The Hob's Bargain Author's Comments
This book started as a challenge in my writer's group. We were all to write an erotic short story, so I invented the Hob's world and a woman who was different from the ones I'd written before: a woman who started out as a good mediaeval housewife then was honed by survival into a woman of strength and character. It didn't turn out to be erotica, but I liked the story. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good hold on Aren's character when I backed up to the softer woman the story began with. This was a problem I'd never encountered before, characters usually come easily to me. In frustration I shifted to first person, but not even that desperate effort seemed to help. I workshopped it at two writer's groups, and at last, Jerry Oltion hit the nail on the head. "Things just happen to her. She never does anything," he said. And I learned a very simple truth, good characters have to do something - which was counter to the character I'd established for her. So I changed the first chapter and suddenly Aren was a real person to me.
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: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (March 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441008135
- ISBN-13: 978-0441008131
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces