Welcome to the Quid Pro Quills! Author Robin Patchen is here to discuss her latest novel, tell us what’s next, and relate the most valuable lesson she’s learned.
QPQ: Thanks for joining us, Robin! What’s new since Convenient Lies?
QPQ: No kidding! Give us a glimpse into Twisted Lies and your hero and heroine.
RP: The hero, Nate, was a supporting character in Convenient Lies. He’s sort of a bookish guy—but of course very handsome. I picture him a little like Ryan Reynolds. He ran into some dangerous and terrifying issues in Convenient Lies—I won’t give it away—and while I was writing those scenes, I thought, this guy deserves his own book. Twisted Lies opens with Nate packing up his house in Queens with the plan to move home to New Hampshire in search of a quiet, drama-free life. Of course, I had to wreck those plans.
RP: The heroine, Marisa, fled the country eight years ago after her fiancé was murdered, a lot of money went missing from his place of employment, and the guys who killed her fiancé thought she stole the money. She’s built a life for herself in Mexico and plans to live the rest of her life there. And then her daughter is kidnapped. She enlists Nate’s help—and together they have to discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her daughter.
QPQ: Terrifying! Obviously Marisa’s a survivor, but what’s her most endearing quality?
RP: Her kindness, her heart for her daughter and all the orphans she works with.
QPQ: Tell us how Twisted Lies came to be.
RP: Well, it started when I asked myself what kind of trouble I could get poor Nate into. He’s a reporter working in New York, so I decided the problem had to be related to his job. Then, it snowballed from there. Honestly, I have no idea where the idea came from.
QPQ: From a wonderful imagination, no doubt! What about Nate will appeal to readers?
RP: Poor Nate wants nothing more than to retreat from life. He’s suffering from PTSD—you have to read Convenient Lies to understand that—and he believes he failed to be a hero in that story. In fact, he believes other people are heroic, and he’s only here to record what others do. But when he has to be heroic in order to protect the people he loves, Nate proves himself to be the hero we always knew he was.
QPQ: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about writing or life in general?
RP: Only when we get to the point where we realize God is our only hope do we understand that He is all we need.
QPQ: True wisdom. Speaking of, do you have any wisdom for aspiring authors?
RP: Keep writing, all the time. Read books both within your genre and outside of it. Read craft books and try to apply what they suggest. Get a good critique partner—I have eight great ones! You’ll be amazed at how you all grow together.
QPQ: Tell us something we might be surprised to learn about you.
RP: I utterly despise cooked vegetables. The only exceptions are tomatoes, onions, peppers, and artichokes when mixed with copious amounts of mayo and Parmesan, as found in dip.
QPQ: Yep. Definitely surprised! What’s next for you, Robin? Can you give us a peek into the third book in your Hidden Truth series?
RP: Samantha, a supporting character from the first two books, is the heroine in book 3. She and Garrison—who made his debut in Twisted Lies—have kept in contact, but because they live so far apart, nothing has come of it. When Garrison’s son nearly overdoses on drugs at a party, Garrison knows he has to get the teen away from the negative influences of his friends while he figures out what to do. Sam offers them one of her cabins on a lake in New Hampshire. What Garrison and Aiden don’t know is that one of Aiden’s friends has stashed contraband in their car, so while they’re trying to regroup, some bad people are looking for them.
QPQ: Oh, that’s fabulous! Thanks for sharing. How might readers contact you?
QPQ: Finally, where can we find Twisted Lies?
Robin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.
If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.