Patricia Snodgrass Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Patricia Snodgrass to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Patricia.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a freelance writer living in a small niche of East Texas. I am married, 22 years and we have an adult son. We are owned by an Akita and a Schnauzer that we recently rescued, plus various number of cats. Today there are 2.

I am of French/Anglo and Cherokee descent, if that sort of thing matters. Oh yeah and I like chocolate. Did you bring any?

Tell us about your latest book. What's the title and when will it be released?
My latest book is entitled Marilyn. It's an erotic paranormal romance, although I consider it more of a dark comedy myself. The book is about two young adults who are killed in a car crash in 1958 while performing a sex act while driving at a high rate of speed. Afterwards the couple haunts the car. The car is stored in a garage for decades until Bobby Chandler buys it for next to nothing. Although the Edsel Citation (named Marilyn because of the owner's obsession with the actress) has been in a terrible crash, the car looks like it just rolled off of the showroom floor. Bobby doesn't think much about it until he drives it from California to his home in Austin, Texas. When he stops for the night, he gets an unexpected surprise, and an amazing happy ending. And then Bobby introduces Marilyn to his fiancée and you can guess what happens next. Heh heh.

The book is already released. Phaze Books released it on August 23rd.

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I could remember, and was telling stories before that. I told a story about a flying saucer that landed in Mr. Rattling gourd's cornfield. I was about six or seven at the time I guess. Scared my friend's silly. I remember getting my butt busted for that little tale too. Ha ha.

What made you want to become a writer?
I kinda blame it on my dad. He could tell the most amazing stories. While the women were in the kitchen gossiping, I'd slip outside and sit with my dad and my uncles. Dad would build a fire in the front yard and the men would sit around and tell stories. I loved hearing my dad's stories. I could have listened to him for hours. He passed in 1996. A day doesn't go by that I don't miss him.

What satisfies you about your writing?
Getting to the end of a long slog through edits. And of course, the royalty checks are a plus.

Many writers occasionally hit a roadblock in their work. What do you do to avoid them, or, alternatively, to break through them?
I have learned over the years that there are '"fallow" periods when writing just doesn't happen or when it does it's not up to optimal standards. I have learned that these fallow periods are natural and to go with them. If I rest for a few days, the creativity returns, often stronger than before.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
That my characters take over and tell the story themselves. Sometimes I feel like I'm just the secretary taking dictation. I love it when that happens. The story virtually writes itself.

What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
I have a busy year ahead. I have two more books due out. The Man Who Loved Yolanda Dodson is scheduled for a December/January release, and Wild Swans is scheduled for a June 2012 release. I have three other novels I'm working on currently. One is the sequel to my novel Glorious. The working title is Glorious Arising. I'll give a small hint: it's not nearly as intense as Glorious was. I'm also working on a vampire novel with the working title of This Velvet Morning. Lee Thunderstone is turned and he's not okay with it. No vampire angst here, just one mean gunslinger who has it out for the woman who killed him.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A good thesaurus, ample supply of chocolate, sex of course, and a great sense of humor. Fresh air and sunshine too. Otherwise we get dusty sitting at our desks for too long. Heh heh.

What book has influenced your life the most?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.

What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I like chocolate. Did I mention that? I'm especially obsessed with Lindt dark chocolate truffles. Offer me a truffle and I'll follow you to your house.

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Warning: Dangerous curves

Now for a little fun. Please finish the following sentences:

The first thing I bought when I sold my first book was…
My husband and I went out to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant.

The best present I ever got was…
A powder blue 74 Mercury Cougar. God, I loved that car.

I'd love to meet…
HH. The Dalai Lama. I had the privilege of hearing him speak last May at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. It was an experience I'll never forget. I'd love to spend time talking to him in person.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Yeah I gotta update my website but you'll find me and announcements on my works if you go to my Facebook Fan Page. I spend lots of time there. My twitter ID is woverfm. I also have a good Reads, Shelfari Red Room and Library Thing account.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Buy my books and bring chocolate!! Hahahaha. Seriously though, I want to thank you for a fun interview, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for spending time with us today Patricia!

Interviewed by: Tammy