Interview with Tricia Skinner Author of Angel Bait

by | Mar 29, 2013 | Author Interview, Books, KUWTR

Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

I’m a new author who’s just starting in my career. I’m married to a geek and we have a three-year-old mini-geek who puts most adults to shame using an iPad. I’m a tomboy who will attempt bribery to avoid attending any event requiring dresses and heels.

Do you write full time?

Girl, please. Until JK Rowling decides to adopt me, I’ll be working 9-to-5 and complaining that the mega millions lottery is rigged. So the short answer is I have a day job.

What are 5 fun/interesting facts about you?

Gah! Uh… five? I once had fourteen pen pals in the former USSR; I studied Russian in college; I remain a Goth at my core though I’m now boring on the outside; I love my Mom’s Jamaican cooking; and I play video games when I can sneak away from writing.

What are the “must haves” for you when you sit down to write a book?

Salt and Vinegar Pringles or Fiery Hot Cheetos, water, and music. If any of those items are missing, there will be hell to pay.

What made you decide to become a writer and how old were you?

I was a journalist first so you can say my career in writing started at eighteen. I had a natural curiosity and I asked a lot of questions. I enjoyed research, too. Talking to people came easy for me, which is a plus for a reporter. In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to write books, but that opportunity didn’t happen for many years.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing “Angel Bait”?

This is where I give a shout out to the Supernatural fan community on LiveJournal. In 2009, I was on bed rest during my pregnancy. A coworker bought me the first season of Supernatural. I devoured it. I went online and stumbled on the fan fiction community for the show. I lurked for a while until I finally wrote a story. By the time I had caught up with the episodes, I was in love with actor Misha Collins as the angel Castiel. The portrayal of angels on the show was incredible. They tore the myths to shreds. I’d had my own ideas about angels, but the fan fic community gave me a chance to explore in an encouraging environment.

Do you feel that you can relate to one character in “Angel Bait” more than any other? And why?

I connected with the hero, Jarrid, the moment he moved into my head. Although I have a lot in common with the heroine, Ionie, it was Jarrid who guided this story. That’s probably because I’ve been in his shoes in a way. I’ve been the underdog, the one written off. He deals with a lot of inner demons to find himself, but his loyalty to the people who matter in his life was unbreakable. I’m the same.

What do you love most about writing?

I love letting go of everything. All the rules. All the expectations. All the stress. I just sit and type until my husband taps my shoulder to remind me to eat. Writing is freedom and I feel sorry for people who don’t have something natural like that to include in their life.

What is your biggest challenge when you write?

Shiny objects. Seriously, I have to work to keep my focus on what I’m writing. I have a lot going on right now and those other responsibilities invade my brain. This leads to procrastination until I can refocus. It’s annoying. I know it’s happening and I know I should do everything to stay on track. But shiny objects are so alluring.

Do you have any advice for any other aspiring writers out there?

Zero advice and here’s why. All the advice in the world won’t do you a bit of good if you, the writer, don’t put your ideas on paper. I could spout off wisdom all day long. You know what you need to do. You’ve heard other authors tell you. One more isn’t going to tip you over the line. You either will write that novel you’ve longed to do, or you won’t.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I have a very casual lifestyle. My husband, our son, and our Great Danes just lounge around the house. I’ll be reading something on my iPad. My 3-year-old loves playing Wii Sports (I don’t know why). My husband does manly chores. I also try to catch up on various recommended shows and movies.

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?

I tried to stay current on what books are hot in urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but the rush of titles passed by me about a year ago. If I hear enough about a book, I give it a shot even if it’s not in the genre I write. I love GoodReads and I buy books based on recommendations and honest reviews.

Since becoming published, what has been your favorite part of the process?

When I received the final galley of Angel Bait to proof, I opened it on my iPad. I burst into tears. That was the first time I saw everything pulled together: the cover, the words, and the format. I still feel dazed, but blessedly so. I’m living my dream each day. That’s cool.

If you can, tell us what is up next for you?

In January I received “The Call” that most new authors pray for. Laurie McLean from Larsen Pomada Literary Agents offered me representation. Her client list is amazing. So I’m working with Laurie on a few things and writing the second book in the Angel Assassin series.


Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner
Angel Bait
Book 1 of the Angel Assassins Series
Author: Tricia Skinner
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance F+W Media
Date of Publication: February 18, 2013
ISBN 10: 1-4405-6515-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6515-1
eISBN 10: 1-4405-6516-3
eISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6516-8
Number of pages: 204
Word Count: 65,000
Saved by the angel sent to kill them, four half-angel boys are trained and employed as Heaven’s assassins. Jarrid and his nephilim brothers are raised as members of The Eternal Order, and must enforce Heaven’s laws by hunting down those who defy the Directorate.

His only shot at freedom is Ascension, but his employers won’t permit the ancient ritual. Then Jarrid learns a Renegade angel is in Detroit. Such a high-level take­down is the answer to his prayers—all the leverage he needs to Ascend.

For freedom, Jarrid is willing to do anything to lure his elusive enemy out of hiding.

Even use an innocent woman as bait.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an angel outlaw wants her dead. She agrees to help Jarrid, the enigmatic nephilim with penetrating silver eyes and a worship-worthy body, but only because he accepts her terms. He’s her all-access pass into the city’s supernatural underworld where she hopes to locate her mother’s killer.

Blind­sided by Ionie’s beauty and tenacity, Jarrid soon finds the eternity-old glacier around his heart thawing. With duty and desire at war within him, he’s forced to make a choice—either save Ionie from the trap he snared and stay chained to Heaven, or allow her to become collateral damage.

After spending several years as a newspaper reporter and corporate communications director, Tricia Skinner cast off traditional journalism for the freedom of novel writing. ANGEL BAIT is her urban fantasy romance debut. Her reading tastes are all over the place, but she’s mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.
In those rare moments when she’s not writing, Tricia is a newbie “green” practitioner, a fitness procrastinator, and a technology geek. She is a mother and a wife. Her family includes two Great Danes.
Tricia stays active in various writing communities. She is represented by Laurie McLean of the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency.

Author Tricia Skinner

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