Thursday, September 13, 2012

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Anne Patrick

Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith. Anne looks at the dark side of life while her alter ego writes Inspirational Romance. Anne’s books may be darker in subject matter, but they all carry messages of hope and faith. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.

Anne Patrick’s heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated … combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent.”

Welcome back to my blog, Anne. You’re known for writing “Stories of Romance, Mayhem & Faith.” Please tell us about your book, Fire Creek.

Thanks for having me, Linda. Here is the blurb for Fire Creek: Kasey Montgomery has returned to her hometown of Fire Creek Montana after the apparent suicide of her cousin. Within days of Beth's funeral, Kasey begins to find inconsistencies in her death. The local sheriff is quick to dismiss the allegations as figments of a writer's imagination. Kasey is determined to prove otherwise. Does the bronzed skinned stranger from Beth's funeral hold the answers?

Local park ranger, Jimmy Little Raven suspects foul play too. Beth was engaged to his best friend who died months earlier from a mysterious accident. Risking his heart and his job, he teams up with the famous mystery writer to find the answers to both deaths.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

Initially, back in the nineties when I first came up with the idea, this story was titled DEADLY VISIONS and it was going to be a paranormal. When I went back and finished the story last year I decided to take out the paranormal aspect because, let's face it, the market is flooded with these type of books and I'm really out of my element writing one. As to what inspired it, I was a huge fan of Murder She Wrote. This story/series is based very loosely on that premise. Kasey is a lot younger though, and she has a handsome sidekick, or partner in crime, in Jimmy Little Raven.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did a lot of research on the Blackfoot tribe, the area of Montana where I wanted to place my fictional town of Fire Creek, and the laws concerning real estate and executorship.

Thanks. I enjoy finding out what kind of research an author does. I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Do you ever put real experiences in your books?

I sometimes do. For instance, for a little over five years, I worked for a security transport agency where I was part of a two-person team, a retired cop and myself. We transported prisoners to and from court or to correctional facilities. We also did extradition work. One trip we went on we visited seven different states in two weeks, transporting over twenty inmates. Now that was interesting! Two of the most scariest places I've visited was the Fulton County jail in Atlanta GA, and the Dade County jail in Miami, Florida. I've met lots of interesting (and sometimes very dangerous) characters and I've had some pretty exciting times doing this work. I sometimes miss it but not often ;).

Oh my gosh! I can't even imagine going into a facility like a prison. That must have been interesting.

It was an interesting job. Being inside one when there is a lock down is the worst. That happened my first time out. We were at a women's prison in Tulsa and had just arrived.  I never will forget the sound of those metal doors closing and locking and not knowing what was going on. It sent shivers down my spine that's for sure.

Wow! I love finding out the background of an author. Very interesting! Thanks for the great interview. I learned a lot.

Fire Creek can be purchased at Amazon or at and other online bookstores.


Amarissa Ainsworth said...

I love Murder She Wrote too! Sounds good!

Melanie Ski said...

Sounds very suspenseful and I love that it is set in Montana!
melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

LadySaotome said...

I love mysteries. This sounds like a really good one!

LadySaotome said...

I have posted this giveaway on my facebook.

Leona's Reviews said...

Thanks for the give-away.
I also like Murder She Wrote and watch the re-runs even though I know the end.
A Western Romance and Mystery, hoew grat is that.
I posted on my and on Spark People Bookworms.

Leona's Reviews said...

Cannot spell.
Should be how and great. e in the wrong word.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi ladies, thank you so much for your comments. And to those who have spread the word, I appreciate it!

Gail Pallotta said...

What an interesting interview and how nice to be able to learn a bit more about Anne. No wonder her books are so suspenseful. I've read a couple of Anne's books and highly recommend them.


Miss Mae said...

Anne is a talented, prolific writer. I've read a couple of her stories and am amazed at how well thought out her plots are. Though suspenseful, no one has anything to fear with her books. They are always "family" friendly. :)

Anne Patrick said...

Thank you for your kind comments Miss Mae and Gail. Much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

I love mysteries. I love playing detective too as I read along. Sounds like a great book. Love Murder She Wrote too.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laurean Brooks said...

I enjoy Anne's writing style. Her characters are savvy and witty and have spunk.

This author will keep you entertained while you are asking yourself, "Who committed this crime?" Like other great suspense authors, you won't know until the very end. Then you will slap your forehead and groan, "Why didn't I see that coming?"

gail said...

thanks for this giveaway!
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Natasha said...

Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Janet said...

Always looking for a new favorite author.

Jes said...

This sounds good! Enjoyed reading the interview.

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Christy Maurer said...

I'm a huge fan of Murder She Wrote too! I always wanted to live in her house :) This sounds like a very good read! Thanks!

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Christy Maurer said...

I posted the giveaway here! Thanks!

mamabunny13 said...

My ancesters on my mother's side are from the Blackfoot tribes.

Krista Grandstaff said...

I love a good mystery :) Interview def makes it could like a good read!

Adriane said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Darlene said...

I used to watch Murder She Wrote with my mom. Love that show!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Darlene said...

+1 posted on Facebook

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Jen said...

This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Charissa said...

This book sounds so good! You've had some scary experiences with the prisons. That's so cool. char(at)joyinthemoments(dot)com

bn100 said...

The book sounds interesting.


Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Leona! You are the winner of this wonderful book. I know you'll enjoy it.