Welcome back to Under the Covers. Readers are buzzing with anticipation for DEAD HEAT, the latest instalment to the Alpha & Omega series. What can you tell us about this book?
Thank you! Dead Heat takes place in Scottsdale where Charles has come to say goodbye to an old friend. He and Anna find themselves in a hunt for a fae who is preying upon children.
Although more quiet, Charles is still quite the cunning hero. What do you think it is about Charles that appeals to so many readers?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I love a character who has layers. There is the part of Charles that everyone sees—the boogieman of the werewolves. Then there is the real Charles, who is still scary (maybe even scarier), but also sweet and kind.
Similarly, Anna has her own character traits that make her a formidable force in the stories. What would you say is her greatest weakness? And what is her greatest strength?
Her greatest weakness is probably her age since she is dealing with creatures who are a lot older than she is. Her greatest strength is her ability to see others clearly—and her empathy for them.
The covers of your books are absolutely stunning and are often a true portrayal of what the character looks like. Do you have a favourite?
My favorite cover is Bone Crossed. I love the emotion it conveys, the sense that Mercy has been knocked around by life but is coming back swinging. I don’t think Dan Dos Santos can paint a bad cover, but that one stands out.
Let’s try and pick a little into your likes! What are you currently reading?
I’m in the middle of The Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison. I’ve read it before, of course. Recently I’ve been on a rereading kick. I reread all of the Kate Daniels books (Ilona Andrews) and Nalini Singh’s books.
If you could meet someone for the first time (and maybe fangirl over this person) who would it be?
James K. Polk. He told people what he was going to do before he was elected. Did it. And didn’t run for re-election. He’s my hero.
What’s next for Patricia Briggs?
I’m headed out on the road with Anne Bishop (whose books I love) for a book signing tour. After that I have a book to finish (Fire Touched, the next Mercy Thompson book) and baby horses to train. It’s a good life.
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.