Thursday, July 28, 2011

Author Interview & Giveaway: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Author - Patti Roberts

Hi everyone, today I am happy to say that I have the privilege to work with a new self-published author, Patti Roberts. Her first book Paradox "The Angels Are Here" is out now and a very enjoyable read. You can find my review here I hope you enjoy my interview with Patti and stick around for the giveaway. Patti was so kind to giveaway to my readers 1 print copy of her book and 4 e-book copies. 

Patti Robert's Links:

  • Website

  • Facebook Page

  • Twitter

  • GoodReads

  • Welcome Patti!

    Buy Paradox - 

    Hi Patti. Thank you for being here to do a interview with me about your new book, Paradox "The Angels Are Here. I am sure my readers would love to know all about your book and yourself. After reading Paradox I must say I really loved it. I am sure my readers would too so without any futher ado on with the questions about you book. 

    Q. When did you first start writing, Paradox? And did the idea for the book just come to you?

    A: I started in 2009 so it took me roughly 2 years to put the first book (Novella) together.

    I was inspired to write the series by what I didn’t know.  By the questions we as humans have asked ourselves since the beginning of time.  Where did we come from, what happens after death?  Is there a heaven?  Do our souls live on?

    Q. Was there any research involved in writing the book esp when the times were in the very early centuries?

    A. I think I have done just as much research for the series of Paradox books as I have done writing the story.  Although a lot of that will not actually be evident until further along in the series.  I love writing Grace’s flashbacks of Juliette’s past lives.  I love going back in time and delving into historical events that have shaped our world.  And hopefully bring some of them back to life throughout this story via the characters.

    Q. Were any of your characters based off of someone you know or the names of the characters?

    A: The characters in the Paradox Series are not based on anyone I know personally.  Some of their traits and experiences are, however, influenced by people I have met.  Mostly on an unintentional level.  It isn’t until I reread some of my characters lines that I have sometimes thought – Oh, that reminds me of ….

    Q. Was it at all difficult to write about such loss and heartache through out the book?

    A: Surprisingly, no.  I was going through an emotional stage of my life at the time and if anything it allowed me to really “feel” Grace’s loss and put it into words.  I really believe that I would never have been able to achieve that if I wasn’t in that “place” in my life and if I hadn’t gone through something like that myself.  I focused very much on the death of my own mother a few years ago; Mum was very much looking over my shoulder as I wrote it.

    Q. As you were writing Paradox did you ever have writers block or did you already somewhat know what the story-line would be before you put the words on paper?

    A: I have never had writers block.  I have so many stories to tell that if anything sometimes I wonder where to start and where to leave off and cut to another scene.  Some people have said that Paradox – The Angels Are Here jumps around during the telling of the story.  And maybe it does.  That is how the story unfolded to me while I wrote it and how Juliette tells it – as she remembers it.

    When people are sitting around telling stories, I think that is how it happens.  Suddenly you remember something from the past, because of something someone else has said, and regardless to where the story is at; you jump in and add it because you know that further on into the story, it is going to be important.  It is very much Juliette’s story now.  I just have the pleasure in writing it.

    Q. What age groups do you recommend for the readers of Paradox?

    A:  I say 14 and up.  Some would say that some of the subject matters are for an older audience but I disagree.  It wasn’t that long a go in history that a 14 year old girl was old enough to wed and expected to bear children.  In some cultures today they are very much considered adults.   History has also shown us that in order to keep bloodlines “pure” it was nothing if not expected for brother and sister to produce an heir.  Thankfully, the society that most of us live in today does not applaud or encourage this way of life.

    Q. I adore the cover, very beautiful. Who designed the cover and did you have any say in what you wanted it to look like?

    A: Being an indie author I was very much solely responsible for the look of the cover.  I searched numerous sites until I found the artwork by the very talented Hazel Brown.  Then I added the heart, feather and text.

    Q. Do you have any future plans for Grace and her family & friends with another book?

    A:  The Paradox saga is a series of books.  The first book – The Angels Are Here – was an introductory into the series and is a Novella.  The second in the series – Progeny Of Innocence - is a novel and is due out in November.  The third – Bound By Blood – is due out in 2012 with more to follow the following year.

