Interview Author Patricia Briggs + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Patricia Briggs , The Charmed Lover Posted on November 1, 2010 @ 9:51 am 45 comments
Today we are very happy to welcome author Patricia Briggs on Book Lovers Inc! Patty’s new book Wolfsbane will be released this week. This is the 2nd book in the Sianim series. The first book Masques was re-released last month. We want to thank the hurog board for helping us with the interview questions! THANK you! Let’s give a warm welcome to Patricia!

The Charmed Lover: can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Patty: Hah. I’m older than I think I am — and fatter too. I have two hobbies — books and horses. I am currently getting my toes wet breeding Arabian horses with a lovely and sweet Kadraj NA daughter who is in foal to Varian Arabian’s stallion, Audacious PS. Next spring, I plan on breeding two other mares. I have been known to randomly spout Arabian pedigrees or biographies of horses long dead for hours to people who innocently ask me a question. With books I’m rather more inclined to read than talk about them. I’m not a good housekeeper, I’m an indifferent cook, and a terrible gardener. My family puts up with all of that.

The Charmed Lover: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you two more a planner or pantser?

Patty: I get up and Jeeves prepares my honey herbal tea with toast and crumpets. The housekeeper nods her head subserviently as I mention that the window in the fourth floor library needs cleaning. Household under control, I go into my office and wait for the muse to strike me with genius — You do have to remember I lie for my living 

My reality is that like most authors, I have to write whatever the state of my muse — which usually starts speaking to me only after I’m writing anyway. I write anywhere between four to sixteen hours a day, six days a week. After a particularly intense bout of writing, I sometimes have to take a few days off. I’m a pantser, which used to slow me down a lot. But I’ve gotten faster over the years.

The Charmed Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover? 

Patty:  Semantics — or possibly degrees of affliction. 

There are people who take pleasure in rare books, in beautiful books, in signed books. They often buy two copies — one to read, and one to put on a shelf. They like to get series in the same format so that the books look good on the shelf. There are people who don’t worry if the book cover gets bent or torn. They stick paperbacks haphazardly in with hardbacks. This is where I belong (although, I did have an odd moment last year at a book convention in France in which I lusted after all the beautiful books I hadn’t read — even though I don’t read French). 

As with all things, there are degrees of affliction. My own affliction is pretty serious, though not fatal as long as none of the stacks of books fall over on someone.

The Charmed Lover: Why werewolves/shifters? What attracted/intrigued/appealed to you in this supernatural species?

Patty: There were several factors. I’m an animal person and wolves are among my favorite critters. I first discovered vampires and werewolves while reading comic books (at a very tender age), it was a werewolves I was drawn to. Also, when my editor asked me if I wanted to write an urban fantasy with an emphasis on either vampires or werewolves, there were several terrific vampire series, but no one was concentrating on the werewolves.

The Charmed Lover: Masques was the first novel was the first novel you ever attempted to write. How did it feel to see it in print for the first time and now after quite some times to see it published again?

Patty: At first it was surreal to see a book with my name on it in print. I’ve gotten used to it over the years, of course — though I never escape that happy little zing when a new book comes out. I’m very grateful not to have to answer sad or angry emails from people searching for Masques — some of whom seemed to think Masques’s rarity was a conspiracy between myself and my publisher to drive up the price of the book. I do think that the new cover is lovely — and it is nifty that readers were excited enough by Masques return to print to push it onto the New York Times bestseller list. How cool is that?

The Charmed Lover: Tell us a bit about the world your Aralom novels are set in?

Patty:  The world of Sianim was something I’d started dreaming up as a kid, when my friends and I would get together and pretend we were horses, when we weren’t playing we were genies (from I Dream of Jeannie) or space explorers (from Star Trek). We weren’t old enough to have caught the original episodes, but cable TV had reruns. When a friend of mine and I decided to write a book when we were in seventh grade, the word was refined a bit and the Sianim mercenary city-state was born. But it wasn’t until I was in college with the better part of a history degree under my belt that I solidified it into the world in which Masques, Wolfsbane, Steal the Dragon, and When Demons Walk take place. I envisioned a world in which an epic change was taking place on the big stage (an invasion that bore a strong resemblance to the Norman invasion of England, including the imposition of worship and culture) while my stories took place on the small stage. 

