Several of us Soul Mate Publishing authors are hippity-hopping all over the Interwebs in a delicious blog hop. I would like to say I participate in these because I think they help expose me (hee hee) and snag me more reader minions, but we all know it’s because the word “hop” makes me think of froggies. Or maybe bunnies.
Anyway, here’s how it goes. I’m going to dazzle you by answering some questions about me. After your pulse returns to normal, please read below about a couple more Soul Mate authors. I urge you to visit their sites, too, and shamelessly lavish them with attention and love.
So, hop on, my friends!
1. What am I working on right now?
At the end of my summer break last year, I finished The Tithe, a futuristic, paranormal romance about a scholar, a blind man, some angels, and a bunch of people who find themselves cast out of their societies. Essentially, seventy people with disabilities are tithed, or left in the desert to die, by their townspeople. Every day, an angel plucks one of the Tithes. No one taken by an angel ever returns… except for Josh Barstow. She, like everyone else, is left wondering just what is so special about a curmudgeonly, twenty-year-old librarian?
I’m hoping The Tithe will be published this summer. It’s a wonderfully dark, funny novel packed full of religious and sociological ponderings.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My literary meanderings probably sound and feel a little different because I have a strong background in psychology and sociology. Plot is of course important, but I’ve devoted my life to studying people; delving into psyches and social rituals – even made up ones -- sounds to me like a thrilling kind of mind porn. As a result, my novels are pretty, well, contemplative.
Also, I write sheroes that deviate from the standard: They're fat and proud, they're mixed race, they've experienced major trauma, they're stoic and kick-ass, they have a major disability. My heroes aren't exactly cookie cutter-esque, either. Celebrate diversity? Don't mind f I do.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write paranormal romance. The paranormal allows me to pretend I still believe in the other side of tangibility. Psychic abilities? Superheroes? Gods? Bigfoot? I don’t really believe anymore, but sometimes, I kinda wish I did.
As for the romance, who wouldn’t want to write about it? Seriously. I know romance novels are devalued as a mere woman’s genre. That’s too bad, because romance novels deal with the most fundamental of issues: family, faith in humanity, altruism, love. Romances strip away the symbols, the pretense, the dances and revel in the messiness of feeling. That much raw honesty must be hard for a lot of people to handle; hence, the devaluation of the genre, I guess.
4. How does my writing process work?
My short answer: Not very well during the school year. I tend to write fitfully throughout the year and dive in during the summers. As for my next project, I already have a cast of characters, a plot summary, and have begun researching aquariums. My evil genius is afoot!
People whose blogs you should totally visit:
Shauna Allen, who inducted me into this blog hop:
Bio: I grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and am the mother to three awesome teenagers. I am the award-winning author of the Cupid Chronicles series and I’m always thinking up trouble for my angels to get into. I’m also a freelance editor and personal assistant to two NYT Bestselling authors. I love all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.
Patricia W. Fischer
Bio: Patricia W. Fischer, a native Texan, got a taste of the writing bug in the fourth grade when she wrote a play about the Loch Ness Monster from the monster’s point of view. Since then, she’s written in more journals, notebooks, and on scraps of paper than she can count. In her professional life, she’s been a waitress, bartender, bill collector, prep-cook, bank teller, and critical care/trauma nurse. Her first book for Soulmate Publishing, Weighting for Mr. Right, is based on her own journey with weight.