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10 August 2011

Meet COTT Author, Anne Patrick

--this Clash's host, April Gardner

Author Anne Patrick is with us today to talk about her novel A Familiar Evil. 
(Readers if you didn't get an opportunity to read Anne's excerpt, you can do so HERE.)

Welcome, Anne! What element in your excerpt makes it your favorite scene, your Author's Choice?

The tension between Jordan and Sam, and the hint that she’s still in love with him.
I loved this scene too. Here are my favorite lines:  
She closed the door and looked at Sam. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m here at your request.”
“I specifically requested someone from the Charlotte field office.” Anyone but him.
He looked at her with the gorgeous smile that used to make her go weak in the knees. “And they forwarded that request to Agent Haines, who assigned me.”
“We’ll see about that.” 

So, she's about to divorce her husband when he's assigned to work a case with her? Yep, that's some serious tension, alright. So, Anne, do you generally plot your stories, or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I’m a Pantser.  I never plan anything.  As a matter of fact I didn’t know who the killer was in A Familiar Evil until toward the end of the book when he sprang out at me and said, “I’m your man.”  Of course I had suspected he was the one but I wasn’t for sure.  There are several possibilities. 

I love to meet a Pantser! You're a rare yet admirable breed. So where do you get your ideas from?
Often times when I'm researching one book, ideas for another start to sprout. Reading the paper is another good source for me. Life is truly stranger than fiction.

No doubt! Can you share something from the book you think readers would like to know?
I have plans for a trilogy in which Devin will play a larger part in Jordan and Sam’s life.

So, who's Devin and how does he play into the plot of A Familiar Evil? Do enlighten us! In the meantime, do you have a question for COTT readers?
What is your favorite vacation destination?

Good question, but how to choose?? Join in readers, and let us know where you prefer to spend your down time.

Thanks for the chat, Anne, and good luck in the contest!
Learn more about Anne
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Readers, to enter for a chance to win Anne's novel, leave a comment on any post between now and this Thursday (Aug 11). For additional entries, you can follow this blog, like our Facebook page, Tweet about us, or subscribe via email.

Come back on Wednesday for an up-close encounter with contestant Anne Patrick.

All this month, at the COTT Book Club, we're chatting with author, Delia Latham about her COTT-winning novel, Destiny's DreamCome join the fun!

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Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Hi Anne,
Welcome to Clash of the Titles. Congratulations on your writing. Loved your question. Give me a tropical setting with a beach.

Anne Patrick said... Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Devin is a foster child who is staying with Jordan's cousin next door. He's quite a kid and steals the show more than once :).

Thanks for having me here at COTT. You ladies are awesome!

Anne Patrick said... Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Hi Gail, I'm beach lover too! Love the Caribbean.

Raquel Byrnes said... Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Oh my...sparks are flying already. I hope these two can learn to get along. :)

Anonymous said... Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Sounds like a couple of strong personalities that may never get along...but they'll enjoy the fights and have fun making up! lol

Michelle Massaro said... Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Ah, the Caribbean? I'm so there! But really my favorite vacation destination is anywhere I can enjoy a good cup of coffee, relax, and soak up some (preferably foreign) atmosphere. You know, like Italy, France, or Ireland. ;)

April Gardner said... Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Well, we're about to put down a deposit on our first cruise (Caribbean), so I'd have to say that right now, that's my favorite destination! of course after watching "The Seven Deadliest Seas" last night on the Discovery Channel, I'm rethinking the whole boat thing. Gulp! Delia, making up is ALWAYS fun. Wink. Thanks for hanging out with us Anne!

Tracy Krauss said... Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Your book sounds intriguing. Congrats on your feature here!

April Gardner said... Thursday, 11 August, 2011

Thanks for stopping by Tracy! I agree that the book sounds great. It's all about tension, isn't it? Gotta love that tension.

Anne Patrick said... Friday, 12 August, 2011

Thank you, ladies!

Item Reviewed: Meet COTT Author, Anne Patrick Rating: 5 Reviewed By: April Gardner