What inspired your story?
BEYOND YOUR TOUCH is the second novel in the Dark Heart series. It was inspired by the mystery that is at the heart of A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart book 1) --and also by my desire to not make falling in love easy for Annie and Chase. It’s hard to say a lot more without giving spoilers for book 1.
Is the setting to your story important?
Yes. It’s set in the imaginary town of Port St. Claire, Maine which is near the real town of Bar Harbor. In this book, an artifact that’s on display at Bar Harbor’s Abbe Museums is vital to the story.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Since I was young, I wanted to be a novelist. But I have also always had a strong interest in plants and nature in general, and in antiques and junk. In college I majored in Plant and Soil Science, but took creative writing as well. I ended up pursuing a career as a florist and antique dealer. Eventually, I started taking writing classes online to expand my skills with the intent of becoming a published author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Probably in the third grade. Seriously, being a writer has nothing to do with being published or for that matter with what you write. Someone who is inspired to create poetry that they never share with anyone has just as much of a right to call themselves a writer as a journalist for a local paper or a NY Times bestselling author.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
From the time I started taking writing class online with the intention of becoming published, it took several years before I sold my first novelette. I queried about five or six novels before I signed with an agent. Once my agent starting submitting A HOLD ON ME to editors, it took thirteen months before it sold to Kensington Books and all the contracts were signed. After that, it was around a year and a half before the novel was released.
What was the first book you ever published?
I’ve had a number of short fiction pieces and novelettes published. There’s a list and blurbs for them on my website. http://patesden.com/books.php The first novel I had published was A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart series book 1). BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart series book 2) will be my second novel-length publication, followed by REACH FOR YOU when it’s released next year.
What was the craziest thing you’ve ever done when it came to a storyline in your book?
I’m not going into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the story. But there is a scene in BEYOND YOUR TOUCH involving breaking into a Mustang. I couldn’t find the information I needed online because there are a lot of difference between models and years of Mustangs. At any rate, I went to the dealership and asked if they’d tell me how to break into the latest model Mustang, and some other rather strange questions. We ended up doing a sort of reenactment in the middle of the showroom.
Beyond Your Touch
Dark Heart Series
Genre: new adult paranormal
Date of Publication: August 30, 2016
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 85k
She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.
Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.
If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.
About the Author:
PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.
Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is available from Kensington Books. BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th.