Interview & Giveaway with Jessica R. Patch, author of Dangerous Obsession

Welcome back, Jessica R. Patch! As y'all know, I'm a big fan of Jessica and her books, and I've been looking forward to Wilder's story since her last series. So I'm thrilled when Dangerous Obsession landed in my hands! 


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Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. Readers will identify with characters that are flawed but redeemable.  

Jessica grew up in southern Illinois. She attended Central Bible College where she met her husband, an ordained minister with Destiny Ministries. She's served as a Biblical Studies teacher, Women’s Ministry leader, Regional Women’s Representative,  co-pastor with her husband of the Young Adult Ministry as well as taught workshop and spoken to Women’s groups. Currently, she teaches the new & growing believers class with curriculum she wrote. She is a member of the ACFW, and Byhalia Christian Writers Group, a chapter of American Christian Writers. 

When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. She's the author of the Seasons of Hope series, Fatal Reunion, and Protective Duty. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
 

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Interview with Jessica

Hi Jesse! Welcome back to Just Commonly! You’ve been on the blog a few times, but for new readers, can you introduce yourself to us? How would you describe yourself?  
Hey everyone! I’m a Mississippi girl who loves the fall and summer, so I’m excited for this sweltering season. Winter is not for me! I just celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary. My daughter is going to be in her sophomore year of college and my son starts high school in the fall. I love music, British TV, and oatmeal cookies.

How would your characters describe you? 
A bit neurotic. Mad at times, soft hearted when no one is looking or the editor allows it and obsessed with romance.

What can you tell us about the types of books you write? 
You won’t read a Patch novel that isn’t filled with heaps of hope and humor—even my suspense (everyone needs a breather) and of course happily ever afters.

How about more specifically, your suspense novels with Love Inspired? How do you “pop” out those stories so quickly? 
That’s a good question. I’m a fast writer for one, especially if the story has already been plotted from start to finish—which LIS makes us do. I will say the story changes somewhat, but once I’ve gotten a long synopsis not much plot-wise takes another course.

So how soon can you write the next one? 
I typically write a Love Inspired in 30 days or less for the first draft and spend about 3 weeks revising. So I’m completely finished within (usually before) 60 days. As far as plotting it out and getting the synopsis written that takes a 2-3 weeks and a bazillion voxes to my good author friend, Susan Tuttle. I also trouble some other fun author friends too! But mostly Susan helps me work through a book.

I’m only asking because I’m totally and maybe dangerously obsessed with Dangerous Obsession! 
Ah! Yay! This makes me happy. 

Tell us a bit about this particular story of the Security Specialist series. 
This story is all about the leader of a private security company. He’s extremely private himself because he feels he doesn’t feel like he can be weak. His leading lady is the on site psychologist who knows he’s keeping pent-up emotions and is about to blow a gasket that he won’t open up. Plot-wise, she’s being stalked and he’s doing all he can to keep her safe. J
In the grand scheme of things, where does Dangerous Obsession fit into the series, despite it being a standalone?
It’s the last book in the series and sorta kinda sets up the next series though it’s a teeny tiny Easter egg in there—same one in Secret Service Setup too!

Will there be more to the series, maybe for a particular computer nerd? 
I’m afraid this series has come to a close, BUT the next series we will see a splash of our private security team helping out since the new cast will have some ties to this one. Jody Gallagher’s brother has a book and his love interest’s brother and cousin are the other two books. So we will see our lovable computer nerd as well as the rest of the cast and crew! Also, we’ll see Teddy VanHolt a few times! She’s the private eye friend of Wilder’s and her twin sister is the woman who “brings brownies” toward the end!

Back to the story and main character in Dangerous Obsession. You know I’ve totally been waiting for Wilder’s story since he first graced the pages. And Dangerous Obsession did not disappoint. I felt like out of all your characters, his was a slow-built type of development where we see him in several of your previous books first. Was that always the intention for him or did he become so popular, you had to devote a story for him? 
Thank you! He’s a favorite of mine as well. The truth is he just showed up on the page owning this company and being the brother of Beckett’s deceased fiancée. But when he hit the screen…I knew he had a story that I wanted to hear about. With each subsequent book, Wilder told me more of his backstory and what he wanted.

How about Cossette? How did her backstory, which is a big part of Dangerous Obsession come about? 
I knew once Wilder owned this company, I’d need strategic players, so I began thinking…and while I researched the idea for this psychologist came in to play because of threat assessments required from companies and big corporations. As far as her back story, that didn’t pour out until I started brainstorming the actual book.

