Patricia Briggs on Fair Game: An Interview

Popularly known for the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, Patricia Briggs is a renowned Fantasy Author form America. Since the publication of her first novel Masques (1993) of Sianim Series, she never looked back. She has been continuing her success story by coming up with back to back novel series storying imaginary characters like dragons, vampires, werewolves, etc. Paranormal fantasy fans love reading her novels of the series like – Sianim Series, Hurog Duology, Raven Duology, The Mercy Thompson Series, and Alpha and Omega Series.

Fair Game” is the newest sequel of Patty’s Alpha and Omega Series, in which werewolves come out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey. Patricia Briggs in her interview with us talks about this new follow-up novel and the experiences she have had while compiling this book. As well as, she also talks on her first and other previous books.

Tell us your latest news?

My agent has sold the Korean rights to Blood Bound and Iron Kissed, which means that Moon Called did well there, which is cool.  I’m working on Frost Burned, the next Mercy Thompson novel (#7!) and Ace is also going to bring out the Graphic Novel for Cry Wolf.  Both of those will have lovely Daniel Dos Santos covers (as all of my urban fantasy novels have had).

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Fair Game is the story of what happened when Anna and Charles went to Boston to help the local police and the FBI track down a serial killer who has begun hunting werewolves. Fae, werewolves, witches band together in an uneasy alliance with law enforcement to find the killer and, of course, matters do not go as planned.

How did you come up with the idea to write a story of “Fair Game”?

Series book ideas come differently than stand alone books.  I always start with my characters and work outward.  So first I come up with a problem that one or both of the main characters are having and I work outward from there.  In Fair Game, Charles is paying the price for all of the wolves he has executed since the werewolves came out in order to preserve the image that Bran wants the public to believe.  That’s the first idea.  Because of Charles’s job, Charles and Anna are my traveling characters.  This time I decided they would travel to Boston.  That was the second idea.  The third was that the evil they would confront would be a serial killer.  And with those three things to start with, I sat down and wrote the book.

What was the hardest part of writing “Fair Game” ?

The hardest part was that we were undergoing the house remodel from Hell, including a contractor who made the problem contractors on Holmes on Homes look awesome and competent.  We spent most of last year living in my 10×30 office trailer (no running water) with our four cats, dog, bird and two snakes – that made writing very difficult.  Only after we fired the first contractor and hired a second, awesome, contractor was I able to tell stories again.  It was like night and day – and only then did I realize how depressed I’d been.  I learned that although I am not a finicky writer, I can’t write at all when I am depressed.  Happily that was my first (and hopefully only) experience with depression.

What are your reader’s reactions to it?

At this point it is a little early to tell.  My friends who’ve read it tell me they liked it – but they would, wouldn’t they <grin>.  My sister tells me she thinks it’s the best thing I’ve written – and I think she might be right.  The reviewers (so far) have been kind which is a very good sign.

What do you think about the title “Fair Game” of the book?

I have a hit or miss thing going with titles so I recruit my editor for help.  So far she has named most of the Mercy Thompson books (Moon Called is mine – and Frost Burned, but the rest were my editor’s or a group effort).  I’ve named all of the A&O books except for Cry Wolf.  Fair game is something that can legitimately be hunted and the title carries a lot of meanings in this book where so very many things are hunted and hunting.

Tell us something about your First book and what inspired you to write?

My first book is Masques – the revised version was brought out in 2010.  I started it because I wanted to write a book – to see if the stories in my head would work on paper.  I finished it because it became my refuge when my husband and I moved from our Montana big city of Bozeman (then population, when the university was in session, of about 25,000 people) to Chicago with eight and a half million people.

Tell us about your most famous released books?

That would probably be the Mercy Thompson series – though I’m not sure that there is much of a sales difference now between those and the A&O books.  When Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) came out, I was a midlist author.  Midlist means that although I sold well enough to count on a publisher continuing to publish me, my writing income was on the “nice hobby but I’m glad I don’t have to live on this or I’d starve” level.  We knew that Moon Called would sell better than that, because the urban fantasy market was selling better than the traditional fantasy market (where I’d been writing).  But when the book sold out in two weeks and had three reprints in the first month, we (my editor, publisher, and I) were shocked and amazed – and very happy

What do you think makes a book a really good or bestseller?

I’m assuming you mean a good seller, rather than a good book – which can be entirely different things <grin>.  Established bestselling authors can expect that their next book will also be bestselling.  If a new Nora Roberts, James Patterson, or Stephen King book doesn’t appear on the NYTimes lists, we’ll know that the world has ended.

So I’m going to assume that we’re talking about a new author or one that has not appeared on a bestselling list before – maybe a mid-list author like I was when Moon Called came out.

You have to start with a pretty good book – one that most people will enjoy reading.  There is no book that everyone enjoys reading.  But after that it is a matter of luck.  Some things help – a great cover.  Embossing or metal foil also helps.  Blurbs by people who write in the genre are useful.  But if book sales were predictable, every book would be a best seller.  I credit the Good Luck Publishing Fairy for my break into the big leagues –and I have at least one writer friend who got crabby with me when I told her that.  But I believe it is more like winning the lottery than anything anyone can actually count on.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for letting me continues to play with my imaginary friends!

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