Blood Bound Author's Comments
You know, some authors start writing books and know exactly where they are going and how they're going to get there. When I sold my stories only after I'd finished them, getting anywhere was half the fun. But beginning with Dragon Blood I had to submit at least something about the plot of the books I was writing. It took me a while to discover that there is adventure in having an outline to follow as well. Just about the time I start to rely on it, an unexpected character pops in and announces that he (or she) is going to be an important part of the book. Or the plot takes an surprise, but logical turn and I'm out in the middle of the lake without a clue how I'm going to get to shore. Blood Bound did that to me more than most.
After the first few panicked moments, though, I realize that those unexpected turns make it a better story (as long as I clean up behind me), for two reasons. First, the story becomes unpredictable for the reader -- and second, the story takes on a realism it didn't have before. Those unexpected changes are almost always sparked by something I didn't know about the characters or the world when I sat down to write the outline six months to a year earlier.
Let me tell you just a little about Blood Bound. Er. Yes. Hmm. I hate this part. It's very difficult to take a 100,000 word story and condense it into 100 words without making it sound stupid. My publisher does it very well, but since I only have the front cover, I can't steal from their blurb.
So -- Here's Patty's version of a back cover blurb: What could frighten a vampire? Mercy is about to find out. While repaying a favor, Mercy finds herself face to face with a monster that should not exist. Her hunt for the monster will lead her deep into the realm of of the vampire -- where she will discover more than she wanted to about herself and the people she loves.
About the Author
Patricia is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson series and has written twenty four novels to date; she is currently writing novel number twenty five. She has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. Patty began her career writing traditional high fantasy novels in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. Moon Called was the first of her signature series about Mercy; the non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. The series has continued to grow in popularity with the release of each book. Patty also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels; what began as a novella expanded into a full new series, all of which debuted on the NY Times bestsellers list as well.
Patty was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you’re good at math, you’ll have deduced that she’s currently twenty-nine. In fact, she’s been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don’t obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don’t argue, or she’ll make up a dragon right behind you . . .
Patricia was born book-privileged. Her mother was a school librarian, and she shared a room with an older sister who loved to read. Long after they had been put to bed, her sister would use the small night light to read Patty stories; her early favorites were fairy tales. Knights and castles, fair maidens, and monsters of every ilk became their nighttime companions.
Soon, Patty learned to read, and whole worlds were hers to explore. She rode on the Black Stallion, and flew the skies of Pern on a dragon. Sometime during that period she stumbled onto a treasure trove. Her older sister had begun collecting comic books; pristine originals were place in cellophane sleeves and organized in cardboard boxes. When her sister was away, they were removed by grubby fingers smeared with peanut butter and jelly for a clandestine read, returning with a faint smudges and wrinkled pages from reading under the covers. To this day, her sister periodically calls Patty and tells her how much more her original copies of the X-Men would have been worth if left pristine in their sleeves. The number keeps going up.
Patty is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she’s lying to them, which is what separates a fiction author from a politician. She loves to play with her imaginary friends, and meeting with readers who know her imaginary friends is a treat. Her biggest complaint with writing is that she has far more ideas for stories than time to write them.
Patty and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson; yes, it's a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies.
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace; First Printing edition (January 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441014739
- ISBN-13: 978-0441014736
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces