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Protective Duty

The Inside Scoop with Jessica R. Patch plus Giveaway!

Today Jessica R. Patch is  graciously answering questions about her writing life. Jessica writes for Love Inspired Suspense, and her new book, Protective Duty, is available in stores and online. I was blessed to read this book already, and it is awesome!! Jessica is giving away one paperback copy of Protective Duty! Easy entry options are below and the contest runs until June 12, 2016!
Let’s get to it.


1. How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

That’s a great question. I suppose my love of storytelling played into it. Stories constantly cropped up in my mind and one day I felt like God nudged me to put it on paper. After that, I just knew.


2. What is unique about your process?

I’m not sure if anything is unique. Stories come in so many different ways to me, then I use a huge white board to start plotting. After that I use OneNote and Powerpoint to nail everything down. I guess that might seem boring.


3. What inspired your book?

My hero, Eric Hale, was a minor character in Fatal Reunion. His wit and humor as well as his complex personality told me he needed a story. And I’m glad because many readers have emailed me to ask if he was getting his own story!


4. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

“Write the book you would want to read.” I hear so many people saying they have to write this genre or that to “break into” publishing. But those genres don’t make them happy. Write what you love. Enjoy the journey. Trust God.



Jessica, I love that God nudged you to start telling your stories. We’re blessed that you did! Your white board doesn’t sound boring at all–I’ve never used one to plot. You might have to demonstrate this for me at some point! And I fell in love with Eric, so thank you for giving him his own book. Thinking of him makes me think of licorice, and now I am hungry… Great advice! Thank you so much for being my guest!


 Protective Duty

Minutes into FBI profiler Bryn Eastman’s first case since a near-fatal shooting, a brazen serial killer sets his sights on her next. Now her life—and career—is in the hands of her new partner, Detective Eric Hale, the man she once loved and lost. Racked with nightmares of the shooting and regrets for the tragedy that tore her and Eric apart, Bryn doesn’t want Eric to discover the secrets she carries—but she needs him. Seeing Bryn brings back memories Eric can’t control. Memories of a once-in-a-lifetime love. But the tough detective knows their only path to a second chance goes straight through a relentless killer…one who won’t quit until he counts Bryn as his fifth victim.
Interested in purchasing Protective Duty? Buy from AMAZON or HARLEQUIN!


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Jessica R. Patch

About Jessica ~

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her watching way too much Netflix with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. She’s the author of the Seasons of Hope series, Fatal Reunion, and Protective Duty. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.


Jessica’s advice about writing is to “write a book you want to read.” What types of books do YOU love to read?


Have a terrific day!


Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Love everything Jessica has ever written! Would love a signed copy!

    Enjoyed Small Town Batchelor as well.

  2. What a great interview! I liked how Jessica got started writing. She said, “Write a story that you would enjoy reading.”Also, using a white board to plot the ideas of a story is a great idea. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Jill.

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