Hi Pat, how about telling us a little about yourself and your writing.
I always wanted to be a reader. That’s really all I ever wanted to do when I grew up. I did try writing a novel many years ago, but the words never came flowing out of me the way I thought they should, so I decided I had no talent for writing. About ten years ago, I decided phooey with talent, and I tried writing again. It turns out that during all those years of reading, I absorbed a feel for story. I refined my craft by studying books on writing and editing, and now I have five books published by Second Wind Publishing.
All my stories reflect my two particular struggles: my journey as a writer and my quest for identity, which perhaps come down to the same thing. As we grow up and then grow older, we need to discover who we are in relation to our new growth or new limitations. I think the quest for identity is one of the strongest themes in any book because it reflects two stages of life we all go through — adolescence and obsolescence.
Give us the elevator pitch about your fourth novel, Light Bringer.
Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his? And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area?
Tell us about the protagonist and antagonist in the story–what do you like about them?
My protagonists Becka and Philip are not quite human, and are particular favorites of mine because together they make beautiful music. Literally. My antagonist Teodora works for a multi-national intelligence agency, and is known as The Fixer. She’s been assigned to find out what Rena and Philip know so she can find a way to stave off a disaster that is threatening earth, which come to think of it, perhaps makes her the real hero.
How do you work on a story to bring the components like character and plot together into the final product?
Normally, I begin at the beginning and work through till the end, but there were so many intertwining stories and POV characters in Light Bringer, that I needed to lay the pieces out like a jigsaw puzzle. I wrote each component of the story, each scene, on a card and then kept laying them out in different patterns to make sure the story made sense.
What is the most successful thing you’ve done to market your book(s)?
The most successful thing I ever did to market was way before any of my books were ever published. I entered one of my novels in a writing contest on Gather.com, and finished in the top ten. When that book was finally published, I had a list of people who were waiting to buy it. I made a lot of connections through that contest, and peripherally, it’s how I found my publisher.
Here is the Amazon link for Light Bringer: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Bringer-Pat-Bertram/dp/1935171410/ref=la_B002BLUHUY_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1336707788&sr=1-5