Meet Patricia Rose and her new release IRON MIKE
AUTHOR BIO: Patricia Rose was born a bookworm, and has never outgrown it. Her love of stories started with The Bobbsey Twins when she was five and continues today with the best offerings of science fiction, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. An avid animal lover, she shares her home with her husband, the wife of her heart, two dogs, four cats, a snake, and a tarantula. Her husband, Kevin, has strongly advised her to put down her hammer, chisels, and stone tablets and come into the digital age!
With me today, I have Patricia Rose with her first novel, IRON MIKE. I’ve heard a lot of really good things about your first book. I can’t wait to read it. So, tell us about your newest release.
My debut novel is called Iron Mike, and it released on September 27th, which is also my birthday! It’s available in either e-book format or paperback from Amazon, and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is the story about?
Iron Mike is the story of a 17 year old boy who has to become a man very quickly in order to keep his little sister safe after the aliens invade. There’s a lot of tension and drama as he tries to step into the shoes of a man before he’s ready. However, there’s also a lot of love and laughter as he risks his life not only for his sister but for a group of strays he picks up along the way.
Who is the main character?
Mike Sanderlin, aka “Iron Mike,” is the main character of the novel. Kari Kasoniak and Col. Richard Kasoniak, her father, are secondary characters. Hershey is a tertiary character, but he is a MAJOR scene-stealer, so many (including Hershey!) would argue that he’s the star of the book!
What inspired this tale?
I’m not completely sure. I do know the character of Hershey was inspired by a neighbor’s dog, a big, brown hound that is just full of personality, and is the friendliest dog in the world. It was nothing for my husband and me to come home from the store and walk into the house to find our neighbor’s dog sound asleep on our bed, having let himself in through our pet door! He would also routinely come into the house for snacks or playtime with my own dogs.
How did the story come to you?
It came a piece at a time, at first, and then all in one big woosh!
Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?
There is a surprising amount of research needed for ANY novel, if you’re a meticulous writer. I had to do the most research about Fort Knox, the U.S. Depository (the “Mint”) and the travel routes between Fort Knox, Kentucky and Norfolk, Virginia.
If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?
I think the sheer SIZE of Fort Knox, Kentucky, and the large number of people found on that military base on any given day came as a big surprise to me. I suppose the reason it surprised me is that I essentially utilize only a very small portion of that post – the Commissary and, occasionally, the Pharmacy or Class Six (ABC store). I didn’t realize the scope of the post was as broad as that of a city!
Do you relate to your character?
I relate to all of my characters, including the invading aliens and Hershey, the dog.
Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
Meh. Not so much. He’s a 17 year old boy and I’m a 52 year old woman. We don’t really have much in common, other than both of us spending a lot of time inside my brain.
What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?
I started the story wanting to do a coming-of-age tale for both a male and female character. Mike ended up telling HIS story with more energy than Kari told hers, so she ended up being an important, but supporting, character.
Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this piece of work?
Obviously, it’s a fictional story. If it has any purpose at all, other than my own enjoyment, it’s to entertain you, and perhaps to make you think a bit. It is very clearly NOT a money-making venture, as I’m several hundred dollars in debt with it. This is, however, my debut novel and I am just starting out as an Indie author, so I may eventually break even. If you have read Iron Mike, please tell a friend or leave a review – that will go miles and miles toward helping me spread my name a little bit.
When will the novel be available for purchase?
It was released on September 27th