Interview with Pat Santarsiero

How do you hope Smashwords will contibute to your success?
With so many different forms of ebook devices out there today, I wanted to give "Thursday's Child" as wide an audience as possible. It has been exclusively on Amazon and available only on kindle devices since it's inception and it was so well received, that I wanted to see how it fared elsewhere.

Unfortunately, you can't take reader's reviews with you, so in that, I am starting from square one. Hopefully, the reviews will be just as encouraging here as on Amazon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say the greatest joy is the creation of something that, not only am I proud of, but something that appreciation has been expressed for by so many others. This story was first posted on a fan site and the response was so great, that I was encouraged to publish it. To know so many people actually read and enjoyed something that I created, was immensely rewarding. .
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on another Pride and Prejudice variation. This one is more conventional than the last but the events that take place in the prologue,(five years before the actual P & P begins) has an impact on every event that occurs in the original story. It is tentatively titled "The Last Waltz" and I hope to have it ready for publication sometime in the Spring of 2014.
What do your fans mean to you?
In one word: everything. We can't live in a vacuum and as much as I describe myself as a loner, with no feedback, no encouragement and no honest communication with my readers, I will never grow as a writer. To publish a book is to put yourself out there, to expose yourself to other's praise or their riducule. This is not an easy thing to do! I know you can't please everyone and that the most important person that I should try to please is myself, but if your aren't pleasing anyone but yourself, maybe you should take some of your critic's words to heart.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Believe it or not, "Thursday's Chld" is the first story I've ever written. It was rattling around in my head for about two years before I finally sat down and got serious about it. My only intention was to post it on a fanfiction website,which I did, a couple of chapters twice a week, but the response was so great, I was encouraged to publish it.
How do you approach cover design?
Even though "Thursday's Child" is a Pride and Prejudice variation, I would like to think it could complete with any "Regency Romance" out there. What I noticed about all of those genre covers was their similarity. I wanted mine to be more unique. I wanted the cover, that one picture, to convey as much of the essence of the story as possible. I hope I accomplished that.
Describe your desk
It's funny that this was one of the staple questions. I just bought a new desk to celebrate the publishing of "Thursday's Child". Previously I was writing on a desk I had bought for one of my sons many years ago, (you know the ones you had to put together yourself and always had some parts left over?) It was old and painted again and again over the years, but it served it's purpose. I ate dinner at it many times while writing, spilled things on it, fell asleep with my head on it and when I had writer's block, blamed it for it's lack of inspiration.

I now have a beautiful mahogany desk, but I'm so afraid of doing something to ruin it, I almost wish for the old one back. I'm just getting the new desk set up with what I hope will be items that will help me create my next successful book. Only time will tell!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am currently working on "The Last Waltz" does have a story behind it. As I mentioned I was posting "Thursday's Child" on a fanfiction website. This was my first story ever and the first time I had ever posted on a website. I was not familiar with many of the terms used in the fanfiction world. After every posting there would be a torrent of comments. As the story progressed there were more and more readers suggesting ways for me to get rid of Caroline Bingley.

One commenter suggested an FCA. I had no idea what that meant. I was then informed it meant "Freak Carriage Accident:" and was told that it was a running joke that when a writer wanted to get rid of someone in regency fanfiction, they usually reverted to a freak carriage accident. I confessed I had no FCA's in "Thursday's Child" but would consider it for my next story. So, naturally, I became obsessed with the idea, and the premise for "The Last Waltz" is based on just that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of course, I love Jane Austen, but as far as modern authors, I would have to say that Anne Tyler is my favorite. I have read every one of her books, about 19 or 20 I suppose. Her books deal with everyday people, the choices they make and the repercussions of those choices. I find her work fascinating and I've tried to keep my stories as focused and simple as hers. It is amazing to me how she turns such oridinary occurrences into such thought provoking events.
Published 2013-11-03.
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