The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
About myself? I earned both bachelor and master degrees in English and Education and taught in a public high school for many years. I am the youngest of three siblings and suffer from "Baby of the Family Syndrome".ÿ I live in a big house with 10 cats (ages one to fifteen) and several friendly spirits (3 human and 1 dog).ÿ Sound weirds, but true.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Which of my characters would I be? I am ALWAYS the heroine. My heroines do what I would do or what I wish I would do. If I lived their lives, though, I would never have written a word.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Favorite genre to read? Romance, course! All subgenres of romance from the murder and mayhem of romantic suspense to those delicious alpha males of Harlequin Presents.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Who/ what influences me when I write? In my early years, I emulated those authors whose work I admire. Then I found my own writing voice. I think in regards to characters/ story events I wonder what the reader's reaction will be and try to edit so that I do not offend anyone. Most of the time I am successful, occasionally I'm not.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Typical writing day? I am an early riser and do my best witing in the morning. I write early (5AM) for a few hours, do errands, and then come back to it in the afternoon. I write 365 days a year.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
How To Break Free From Writer's Block? That depends on what is causing the problem. The most easily overcome is when something I am writing is not coming out right. Then I try switching the scene's point of view. When the problem is in my personal life, the solution is harder. For Example, when my mother passed away, I could not bring myself to sit down and write for months, though that would have been the best thing. Finally, the day job boss said that my mother wasn't coming back and if I didn't start writing, I wouldn't have a writing career either. That jolted me out of the funk I was in.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Upcoming Books? My next release is "Enticing The Prince" and will be published in November 2008. The story is part of the Kazanov series. I will be posting excerpts on my website each month beginning in January www.patriciagrasso.com I am in the planning stages of "Desiring The Highlander" which features one of the Flambeau sisters from my Kazanov series.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
Five years from now? God willing, I will still be writing my stories.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero? My perfect hero is imperfect. He has emotional baggage, flaws, idiosyncracies, and a sense of humor. I like strong males with hidden gentle hearts.
What do you do for inspiration?
What do I do for inspiration? Only the Lord knows the mystery of creating. For me, it just happens. If I think something will work, I go for it. When I doubt myself, I chant "I can do this." Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Other genre of books would I like to write? Sounds sick, but I love murder and mayhem. I would love to write a romantic-comedy suspense, but will never leave historicals behind.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Research? I love books so most of my research comes from books, but I do use the internet and tap into others' expertise. I'm not afraid to ask people for answers. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines? Deadlines can be a killer but definitely help my muse. Knowing my story will appear in print is a great motivator.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Decision to submit my work? I always knew I would submit my manuscript to publishing houses. I started writing in 1985 and wrote for 5 years before selling to a publisher, which I have been told is the usual amount of time. So I wrote 365 days a year for five years before I sold.
Who encouraged you to submit your work? Who encouraged me? To tell you the truth, no one encouraged me. In fact, it was just the opposite. Most people would say negative things like I would never finish or sell to a publisher. I guess I am a self-motivator.
What would you like to tell your readers?
What would I like to tell readers? Believe in yourself and your dreams can come true. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best advice I ever received?
1. Chill out.
2. Big problems present big opportunities.
Best Writing advice: Keep writing.
Worst advice: I prefer not to dwell on the negative Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I always outline, going from the general to the specific for each scene. I find that helps writing the scene. Works for me. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Critique Groups? I have never belonged to a critique group. First, I worked a full time day job and did not have the time to spare for a group. I have writer friends I can bounce an idea off. My advice is to trust your own instincts and inner editor.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Contact me through my website www.patriciagrasso.com I have excerpts posted for all my books.
Thank you for this opportunity!