Come join us on location at the Last Resort Cafe as we talk with romance author, PQ Glisson, over coffee and enjoy the mountain views here in Arizona!
Deanna: Welcome Phyllis! I'm glad our readers can get to know you a little better after today. Your novel, Her Sanctuary, sounds like a beautiful story but before we get to that, tell us a bit about yourself that our readers might not know.
Phyllis: Something that my readers may not know is that when I was young, I was in a Christian Ensemble that traveled all over the United States. I sang first soprano and every now and then I would sing a solo. It was a very happy period in my young life. I will treasure the memories always.
Deanna: What happened that made you want to become a writer?
Phyllis: I was laid off in 2008 due to the softening of the housing market. I wanted to work again but a job was hard to come by. I had always worked so when I found myself with nothing to do, I took up painting pictures, even making some money at it. After about a year of painting, I ran out of inspiration so I was taking a break. One day my daughter was over at the house and we were brainstorming ideas for stories and I suddenly came up with this idea. We talked about co-writing it together but she had some personal issues and couldn’t continue so I proceeded alone. I just started writing it and the words flowed onto the page. Sometimes I couldn’t type fast enough.
Deanna: I do understand that aspect of writing and it feels good when that flow happens for us! Writing under a pen name gives the author a bit more privacy which is the reason many use a pen name. Do you write under a pen name?
Phyllis: Yes. I decided to go with the initials to my first name and maiden name, but keep my married name. Like P.C. Cast, J.K. Rowling, now P.Q. Glisson. It just felt right, you know?
Deanna: As you create your characters, is there a certain type of character that is easier to write than another?
Phyllis: Of course it’s easier to write from the woman’s point of view than the man’s. When I’m switching from male to female, I have to keep the woman feminine and the man strong, masculine. But mostly it was relatively easy.
Deanna: Do you read in the same genre that you write in?
Phyllis: No. I read anything though I’m not much into Science Fiction Fantasy and Non-Fiction. Sorry, just never been a big fan, but I love romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, young adult, adult, erotica, contemporary….like I said, just about anything as long as the story is good and keeps my attention.
Deanna: How did you come up with the characters in your book? Did you base them on characters in real life or from other stories you’ve read?
Phyllis: I based Seth Proudfoot’s character very loosely on an older more mature version of Jacob Black from Twilight. I’ve always had a fascination with Native Americans and their rich heritage. I couldn’t think of anything sexier than a tall dark and handsome Native American with piercing blue eyes and long silky black hair. Add a little damage spirit and it makes me want to be the one to bring him back to life.
Shannon’s character was very, very loosely based on me. She has strawberry blond hair, sun kissed skin and a womanly body, and so do I. Her body is a little bit better than mine has ever been. Her eyes are turquoise where as mine are very light blue. As far as her past goes, sorry, I’ve lead a pretty boring life compared to Shannon. I wanted to create a character who, though she has been through Hell on Earth, still manages to keep a sense of innocence about her. She’s good to the core and everyone she encounters is touched by her goodness. When she meets Seth and learns of his torturous past, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Only she could heal the wounds so deeply gouged into his heart. Only she could bring him from the edge of despair.
Deanna: Can you tell us a bit about Her Sanctuary?
Phyllis: Shannon Mallory was a woman on the run….not from outside forces but from her own wounded heart. When she pulled up into the parking lot of The Last Resort Café, in the town of Sanctuary, little did she know she would find the one thing she never even knew she was searching for….true love.
Seth Proudfoot wasn’t looking for anything, except an end to his miserable existence. Accused of a crime he couldn’t remember committing, he was ostracized by a town that, ironically, bore the name of the one thing he could never find….Sanctuary.
When the two meet, neither can ignore the magnetic pull between them, but will Shannon allow her damaged spirit to trust a man…a man who may have murdered his own family?
Though Shannon is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, it is her spirit that breaks down the iron-clad shield around his heart. Their desire burns hotter than the Arizona desert, threatening to melt the very mountains that loom like silent Gods above their heads. But can their love survive a betrayal that could very well cost them both their lives?
Deanna: That is enough to pique my interest! This is going to be another great love story to add to my TBR list! Do you have any other books you’re working on presently?
Phyllis: Yes, I’m working on two books and I have outlines for four more so I’m going to be busy for at least a few more years.
Deanna: Are the other books in the same genre as Her Sanctuary?
Phyllis: No, I’m writing a young adult romance/mystery fantasy and the other is a historical romance set in pre-civil war. I even have an outline for a contemporary romantic comedy that would make a great movie.
Deanna: Where can our readers find your books?
Phyllis: Her Sanctuary is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, ebook.com - I also have a blog site for readers to visit and leave comments and I can be found at GoodReads.com
Deanna: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Phyllis: I am going to give away a PDF version of my e-book to one lucky commenter so I look forward to reading their comments and any questions they might have. Thank you so much for having me here today. I hope your readers will consider me for their reading pleasure and add my books to their book shelves! I’ve enjoyed being here. Readers, please feel free to ask your questions!
Deanna: Phyllis, thank you for sharing with us. I’m sure they will be happy to check out your book and chat with you a bit now that they know you’ll be around.