17 Sep 2014

Author Interview P.J. Fiala #PJ Fiala

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“Dog Days of Summer” by PJ Fiala is a real treat. As romances go this has great chemistry and interesting characters. I found it refreshing to have a romance between people wh21851827o are parents themselves. The setting in the biker community and its annual charity ride was particularly fascinating for me, since it is such a different world to mine. It was much how I imagined it would be yet with great individuals and ideas that made the story and the characters very relatable and likeable. A good dependable war veteran as love interest should have readers fall in love, just as Joci does in the book. The language and the erotic scenes are quite explicit at times but fit the storyline and characters perfectly.
A heart warming and uplifting book full of great values.

Interview with the author:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

As a writer, I have always wanted to write.  Life got in the way of that.  Well, life and fear.  It seemed impossible in the past to write and get your story picked up by a publishing house.  I was afraid of rejection.  With the boom in independent publishing, I knew I could figure it out but I was still afraid.  Then, I noticed that more and more big named authors were moving into self publishing and I thought, “Why not me?” So, now I write.  I write about people I know, (though the names have been changed to protect the not-so innocent), I write about situations I have encountered in one way or another.  I write about love and romance and sex!  Patti Fiala

As a person, I am a wife of 29 years to my wonderful, supportive husband, Gene.  I have 4 children who are now giving me beautiful grandchildren, of which I have 3 now.  My husband and I are bikers, and we travel on two wheels as often as we can. I drink wine, sometimes swear and by day, I am a paralegal.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

The first time I got serious about writing was in the winter of 2011.  I started a job, which I hated with a passion.  I hated walking into the building each day.  I dreaded it each night knowing I would have to go back.  I decided the only way to cope and one day get out of there was to finally start writing.  You know the saying, “When God closes a door and another one opens.”?  I thought this miserable job was God’s way of pushing me to the open door.  I sat down one night and started writing.  Within two months, Second Chances was written.  Then came Dog Days of Summer soon after and since then I have written three more books in various stages of being published.

What inspired you for the stories?

The people I know and places I have been inspire my stories.  I have had beta readers tell me that some of the situations in my stories are too creepy to be in the story.  They are real, maybe I have put a little spin on them, but, in reality, truth is stranger than fiction.  Just watch the news!

How did you decide on the characters, plots and titles?

My characters come from people I know or people I would want to know.  Plots and titles are more difficult.  I want the stories to be interested, so plots have to be consistent, interesting and not too drawn out or complicated.  The main message in a romance is, well, the romance.  But, there has to be a “grab” or the readers will put the book down.  As funny as it sounds, my characters really decide where things are going to go.  Titles are harder.  I usually ask on my facebook page what people think when it comes to titles.

Are your books auto-biographical in any way? Are you like any of the characters, or is your life similar?

Not really, and yes.  Some of the experiences I have had, or someone I know has had.  Some of my characters are people that I know.  I might modify things a little bit, but overall, they are modelled after people I know.  Sometimes, people I want to know.

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

My husband has always told me I need to sit and write.  I used to ask him what he thought I should write about and he said, “We’ve done so much and been through so much, write about that.”  But, I would think, No one wants to read about me.  Then, I thought, maybe not, but, they might want to read about my characters. An there you have it.  20869617

What do your family or friends say about your books. Do they mind you taking so much time to write?

No one has said anything yet, but I do feel like all I do is sit at the computer when I am home.  It is very time consuming, but well worth it.

When did you decide to write in this genre?

I have always been a romance junky.  I couldn’t think about writing anything other than romance.  Though, you never know, I may just do that someday.  I had an aunt, Edith, we called her Ed.  I think she was the most interesting person I have ever known.  I would love to write her life story.  She lived a hard life in the 20’s and I am amazed and the person she was.  She suffered so much hardship and death, yet, she never said a bad word about anyone and never did anything to cause harm to anyone. I am amazed at her big, beautiful heart and soul and would love to write about her one day.

Would you say there is a message in your books beyond the story? Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?

