Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Interview with Patricia Eimer and Giveaway - August 9, 2011

Please welcome Patricia Eimer to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:   What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Patricia:  I can and will write anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. Back before I ever dreamed of getting published I was writing short stories and fanfiction to send out to my friends either via email or through online forums. I had an idea for a story come in and actually left my own bridal shower so I could scribble away on an idea I'd had for a Doctor Who fanfic. It's not like it mattered really. My mother in law was hosting it for my in-laws and they didn't even notice I was gone. Then again, she did refuse to hold me a baby shower a few years later so maybe she did notice...

TQ:   Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Patricia:  Anyone who can make me laugh or give me something to wonder about. I love MaryJanice Davidson, Nicole Peeler, Gail Carriger, Linda Wisdom and Katie MacAlister for their abilities to write comedy. I’d love to say I’m influenced by some of the real masters of the craft like Shakespeare, JK Rowling, or Stephen King but I’m totally not. Or maybe I am. I keep trying to live up to what they write. It never works but I keep trying.

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Patricia:  Most definitely a pantser. I wouldn’t know how to plot if the technique grew legs, walked up and slapped me across the face.

TQ:   Describe Luck of the Devil in 140 characters or less.

Patricia:  The Family Reunion From Hell.

TQ:   What inspired you to write Luck of the Devil?

Patricia:  I actually saw a young woman in the grocery store, in the middle of the night, arguing into her cellphone with someone about the fact that their family had shown up and she had no idea what to do about it. I ended up following her through the entire store, stalking her almost and listening to her complain to what I always thought was her significant other about the fact that their family had shown up but she was going to be the one doing all the work. That’s when Faith Bettincourt wiggled into my brain and announced “you think she’s got it bad, let me tell you about my family.”

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for Luck of the Devil?

Patricia:  Research? What is this research as you call it? Oh right, that was making my husband take me to Primanti Brothers for food constantly so I could “check out the ambiance.” Man I love this gig.

TQ:   Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Patricia:  Malachi was the easiest to write. He’s my own personal sort of voice in the story. Somebody once referred to him as a demonic Greek chorus. Everything I ever wanted to say delivered to you in a three foot, demonic form. The hardest character to write was Matt. The character has secrets. Big secrets. And he likes to play things close to the vest. Unfortunately he kept trying to do the same thing with me.

TQ:   Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Patricia:  When Faith convinces Matt to steal the Devil’s Lamborghini. You know when the scene starts that it can’t end well. There’s no way it can end well. But with enough bare flesh you can convince even the smartest guy to do something patently stupid.

TQ:   Who should play Faith Bettincourt if Luck of the Devil is made into a movie?

Patricia:  Reese Witherspoon. Or possible Katie Perry as a blonde. Yeah, definitely Katy Perry as a blonde.

TQ:   Do you and Faith have anything in common?

Patricia:  We both tend to be the nursemaid in our family. The person who just takes care of everything without question. It’s a horrible habit to have because it always leads you into trouble but at the same time it comes from a pure place so it’s a hard habit to break.

TQ:   How many books are planned for Speak of the Devil series?

Patricia:  Right now there’re 3 books planned and I’ve started tinkering with the idea of a spin off related to Faith’s sister Hope.

TQ:   What's next?

Patricia:  Right now Book 2 of Speak of the Devil is with my editor, I’m plotting out Book 3 ( I never write the next book until I’m done edits with the previous one because of all the changes that happens. Ah, plotting why do I fail so much at you?), and starting to work on another series set in a very different world from the one Faith and her family inhabit.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Patricia:  Thank you for having me.

About Luck of The Devil

Luck of the Devil
Speak of the Devil 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.

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About Patricia

Patricia Eimer is a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard made for reading in on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing and arguing about with her dogs about who’s in charge.

Patricia's Links

Website: www.patriciaeimer.com
Entangled Publishing: www.entangledpublishing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Eimer/193204160721040

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Luck of the Devil ebook from Patricia and Entangled Publishing.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Love, like or avoid family reunions?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I'm kinda so-so about family reunions... The thought of them is great, but the reality of them usually falls short. (i.e. The people I'd really like to see can't make it; the weather doesn't cooperate; I get stuck with the people I really hoped wouldn't come...)
    But somehow, I still look forward to them, when they happen. Crazy, huh? :p

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  2. It's basically just my immediate family, none of my siblings or I had children.

    We do have 5 cousins, but I wouldn't recognize them if I saw them on the street, so I'd say no to any reunions.

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  3. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. That is all -.- There are very valid reasons we don't get along (legal as well). Thank you for the chance to win this book, it looks wonderful! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
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  4. I avoid family reunions. I am shy and don't like a lot of people. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  5. Wonderful interview, and I love adding an author that I haven't read. Your book sounds delightful, and very funny. I love humor in stories, and recently read one that I had to stop for a day cause I couldn't stop laughing. I had to have a breather...LOL.

    The best family reunions I've been to was with my H's family years ago when our children were 2 and i month old. It was a wonderful experience. But to tell the truth hell would have no fury if I were to attend a family reunion with my siblings at this point in time. I am the oldest of 4, and having already raised our kids to be happy and conductive in life, there is no way I could put up with grown 2 adults behaving as teenage girls when they are in their 30's & 40's.
    Would love to read your book, and I'm putting
    it on my gotta have list right now. The blurb has some Awesome humor...lol

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  6. I have been to one family reunion when I was young. I think they are neat. Great book and I loved the interview.
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  7. Thank you for sharing the fun today. I did a tweet about this post and am so new to the twit thing did not know how to get a link copy for you - but hey at least I shared the joy! You are awesome for sharing with us today and the giveaway is delightful.
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  8. In answer to your question, I avoid family reunions. I don't have a big family anyway.

    Would love to read this book!

  9. Well, I'm not real crazy about family reunions, but I don't avoid them!

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  10. Avoid, avoid, avoid at all costs! My family is nuts! You would avoid them, too, if you knew them!

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  11. Family reunions are just OK with me. Some were nice and fun, others were a nightmare!!! But I must say, the last one I attended was fun because a lot of cousins traveld to MD to attend it and I thought that was great.

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  12. Immediate family is ok. But for big full reunions, no contest avoid.

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  13. I always go to the family reunions. We definitely have our share of crazies in our family but they are OUR crazies.
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