I’m a huge fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, and I’m thrilled that Patricia answered a few of my questions about the new book, Fire Touched. Please give her a warm welcome!
Will you give us a bit of a teaser for Fire Touched and what fans can expect?
Fire Touched brings the budding issue with the Fae to the forefront at last. But nothing with the Fae is straightforward and any time that Mercy gets involved matters seem to take a left turn—so the result is probably not what readers are expecting.
Are there new characters that you’re particularly excited about?
There’s a new wolf in the pack, who was mutilated by witches. His time as their plaything left him with no memory of who or what he’d been. He has a minor roll in this book, but I know a lot about him, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to show up and be more important in later books.
I can’t believe that Fire Touched is the ninth book in the series! What have you enjoyed the most about writing this series?
Mercy is so much fun to hang out with. I never quite know what she’s going to do in any situation, just that it’s going to be the right thing as she sees it. That unexpectedness keeps the books fresh for me. Plus, I just like her—she’s one of my favorite imaginary friends.
I’m a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) not an outliner. The single book I wrote from an outline, I found I had to fight to find motivation to write because I already knew what happened and was ready to write something new. As for the details of the world—I have a few trusted souls who (poor things) have read the books multiple times and can be counted upon to notice when I forget something or get it wrong. Additionally one of them has assembled a cannon database of major details. And I have all of my books in searchable electronic format. That doesn’t mean some mistakes don’t get through—but we are getting pretty good at catching them before they make it to print.
How do you think Mercy has grown or changed since the beginning of the series?
Mercy changes a little bit in each book—sometimes growing, sometimes reacting to trauma. She’s learned to compromise, to lean on other people, and to let people in. She knows more about who she is and where she came from. She’s fallen in love, and learned to take that as a beginning point at allow it to grow. She’s learned to fear things, she never feared before. And to deal with things she would have thought unbearable.
Have you read any good books lately? Is there anything you’d recommend?
I’m in the middle (as I write) of Extreme Honor, the first book in a new romance series by Piper J. Drake that involves the training of military dogs—and I’m finding it a very good book. I adore books that incorporate animals as major characters and this story is fast moving and fun. I just finished Elizabeth Hunter’s Scribe, also a first in series. The book is somewhere between a paranormal romance and an urban fantasy with terrific characters and very intriguing world building.
What’s next for you? Is there any other news you’d like to share?
I’m working on the next Mercy book, which is a vampire book. Poor Mercy. I’m so glad I’m not the protagonist in an urban fantasy—just saying.
About Fire Touched:
Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?