PATRICIA A. RASEY ~~
Interview with Tracey West ~~ June 2004
incredible honour it is for me to interview one of my favourite
who is placed high on my list of must reads and buy everything she
writes. Patricia A. Rasey has had many
long before I read a story by her, much to my chagrin.
But that doesn’t exclude the fact that her
writing is magnificent and I have since worn out my credit card on her
backlist. Patricia was kind enough to
agree to be interviewed and answer my endless questions.
I hope readers will enjoy learning more about
Pat’s work, who she is and maybe even try her books if they haven’t
already. Patricia is a three time RIO
Award of Excellence winner and has a long list of other awards for her
writing. Readers are missing out on some
excellent stories if they haven’t read Patricia A. Rasey…
The Road to Romance Patricia!
TW - What is a day in the
life of Patricia
A. Rasey like? How many hours a day do
you spend writing?
PAR - I
wish I could say that I write from 9-5 everyday, but I don’t. My life
from glamorous. It’s busy. I work
outside the home during the day, own a karate school that I teach at a
of nights a week, and I have one son in college and one in high school
So right now, my writing is slipped into the cracks of free time, and
not as often as I’d like.
TW - You haven’t always
writer. What else have you done in your life?
PAR - I’ve
worked a lot of odd jobs from being a baker to assistance manager of a
store. Right now I work in a pizza/dive thru. I also own a karate
teach martial arts. But mostly, I’m a mother and wife. I’m pretty well
in all areas. Writing, however, is the one mainstay in my life besides
TW - You have 2 teenage
sons. Have you ever found it hard to
a Mom, wife and writer?
PAR - Of
course. It’s not easy taking care of the family, the house, and being
places at once, let alone remembering to schedule all those
mind is usually swimming with so many day to day things, not to mention
plot needing to get down on paper that my husband frequently has to
call me and
remind me of the day’s events. He’s a
good sport about it.
TW - You have had many
Pat. A list that includes:
- Deadly Obsession
- Kiss of Deceit
- The Hour Before Dawn, sequel to the
best-selling Deadly Obsession
- Eyes Of Betrayal, sequel to the
best-selling Kiss Of Deceit
- Lawfully Yours, her first historical
- Eternally Yours, sequel to Lawfully
- In the Mind of Darkness
- Fear of the Dark
story would you say was the most difficult to write?
PAR - Probably Eyes
of Betrayal. For one, it was at that
time I went back to work. So my writing time had been cut into
And with the last few years, my youngest son getting into his high
and sports—it just hasn’t left me much time. The other reason would be
as a writer I feel I have grown and came a long way, so writing it and
all the mechanics I learned, and striving over every word on the page
slows down the creative process. I did a lot of research on motorcycle
and I wanted to try and get those details as correct as I could, as I
researching all my books. Although it was a difficult book to finish—it
also a fun book to write.
TW - Which
story is your favourite?
PAR - Every book I have
written is my favorite at the time of writing
it. I get pretty passionate about the current project and love delving
research. But I would have to say out of all those I’ve written; Eyes
Betrayal is my favorite. I loved the biker world and writing about
Tate was a hero to die for. I love bad boys, and he was the ultimate.
TW - You
seem to have a passion for writing various genres.
Lawfully Yours and its sequel, Eternally
Yours are Historical romances. Deadly
Obsession and its sequel The Hour Before Dawn are
Romances. Kiss of Deceit and its
sequel, Eyes of Betrayal are thriller/suspense stories. Each story is amazing and each one shines,
but what genre do you find you like the most?
PAR - I love thrillers
the most. I don’t know why, but I love the
research for these books. I’ve always been fascinated with detectives,
forensics and crime solving so it’s a more natural genre for me. I did
much enjoy the vampyre series and had a passion about the culture when
about it. I’ll probably one day revisit it when I write a third book in
series. I’m not sure I’ll revisit the historical romance genre. I’d
have to say
it was my least favorite to write—though I do love to read them. But
never. Who knows what the future holds and where my muse will take me.
TW - What
story (stories) from the list above has been best received by readers?
a story/series or character(s) that readers seem to want more of? (LOL
knows who I want more of!!)
PAR - The vampyre series.
But that stands to reason because there is a
huge cult following there. And although my stories are not technically
paranormal, but more about the vampyre culture in today’s society—they
be good sellers for me. The biggest question I’ve had asked is, ‘When
Damien get his own story?” I do plan on giving Damien a break and
to play hero once. If I only had time to write all those plots swimming
TW - How
long does it take you to write a story?
