09 June, 2019

#Interview with P.A. Minyard, #Author of Encounters with Demons

About the Author:

Patti lived in multiple cities along the East coast throughout her childhood never staying in any one place for more than seven years. She attained her degrees from the University of South Florida as well as Long Beach State and now resides in Ohio. She is a Certified Medical Dosimetrist. (Yeah, no one else knows what that is either!)

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An Interview with the Author:

Tell us about your writing process.
I find that ideas can arise at all hours of the day so I’m constantly taking notes on my phone. Once these notes hit a critical mass, I’ll transfer them to the story. I’m not one to sit down in front of the computer and force myself to write, I need a reason or impulse. My time is short as work takes up most of my days, so I try to be as productive as possible when at the computer. I’m most comfortable when the story comes to me.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
As much as I would like to share my favorite scene, I’m afraid it would give away a major plot point. That being said, my favorite scenes in general are the ones that elicit an emotional response. There were times when I had to walk away from writing a particular scene or sequence because I was overwhelmed with emotion. Hopefully, I conveyed those thoughts effectively enough to bring the reader with me. 

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Absolutely! LOL. I remember my English teachers telling me to write about what you know. While I try not to interject myself into my characters and let them speak for themselves, phrases or words I’ve used have crept into their dialogue. Anyone who knows me well and has read the book can easily point those areas out! Some of my insecurities find their way into the pages as well but I’m not so open as to reveal those.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
I’ll actually give you two.
1. Puke on the page, let it all out, everything can be edited later.
2. Don’t fall in love with your work, be open to suggestion and change.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I’ve spent half my life treating cancer patients and they hold a special place in my heart. I also have a fascination with the supernatural/paranormal and was taken by a story of a young cancer patient being tormented by a demon/entity. I have watched my patients struggle against that horrible disease and was incensed at the thought of a young boy enduring further anguish. I knew if I was in charge, things would be different and thus the Beloved were born.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of day?
I always have ideas churning and have even mapped out storylines that have gone nowhere to date. I do refer back to them for inspiration and have incorporated bits and bobs in my latest works. It’s so hard, though. I still have that little voice in the back of my head telling me that no one else cares about these stories or characters. You just have to get past those insecurities and give it a rip!

Do you read? Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read a lot more when I was younger, these days it’s mostly technical manuals. I have always enjoyed fantasy/science fiction and was taken with the novels written by Frank Herbert and Ursula K LeGuin. I love comics/anime/manga and the stories told by Leiji Matsumoto, Hayao Miyazaki, Rumiko Takahashi, and Joss Whedon. They have all influenced my writing and inspired me to create my own ordinary individuals thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Character driven stories, for me, are more satisfying to experience.
Also, I have taken to heart the wisdom of Dr. Seuss who cleverly stated “The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Brevity can be powerful too.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
Golf is my refuge. I have been playing now for 43 years, about the same amount of time as Tiger Woods. You’d think I’d be better! While my shoulders are shot and my game is no longer what it was, I still enjoy the experience of being outdoors, focusing on the now, and hearing that little ball clang against the cup as it drops in. There is nothing like the feeling of a purely struck golf ball. It’s as if the world slows down, you feel nothing because the strike is so smooth, and you watch the ball fly away on a perfect trajectory toward its intended target. A round of golf makes the world melt away if only for a few hours.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
1.  I have made a Hole in One.
2.  My favorite band is Def Leppard
3.  I’m a hopeless but proud geek.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
There are two more books filled with stories of other Beloved soon to be released. While the Beloved share a connection and some commonality through the brotherhood, their experiences are unique to their situation. And of course, there are crossover characters who leave their mark along the way. I invite my readers to strap in and enjoy the ride.

About the Book:
Father-to-be Gabriel Walker has just been murdered by a bank robber.
Then he’s given the choice between passing into the Father’s kingdom or remaining behind to help others in need as a Beloved – a mythical demon hunter.
Although his assigned Guardian fumbles at explaining the rules of his complex new existence, Gabe learns a few cool tricks: he must hunt demons to survive and can travel through space and time to do so.
After Gabe proves to be an able demon-slayer, he attracts the attention of Nick, who has good reason to convince Gabe to return home to his wife…
As he navigates death with his newfound talents, Gabe doesn’t realize his biggest challenge lies ahead in trusting the other Beloveds. It turns out that the newest demon-hunter isn’t the only Beloved with incredible powers.
Gabe’s story as a modern-day beloved is juxtaposed against the story of Michel, the very first Beloved. While not all Beloved are related, those who come from Michel’s line seem to cause Nick the most trouble. Gabriel is one of Michel’s descendants …
Encounters with Demons is the first novel in a sci-fi saga of good vs. evil.

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