-some years and have long been good friends.
Romance and black magic, past and present, suspense and adventure. “Written in the Stars” promises to be a real gripping page- turner. Where did you take inspiration for such an intriguing blend?
I believe in crossover fiction. I love to read it. Love to write it. So I’m willing to put any elements together in a story and make them work. I mostly write romantic thrillers that have an element of adventure and/or the paranormal, but many of my novels also have a built in mystery, as well.
I’m particularly curious about the heroes in your novel: Will Grey, Innis Foley and Morgan Murphy. Are they inspired to real men or to other literary figures? Can you tell us something more about them?
Sherrill would have to speak to Will. As to Innis and Morgan—one is the hero and the other the villain, and Cordelia eventually knows this even as she tries to figure out which man could be a potential murderer. My men are both driven, both trying to overcome their pasts. Both want Cordelia. But one is willing to kill the other to get her. They are products of my imagination.
What about love in “Written in the Stars”?
One lifetime wasn’t enough...
As for the two heroines, what are they like? Do they share any personality traits?
Of course. They care about duty and honor and protecting the innocent, especially the people they love. They are fierce, and while they may be afraid, they are fearless in pursuit of love and of justice.
Was writing about the past, the 17th century, hard? How did you cope with that?
Not difficult for me at all—Sherrill wrote the historical half. :) We had a say in each other’s stories, but we wrote our own visions of what these characters would be like.
What was the thing you most liked writing for this story? What was instead the page/moment you had to work the hardest on?
My website will tell you “Patricia Rosemoor Writes Dangerous Love,” and that’s exactly what I like best about my story. The big finish involves heroine, hero and villain in an underwater face off, and it is not only exciting and action oriented, but one of the most compelling pieces of the romance.
I’m not sure what I worked hardest on. I work hard on everything I write and try to find something I can love about every scene.
What are you like as a reader?
I love thrillers, and even if they’re not classified as a romantic suspense, I always hope there is romance of some sort in everything I choose to read. I also love urban fantasy, and again prefer stories with some romance. I prefer paper, but I read e-books, as well, and more and more am drawn to the ease of a reader. I’m particularly fond of reading in my garden, but alas, I live too far North to do that year-round.
If you could live in a book, which one would you choose and which character would you like to be?
I do live in the books I write. I am the heroine. The hero. The villain. I find it satisfying to switch rolls. :)
What is the latest book you read and what instead do you have on your night-stand at present?
I just finished Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, who was one of my graduate students at Columbia College Chicago. And before that I read The Lincoln Lawyer, and before that Mockingjay and Catching Fire, and before that Gone Girl. Right now I have an espionage thriller on my Kindle Fire that I’m reading to give another former student a quote. Not sure what I’ll read next, but I’m always on a roll reading in the summer. There’s that garden that is so tempting...
How would you advertise “Written in the Stars” in about 50 words?
When Elizabeth arrives at Dunham Castle to marry the heir to the Duke of Lennox, she is drawn to the Duke's bastard son. Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.
Searching for a sunken treasure ship, Cordelia is pursued by both a salvager and a treasure hunter, and is haunted by a dream-vision in which one man is the killer and the other the victim.
Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight the villain's curse.
Ok. Final questions: What was it like to write this book with Sherrill?
Writing with Sherrill was a pleasure. We could keep our own voices, bring to life our own visions, all the while making sure our two stories became one piece that worked seamlessly together.
About Patricia Rosemoor
With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
About Written in the Stars
“A passionate tale of destiny, danger and dark magic—and a love so powerful that it conquers time.” Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling Author.