~Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made me you decide to go that route?
The biggest factor in my decision to go Indie is that I want full control of my work. I never attempted to send in submissions to any agents. I decided that I wanted to keep the rights to my work.
~What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising things that I learned in creating my books is the fact that I can write. The characters monitor the story.
~Which of your characters are you most like? Least like?
Lol, will I feel that I’m like Patricia De La Cruz and a little of Isabella. I’m the least like Erica De La Cruz.
~Do you have a particular writing habit?
Not really. I write and write when I have the story flowing out. Then I edit and send it to my awesome editor Marsha.
~If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I really don’t have a favorite writer, but it would be Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love her stories.
~Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh yeah, there are several authors that I’m anxious to read their stories. When I have time I will. I have a long to read list, lol.
~What is the hardest part of your writing?
De La Cruz Saga contains Spanish. Saga has a subtle influence of Spanish and the Spanish becomes more laced (as the story progresses). I write in the present tense because I believe it puts the reader "IN" the action, rather than as part of an "after thought". I believe it brings the characters to life! My writing is not traditional literature. It does not have the fluff (excessive description, stage, settings, prose). My intent is to have the reader visualize and feel the characters story. This is my voice, my style. Dare to read the awesome De La Cruz Saga that’s full of passion and suspense.
~Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you feel, believe, and listen to your voice. You will never please everyone.
~Describe yourself in three words.
Dedicated, Authentic, traditional
~I know characters are like children but if you could chose, who’s your favorite from your books? Of all time?
Yes all of them are my babies.
~Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of your writing?
No I don’t listen to music when I write. If I have to pick one, it would be romantic and country music.
~Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?
That’s exactly what happens. The characters direct their story and the scenes evolve as I type.
~If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?
Well, I don’t have one, really I don’t. I write based on what I feel, what I see in my mind, and the characters direction. I also write what I always wanted to see in the stories I read.
What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes, I can with pleasure. I’m working on finishing up the De La Cruz Saga. I’m currently working on Hot & Sassy. My goal is to complete the De La Cruz Saga by the end of this year. I have Hot Angel, Hot & Sexy, Hot & Lovable, and Hot & Naughty to complete. I’m also starting to write the first book in the Razer 8 series. Razer 8 is about the eight Delta Force Operators. These stories will have romance, action, and suspense. The Razer 8 series will not be in Spanglish.
Thank you for your awesome interview.
Thank you, Patricia, for sitting down and chatting with me. I feel like I know you a little bit better now!!