I like to think the message is, “Love conquers all.”  I write about strong men, alpha’s but not assholes.  I write about strong women, but not bitches.  My characters are all older, in their 40’s and 50’s and have been there, done that.  I hope the messages people take away are that love can come at any age, you can still be sexy when you are older and you don’t have to be a billionaire to find true love.

Who would you hope plays the characters in a movie version?

Ahhh, well, for Dog Days of Summer, Jeremiah could be played by Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth.  Joci could be played by Meg Ryan or Linzie Janis.

Did you have your books all planned out before you write them or do the characters and story surprise you?

I have an idea, but the stories and characters go off in their own direction and surprise me an awful lot.  Sometimes I have to walk away and regroup before continuing.  Kind of like babysitting unruly kids and you have to walk away so you don’t do something drastic.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

I really enjoyed Jeremiah Sheppard from Dog Days of Summer.  He is a love.  Strong, smart, creative, loving, caring and HOT.

What would your character(s) say about you?

I hope they would say I was good to them.  I created them with heart and love and a sense of direction.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?

I like getting these stories floating around in my head out and on paper.  After I have done that, I feel good, really good.  What I like least is the never-ending marketing.  Ugh, I just get so lost and so depressed.  It feels like all I do is market and look for effective ways to market and yet, I don’t see the results equal to the effort.  It gets downright frustrating.  But, I’m also determined and tenacious and I will see it through.

Did you have any say in your cover art? What do you think of it? Tell us about the artist.

My publisher and I had equal say.  She found the artist, who I think did a fabulous job of designing Dog Days of Summer.  I knew I had to have a motorcycle on the cover and I knew I had to have a sexy man on the cover, the artist did the rest.  I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him, but I will someday.

What is your writing environment like? Do you need silence or music to write?

As I write this and everything else I have the stereo on.  If the stereo isn’t on the television is.  I need noise and background.

How many rewrites does it normally take you for each book?

About three.  It really depends on the book, but I usually send it around to three different sets of beta readers.

How do you edit and quality control?

I hire an editor for the final edits.  I think that’s important.  I read through and then my three rounds of betas read through and then I read through again.  Then, my editor goes through it and then my publisher, so there are several layers of quality control in the mix.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

Highs are when someone comments on my books that they loved it.  When I open my email and have a message from someone that really loved the characters and wants to talk about them.  Lows, of course are trolls and marketing.  We all know about trolls, they aren’t just trolling books.  There are mean people on every form of social media.  We just have to pull up our big girl panties and move on.

What is your advice to new writers?

Be prepared to invest all of your free time and a lot of money to get started.  You have to pay artists, editors, swag, shipping fees, purchase your books, and advertise.  It all takes time and money.  Be prepared for it.

Who are your favourite authors?

I love Kristen Ashley, Joanna Wylde, Sylvia Day and so many more.  But, I read a lot of new authors all the time and I am finding many new authors that I really enjoy.  Blakely Bennett, Sibylla Matilde, Jennifer Theriot, so many.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Blakely Bennett, Sibylla Matilde, Jennifer Theriot, Bridgitte Lesley, Ryleigh Rhodes, so many.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

Currently I am reading ARC’s and they are electronic.  I prefer that because I can read them on my phone.

What three books have you read recently and would recommend?

Recently I have read the Reapers Series by Joanna Wylde and I really loved them.  They are 1% bikers, but, great stories.  Also, Ryleigh Rhodes and her Enforcer.  Great book about Veterans. 

Who would you say are the biggest influences?

Ann Rice, Sylvia Day, Kristen Ashley, people who have “made it”.

What books have you read more than once or want to read again?

The Crossfire series by Sylvia Day I have read more than once.  There is one book coming yet, which I can’t wait to read.

What is your life like outside of writing?

Life outside of writing?  There’s no life outside of writing.  If I can find a smidgen of time, we bike and play with our grandchildren.

What makes you laugh?

My husband.  He has the best sense of humor and he makes me laugh every day.  He should have been a comedian.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

A kindle, loaded with books of course.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Living or dead?  Living, I would like to sit down with Maria Schriver.  She seems like she would be a hoot to have drinks with.  If I could pick someone that is dead, I would pick Eve and ask her why she ate the damn apple!

