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In the Spotlight with Patricia Loofbourrow
Welcome BACK to Second Run Reviews, Patricia! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
Tell us your most tragic or comedic story in 6 words or less. (It can be fiction).
Warlock must sacrifice daughter for immortality.
What have you been up to since the last time we spoke? How goes the writing career? If you have a new release or releases, tell us about them! What inspired you this time and what do fans of Second Run Reviews have to look forward to?
Since last time we talked, a LOT has happened!
I put my first novel, The Jacq of Spades: Part 1 of the Red Dog Conspiracy, into a science fiction and fantasy box set called Dark Humanity which made #5 on the NY Times and #8 on the USA Today best seller lists back in February of this year. I still don’t think it’s really sunk in.
And I’ve released a few things! A prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy, a military steampunk novella called “The Alcatraz Coup,” came out in April. In August, I got into a dystopian anthology called End of Days, and released another prequel, a short story called “Vulnerable.” And in October, The Ace of Clubs: Part 3 of the Red Dog Conspiracy was published.
This story inspires me. The world is so huge and there are so many stories here that I plan to write on it for a long time.
As far as the future:
As I’m writing this, I’m working on book 4 in the series, which is called The King of Hearts. I’m in the very early stages of planning a graphic novel called Morton’s Fork, which features a popular side character who has his own agenda in Bridges.
I’m also writing more short and not so short stories in this universe. Eventually I want to put these all together in at least one anthology.
What is one item on your bucket list? Why is it on your list?
I would love to visit New Zealand.
How would you describe your writing process?
I like to say I write in layers.
For example, I do all my main series first drafts during NaNoWriMo, and I’ve learned to make a rough outline before I start just to make sure I have some semblance of a solid plot first. It saves me a ton of time. The first draft is usually just the main story and touching on the relationships the main character has with others.
When I revise, I’m actually doing more writing – filling in scenes, research, adding in each major character’s interactions and story. I’m doing a multi-genre series (far future steampunk detective noir crime family saga) so I have to make sure the story hits all of the genre points.
I guess you could say I’m writing most of the year to get a book out. But so far it’s going fairly well!
Andy Warhol stated that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. What happened during your 15 minutes?
I was a National Merit Scholar in high school and got in the papers. But I’d like to think my 15 minutes is still to come. 🙂
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Thanks for having me again! It was fun. 🙂
Thanks for dropping by and updating us on your latest writing adventures. I wish you luck in all of your future endeavors and hope you get to New Zealand!
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.