Leslie: Patricia, one of the questions I like to ask to those who write M/M is how did you choose to write within this genre? What made you decide to take this course other than traditional or M/F romance, paranormal, or erotica?
Patrica: I had written a MF book and had no success finding a publisher for it so I decided to do something entirely new. I was reading MM exclusively by that point so I thought I would try my hand at it. I did. 34 books later, Iâ€™d never change my genre. This is where I'm comfortable and I think my boys like me here as well.
Leslie: I know you are also enjoy the BDSM side of M/M. Do you find that gives you an edge over other M/M authors?
Patricia: About a two years ago, I released my third book in the Silvers series, Silver Ties, it was my first novel length MM BDSM book and it was a HUGE success. Because of it, a friend and fellow author GA Hauser, suggested I continue writing BDSM so I spun a serial out of that book called the Master Boys. It was a mega hit for me and after those 7 books, I wrote a follow up series Invitation Only using many of the same characters. As far as whether it gives me an edge, I think I pretty well branded myself as a MM BDSM author. I worked very hard to do that and now I'm a go-to author for a lot of folks who like BDSM with their gay men. I suppose that is a success story, so an edge? Yes.
Leslie: How important is it to you when you write to know how your book ends before you write it, or do you just let the story come to you as you go along? If your book is part of a series, does all of that apply to the series or just book by book?
Patricia: I have to know where my book will end. I always have an outline, even for my novellas. In the case of my series books, they are structured with a central theme, usually where a character or two is introduced in book one as a minor player and then their story is told in book two and so on. The series keep with a theme (ie. Marine Bodyguards, Silvers, Armadillo etc.) but the serials (Master's Boys, Invitation Only) don't get their whole story told until the final book. In other words, we meet characters in book one who may not get their happy ending until book six. Their story, along with the story of many other characters, is told as the serial is told¦ like a comic book where Superman has a new adventure every week but he doesn't fall in love with Lois until the end of the movie. Make sense?
Leslie: Who are your main inspirations when it comes to sparking your creativity? I guess I am asking are they fellow authors, fans, street teams, friends, family?
Patricia: I'd have to say, they are men in uniform. Whether that means a suit for a bodyguard, a uniform for a cop or a Marine, a leather jockstrap and harness for a Dom, or a G-string for a stripper, or a Stetson for a cowboy. I love uniforms and I can always create a story when I see one I like.
Leslie: Think back to that first book! What made you decide to write it, and take the leap to publish it? Also, did you always want to be a writer?
Patricia: I used to work in the banking industry. It was my career for two decades so when it died in 2007 and I found myself with no income and time on my hands, I began reading my romance paperbacks, I bought a Kindle, and I discovered MM. I wrote Leather Nights as a semi-autobiographical MM romance because I had lived through the mortgage meltdown the way my MC Jake, did. He had a family to support and no means to do it. He had to reinvent himself as did I, and he found love along the way. I thought it was pretty good, so I found a publisher and my new career was born. I've been writing in one form or another since I was 12 so, yeah, I'd say, I always wanted to be a writer.
Leslie: Final question(s)¦ so, I guess I will make this one count! Which book are you most proud of so far? Is there anything exciting planned for the future?
Patricia: I'd have to say the book I just finished, The Thief is one of my prouder books. This book has a lot of comedy in it because one of my MC's is a smartass and I really made myself laugh writing it. I hope it makes my readers appreciate my style. Besides that, Silver Ties, which launched me as a BDSM author makes me proud and it is such a thriller that it still makes me cringe. I am in the process of turning all of my books into Audible books from Amazon so soon folks will be able to buy them as audio books. Of course, the first one is Silver Ties and so far, I've only heard the prologue which is a gory crime scene. Let me tell you, it is scary as hell when you hear it. Haha.
Leslie: If you can, describe to us a typical writing day!
Patricia: I try to begin writing by 9am and usually go until about 3pm until I have to get my youngest from school. Before and after that, I do promo and have fun with friends on FB. My writing day is broken up by watching shows that inspire me after every 1,000 words. I stop after 3,000 words unless I am completely inspired. I've had days where I wrote 11,000 words but those are rare indeed. Some days I can barely eek out 2500 but I try every day (7 days a week) In the case of The Thief, I've been watching episodes of White Collar so you'll see a lot of Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey) in that book. Who doesn't love a handsome, sexy, gay thief?