    Q. What was the most difficult part writing the book? Do you have anything you wish you could go back and change?

    A: The only thing hard about writing in general is time.  If I could lock myself up and concentrate on only writing that would be great.  But my friends would think I had gone completely mad and would probably try and have me committed.

    Q. Last but not least, did anyone inspire you to write Paradox "The Angels Are Here"?

    A:  Yes and no.  I had just recently gone through a break-up and was terribly “lost”.  I see now that the break-up was an incredible gift.  It handed me the opportunity to focus on other things which I would otherwise had never done.  And those other things turned out to be writing.  The break-up, unbeknown to me at the time, turned out to be my cloud with a silver lining.  Writing has been such wonderful therapy; I have never looked back and I have never been happier.

    Paradox "Angels Are Here" book trailer:

    Thank you Patti for taking the time to answer questions for us today. So now comes the extra fun part. Patti Roberts is offering a print copy of Paradox to one lucky grand prize winner and 4 e-book copies to 4 runner up winners. Make sure to stop by and enter the giveaway and say hello to Patti.

    To Enter: 
    • Leave a comment about the interview, be sure to tell me your GFC username.
    • MUST be a follower ( new or old )
    • Open to US/Canada/international
    • Leave your email address
    • Giveaway will end 8/11 at Midnight

    Want extra entries? 
    Get +1 for each of the following.

    1. Follow me on Twitter @SyCo4Twilight
    2. Share this giveaway. (twitter, facebook, blog, ect.) Leave proof.
    3. Add my blog button to your blog (tell me where I can find it)

    Please leave comment for each extra entry you do and be sure to add URL's of where you shared this giveaway as well as your GFC name, and twitter name.


    1. Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway. Interested in the print copy only. I would follow you but I can't find the follow button..? In any case, I subscribed to your posts via email. Awesome cover, by the way :)

    2. Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway.

      GFC: carpenyx,

    3. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. This sounds good.
      GFC follower Julie S.
      Twitter follower @juliecookies

    4. I have writers block sometimes, but most of the time my imaginative juices flow smoothly. Thanks for the interview! I'd love to be entered to win a print copy of the book.

      +1 Twitter follower @aikchien

      +1 Tweeted:

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

    5. Awesome Interview! and great background music.I'm a new follower and I just recently posted my First Author Interview check it out ^_^

    6. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read this book, the cover looks great! GFC follower: Gisele

      follow via twitter: @Gisselle_Alv


    7. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway.
      I really like the answer about the age of the readers. I absolutely agree. In other time, when I am in my age, I should have maybe three children and no one should care about what I am reading. :)

      I am GFC Follower as Willinda
      I follow you on twitter as willinda96
      And I tweeted about this:!/Willinda96/status/97000265219178496

    8. New GFC follower: Terri S Crum
      I enjoyed reading this interview! The background music you have chosen is great! I love reading what inspires readers to write! Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to win the print copy as I am not fortunate enough to have an ereader...yet!

      tlcrum06 @ att dot net

    9. Twitter follower: @tlcrum06
      tlcrum06 @ att dot net

    10. Tweeted giveaway:!/tlcrum06/status/97077375128449024
      tlcrum06 @ att dot net

    11. Hi everyone, thanks for entering the giveaway and leaving your comments. very much appreciated. Not long now until the winners are announced :)

      and if you are interested in following blog hops to win books -

      All the very best. Patti

    12. Such a fantastic interview with an amazing and lovely author!!! I've read the book and loved it. Good luck to everyone who enters. Trust me, this is one book you want to win.

    13. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. This sounds good.
      GFC follower rogier caprino
      Twitter follower @rocapr

    14. Oh and here's my details..

      GFC & Twitter follower-kimyunalesca

    15. Wow, you've never gotten writer's block! That's awesome! I love the sound of your book, and the way you came up with the idea of it, and I really can't wait to read it!
      Thanks for a great interview and an awesome giveaway:)
      I am a GFC follower.
      jwitt33 at live dot com

    16. I am a Twitter follower: @jwitt33

      jwitt33 at live dot com

    17. Hi Julie. No, I have never had writers block - just time block :) not enough hours in the day!!!

      all the very best for the comp! Patti

    18. Great interview. The book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it.
      Lisa Miller
      I just became a follower - yeah!


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