The Charmed Lover: What do you think is the appeal of fantasy in contrast ti urbanfantasy? And which of both is personally your favorite genre?

Patty:  Picking a favorite genre between traditional fantasy and urban fantasy is more a matter of mood than absolute enjoyment for me. IMHO, one of the reasons that urban fantasy is more popular than traditional fantasy right now, is that urban fantasy is easier for the general reading public to access. Vampires and werewolves are familiar enough constructs and the world is our own, tweaked just a bit. There is a bit of a learning curve in straight fantasy that is lessened in urban fantasy. 

The Charmed Lover: can we expect of Wolfsbane?

Patty: Wolfsbane was originally written after When Demons Walk and before The Hob’s Bargain, and then polished and tightened up between Raven’s Shadow and Raven’s Strike. It is a better book than Masques, even with the revisions, less predictable and more complex. Of the four books in the Sianim series, Wolfsbane has the tightest focus. It takes place entirely in Aralorn’s childhood home and the arc of epic change that forms the background of all the Sianim books, is very faint in this book.

The Charmed Lover: Do you plan to write more traditional fantasy books like Masques/Wolfsbane?

Patty:  If there is world enough and time, yes. I’m not sure I’ll ever write another Sianim book, but a Hurog book (Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood) is a near certainty — and I’d like to play around in the Raven world some more, too. The Hob’s Bargain really calls for a sequel as well, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to it.

The Charmed Lover: And just because we can’t help ourselves: How many books do you plan on writing in the Mercy Thompson series? Any plans after that?

Patty:  I have one more under contract after River Marked, which will make a total of seven. After that, I’ll continue telling Mercy stories until either I or my readers get tired of them. Mercy is an interesting person to write about and I enjoy the time I spend with her.

The Charmed Lover: Have you found a change in writing the Mercy Thompson series now that the tension between Adam and Samuel is no longer focused upon Mercy?

Patty: Hopefully every book is different from the one before. I don’t want to get into a routine, or write the same story over and over. I have plenty of things that should keep the romantic tensions going even though Samuel and Adam seem to have worked out most of their issues with Mercy. Having been happily married for 25+ years, I can tell you that happily ever after is hard, but rewarding, work.

The Charmed Lover: Can you give us any hints for River Marked?

Patty:  Expect to find out more about the Walkers and about Mercy’s father.

The Charmed Lover: In any of your popular series, did anyone or anything take a surprise turn from what you had originally planned?

Patty:  Always! That’s the joy of being a pantzer *g*. If I ever have a book turn out exactly as (sort of) planned, it’s because I did it wrong. If my stories don’t surprise me, I don’t enjoy them – -and I’d expect neither would any of you.

The Charmed Lover: What’s the status on the short fiction you’ve mentioned on your Hurog Board? What are the titles of the stories, if you’ve got them yet, and of the collections they’ll be in?

Patty:  I have three short stories written, all of them take place in Mercy’s world, though only Warren’s story has characters from either the Mercy or Alpha and Omega series. 

“In Red With Pearls” is a Warren story, told first person from Warren’s point of view. It will be in a collection edited by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin called Down These Strange Streets. Hardcover publication date is November 2011 from Penguin Putnam.

“Fairy Gifts” will appear in an Ellen Datlow anthology from St Martin’s called Naked City. Publication date is July 2011. This is a vampire/fae story set in my hometown of Butte, Montana. 

“Gray” is a vampire story set in Chicago and it will be in the Toni L. P. Kelner/Charlaine Harris anthology Home Improvement: Undead Edition. Again this is Penguin Putnam and scheduled for August 2011. Urban fantasy meets home improvement, how fun is that?

The Charmed Lover: What is next on your schedule?

Patty:  This week I’m working on copyedits for River Marked, and then it’s time to start on the next Anna and Charles book, which is due in February.

The Charmed Lover: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?

Patty:  Like Mount Everest, they are there. Not to mention that reading a book is cheaper, easier and more fun than climbing to 29,000 feet above sea level. You can frame the dust jacket and hang a piece of Daniel Dos Santos’s artwork on the wall. It give you something to do between episodes of True Blood.

The Charmed Lover: What’s the one thing that you would like to do but can’t or are just not able to yet?

Patty: Fight crime in a nifty spandex costume. 

