Our eighth finalist is Britni Patterson!
Tell us about your book:
Private detectives Mercy, genius paraplegic, and Justice, her twin sister, risk their lives to snare both a Machiavellian murderess and a panicky killer.
Why do you want to attend Backspace?
Because everyone who’s anyone is going, and the best way to be someone is to meet everyone. So says everyone who’s someone.
Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark?
Only if there’s not enough raw fish to go around. Then someone’s getting bitten.
West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
Sharks. I have no sympathy or support for a group (Jets) that assault a woman. (Anita, Act 2)
If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?
Stevie Fletcher from Lost Boys, by Orson Scott Card. Because then I could read the book again without crying for three days straight afterwards.
Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I’d die happy."
Dorothy Sayer’s Gaudy Night.
Ray Bradbury’s The October Country.
Rex Stout’s The Doorbell Rang.
Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector.
Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch.
What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?
A flying Mexican dove through my bedroom window. It’s strange to be grateful you were only raped. But I am.
When you're published, what will you do to Pay It Forward?
Annually sponsor memberships to Mystery Writers of America. I’ll also be generous to ignorance, kind to trepidation, and forgiving of cluelessness, in memoriam of myself.