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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When I'm not writing with Patricia Vanasse

Patricia VanasseThis week's guest is Patricia Vanasse, whose young adult novel, RESILIENT, will be out on September 2. This is her debut novel and I'm pleased to welcome her to the blog so that we can all get to know her.

On a more administrative note, this is the last "When I'm not writing" post for a couple weeks. I need to be offline a bit more for the next little while and so we're going to retire the feature for a little bit. But it's a Jay-Z type retirement and we'll be back before you know it!


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I wake up every morning at 5:30 a.m. and I write till 8:00. That’s when my kids wake up and have to enter the real world.  They’re very active little kids and keep me busy all day. We’re lucky to live in Whidbey Island, WA, where there are many state parks with endless lush green trails and amazing views of the ocean. We’re always out and about either at the beach or parks around the island. When it’s time for a break, I read and read and read some more. I can easily read two books a week. And if I don’t, I suffer from withdrawal, which can be very painful. So, I make sure I have a book in my hands every free minute I have. I read just about everything, but I have a soft spot for YA. I love contemporary romance, paranormal, and mystery. I refuse to finish books that I’m not drawn to, and when I do love a book, I feel sad when I reach the last page.

At night after the kids are in bed it’s TV time with hubby, it’s one of my favorite ways to unwind. I’m devoted to many shows like, Grey’s anatomy, Glee, Vampire Diaries, New Girl, Chicago Fire, and many more. I’m so looking forward to The Tomorrow People, a new show coming this fall from CW. I don’t watch TV during summer though, I can’t stand reality TV, just can’t!

And then, there’s music. My daughter loves to sing and dance so we listen to music all the time. I listen to music while I write as well, it’s inspirational and helps to set the right mood for each chapter. I like alternative, soft rock, and pop. I’m not a big fan of Country, but sometimes I find some I like. And to redefine the writer’s stereotype, I’m a social person, I love to hang out with my friends and talk over coffee in the morning or wine at night.

Last but not least, I like to take care of my body and mind, and Yoga is just what I need to keep my sanity and health in check. I absolutely recommend it.


Thanks so much for visiting us, Patricia!

For more Patricia, check out her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter!


Here's the scoop on RESILIENT:

Resilient by Patricia VanasseLivia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.

Read an excerpt

Pre-order: Amazon


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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