The Charmed Lover: If you could send a message to your younger self at the beginning of your career, what advice (or warning) would you give? 

Patty: The same advice I give to all beginning writers — keep your day job.

The Charmed Lover: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing? 

Patty: Teaching school, which would be a shame because, although I finally became a good substitute teacher, I would be a lousy real high school teacher.

The Charmed Lover: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions.

Patty: Thank you!

We decided to give away a copy of  Masques or Wolfsbane to 1 lucky commenter (Winner’s choice)

All you have to do is ask Patty a question
or leave a meaningful comment about the interview.

Please leave us a way to contact you
(email in blogger profile or twitter name- 
no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open where the Book Depository ships.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 13th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • grumpybybirth November 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Mrs. Briggs and thank you Book lovers for doing the interview!!

    I loved this interview. I love the Mercy Thompson series and can't wait to see what the future holds for them.

  • Victoria November 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the interview. Glad I read it – didn't know about HOME IMPROVEMENT. Sounds wonderful.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Blodeuedd November 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Great interview 🙂

    I am happy to hear that there might, perhaps, hopefully be a story taking place after The Hob one day. Cos I'd like that.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • tori aka ggs_closet November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Fabulous interview!! I adore all of Ms. Brigg's stories and characters. Such talent. And I love how I can grab a book in each of her series and get something different. It's like 3 different authors in one. 🙂 I have read Masque MANY times and enjoyed it each time I never read beyond it though. 🙁 Can't wait for more of Mercy, Charles and Anna.

    Pssst…I would like to fight crime in a nifty superhero suit too. But I would need some spanx added to the spandex.

  • Chrizette November 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Love your reason for reading your books – because it's there! Would love to win, so I can climb my Everest 🙂 Thank you for a great interview.

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  • rachel445 November 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Awesome interview! I'm really excited for River Marked, and the next Charles and Anna book, too!


  • van_pham November 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Mrs. Briggs!

    Looove your Mercy series 🙂 Will you going on tour again when River Marked is releases?



  • Lucy November 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Great interview!
    Please enter me in the contest.

    Question: at what age did you decide to become a writer?

  • Jessica November 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Great interview!

    What was your path to publication like? Any advice for aspiring writers?


  • Sullivan McPig November 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Great interview.
    I've gt masques on my tbr pile and can't wait for the next Mercy and Alpha and Omega books.
    How many books will there be in the A&O series?

  • Stephanie November 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great interview. I cannot wait for River Marked as I love all of the Mercy Thompson series. These new books look great too. Do you have a publication date for the new Alpha and Omega book?

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Bethany C. November 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I was wondering how you come up with all the very foreign and fantasyish sounding names? Did you just make them up, or are they based on a culture or mythology?


  • sablelexi November 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Great interview. I'm already a huge fan of the Mercy series, and have been considering buying these books too. I would love the chance to win them.

    I agree with her, that if you don't surprise yourself as you're writing a story it might be hard to surprise the reader. (though of course, it can differ from author to author)

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  • Alexa November 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Great interview, I have heard good things about Patricia's books but I have never gotten the change to read one yet. I know bad on my part but I would love the chance to win one.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Robin K November 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Your advice to new writers is so true, and goes for most artists. Thank you for posting 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • JenM November 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Patty – I'm right in the middle of a reread of A&O and I was just wondering whether you have any plans to give Asil a HEA – maybe with Sage?

    Mercy/Adam and Anna/Charles are two of my favorite couples. Thanks so much for giving me so much enjoyment in these series.


  • debbie November 2, 2010 at 8:16 am

    That was a good interview. I would ask, have you ever based a character on a friend or family member and then had a reaction from that person?
    I would love to read this book.

  • Tore November 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Great interview. What other generes do you like to write? Do you have any other books that you have published. Please enter me in contest.

  • Stephanie November 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Hi Patty, the Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite series! I can't wait for the next book. Who's your all-time favorite heroine in literature?

  • Barbara E. November 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to checking out the earlier books, Masques and Wolfsbane.


  • Amy November 3, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Hi Patricia,

    I started reading the Mercy Thompson series not too long again, and I am currently reading Iron Kissed. Loving the series so far! A lot of urban fantasy novels focus a little too much on the romance side, but your novels are dark, serious, and engaging–a breath of fresh air that I enjoy. Can't wait for the next Mercy Thompson novels!


