Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Snapshots Birthday Bash

Today I'm hosting the marvelous Patricia Lynne on this, the anniversary of the release of her book, Snapshots.  A year ago today the tome was unleashed on the masses so today is a birthday of sorts.  I figured there wasn't any better way to celebrate than to just let the fantastic Patricia hijack the blog and tell you about the creation of this book.  So, without further ado, I present to you our author: Patricia Lynne.

It’s funny when I think back to how Snapshots started. I got an idea for a guy. He had pierces - a lot - and in places people don’t normally see. Why? I had no idea, but that’s the image that first popped into my head. He was at a tattoo parlor getting another piercing when he meets this girl. She’s intrigued by all his piercings. Why so many? He tells her his childhood was abusive. They thought the other was attractive and he wanted to see her again.

That’s as far as I can remember the scene going. Nowhere in Snapshots will you find that scene. Cyc doesn’t have a single piercing. Mostly because it’d take a lot more force than humanely possible to poke through his skin. But that was the spark that started the story.

Once the first draft was finished and I started edits I had to figure out why Cyc was different. At one point I thought maybe he was a government experiment. But I had another story with government experiments so I scrapped that idea. A mutation was out of the question too. For one, this wasn’t X-men and two only Cyc had special abilities. I can’t really tell you what I came up with since that would spoil parts (some may figure it out, but not everyone will so let’s not ruin it for them.)

Most of those changes were because the initial idea just didn’t make sense. It created a plot hole or inconsistency (although, truthfully, there is a sentence in Snapshots that I still agonize over because with how Cyc is, I worry it created an inconsistency in him.) Every story I write has this in common. They all evolve and change to become something different - something better. Something I hope people will love.

And here's the book! 

My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
    “You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
    “You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang's leader.
    “You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
    “You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
    “You. Are. MINE.”

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told and now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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Come on back tomorrow for another awesome author and don't forget to hop by the other participating blogs for more great authors, more fantastic books, and more super giveaways!


  1. Happy one year anniversary!
    My third book sprang from a scene, the ending actually, that I scrapped and never made it into the book. But it set the tone for story.

    1. That is cool. Ever thought of sharing the scene on your blog? I know, as a reader myself, I love deleted scenes from books.

  2. Wow, sounds absolutely exciting!Good luck with Snapshots!

    Enjoy the fair!

    1. Thanks. It was actually a coincident that Snapshots' birthday ended up during the fair.

  3. Thanks for having me and celebrating Snapshots' birthday.

    1. My pleasure! Happy Book Birthday to you!

  4. Happy Book Birthday!
    That is one awesome blurb!!
    I wish I had the self control not to put early scenes I envision in my stories. I do not.

    1. Thanks. That blurb actually came pretty easily to me. Now if only my other stories's blurbs would...

  5. Cool of you to host Patricia, Bev! And the notion of the missing scene is neat.

  6. I have so many stories that have sprung from scenes... and those scenes never make it into the completed story. But there was always some inkling of something to birth that story, so I love the scenes all the same.

    It was awesome to read about your "inspiration scene", Patricia!

    1. It's fun to see the way stories can evolve from those scenes too.


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