Interview Roulette: Pat Henshaw


Pat Henshaw takes another spin of the wheel!

  1. What is your worst phobia?

It’s a toss up between spiders and snakes. Let’s go with snakes. I used to date this really nice guy that was lots of fun and incredibly compatible EXCEPT he was the snake handler for the Scout troop he led. I didn’t know this for a few months into our relationship. Then he introduced me to his snakes which were kept in cages—a lot of cages—in his parents’ basement because his landlord wouldn’t let him keep them in his condo. When I asked to be taken back to my apartment after watching him feed the snakes on our last date, he told me that was usually when women broke up with him. True story.

  1. What did one of your characters last order from Amazon?

Mitch, from Waking the Behr, went through the Amazon’s New and Interesting Finds and bought a magnet key holder because he’s always misplacing his keys. This may not cure the problem, but it at least amuses him.

  1. If you had a time machine, where/when would you go and why?

I’d go back to Regency England (1811-1820) as a rich, aristocratic landowner’s daughter. I’ve read too many Regency romances not to go and see what it was really like. Then I’d come back and write an accurate Regency romance. I couldn’t go back if I were middle class like I am now since I’d probably be a scullery maid or some other menial.

  1. What is your least favorite writing trope, cliché, or character archetype, and why?

The big misunderstanding that could be cleared up with one honest conversation but goes on and on throughout a book and makes me want to pitch the book (or God forbid, my Kindle) against the wall. This particularly annoys me when the big misunderstanding is between two forthright men.

5. What were your favorite books when you were a teenager?

Mysteries—everything from Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to more modern authors. My dad was a great Ed McBain fan, and I would snitch his books to read. McBain/Evan Hunter gave me my writing vocabulary as did the British authors.

  1. There’s a Tumblr site called Describe a Film Plot Badly. Describe one (or more) of your own book plots badly, in no more than 140 characters.

First, LOL at some of the tweeviews! Let’s see. Here are mine for the Foothills Pride series:

Waking the Behr: Entrepreneur learns the night sky is bigger than a nightclub.

Frank at Heart: House renovations suck unless you have a good boyfriend.

Relative Best: You may get lost if you run away from yourself.

When Adam Fell: Mixing it up in a small town results in prodigal’s return.

Behr Facts: Graffiti and accounting don’t add up, but numbers and bears do.

Redesigning Max: Gayboy undresses adventure guide to find birder.

What’s in a Name?: Birthday, booze, and big bad biker awaken barista.

7. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?

Actually, I did write fanfic a long time ago for the Anita Blake series when I was reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s series. I also wrote a Lily Bard story based on the Charlaine Harris series. Fortunately, I moved on to write my own books after that.



Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.


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Author bio:

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she  promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.


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