Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Author Spotlight Week - Anne Patrick shares her passion for Romantic Suspense

Short answer: I like to read and write stories that grab at your heart; keeps you on the edge of your seat, and uplifts and inspires you at the same time.

Truth is, I was born and raised a suspense junkie. I have my mother to thank for that. She loved her mysteries and thrillers. I think we watched my first Alfred Hitchcock movie together when I was ten, maybe younger. Of course I ended up sleeping with her that night, and I still get nervous when I see more than a dozen birds gather in one place.

It was the old Hitchcock movies and Nancy Drew Mysteries that fueled my already over-active imagination. My childhood days were filled dreaming up adventures for me and my friends. Later, probably as a way to keep me out of trouble, my mom suggested I write my exploits down instead of living them out. And the dream to be published was born.

My mother, of course, was always my biggest fan. She read everything I ever wrote and encouraged me to submit my stories. Unfortunately, she passed away before my dream was realized. I’m thankful she shared her passion for a good mystery with me. But more importantly, I’m grateful she shared her faith. She didn’t do that by words alone, but by her actions.

I incorporate that same faith in my stories. I know it’s hard to imagine a story about murder and mayhem as being inspirational, but since I love suspense and I want all my writing to reflect my faith that’s how my muse works. There is both evil and good in this world and I like combining the two and watching how my characters deal with it.


  1. Hi Anne,
    I love your blog. Your mother sounds a lot like mine, so reading about her and your relationship with her warmed my heart. I've read one of your suspense novels, and you are a talented writer. I wish you much success.

  2. Hi Anne,
    This was such a nice commentary about your writing and about the journey you traveled to get to where you are today. I know for sure and believe with all my heart that even though you have tons of admirers and followers now, and I'm one of them, your mother is still your biggest fan...you'll always be #1 in her book.

  3. What wonderful comments. Thank you, ladies! Oh I know without a doubt, mom's still cheering for me. I was offered my first book contract on Mother's Day four years ago :-).