Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Author Interview: Patti Roberts

Patti Roberts is the author of  The Paradox Series, available in e-book format from Amazon (US & UK), Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble, and in print format from Amazon/Createspace.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Brisbane Queensland Australia, grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory and currently live in Cairns in Far North Queensland.

Tell us your latest news?
I've just met my son's girlfriend Amanda and she is lovely!!!

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why? I have to say George R. R. Martin because I love the richness of his writing. I would love to get inside his head! AND – all of my new indie friends – what a blast that would be!! A few that instantly come to mind are Ella Melder, Collette Scott, Lenore Wolfe, Starr West, KaSonndra Leigh, Jayde Scott, Carolyn Hockley, Mary Ting and Carlyle Labuschagne.

That sounds like quite a party!  I'll bring hummus and fresh pita.

What are your current projects?
Helping to support other indie authors by publishing "First 5 Chapters" - they are ebook publications that allows readers to try the first 5 chapters from some very talented indie authors. Each publication features 6 authors in similar genres. As you can imagine the idea is taking off in a big way. You can find "First 5 Chapters" on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and they are either free or 99c – less than a cup of coffee 

What books or authors have influenced your writing? Currently, George R. R. Martin (LOVE the TV series and the books) because there is so much going on. Such a huge host of characters. Kingdoms within kingdoms. It makes your head boggle but I like a book that demands you pay attention.

I still need to read that one.  I love the TV series.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
George R. R. Martin and my indie author friends.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? Ebook. Solomon's Men by by Glenn Starkey and George R. R. Martin.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing? I started writing with the intent on publishing in 2009. I was feeling very down and misplaced after a failed relationship and I wanted to do something positive…. I needed to do something positive. I wanted to herd up all my unresolved emotions and put them to good use. So I went out and bought a new laptop computer and started writing. Hence the reason Paradox – The Angels Are Here is a little bit EMO! Writing has been the best therapy and I have never been happier or more fulfilled! I highly recommend writing to anyone that finds themselves in a similar predicament. That is when I started writing and how the Paradox Series was born. Out of the ashes… so to speak.

What is your series about? An Ancient World and the New World. It is about two souls being drawn together over the centuries to the present day. It is about love, loss, betrayal, Hope. It is about innocence lost. It is about the past and the present colliding and realising that nothing is as it seems... And that those that are lost to you, are never very far away. That behind this portal there are many, many ancient worlds waiting to be rediscovered.

Excellent.  I'll put it on my list for when my new tablet comes and I finally get to read e-books.

Where do you get your ideas? For every warp of life imaginable. Awake or asleep. And a creative and overworked imagination.

Me too.  I find a surprising amount of inspiration in the shower and on the news.
What is your writing process? I run different scenarios around for particular chapters in my head. I give the characters dialogue to see were it leads. It is one thing to have an idea for a story line but it isn’t until I bring in the characters to see how their personalities would react in particular circumstances that I really know how it has to be written.
Do you write full-time now? I do pretty much. However, much of that time is also spent planning, researching, marketing, and promoting. Many hours of marketing!!!
Your settings and descriptions are very detailed. Can you describe your research into your subject this time around? Same as always. Hours of research into ancient civilizations, myths and legends. From the tiniest red shiny beads found in the blistering Utopia desert to the magical realm of ancient forest trees. And of course a vivid imagination… a must when writing fantasy worlds.
Let us talk a little bit about Grace, a young woman who is coming of age in this story. She is certainly growing. Can you tell us about her inner motivation and how Juliette influences her? Grace Knows she is different - even though she isn't ready to accept that fact just yet. She senses a danger in knowing who she really is so she keeps most of those thoughts to herself by writing in a hidden journal. She has visions of a girl named Juliette. But she doesn't quite understand why or who this Juliette is. Through Grace, Juliette is also starting to come to terms with a past that she thought was long gone and buried.
You have also introduced some new characters, most notably Damon…. Hmmm. Is Grace developing a love interest for the future installments? Grace is certainly at an age where love is a priority for any "normal" teenage girl. And Grace so badly wants to be normal. So when Damon Draco comes along she is instantly drawn to his boyish good looks and mysterious charm. But is there more to it than just a teenage crush…
Another favorite is Keyla. Will she be playing a prominent role in the series? Most certainly. Keyla is everything precious and pure. Within her she holds powerful abilities pasted down from an almost extinct race of people that stretches back to the time before time. The ancient Bakhna Rakhna People from the southern mountains. Home of the Ancients.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances? I name some of my characters after friends that have inspired me. Sometimes I will take a friend's personality and blend it with one of my characters to make them become more real - more dimensional. I give all of my characters birthdates, favorite colors, particular things they like or dislike. Imagine what their parents would be like. Even if I never write about those things. It makes my characters more real.
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters? My thoughts and feelings most certainly.
Are you still writing the series? If so, what will your future projects entail? Next on the agenda is book 3 - that is due to be released this year (2012). I will know in the next few months about how I want the 4th book in the series to go.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Yes, I source the cover art from and then design the titles and fonts. I love cover art – I do judge a book by the cover!!!
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover? I can spend hours looking at pictures online for my covers, locations, and my characters. I have to have faces for my characters when I am writing dialogue for them. I search until I find a face that matches my character. Then I print it out and have it on a corkboard in front of me. I feel I can be more consistent with my characters traits and dialogue if I have a firm image of them to look at.
Does your reading inspire you and your work? Most certainly. It puts my head in the right place. When I writing for the ancient world I read books like the Game of Thrones. The visual media – music and artwork - finding the right artwork and music for my ancient world is just as important as finding the right face for my characters. Let's face it. We are not talking about an everyday world here. I have a special post on my blog dedicated to all that inspires my writing.
Where can we find you online?
What formats are your books available in? ebook and paperback
Where are your paperback books available for purchase? Most online stores including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Createspace.
Book Review By Ella Melder (excerpt)

I do not remember when I have been more spellbound by a fantasy book before.
This book delivers on so many levels. Patti Roberts has grown up. Her writing skills rival some of the very big names out there and I would be surprised if awareness of her talent doesn’t sky-rocket within a few short months. With ‘Progeny Of Innocence’ we have no choice but to believe. It’s not a fantasy anymore, it is a certainty.
‘It is a shame,’ Patti says, ‘that real life events very rarely portray the grandiose victories personified in fiction’. Because we know, we feel that undercurrent to all of our lives. We’ve always suspected there is more to this inconsequential human existence and Patti Roberts makes it easy to imagine what this might be.
Patti Roberts is so comfortable with her creation that it leaves no questions unanswered. You can see the prisoners being dragged in, you can see the forest and its people, you can understand the relationships between the six ancient races and feel their resistance to Grigorian rule.
Paradox is not a story in a place – it is the legend of a whole world.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share a part of you with us today :)