PAR - I used to be able
to write a story in about eight months. But now
because of my busy life, it does take over a year. Unfortunately. I
start setting aside more time for writing. My current project, Love
to Pieces, has been sitting on my desk too long. I’d like to
hammered out and move on.
TW - From
the above titles, did you have to do extensive research for any of them? For instance, the biker world that we read in
Kiss of Deceit and Eyes of Betrayal was the
for that? Same with the historical aspects from Lawfully Yours
PAR - Oh, yes. I always
do extensive research for all my books. Some
genres I like delving into a bit more than others. I have collected a
books on the subjects I research. I do
110% research for my books and only add about 10% of what I learned. I
want to bore the reader with the facts—but know enough to write on the
and sound knowledgeable.
TW - What
can you tell us about your upcoming tale Sanitarium, in the
Once in a
Blue Moon Anthology, due out this month?
The anthology is available from NovelBooks, Inc.,
which is an amazing
collection of stories from wonderful authors, what can you share with
us about Sanitarium?
PAR - Sanitarium
was a fun novella for me to write. Since
I don’t write much in the paranormal genre—I felt like I had a whole
license for creativity. I have always loved paranormal vampires, so the
was easy to find for the story. Jake and Annie seemed doomed from the
Jake chased the Legend of the Blue Moon. He wanted his mortality back,
needed Annie to achieve it. Kenji, the vampire who created Jake, was
stop Jake from his pursuit. He became a lively character, one I may
entertain into giving him a novel of his own one day.
TW - You
are also working on Dark Savior, another Historical romance
Amber Quill Press. How is this book
coming and what can you share about it with us?
PAR - Dark Savior
is done except for the final galley
reading. I had to do a lot of rewrites for this book because I
it years ago. I’m hoping the book will be received as well as Lawfully
Yours and Eternally Yours. I’ve done fairly well
those two. Dark Savior has
a special dedication in the book and the book is close to my heart for
reason. I watched three young girls grow up to beautiful your ladies,
dedicated the story to them. The 1920’s was a fun time era to write.
TW - Is Dark
Savior connected to any of your previous releases?
PAR - No. Dark
Savior is a stand alone book, connected to
none of my others. There will be no sequel to that book. I have another
that is a complete stand alone that if I ever get the time to rewrite
also come out through Amber quill Press, entitled Dragonlord—it’s
about a French pirate. Because I always loved books about pirates and
to be a dying story line, I’d love to bring this book out in the future
TW - Will
there be further sequels to Kiss of Deceit/Eyes of Betrayal
and/or Deadly Obsession/The Hour Before Dawn?
PAR - My plan at this
time is to write a third book in both of those
series. I know Damien would get his own novel in the Deadly series. For the Kiss series, I really haven’t thought
beyond the return of Psych and Tony. But yes, I would love to continue
books. I’d also like to do a sequel to Façade and
have KC and
Shar return as hero and heroine in the next book. They were a fun
write and their story is far from over.
TW - Out
of all your heroes, who would you say is your favourite?
Is there one that you still think about?
PAR - I still think about
a lot of my characters—but the one who is
dearest to my heart is Egan Tate from Eyes of Betrayal.
his tortured bad boy image. He had a hard upbringing and ran with
really set who he had become.
TW - Have
any of the heroines in your books been anything like you?
I could make a guess but I am not sure if I
would be right…<g> who would you say was most like you?
PAR - Oh, wow. I probably
try to stay away from myself as
characters—but I would guess a bit of myself goes into every character
for one reason or another. If I were to say who was most like me, it
LeAnne McVeigh from Kiss of Deceit. Not because of the
because she was a very strong woman and stood up for herself.
TW - You
are also an editor at Amber Quill Press correct? What
lines do you edit there? Is it a fairly
PAR - Was. I left the
position to concentrate on my writing. That was
probably another reason I got very little writing done last year. When
free time, instead of writing, I edited. I needed to get that free time
And it’s helped. I have been able to move forward with my current
You to Pieces.
TW - What
do you find the best thing about working with/being an author with,
PAR - I like the open
communication. It seems that AQP wants to keep
their authors happy and when you have a problem, they try very hard to
it. They work hard for their authors—and I know first hand that
staff is overworked, but they do what they do for the love of the
wanting AQP and its authors to go far.
TW - Do you
ever suffer from writers block?
