Interview with Patricia Loofbourrow

Published 2017-04-18.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like reading on my Android phone with the Kindle app. It's nice when I'm waiting somewhere.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm revising book 3 in the Red Dog Conspiracy, The Ace of Clubs. I'm also working on a side story about Morton's timeline (he's here for a reason, and it might not be what you think), and a book set 30 years after the end of the series featuring two of the people who survive all this. That one will be under a pen name as it's a very different genre.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's faster and you have a lot more control over the process. Plus the whole dynamic of going hat in hand to an agent or publisher doesn't appeal to me.
Describe your desk
Semi-controlled chaos.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, I began keeping a journal and wrote poetry. But I didn't begin writing in earnest until 2005, when I stumbled across something online talking about National Novel Writing Month. I wrote my first novel then and got hooked :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was trying to figure out what to write for NaNoWriMo 2013 and the idea just came to me to do a gender-flipped hard-boiled noir novel. With mob bosses. Steampunk! The more I played around with the idea, the more I came to see that I was starting in the wrong place in the story, and that original story is actually part 6 of the Red Dog Conspiracy.

The Jacq of Spades is really the story of how Jacqui gets dragged into the conspiracy in the first place. The Queen of Diamonds is where she begins to see that she's not as helpless as she thought. My latest book, The Ace of Clubs (which comes out October 2017), is one of the turning points in the series: Jacqui is forced to make some difficult choices, none of which are ideal, and what she chooses to do leads her into the rest of the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're awesome! It makes me very happy when people like what I write. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading true crime, military SF, books about writing (so I can learn to write better), and multi-layered books with lots of factions, such as Game of Thrones or the Dune series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marketing, mostly ;)

I like spinning, gardening, reading, photo-manipulation, binge-watching stuff on Netflix and HBOGO (right now I'm on The Sopranos), and making things. For example, I made the hutch for my rabbit, and the Victorian outfits I wear to my events.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through author groups on Facebook. I'm not a huge ebook reader and prefer paperbacks, except when I'm traveling or waiting for a kid at the dentist or something. :)
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Brothers: A Prequel to the Red Dog Conspiracy
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The Three of Spades: Part 8 of the Red Dog Conspiracy
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A short ebook on how to get started with edible landscaping: what it is, having the confidence to start, where to begin, how to plan, and how to think about putting your plans to work. No fluff, just helpful advice. Let's get your beautiful food garden started!
The Two of Hearts: Part 7 of the Red Dog Conspiracy
Series: Red Dog Conspiracy. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 70,970. Language: American English. Published: June 1, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
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The Five of Diamonds: Part 6 of the Red Dog Conspiracy
Series: Red Dog Conspiracy. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 74,220. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
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Weird Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy Flash Fiction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,210. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Twenty science fiction and fantasy short stories depicting twenty new and strange worlds.
The Ten of Spades: Part 5 of the Red Dog Conspiracy
Series: Red Dog Conspiracy. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 75,040. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A disgraced private eye searches for the leader of a gang who framed her and targeted her family.
Drawing Thin: A Companion to the Red Dog Conspiracy
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