Hot or cold?

Hot, always hot.

Salty or sweet?

Hmmm, can I have both?  A chocolate covered pretzel, mmmmmm.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?
What would you chose as those qualities?

I’m told often that I am very creative.  I suppose that’s true.  I paint (oils and walls), I write, I craft, so best quality is that I’m creative.  Oddest? I get easily bored and move on.  If something doesn’t hold my interest, I’m outta here.

I would probably choose those qualities as well.  Though, I wish they were that I am stunningly beautiful and that I’m very quirky. I don’t know why, I guess all we see these days is the uber sexy and the oddly quirky people on tv and they seem to “make it” in the world.

Tell us about your other books?

My next book is Rydin the Storm Out, which is the second book in the Rolling Thunder Series.  Ryder is Jeremiah’s son, the shy one.  After that, I have two more in the Rolling Thunder Series partially written.  Next year, I am involved in an anthology, which I am not allowed to talk about yet, but will be able to very soon, so stay tuned.  It’s going to be awesome!

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Well, I love Kid Rock.  My favourite of his right now is Born Free, so that would be the anthem for Dog Days of Summer.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

Ugh, I flog myself for hours, mentally.  I doubt myself for days and then I move on.  Realistically, I know I can’t please everyone, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.  So much time, effort and energy goes into writing and bringing a book to publication, that when someone hates it, it stings.  So, I read it.  If the criticism is done nicely in that I can take something from it and learn, I do.  If it’s just nasty drivel, I create a voo-doo doll of the critiquer and stick needles in it.

Tell us one weird thing, one nice thing, and one fact about where you live.

One weird thing is the weather.  Any given day the weather will change two to three times, cold, warm, rainy, whatever.  One nice thing is that Green Bay is big enough to offer many things to many people, but small enough that we don’t have traffic jams or issues driving to or from places.  Fact, we are the home of the Green Bay Packers and we like it that way.  Go Pack!

What are you working on now?  

An anthology with several other authors and Rydin the Storm Out.  Rydin the Storm Out should come out close to Christmas, but we’ll see how that process rolls.  The anthology will be in 2015.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

Like any author, I have poured by heart and soul into every book.  That includes everything from writing it, the cover, the swag the marketing, everything.  There is so much that goes into it, organizing the cover reveal, the release the whole package.  When I do something, I do it 150%.

My books are written with the mature reader in mind.  If you like to read about love, joy, family and the intertwining relationships, those are my books.

Thank you Christoph, I appreciate your time and efforts in having me on your blog.



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Second Chances  – http://tinyurl.com/nuut3wn

Dog Days of Summer  – http://tinyurl.com/qhld35l

Rydin the Storm Out – http://tinyurl.com/l8x8p84



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Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/dogdays-Fiala

Ebook:  http://tinyurl.com/DogDays-Ebook

Tag Line:

He had love and passion to give, but she was afraid to take it.


Owning Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and raising his twin sons was top priority in Dog’s life. That was until he met Jocelyn James, the sweet, loving single mother of Gunnar, a young man who works for Dog.


Joci raised Gunnar alone after her cheating, dickhead of a boyfriend ran off with another woman. She finished school, started her own graphic design business and hung out with friends and family. The last thing on her mind was men! That is until she met Dog.


The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is incredible. The family bond is like no other.





Long blurb:


Jeremiah is a hot bike shop owner with a heart. He served in the Marine Corp. during Desert Storm, where he suffered loss. He gets a trashy biker-bitch pregnant and comes home after the war to raise his twin sons. He opened Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and began building some of the hottest bikes around.

Joci is a hot biker babe who lost her parents at an early age, went through a little wild streak, got pregnant and got dumped. She raised her son, Gunnar on her own while building her graphic design/marketing business.

Coming together to put organize a charity ride for Veterans, is how they meet. But, it isn’t all sunshine and roads! Follow Joci and Jeremiah as they ride the roads, fight, love and try to build a life together.





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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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