  • EVA SB November 3, 2010 at 4:10 am

    "I'm older than I think I am — and fatter too."
    "There are people who don't worry if the book cover gets bent or torn. They stick paperbacks haphazardly in with hardbacks. This is where I belong"
    I think we might have been separated at birth! :0)[@]gmail[.]com

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog November 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    awesome interview! i think you are right about the difference in popularity between urban fantasy and fantasy right now! Thanks for the contest, I loved the Mercy Thompson books that I've read!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  • Suzy Turner November 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Patricia! WOW… you sometimes write for as many as 16 hours a day… that's some feat. You must be exhausted afterwards!
    My question is, what inspires you to write?
    Best wishes
    Suzy Turner

  • buddyt November 4, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Interesting interview.

    I agree with what Patricia says about urban Fantasy as against epic fantasy but I must admit epic fantasy is usually my pick.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Neville T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • Sara M November 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I really love Mercy so I hope you get to write more books in her world.

    Is it hard to juggle so many series? Even if you're not actively working on stories for all of them, I would think there wouldn't be enough room in one's head for so many characters.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Katie A November 5, 2010 at 1:17 am

    PB, being a horse nerd myself I have to ask, are there any particular traits you're breeding for? And Arabians can certainly be a handful – good luck!


  • Kulsuma November 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Masques and Wolfsbane sound really interesting. Sixteen hours is a feat! WOW.


  • Julie November 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Great interview. Thanks so much for the giveaway.


  • kjovus - my life with books November 5, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Did you always know that Adam and Mercy would end up together or were you just as torn as i have been about who her mate should be?

    Do you tour?(in utah please???;) )

    Love the mercy series and charles and anna and bran and sam and adam …….never stop writing.

    (come on over to my blog and enter my contest to celebrate national adoption month)

  • jen7waters November 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hey Patricia!

    I love Mercy! (and Adam):D
    What are you reading right know?


  • jen7waters November 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    (typo alert!)…right now, I mean xD


  • Cherry November 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I've been wanting more books of the Raven doulogy… glad to see that there might be more Raven books in the horizon! 🙂

    Re-posted your contest at:

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Zoë November 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    that's a great interview, I wonder if the horse breeding will appear in another book, it seems like I'm always writing about my hobbies personally 🙂

    thanks for hosting this giveaway

    my e-mail is strandedhero(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Zoë November 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    that's a great interview, I wonder if the horse breeding will appear in another book, it seems like I'm always writing about my hobbies personally 🙂

    thanks for hosting this giveaway

    my e-mail is strandedhero(at)gmail(dot)com

  • jmspettoli November 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the interview! I'm really glad to hear about all the upcoming projects (especially another Alpha and Omega book YAY!). Thank you for writing such awesome books!

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  • Aik November 8, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Hi Patricia, I've heard so many wonderful comments regarding your books. I wonder if you've ever planned of writing books for young adults?

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  • booklover0226 November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hello, Patricia.

    What is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • PinkStuff28 November 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Great interview..i liked reading it ..:)!
    did you have a day job ?

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

  • linaramz November 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Patricia! Awesome interview! Love your books! Can't wait for the next books in both your werewolf series! And I would love to read a sequel to The Hob's Bargain, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  • Allison November 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Patty. Thanks for the great interview. Mercy was my very first Urban Fantasy book/heroine and you introduced me to so many wonderful books out there, yours and other authors.

    I've read Masques and loved it. I love the subtlety you use to show us characterization. It just makes me smile.

    In your interview, you said you'd be working on the next A&O book due in February. Is that your deadline to your publisher or is that when it'll be released?

    akbabcock at gmail dot com

  • latishajean November 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Great interview I really enjoyed it I can't wait to read the books they sound great! Thanks for the chance.

  • emmad November 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Ohh I'm lucky enough to have read Masques and would love to read Wolfsbane.

    Being a new owner of a Kindle thought would ask how you feel about e-readers? Do you think they increase the reader base?

  • Walarsha November 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I love your Mercy Thompson series and appreciate the info you provide regarding River Marked. I am anxious for its release. I have yet to read your other series but they are definitely on my to be read list. I can't wait.

  • Laura H. November 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    What a great interview! Thanks for the giveaway. My question: If a movie was made on your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?


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