Thursday, March 27, 2014

Interview with PJ Fiala

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

          Thank you for interviewing me, I appreciate your time and the time of your readers.  My name is Patti Fiala, my pen name is PJ Fiala.  I write in the genre of erotic romance.  I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so I am freezing!  I have four children, one daughter and three sons and two grandchildren, a granddaughter and a grandson and one on the way this summer.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

          Second Chances is the story of two people who meet after they have each had horrible marriages, children and grandchildren and they each want to be loved.  They have to struggle through misconceptions, fears and past damage to find a way to be together.

Are you a mom?

          Yes, I have four children and two and a half grandchildren.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

          Well, it’s easier for me now because my children are grown and gone.  But, I still work full time and write in the evenings and on weekends.  Add to that, family time, laundry, and all the other things that pop up in the day, and yes, it’s difficult to juggle everything.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

          Yes.  Each character starts out as a fictional character, but bits and pieces of people, places and events that I know are always finding their way into my character’s stories.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

          Well,  initially I wrote this book because I had read story after story of young, rich couples living the high life.  As great as it is to read and fantasize, I wanted people of a “certain age” to be able to read and fantasize also.  A mature couple that has “been there” and “done that” who still find each other and love, despite all of the obstacles.  I am hoping that people who read this will see that mature people can fall in love and have a fantasy life as well as young people.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

          I ride my own motorcycle.  I have for more than fifteen years now.  My husband and I travel as much as we can and are looking forward to several trips this summer.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

          Well, I am a huge fan of Kristen Ashley and would love to write like she does.  Also, S.C. Stephens is a very gifted story teller.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

          Yes, as a matter of fact I am still piecing together notes for my next venture, fantasy.  It will still have romance in it, but it will definitely be more in the fantasy genre.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

          It’s so hard to pick.  I really love Grayson Kinkaide in Second Chances.  He’s an accomplished architect, tall, dark and handsome.  Refined, but not too refined.  Dog from Dog Days of Summer is another favorite.  Hot biker, long blonde hair, bright green eyes, buff and sexy! 

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

          Yes, I have written a series about a motorcycle shop called Rolling Thunder.  Dog Days of Summer, Rydin the Storm Out and Gunnin for You.  There may be more in that series, it will depend on how far I think I can go with the characters.  I have the first three books written in that series and in various stages of beta reading/editing.  I am pushing for a late summer release date.  A couple of my beta readers also asked if I would write a couple of novellas for Second Chances.  So, I may have to write those in my schedule as well.

What book are you reading now?

          I am currently beta reading for a fellow author.  I have never beta read before and thought I should see what it’s like so I have a better understanding of what I ask my beta readers to do for me.

What is in your to read pile?

               I have two or three Kristen Ashley books to read.  I have Lauren Dane books to read and I am anxiously awaiting Sylvia Day’s finale in the Crossfire Series and S.C. Stephens next book in her Conversion Series.

Second Chances
PJ Fiala

Genre:  Romance/erotica

Publisher:  Archway Publishing,
a division of Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4808-0563-7
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0564-4
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0562-0

Number of pages:  426
Word Count:   163,375

BN Paperback     Nook    Hard Cover

Book Description: 

After a nearly 30 year marriage to a man suffering from depression, Samantha Powell has decided a nice quiet, drama-free life is for her.  She has demons to combat and self-esteem issues to overcome.  She has decided to sell her house and find a nice little condo that places virtually no maintenance demands on her and allows her to work on herself for a while.

Grayson Kinkaide has waited his whole life, all 55 years of it, looking for his soul mate, the other half of himself.  He suffered through an awful marriage with a manipulative selfish woman that almost brought him to his knees.  The only things that kept him strong were his children and his growing business.

When Gray meets Sam both of their lives are changed drastically.  Sam’s dream of a drama-free life is jerked from her grasp as Gray’s exes do everything in their power to tear them apart.  Gray finds himself having to fight, hard, to convince Sam they are meant to be together. 

About the Author:

I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton.  During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my Grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm.  Yes, learn to farm!  That was interesting.  Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the Humane Society because they had been abused, was interesting.  I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of a breeding schedule, feeding schedule and the never ending haying in the summer and trying to stay warm in the winter.  Our first winter in Wisconsin, we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days!  Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer.  I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow.  Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way.  At every gas station, restaurant and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing and offering advice on which roads in the area are better than others and great rides others have been on if we are interested.

I come from a family of veterans.  My grandfathers, father, brother and two of my sons and one daughter-in-law are all veterans.  Needless to say, I am proud.  Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.


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Cristiane Serruya said...

Loved the post. Nice pic, Fiala!!

Shesawriter said...

Great interview, Patti!