Bio: I grew up in the midwest but in 2001 visited Savannah, Georgia, with my sister. As we sat in one of the squares drinking coffee the first morning after our arrival, I knew I was meant to live there. Savannah, founded in 1733, has gorgeously varied architecture in its historic downtown as well as a mysterious atmosphere. With all of its strange and wonderful quirks, Savannah felt more like home than where I’d spent my entire life. So I uprooted myself and left an established career as a partner in a law firm to move a thousand miles to go “home.” I write steamy romance under the name Patricia Mason and YA urban fantasy and paranormal romance as P.R. Mason.
What prompted you to write that first book? Did you always want to be an author?
One of my earliest memories is of regaling a group of my childhood friends with a story I’d created. I do believe it featured an excessive number of dragons. My love of story telling continued through my teens. However, my teenage writings were much too angsty and featured characters who whined a lot….Hmmm. I’m not sure why, but I’m suddenly hit with inspiration for a new character: a whiny dragon. I finished my first novel about five years ago, A GIRL, A GUY and a GHOST. That book does not feature any dragons, but does have a somewhat whiny, discrimination-obsessed, vampire.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest YA release, Entanglements?
ENTANGLEMENTS is a young adult urban fantasy set at a thriller pace about a teen who accidentally opens a vortex to an alternate dimension where humans are an endangered species. She must enter that world to rescue her stepsister despite the fact that her new boyfriend has been sent from a third dimension to stop her even if he must kill her.
What spark prompted you to write Entanglements?
The plot of my newest release came from an article about the quantum mechanics theory of entanglements. Scientists have observed that a particle may be tweaked and another particle miles away will move in response even though there is no discernable or observable connection between the two. They theorize that the connection may be in an alternate universe or dimension of which there are at least seven. I began to wonder what would happen if people were connected through alternate dimensions.
You write both Young Adult and erotic romance, how do you decide to which book to write?
So far each novel or novella has begun with an idea for a character and/or an idea for a plot twist. Whether the result is a Young Adult novel or a steamy romance really flows from the age range of the characters and the level of sensuality the plot dictates. Even though all the experts recommend against it, I am a very eclectic writer. Different sorts of ideas spring out and I have to write what fills my head. There are at least four stories I want to tell about the world of Entanglements and right now I am working on a sequel entitled RESISTANCE, which I plan to release in January of 2012. But I am also at work on a screenplay in the horror genre.
Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?
Less than a plotter and more than a pantser, I start with outlining the major skeleton of the story using the three-act structure. A summary of the major turning points pursuant to that skeleton are then written. I also do a brief character sketch for the hero, heroine and villain, by determining what their major traits are and what their “wound” is. Then I begin to write. Sometimes, however the major plot points will change and evolve, as with Entanglements. When I was approximately 50% finished with writing the draft I decided that my character would have one more battle to face before she finished her story. That “battle” became part climax of the story.
What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing their story?
The heroine of Entanglements, Kizzy, started out with brown hair but she didn’t fully form into a real person for me until I decided she had extremely curly red hair, which she straightened when trying to conform to societal expectations. Her personality soon followed and became as fiery as her hair.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
I think Kizzy is actually most like me. My character Giselle, from GGG is the least like me. Giselle is very hard to embarrass. She will leap into any situation no matter how awkward things become.
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
I love to write in coffee shops. Getting out of the house is vital when you have two black cats who act as if there is catnip imbedded in the keyboard of your laptop.
For Entanglements it was plot. I have a short story/novella entitled UNDISCLOSED DESIRES which started with a series of chicken jokes. The story sprang from the fact that these two characters liked to meet after work for “chicken joke wars” and they were too “chicken” to tell each other their true feelings.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you overcome it?
Love scenes, even those with just a sweet and innocent kiss, are really the hardest for me to write. But my go-to guy for inspiration is a British actor by the name of Richard Armitage. He always reminds me what it feels like to go weak in the knees at the sight of someone. Oooh. Soooo dreamy.
What is the wackiest thing that’s ever happened to you since you started writing?
I was stuck in the half-open window of my car, trying to get out when the doors were frozen shut. Yes, I did use that in a novel and I plan to release it soon.
Did you do any research for you book and, if so, did you find any interesting information that you had to include in the story?
Savannah, Georgia, is known for being the most haunted city in America. However, it is not as widely known that there are allegedly many vortexes in Savannah. Since the heroine of Entanglements accidentally opens such a vortex, I investigated an actual location to witness the symbology used to open it. Interestingly, a similar symbol was used by Queen Victoria of Britain and I found this had a kind of synergy since the villain of Entanglements is Victoria’s son who, in an alternate universe, was turned into a vampire by an attempt to cure his hemophilia.
Where can readers find out more about you?
To celebrate her new release, Patricia is giving away 5 (YES, 5) free ebook copies of Entanglements. Or if you don’t want to wait you can buy your own from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered!