Snapshots by Patricia Lynne – Welcome to the Birthday Bash!
Hi everyone! Today there is something very special going on. My #WriteMotivation buddy, Patricia Lynne, published a book. A year ago. She wasn’t able to do all the promo at the beginning that she needed to, so she’s been working hard the past couple of months to put this bash together. It’s going to be a blast!
On our plate today, we have:
Book review w/promo info
This is a Hobbit-style birthday bash ;), which means Patricia is GIVING gifts away. So don’t forget to enter the giveaway. All the pertinent info will be at the bottom of this post.
The Book Review
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Genre & Length: Young Adult Science Fiction, 160 pages
My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang’s leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others’ eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
Plot: I loved the plot. I would have never thought to mix gangs, government experiments, and aliens – YES, aliens! – in this manner, but Patricia pulled it off beautifully.
Pacing: I thought the pacing was well done. It wasn’t perfect all the time (but who ever writes perfectly all the time?), but I didn’t have a hard time reading between commitments.
Writing Style: It was sooo easy to read this book. I’m always leery about reading self-published books, but this one was very enjoyable. I’ve honestly seen traditionally published books that are worse. I can’t believe how short a time Patricia has actually been writing!
Would I read this book again: Yes.
Snapshots is available at:
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told and now she can’t stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
And now… THE INTERVIEW!
Since we’re fairly new acquaintances, but obviously have both writing and a love for anime in common, what’s an anime that you tried skeptically but ended up loving?
Full Metal Alchemist. It wasn’t that I was skeptic about it, it was I needed to write, but hubby insisted on watching it around me and I can’t multitask when anime is on the TV. I get absorbed in the story and do nothing else. Hubby can’t seem to grasp that fact either. It’s not I don’t want to watch something, it’s I CAN’T because I’m trying to write.
My husband is the same way, so I think it’s a husband-thing. (FYI, readers, she’s talking about the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime. I’m slowly but surely encouraging her to watch Brotherhood. Somehow. :D)
How long did it take you to complete your first novel? Do you still love it, or is it daunting to think about revisions?
I honestly can’t remember how long it took me. When I started writing Being Human, I was writing for fun and I wasn’t thinking about publishing. I really want to reread it now that I know more about writing and see if I still like it or cringe a little at n00b mistakes I made.
Tell us a bit about Snapshots. Was there any specific inspiration behind the story?
Snapshots is about a boy who when he looked into your eyes, he sees the future, but Cyclop’s own future is lies in his past and a man he knows as Master. There was inspiration behind the story. I was in a twitter chat about LGBT books and the topic was bisexual characters and the lack of. I was mostly lurking, but I kept thinking how I’d like to help get more bisexual characters out there. There are a ton of LGBT books with gay protagonists, but lesbian, bisexual, transgender and others aren’t as common. What books do those kids have to turn to? Shortly after that chat, I got an image of Cyclop in my head and a story started to form.
Do you have a favorite character?
Cyclop (aka Cyc) is one of my favorite characters. His head was so fun to get into. He has a heritage that I would love to get back into (can’t say what the heritage is because I don’t want to give part of the story away.) Plus, he’s just so damn hot!
What was the hardest part of the story to write, either emotionally, or because the words just wouldn’t cooperate?
Action and fight scenes. My creativity started out in art, so I visualize scenes in my head as images and it can be tough finding the right word to translate what I see in my head onto the page.
Which is pretty much the same problem I have writing action and fight scenes as well…
Who is your favorite author to read?
Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, and Kerrelyne Sparks, author of Love at Stake series. Both write about vampires and I’m such a vampire junkie.
What is your favorite non-writing or reading activity?
I like to knit and make jewelry. I have a little online shop (that I neglect too much) where I sell stuff I make and I do local craft shows. It’s funny because I actually don’t wear much jewelry, but I love making it.
What is the most exotic animal you’ve ever wanted as a pet, real or fictional?
I’d go for a unicorn or tiger. Either one has some lethal, sharp, pointy thing to kill me with. (Me, morbid? Naaaaaw.)
*Rebekah eyes her own work-in-progress (Catalyst)* Yeah… I don’t think I can make any comments about being morbid…
Thank you for the time to do the interview, Patricia! Can’t wait to see what other stories you have hiding inside you!
The Giveaway Info
There is an e-book version and a paperback version of Snapshots up for grabs! (One winner per prize.)
The giveaway… is on my Facebook page (because WordPress.com doesn’t do Rafflecopter). It’s the top widget on the page. There are various ways you can accrue entries, so be sure to check it out!
Thank you all for stopping by!