1. What is your name and where do you call home?
My name is Patricia Mason and I write young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name P.R. Mason. I also write steamy romance as Patricia Mason. My home is the weird and wonderful city of Savannah, Georgia. I was born and raised in the Midwest. And while I loved my friends and family there, and had an established professional career, once I'd visited Savannah in 2001, I couldn't resist its siren call. I'd always dreamed of completing a novel and Savannah just seemed to be the inspirational muse I needed.
2. Do you have a pen name?
My most recent two releases, Entanglements and Fated Hearts are under the name P.R. Mason.
3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
Twenty or less.
That's so hard. Okay, here goes: Entanglements - Opening a vortex sucks! Kizzy Taylor must enter a dangerous dimension to save her stepsister, but will she get home?
Twenty words exactly!
4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I just released a novella entitled FATED HEARTS, which explores the question of predestination. Here's the blurb:
EVE has always played by the rules, afraid to take chances. HOLDEN wants to change that. She's certain they've never met before...or have they? Holden seems so familiar, but who is he? What is he? Yesterday her biggest challenge was trying not to bomb on her SATs. Today, paranormal forces have transformed an ordinary high school dance into a test of fate vs. free will and loving Holden could be Eve's end.
A sequel to Entanglements is also in the works. RESISTANCE takes up the story of a fighter in the human resistance who, along with her alchemist/vampire hero, must defeat an army of soul sucking golems. I expect to release the sequel in March of 2012.
5. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
Absolutely, Fated Hearts will be FREE for download on January 25th. I'm hoping readers will check it out and, if they like it, leave a review on Amazon.com. I'd also love to give an ebook copy of Entanglements to a randomly chosen reader who enters a comment to this post.
6. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
Tara of Fantasia Frog Designs (fantasiafrogdesigns.wordpress.com/) was the fabulous artist behind my book cover.
7. Which is your favourite cover of all the books you have written?
The cover for Entanglements is my favorite. I love the gothic feel of it. As I was writing the book I imagined that Kizzy (the heroine) looks exactly as she does on this cover. In fact, I had written this passage for the novel:
"Mom had always said I should have been born on the Fourth of July because I was like a firecracker, always going off. I'd had a habit of darting in one direction or another, with this activity or that project. Even my hair, a garish red, exploded out of my head in a riot of curls if I didn’t studiously flatten it with the strongest flat iron money could buy."
So the depiction of Kizzy on the cover was absolutely perfect.
8. How did you come up with the title for your book?
This probably sounds strange, but the name came from the quantum physics theory of entanglements. Scientists have found that a particle may be tweaked and second particle will react even though it may be miles away from the first and even though there is no discernable connection between the two. It's theorized that the connection exists in an alternate dimension of which it is believed there are at least seven. I began to wonder whether people could also be connected through alternate dimensions. Savannah is known for being the most haunted city in America. However, it is not as widely known that there are many alleged vortexes in Savannah. When I combined this with the quantum mechanics theory, the plot was born.
9. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I have to say my ereader has taken over from paperbacks as my favorite format. Downloading an ebook not only satisfies my taste for immediate gratification but once I'm done, I can store my favorites for re-reading without cluttering up the house.
10. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
I've read and reread a number of books. The Harry Potter books of J.K. Rowling and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series come to mind.
11. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I'm in the midst of reading the George R.R. Martin series that started with Game of Thrones in paperback. I'm also reading Linda Andrews' apocalyptic romance/thriller called Redaction via Kindle.
12. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
Read a lot, write a lot and learn your craft. The book "The Fire in Fiction" by Donald Maass is amazing. And I love Michael Hague's books. But I think the most helpful book I've ever read on fiction writing is "Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder. Although it's about screenwriting, the principles are just as applicable to novel writing.
13. Where can your readers follow you?
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5259792.P_R_Mason
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ - !/PRMason
Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!