10 QUESTIONS FOR…paranormal romance author Patti Shenberger


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Patti Shenberger, contemporary paranormal romance author

Patti Shenberger lives in Michigan with her husband and critters.  Also the mother of two grown children, she longs for the day when they will proudly show her books to their friends.  And not just for reading aloud the sexy parts.  Currently, Patti serves as the President of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America and is an active member in the National organization and several other chapters.  When not writing, she can be found curled up with a good book, off cruising the high seas, or hanging out with family and friends.

1. Tell us about your latest book. 

My latest release is The Laird’s Lady, from The Wild Rose Press.  This book is a contemporary paranormal set in Scotland.  Devin Noone inherits the title of Lady along with a smelly canine, a hundred + year old ghost and the castle.

2. How did you get started as a writer? 

I have loved to write since I was young but didn’t get serious about it till roughly 1994.  My first sale was to a children’s magazine.  After many more sales in fiction and nonfiction length magazine work I moved on to writing romance novels.  This past December saw the release of my 5th novel.  That being said, I write all across the board.  Womb For Rent is a contemporary romance, A Miracle Through Time is a historical time travel back to the 1860’s and the era of the paddlewheel, Take No Prisoners is a contemporary, The Captain’s Wench is a contemporary paranormal.  Think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir but in color and sexier!  And The Laird’s Lady, a contemporary paranormal. 

3. What does a typical day look like for you? 

A typical day for me is to get up, feed the dog and cat, get hubby off to work, and then sit down at the computer.  I do email first and then head on into my writing.  I take a break for lunch, and then get right back at it.  Though if someone calls and invites me out, I’m gone. ; )

4. Describe your desk/workspace. 

I have a home office in what used to be my son’s bedroom.  He is now serving in the Army and about to deploy to Iraq.  It is a cluttered room, with my covers in frames on the wall, a moving picture of the ocean above my desk for inspiration and piles of papers and books everywhere.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers) 

If you mean favorite authors then Jude Deveraux, Susan Crosby, Michelle Celmer, Kate Walker, Lucy Gordon, Lucy Monroe, and tons more.  If you mean writing related books, then GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Deb Dixon.  Also, Romance Writing for Dummies and of course The Writers Market.  I buy that book every single year.  Those three top my list.

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

I am a colon cancer survivor of 2 years (so far). 

I would love to learn how to pilot a small plane, and am dying to go on a zip line. 

My family thinks I’m nuts on item 2 and 3.  But my future son-in-law said he would join me on the zip line.

7. Favorite quote –  

“Live like it’s the last day of your life.”  That may sound odd to some, but for me it rings so very true.  The last year and a half of my life have been an uphill battle that I was very lucky to have won.


8. Best and worst part of being a writer 

Best part is being able to work at home in your pj’s with an unlimited amount of food just steps away.  And the worst part is that writing is a very solitary business.

9. Advice for other writers

 Never give up.  I know everyone says it, but it is true.  If you give up, you will never get to hold the brass ring in your hand.  And there is nothing like seeing your book in print and having someone tell you they love it!

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.

 Expose myself, huh?  Here goes…  At last years Romance Writer’s of America conference I was presenting at our local chapter, The Greater Detroit RWA’s Booksellers Best Award. This is an award we give to published authors, judged by librarians and booksellers.  I had finished the ceremony, walked over to the table where two Harlequin Mills & Boon editors were pouring champagne and introduced myself to one.  She thanked me for being invited and I responded with “Your welcome.  I have an appointment with Lucy Brown tomorrow; can you tell me any inside tips about her?”  The editor points to the woman off to her left and says “You mean Lucy Gilmour?  She’s right here.”  At which said editor turns around, smiles and I would now love to sink through the floor.  But it all turned out fine.  I did my pitch the next day and presently my book is in her hands in London.

Where can people buy your books?

   All my books can be found on my website at www.pattishenberger.com or at www.twrp.com or www.devinedestinies.com  You can also learn more about me at my website and see trailers and excerpts of my books.

8 responses »

  1. My husband is a pilot of small single and twin engine planes. Just go to your local airport, find a flight school and take one lesson. You never know and you are safe with a pilot who is an instructor.
    Thank God you are well.
    And I love your cover!

  2. Congratulations for being a colon cancer survivor, Patti! My mother was and it’s been 23 years since the surgery. 🙂 And go for it on flying the plane! My son and daughter both did with the Civil Air Patrol as cadets. 🙂 You can do anything you put you mind to! 🙂

  3. Thanks for this great set of “answers.”

    I’ve just started writing my second novel and it’s turning out to have a whole mess of psi in it … as well as a fair amount of tartan. Working title is “Plaid.” (I used to hang out at the Rhine Center at Duke, where I learned everything I don’t know about paranormal.)

    Thanks again!

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