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Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Patricia Loofbourrow
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Patricia Loofbourrow! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
Patricia Loofbourrow is an SF writer born in southern California currently living in Oklahoma with her husband and three grown children.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
I’ve been writing most of my life but got hooked on writing novels during NaNoWriMo 2005. I didn’t do much about publishing until 2014, when I took this self-development course called the Master Key Experience. Part of the course is where you figure out what you want to do with your life. I had the idea for this book series and I decided to go with it.
The best part is when you have grown men and women JUMPING up and down squealing about your book. The worst part is that as a self-published author, I am blessed with chronic cash flow issues (Amazon takes three months to pay you …).
I love being a fangirl. I actually bought a shirt from Hot Topic that says “Professional Fangirl” That profession doesn’t pay well either. 😉
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
The Queen of Diamonds is the second in a series called the Red Dog Conspiracy, which follows a female private eye in a far future neo-Victorian city split between four crime families.
I got the idea for this series while trying to think of something to write for NaNo 2013, and this sentence came to me which sounded very detective noir, but as if a woman said it. And I thought, “why not?” Since I like steampunk, I decided to throw that in as well.
The first in the series, The Jacq of Spades, came out Nov. 2015 and has hit #1 in Science Fiction>Steampunk, #13 in Mystery>Hardboiled, and #13 in Crime Fiction>Noir over on Amazon Kindle, and has 4.4 out of 5 stars in 51 reviews. I think The Queen of Diamonds is even better than the first one.
Hrm, I like steampunk. I’ll have to add the books to my TBR pile.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I love anything with political intrigue, and I love military SF. My favorite series is Game of Thrones at present, but my favorite standalone books are Dune by Frank Herbert, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Lord of the Rings (which was originally intended as a single novel).
I’ve read 3 books in the A Song of Ice & Fire series, got through Ender’s Game (it’s one of my husband’s favorites) and I got through The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. All good recommendations in my opinion.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
I’ve been obsessed with personal development for about 15 years now. It began after I was diagnosed with a serious illness. I’m doing fine now, but I am constantly looking for ways to improve myself. And I really love water. Oceans, rivers, creeks, lakes, natural bodies of water. I guess that would be my secret obsession.
I love sunrises and sunsets. Summer time is the best for those!
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
What’s the Master Key Experience!
You can read about my experience on my web site.
Thank you for being In the Spotlight, Patricia. I hope that you will come back and give us on update on your next release. Happy New Year!
Synopsis: The once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.
Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems. Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.
Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.
Synopsis: NO ONE IS AS THEY SEEM …
While the villain Frank Pagliacci has been defeated, all is not well in Bridges. The Four Families accuse each other of spying while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Dame Anastasia Louis, styling herself “The Queen of Diamonds,” hires her long-time friend, private eye Jacqueline Spadros, to collect from her debtors so she can leave the city.
But Jacqui can’t leave David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her teenage informants unpunished. Convinced that her mortal enemy, the madman “Black Jack” Diamond, was complicit in the crimes, she pursues ways to prove it. The scoundrel and his crew, however, seem to be one step ahead: the terrifying man in white is seen outside David’s home, forged letters are appearing across the city, and merchants in the Spadros quadrant report threats from a man who fits his description.
Jacqui is warned of a plot against her life. Those who try to warn Jacqui are murdered, and evidence emerges that Jacqui’s mother is next on the list. With time running out, Jacqui is forced to make a horrifying choice.
Someone will surely die. Will it be Jacqui, or her mother?