A Bite-Sized Interview with Patricia D. Eddy
by Donna Soluri
Finding new to me authors is one of my favorite things. When I stumble upon a new to me author that has a nice sized backlist of books that fall within a keyword/trope category I love to read, it’s a win/win! When I get to interview said author and I learn she’s a big Doctor Who fan, well, I guess that makes this a win/win/win! Patricia D. Eddy’s latest book, Braving His Past is out now. This is the eighth book in her Away From Keyboard series. It’s a male/male romance that tackles difficult subjects in a very emotional but caring manner. I do love a book that breaks my heart and slowly puts it back together again, it gives me faith in the world! Also, I cannot disagree with Eddy’s Roarke logic! Read on friends!
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Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Ha! This is the hardest question for me to answer because I am a night owl, but I want to be a morning person. If I could nap (I lack that ability, even when I have the time), I’d be both. Get up early, nap in the middle of the day, and stay up late.
What’s your favorite scent memory?
Scents are huge for me. I assign a scent to every single one of my books (either the hero or the heroine), I think my favorite scent memory is sitting on my couch with the window open, a summer breeze blowing in, with a cat on my lap smelling the Star Jasmine vine just outside the window. The scent of those flowers always makes me feel like home.
Do you have a secret talent?
When I was young, it was singing. Now? I can remember numbers. College phone number? Check. Street numbers of every house or apartment I’ve ever lived in? Check. Any string of numbers I have to recite more than three or four times may never leave my brain.
Which song do you have on heavy rotation right now?
I’m a huge fan of Broadway, so I’m rotating between Hamilton, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and Mamma Mia. With a little Mean Girls and Hairspray thrown in for good measure.
If you could be anyone, alive, dead, or imaginary, for a day, who and why?
Ooo. Honestly, I’d probably be one of my heroes, Ryker McCabe. Just because he’s the biggest, baddest dude I’ve ever written. Either that, or I’d be JD Robb’s Eve Dallas. Because then I’d be married to Roarke and that would be fun and sexy.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Question the premise. Basically, don’t do something just because everyone else tells you it’s the right thing to do. Especially in publishing, there’s always a new great idea on the horizon. Something that another author’s having great success with. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right idea for you. (This advice comes courtesy of Becca Syme, someone I think every author should look up.)
What’s one change you had to make during the pandemic that you plan to keep when things get better?
My day job allows me to work at home full time at the moment, and even when things get better, I plan on working at home at least half time. I love not having to commute every single day, and I get to spend more time with my cats. Even though they mostly ignore me and wonder what the heck I’m doing interrupting their naptime.
All-time favorite movie or TV show?
Doctor Who. Hands down. Every Doctor from Nine through Thirteen. Though I also have a soft spot for Four.
What is your favorite must have self-care item or ritual?
I discovered meditation this past year. I don’t meditate like most other people. Meditation for me is simply putting on some calming music, lying down, and letting my thoughts wander. I don’t try to stop myself from thinking or focus on my breath or any of that. I just let myself relax so my imagination can take over. After half an hour of this, I’m refreshed and ready to tackle another few hours of work.
Has your idea of success changed over the years, either professionally or personally?
Yes and no. Personally, I want to go to bed most nights knowing I tried my best that day. Even if things didn’t work out the way I planned.
Professionally, I’m most satisfied when a reader emails me to tell me how one of my books made them feel seen. I write books with broken characters who have real problems because I want everyone to know they’re worth a happy ever after. Sure, I’d love to sell as many books as I can. Who wouldn’t? But I’d rather change a reader’s life for the better than hit any particular sales milestone.
About Braving His Past
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Graham Peck had his life planned out. Serve in the Coast Guard like the rest of his family. See the world. But an innocent New Year’s kiss—with another man—leads to a vicious attack that forces him back into civilian life. A life he has no idea how to navigate.
Until he hooks up with a group of deadly, battle-worn soldiers. They don’t care who he loves—as long as he stays on mission.
Quinton Silver can’t make it down his front steps. Not since the man who was supposed to love him turned out to be a monster. Inside, hiding under an assumed name in a city halfway across the country from his deranged lover, he’s safe. Even if he is alone.
Desperation leads to a chance meeting, and while Graham and Quinton have every reason not to trust one another, they’re drawn together by an unstoppable force neither can control.
Can they heal one another? Or will one wrong move lead Q’s stalker right to his door?
Patricia D. Eddy writes romance for the beautifully broken. Fueled by coffee, wine, and Doctor Who episodes on repeat, she brings damaged heroes and heroines together to find their happy ever afters in many different worlds. From military to paranormal to BDSM, her characters are unstoppable forces colliding with such heat, sparks always fly.
Patricia makes her home in Seattle with her husband and very spoiled cats, and when she’s not writing, she loves working on home improvement projects, especially if they involve power tools.
Her award-winning Away From Keyboard series will always be her first love, because that’s where she realized the characters in her head were telling their own stories—and she was just writing them down.
Donna should be an empty nester, but she’s not, thanks COVID-19. She’s a voracious reader of all books; she can’t pick just one sub-genre. A staunch supporter of seasoned romance and a lover of cupcakes, you’ll often find her with a cup of tea and a mountainous TBR pile close at hand. Follow her @DonnaSoluri on B+M Bites.
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