Interview with Patricia T. Macias - author of Romantic Thrillers

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why? I would love to live in Europe because of the history. I would love to visit the castles.

Do you have other talents? Or is there a talent you don't have that you wish you did? No I don’t, but I would love to know how to play the piano. It’s been one of my dreams.

What genres do you prefer to read? I prefer to read romance and paranormal romance.

What genre(s) do you write? I write romance thriller.

What do you like best about being a writer? I love writing the story. I love the characters. I’m constantly amazed on how the characters communicate their story. I love meeting amazing authors and readers.

What's your least favorite part of the writing process? My least favorite part of writing is editing, lol.

When did you start writing? What inspired you? I recall reading a book when I was young and thinking that I can write a love story. I especially thought about writing when I didn't like the ending a story. 

What has been the toughest criticism you've ever received? What is the biggest compliment? I truly have not had a tough criticism, lol. I attempt to take all criticism as constructive.  The biggest compliment was I love your book and I want to read the next one.

Do you have any advice for those authors just beginning this journey?   I would advise fellow writers to be proud of their work and to own it. We all make mistakes. I have read lots of books and they always have some type of mistake in them. There will always be people that will love it and people that will hate it.  You will meet awesome fellow writers and readers that will make your day, lol

How many books have your written? Do you have a favorite?  My first novel is Hot & Spicy. I also was compelled to write the De la Cruz Saga. The saga is about the twelve cousin’s love story. The cousin’s stories interlocked.  Hot & Spicy is the first book of a twelve novel series. The other eleven novels in the series were written concurrently. I have nine of the novels in the series approximately three quarters completed.  The second novel is Hot & Forbidden and is now my new release. 

What are you working on now? I’m currently working on the third book Hot & Enchanting and Hot & wild.

Can you tell us about your upcoming release(s)? Hot& Spicy is my debut novel. Hot & Forbidden is my new release, I’m so excited. I’m working on my third novel Hot & Enchanting that will be out in December 2012.  I’m also attempting to have Hot & Wild completed and out in December 2012.

Where do your best ideas come from?  My best ideas come to me in my dreams.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
 I wanted to be a writer and an attorney when I grew up, lol.

What's a typical writing day like? I love to start to write in the mornings with a cup of coffee. I don’t like to have noise and distractions, but my family does like to visit, lol.    

Are you a plotter or a pantser? A combination? I start off with a rough outline and timeline of the story.  I believe this would be a plotter, lol.   Ahh, but I’m mostly a pantster. I’m a pantster because I then allow the story to flow out. The characters direct the story.  I type away, lol.  I believe that I’m a combination.

Which comes first - the plot or the characters? The characters and plot comes to me together in my dreams. The characters direct their story.

Where do you write? Can you describe your writing space for us?
My writing space is an office with a desk and my laptop. I have a window in front of   me so I can see outside. I have a book case behind my desk. The room is in light blue. The furniture is black. I have burgundy accents on my desk.

Tell us something about yourself that others might find surprising. I have been working for the same company for thirty-one years. I have been married to the same man for thirty-one years. My job is to write estimates on damaged vehicles.

Complete this sentence: When I want to kick back and relax, I take a shower, get some coffee and read a book, lol.

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do to combat it? 
No I have not suffered from writer’s block, lol.  I have been busy with the De La Cruz Saga.  I need time to finish it.

What is your favorite book? Why? My favorite book is Acheron. I feel that Acheron     endured intense emotional and physical abuse. He overcomes his ghosts. He learns to love and appreciate life after a lifetime of pain.

What are you reading now?  I'm not reading a book right now. Don't I wish lol. I'm too busy to read writing my saga.

What is your favorite movie and why? My favorite move is Titanic because of the time period, the romance, and the action.

What inspired you to write? It all began with a dream. I dreamed my story over and over again. I decided to write these novels after several weeks of dreaming about all of these characters. The characters truly motivated me to write their stories, lol. They wouldn't leave me alone.  I started brainstorming and organizing it into outlines. I developed each character’s personalities, interests, and personal love story.  I wrote the De La Cruz Saga that is a twelve novel series.

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Brenda said...

Excellent interview--both questions and answers.

Jessie B Tyson said...

Thank you!

PT Macias said...

Hi Brenda,
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
Patricia ♥