I am thrilled to have my friend, Pat Rasey, here this week. We’ve known each other since the early days of e-books (before Kindle and before Stephen King’s Riding the Bullet — yes, the ICE AGE of e-books). The fact we are both still here to talk about it is a wonderful thing; the fact we are still writing is a credit to our stubbornness and love of books. Let’s see who inspired Pat to keep on writing.
Thank you for having me on your blog for Muse Wednesday, Monette. I appreciate it. What fun to talk about my muse and what keeps me writing. I actually have two authors that have been my Muse over the years.
Sandra Brown has always been one of my favorite authors. I not only loved the stories she told, but the sensuality she put into them. I love the buildup, the sexual tension, and then the delivery. She wasn’t an overly sexy author, nowhere near what one might consider erotic, but when I read her work, I could feel the sexual tension coming off the pages. She was an expert at pulling the reader in and stringing them along. Her later work isn’t as sexy as her earlier work as she headed more into the suspense, leaving behind her romantic roots. I still love to read her, but I’d much rather have the sexy undertones and buildup. I miss that in her work.
My latest muse is good friend Lara Adrian and her hot Breed series. I’ve known from early on that she was meant for the big time. Her writing, even in her early days, was pretty flawless. We met while we were both unpublished and we became quick friends that has lasted through the years. I don’t mind saying at all, that if it wasn’t for Lara’s influence and her insistence that I keep writing, I probably would have given up on the business a long time ago. Writing isn’t an easy business to get into. For most of us, we have to keep our day jobs to pay the bills. Lara wouldn’t let me give up on myself. And I love her for that.
Her midnight Breed heroes are definitely all alpha, paired with strong-willed heroines that don’t tame these otherworldly vampires, but complement them. Her writing is dark and sensual. Something I tried hard to put into my work over the years. I’ve always been a dark writer, but I was starting to lean more toward the suspense side of things and leave behind my romantic roots. That’s when Lara convinced me to write about vampires … and make then sexy. So with the creation of Viper, my first book in the Sons of Sangue series, I traveled back to my roots for not only the love of dark but sexy books as well.
I felt it was time for me to return what I loved about Sandra Brown’s early works and the darkness I craved in Lara’s works. There is nothing light-hearted about my vampire bikers. I wanted hot, sexy, and dangerous men who love a challenge when it comes to their women. They aren’t above breaking the law or the rules when it comes to their women.
Ms. Rasey is a three-time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and a three-time winner of the prestigious RIO Award Of Excellence. She is also a three-time EPPIE finalist and was a 2001 nominee for Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Electronic Book. Additionally, Twilight Obsessions and Twilight Visions, two anthologies she was a part of, was nominated for the PEARL, the Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature, in the Best Anthology category. Her short story, In The Mind of Darkness won the P&E 2002 Horror short story category.
When not behind her computer, you can find Patricia working, reading, watching movies, or MMA. She also enjoys spending her free time at the river camping with her husband and two sons. Ms. Rasey is currently a third degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate.
Buy Pat’s Newest Book, Viper, Book 1 in her Sons of Sangue series.