Shannon asks: Thank you Patti for answering my questions. Can I start with how long have you been writing?
Patti: I have been writing since 2009.
Shannon: Do you write full-time now? If so, what did you do before you started writing?Patti: I don't write full time yet but would very much like to. That is my wish. I have to sell a lot more books though before that happens :)
Shannon: I know what you mean! Where did you come up with the idea for the Paradox series? Were you inspired?
Patti: I was inspired by what I didn't know. By the questions we as humans have asked ourselves since the beginning of time. Where did we come from, is there more after death? Is there a heaven? Do our souls live on?
Shannon: How long did it take you to write?
Patti: Book 1 in the Paradox Series took me 2 years to write but at the same time I was also doing research for the entire series.
Shannon: Do you ever base your scenes on real-life?
Patti: Some are loosely based on real-life. For example Grace's experience during the storm when she felt like her body was being taken over. The emotion Grace and her mother felt following the death of..... Should I say?
Shannon: Considering the use of angels, how did you prevent religion from getting too involved with the story?
Patti: I actually really like religious stories. I don't necessarily believe them. I think a lot of the Bible and religious scriptures in general is the work of a number of excellent fictional storytellers. I bet they wish they were around today to receive the royalties.
Shannon: Who is your favorite character?
Patti: That is too hard to answer. I love writing for them all. Some characters though, like Abaddon and Theria, are more enjoyable to write for because they have such overinflated egos.
Shannon: Who is your least favorite character? Why?
Patti: None - they all belong, all have their part to play. Who is your least favorite or most favorite and which one would you like to know more about?
Shannon: I don't really have a least favorite character... My favorite was Angela. I loved how she acted around Grace. It made me laugh sometimes :). I would like to know more about Angela and where she came from, but also the characters from the beginning and how they fit in with the story.
Shannon: Are any of your characters based on real-life people?
Patti: Not at all. Some of the characters traits are though.
Shannon: I found the extent of your research incredible. Where did you look to come up with your ideas?
Patti: Google, Wikipedia, Google... Can I ask you which parts of the story you were thinking about when you asked this question?
Shannon says: I was thinking about Grace's visions and such. They all take place in different time periods and countries, but they were all factual and true.
Shannon: What is your writing process? How do you incorporate your research without making it sound like a textbook?
Patti: That can be hard for me. Sometimes I get so caught up in the facts. I have to allow myself to step away from the facts at times and let myself bend them a little so they can become part of the fictional side of the story. I am bent on using as much fact as I can. Even down to the little things like making sure a character’s name in Grace's flashbacks are relevant to that period of time in history. What the weather, clothing would have been like, what day of the week it would have been… I think I do this because whenever I read a book, even a fiction book, I like to have learned something real that I didn’t know before. For me it gives even the most diehard fantasy story more plausible.
Shannon: Do you plan to incorporate Abaddon, Siena, Theria, Pandora and Cerberus into the remaining series?
Patti: Most certainly. They are all main characters in the entire series along with a host of characters you are yet to meet. A lot of book 2 (Progeny Of Innocence) is in Altair - where the Angels reside - including the surrounding areas and the ancient civilizations that reside there. Lots of legend and myth in the following books.
Shannon: Thank you for letting me do this with you! I hope you don’t mind my questions.
Patti: Thank you! I LOVE your questions. Especially the ones about the story. It helps me focus on what is important to the reader. I really like to know the readers thoughts on the characters - right down to what the reader thinks the various characters would look like. If you check out my blog - http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/readers-questions-answered/ (which is where I am going now to post your questions) you will see a few pics of the faces I had in mind when I was writing some of the characters.
One of my questions to the reader would have to be - which part of the story made you think/feel the most. What one question would you like to know the answer to?
Shannon says: I definitely thought that right after Grace's dad died was the most emotional part of the story. I thought/felt about that part the most. I would like to know, though, how Wade is going to fit into the story :). I'm looking forward to reading your net book to find out more.
For more information and more Q&A with Patti, please see http://paradox-theangelsarehere.blogspot.com/p/interact-with-paradox-series-other.html