She’s not a typical main character heroine we’ve seen in the past, and I love that about her. Her love for food had me loving her more. If you can use one food item to describe her and Wilder, what would it be? (Can’t be the same!) 
Great question! Wilder is decadent brownies. A little rough around the edges (but I love that part) gooey in the middle and addictive! You gotta have more. Cosette is would be Mexican hot chocolate. Rich, warm, inviting, and full of spice and kick.

Wilder with his luscious locks and Cossette with her cherry red lipstick seem to have sticky glue on them. They’re stuck in my brain! So how did you imagine these two when you first developed these characters? Were they a compilation from people you know or just features you like yourself? 
I love that description! Every now and then a character has no real-life comparison. I try to get close and search out Pinterest and Google images. Wilder has yet to be 100% found, but I came pretty near. Cosette reminded me of Ali Landry (who wears red lipstick and is Cajun!).

The theme of forgiveness was a strong one, which were different than the one about second chances in book 2, Secret Service Setup. What inspired you to pursue this message for more than one of our characters in Dangerous Obsession?  
I don’t think I was inspired to pursue that message again, I think it was just the way it was if that makes sense. I can’t think of one person who doesn’t need to forgive to someone so it would make sense that this particular spiritual theme would (and will) crop up in multiple books.

Without giving away any spoilers, can you share with us your favorite scene or line(s) from the story? 
My favorite scene (or at least one) is the piano scene. #icanteven and I love their argument after the fire. Oh…I also love Wilder’s anecdote about Meghan and milk money. That was fun.

I’m known for my love of covers and I’m not ashamed to point out my bad habit of judging a book by its cover. Out of all your suspense novels, which one is your favorite?  (At least I’m not asking you to choose your favorite book baby!) 
That’s easy. Dangerous Obsession. I’m obsessed with outdoor lights. LOVE them so when they showed me the mock-up, I nearly cried! I did squeal!

Let’s chat a bit more about you. What book or books are on your nightstand currently? 
The Hideaway by Laura Denton which I need to start ASAP for book club. And the last two of Denise Hunter’s books are there as well. I love her novels!

Do you read other suspense novels? What are your favorites? 
I most certainly do! My favorites are the Gwen Marcy novels by Carrie Stuart Parks. She’s fabulous. I also LOVED the Nikki Boyd files by Lisa Harris. And, of course, I enjoy my LIS author friends’ books like Jodie Bailey, Liz Johnson, Sarah Varland. I can go on and on. I read a huge amount of general market romantic suspense as well.

What’s one suspense premise you’re “dying” to write about, but haven’t yet? 
Well, funny you mention that because I’m finally getting to! Hardcore, kick-butt spy (think Nikita) but she can’t remember she’s a spy! I’ve wanted to write that story since I watched the Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson!

What can we expect from you next? 
This July I’ll release another romantic comedy novella (Under the Honey Moon, a Honeyhaven novella) with many (and some new) authors from the last Love at First Laugh Collection. In November, I’ll be releasing the 2nd novella in that series of mine (A Honey of a Christmas) and in December my first book in the Storm Chasers series will release with LIS (Cold Case Christmas).

And last, I need a little something more on Wilder & Cossette. Any scenes that didn’t make it, and you’d like to share? If not, how about just sharing your idea of a perfect date for Wilder & Cossette (and readers who want a night out)? 
All my scenes made it in! So I don’t have anything to cut.
A perfect date for the two of them. Probably a delicious dinner with extraordinary desserts (you know how they love to share those desserts) and an outdoor symphony. And then it would end with lots of epic kissing! Lol
 Thanks again for having me. 

THANK YOU, Jessica! The piano scene was also my favorite! I love this book/series so much! I can't wait for the next. Thank you for dropping by Just Commonly again!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title:  Dangerous Obsession
Series: The Security Specialists, Book 3
Author: Jessica R. Patch
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Thriller
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A stalker on her tail...
The Security Specialists at her side 

Security expert Wilder Flynn wastes no time putting behavioral expert Cosette LaCroix under his 24/7 protection when her stalker finds her in Atlanta. Wilder keeps Cosette close to guard her from the quickly escalating threats and attacks. But can he accomplish the mission without breaking his strict code against dating employees? Or putting his heart and life at risk? 


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2 comments:

  1. Congratulations Jessica on the new book from a fellow Mississippi girl! Shelia Hall

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    1. Thanks Sheila for stopping in! I love Dangerous Obsession so please check it out!

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