PAR - I
think all writers do. Usually about half way through the book, I can’t
out which direction I want to go. I never suffer from ideas, just
TW - What is your
PAR - Creating
the story. I have always been a huge daydreamer and can remember even
as a kid,
creating elaborate tales in my head. I love telling stories. Having
them and like them is a blessing.
TW - When you are not
would we find you doing?
PAR - Sitting
with an umbrella at track meets. It’s been a wet season. Or you might
teaching karate and going to martial arts tournaments. I have a long
of me building my reputation in the martial arts world as a school
you may find me in the drive thru at Hawk’s Pizza, working.
TW - What other things do
you have a
passion for? I see a couple pictures on
your website where you received certificates / awards in karate? How much discipline does that take?
PAR - Karate
is an extremely disciplined sport. Very structured. It takes many years
your black belt, many push ups, and much respect of your upper ranking
The bright side, you learn to appreciate the work you do, see the
yourself, and build your self-confidence. If you don’t have the
discipline—you’ll never wear the belt.
TW - Did you ever think
began having your work published that so many readers would love them
You have won many awards, RIO Award of Excellence (3 this past year
CAPA Award, Word Weaving Award of Excellence and a couple from The Road
Romance, to name a few. Have these
awards, reader responses, been a surprise?
PAR - A huge
surprise. Each new award I get brings me to tears. For a long time
their heads against walls trying to get their work published. There is
a lot of
negativity in the beginning and not much to make a person keep moving
So when the contract comes and readers get a chance to read your
nothing like a letter that says what joy they got from your work or an
that was given because someone really enjoyed your stories. And since I
hate everything I write and fear each new release, all of it comes as a
surprise to me. A very pleasant one.
TW - Do you still worry
responses from readers/reviewers when new books are released?
PAR - Oh
yes. As I said above, I fear each release. You can ask my editors—when
I turn a
new book in, I usually apologize because I think it’s that bad. I guess
our own worst critiques and it helps me strive to get better. Writing
a growing process and I always try to make myself better. So when I put
work out there—I fear the reviews and what readers will think. As I
husband—I’m waiting to hear, ‘What was she thinking?’
TW - Who are some of your
authors? Do you have time to read with your schedule?
I make time
to read because it’s a favorite pastime. I will read over television
I usually reserve that for nighttime, just before bed. So it does take
awhile to finish a book. Favorite authors…I hate to mention any names
there are so many. But I started out with roots in reading Sandra
Joyce and Teresa Medeiros. And that just names a few. Tina St. John is
upcoming author with loads of talent.
TW - What did you want to
you were growing up?
PAR - A
fashion designer. Okay, well I really didn’t have what it took to be
those. But about my senior year in high school I wrote in my journal
wanted to have a story published someday. Maybe that was my premonition
I really wanted to be.
TW - If you could give
authors any advice, what would it be?
PAR - Never
give up. If being published is your dream, then you must work hard at
persistence, and see your dream fulfilled. But never think there isn’t
improvement. There always is in everything we do.
TW - What do you hope
with them/feel after reading one of your books?
PAR - I
hope to leave lingering memories. I know there are some books after I
down, I can’t stop thinking about them. That’s what I hope to leave
TW - Just a recap, what
books do you
have tentatively scheduled for release this year/early 2005?
PAR - This
question brought a smile to my face. Simply because I cut myself off at
kneecaps. I have nothing scheduled for release beyond this summer. I
signing contracts in hopes of getting into New York and a bigger publisher.
Once Love You to Pieces is done, then
I intend to shop it around. If I don’t make a larger publisher, then
it to a smaller house as I have with my past books. But it’s been five
I knocked on New York’s doorstep…I thought it
time to return. That and once I find time to rewrite Dragonlord,
I’ll schedule a release for sometime in 2005
with Amber Quill Press.
TW - If fans would like
to get in
contact with you, where could they write?
PAR - They
can email me at PatriciaRasey@earthlink.net.
I love hearing from readers. Or they can send a snail mail to P.O. Box
Napoleon, OH 43545.
TW - Is there anything
would like to add Pat?
PAR - I
would like to say thanks to you for having me in for this interview and
thank you to all who have taken the time to read it and my books. I
you enough. It means a lot to me.
Readers can find Patricia
books at www.hardshell.com
Pat’s site is updated
new information on books, reviews and other happenings in her life http://www13.brinkster.com/rasey/index.html
Thank you so much Pat for taking the
time out of your busy schedule to visit with us at The Road to Romance.