Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 155
Word Count: Approximately 46,000
Cover Artist: Jason Alexander
"Lester Fuller knows isolation well. It has been his only friend since Jadarius Singleton humiliated him last year. But one night after Jadarius's taunts go too far, Lester stumbles upon Gwynn's body. He's sure she's dead. Until she bites him.
Vampires are extinct. There are only the dhampir.
Now something more than human, Lester struggles to determine where he fits in this new society. Just what secrets about the dhampir are his friends keeping from him? And what will he do when a notorious figure from dhampir history sets her eyes on him?"
About the Author:
I’m a 25 year old writer. I’m a graduate of North Carolina State University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Japanese. I currently live in Maryland.
I wrote a lot as a kid. I began a new story (or 3 or 4) every school year, but rarely finished them. I finally finished one when I was 16. It was about ninjas. It was really bad.
Communion, my first completed novel worth publishing, will be released October 1st. I have that and many other works coming down the pipeline. I plan to be writing for many years to come.
My values as a writer include:
Writing high-quality books
Take a Moment to Get to Know B. Patterson
How did you come up with the title?
While planning Communion, I knew at its core, this is a story about a character finding somewhere he belongs. As a military brat, I’ve moved around a lot. In my travels, I’ve realized the best places are those with a sense of community. Toying around with the word, I came up with communion and then thought of the Christian ritual with the same name. From there, the ideas came flooding and I knew I had something special.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I like the Anti-bullying messages I see passed around today, but a lot of them focus on having kids tell an adult about it. This is great. A problem doesn’t go away if we remain silent about it. But, I think an alternate but effective way to have a group of good friends. Kids are more likely to be bullied when their alone. It makes them an easy target. Lester, the main character of Communion, learns that having friends not only shields him from his bully but his experiences with them gives him the courage to stand up to his bully when the time comes.
What book are you reading now?
The Laughing Corpse (Book 2 in the Anita Blake series) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Sophie Davis, author of the Talented Saga and Nightmares Trilogy.
Jeff Somers, author of Trickster (the Utari Cycle #1)
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
There are several great fights in Communion. Here’s an excerpt from an early one:
Jay stepped towards me, his hands relaxed at his sides. I jumped back, towards the wooded area. I needed time to assess what was going on. This wasn’t a practice session with Gwynn. This was the real deal.
Jay followed me to the wooded area. “Not so talkative now, are you?”
“Screw you, Jay.”
I charged for him, the way I would have Gwynn or the others. There was no point in shrinking back. This is what I had been trained for.
My fist connected with his face this time, and then I immediately jabbed with the other. Jay took them with surprising endurance and then threw one of his own. It came fast, but not faster than Gwynn’s. I swatted it away with my left and then threw another jab with my right. Jay caught my arm and yanked me upwards, as if trying to pull my arm right out of the socket.
He held me a few inches off the ground and took shots at my rib cage.
I jammed my knee into his bottom jaw, forcing his mouth closed. Who’s talking too much now?
His grip loosened in reaction. I landed softly on the ground and pushed him back full force. He backed into a tree, but rolled off just in time to dodge my next hit. My fist smashed the bark and a few shards of wood flitted into the air. Had I been fully human, my hand would have stung intensely, if not been broken.
I turned to chase Jay, but there was no need to. He was speeding past me, already halfway behind me. I spun around, seeing him out of the corner of my eye.
I jolted forward from a hit to the back of my skull. After the second and nearly simultaneous third hit, saliva flew out of the mouth I hadn’t opened and I blacked out for a second.
Who designed the covers?
Jason Alexander of Expert Subjects. He’s very professional and easy to work with. I HIGHLY recommend him.
Who is your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
Rose from Vampire Academy is a top pick. I get excited by a girl who can beat me up. Although, Dmitri and Adrian make for pretty tough competition.
Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel?
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Definitely revising. I’m big on efficiency. I want to accomplish several things (such as displaying strong characterization and giving relevant information) with each scene. I went over the novel several times, looking at which scene accomplished what and when certain pieces of information were given.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Perseverance is big. I can’t stress this enough. Once you hit that half-way point in your novel, it will seem like less fun and more like work. And, even after you finish your novel, you’ve gotta revise it countless times before it’s ready for the world. But define your goal from the start. Is this only something for your friends and family to read or do you want to see this story published? Whichever path you choose, stay on it even when it seems tough.