After penning 45 novels in 25 years, New York Times bestselling historical romance author, Patricia Rice continues to write a couple of novels a year. Winner of the RITA award and many others, she received countless rejections before she got her start. Rice wants readers to know: “Writers aren’t rich, we’re just crazy!” Her next release, The Wicked Wyckerly, hits shelves in July 2010.
The Teaser for The Wicked Wyckerly:
Inheriting a bankrupt earldom and acquiring a hoydenish five-year-old daughter, John Fitzhugh Wyckerly does what any self-respecting gambler would do—hunts for a wealthy wife. Unfortunately the woman he wants is Abigail Merriweather, an adorably proper spinster with four young half-siblings, who needs far more help than he can offer. How can even a mathematical genius solve a problem of the heart this large, especially when it appears he may not live long enough to puzzle it out?
Q: You’ve received some great reviews–tell me what means the most to you and why?
A: I enjoy it when the reviewer actually “gets” who my characters are and what they want to achieve and like the characters for who they are.
Q: What makes your stories unique compared to other romances out there?
A: Quirky characters. I don’t buy into the alpha male/helpless virgin heroine mystique. My guys may be tough, but my heroines hit them in their weak points. And a real hero wants his woman to be all she can be, so mine don’t hold the heroine back when she’s ready to roar. And I want my characters to be memorable, so they have flaws and quirks just like real people.
Q: Tell me your favorite “when I was doing research for this novel you wouldn’t believe what I did” story:
A: Does going on a research trip to France with a busload of teenage boys and three girls count? You can’t plan research like that!
Q: Besides being a romance novelist, what other off-beat jobs have you had?
A: I was once a credit collector!
Q: Tell me the story about when you got the call from your editor about that first publishing contract:
A: I had graduated with an accounting degree two years earlier, passed my CPA exams, and was rapidly running out of time to find a job before I’d have to take the exams again. Living in a small town where women accountants were rare, I’d just that week started working for an accounting firm where the partners were Baptist deacons. And I got the call—I’d sold my first book to Kensington Publishing. And the first thing my editor asked was—can you add more sex? Excited, yes. Dismayed, definitely. I considered changing my name.
Q: Tell me about your most fascinating inspiration for a book or story.
A: Would that be the time I took lyrics from an old rock song and turned one line into a book? Or the time I saw a ghost in a French forest and knew she couldn’t speak? Or the day I thought an invisible island would be a good idea?
Q: How do you handle the isolation of being a full-time writer?
A: I’m an introvert. I thrive on quiet. But I am fortunate to have a number of writer friends with whom I meet weekly. And family is always available.
Q: If you were going to write a non-fiction book, what would the title be? (this is my novelist’s version of the Barbara Walters’ special question of “If you were a tree what kind would you be?”)
A: A maple. (kidding) How about: This Is How It’s Supposed to be Done
Q: What do you see on the horizon for your writing career? Anything different?
A: I’m always exploring new avenues. I’m working on an urban fantasy and a woman’s fiction proposal while learning the brave new world of e-publishing. Multi-tasking is my middle name.
Find author Patricia Rice’s website here: PatriciaRice.com
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