Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Exit Signs by Patrice Locke

Please welcome Patrice Locke author of Exit Sign.

Patrice Locke will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Exit Signs

by Patrice Locke


GENRE: Romantic Comedy



What or who inspired you to start writing?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. My first memory of words on the page came from a church hymnal. Though my mother read to my sisters and me constantly, I don’t remember wanting to read myself until I stared at the lyrics to hymns at church, wishing I could decode the symbols and being fascinated by letters. The stories kids first read in school are not high interest material, so when I read about Ted and Sally and Mother and Father jumping, seeing, looking, and running, I imagined more intricate stories and wanted to write them down.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I usually start with an idea for a scene, characters interacting. I just imagine a conversation, as if I’m listening in. For my book “Exit Signs” the basic idea grew out of a daydream while I was enduring an interminable wait for a delayed flight in Denver. I saw a couple having an intense discussion. I couldn’t hear them, so I created their dialogue in my mind. Then I had to figure out how they got to that point and what would happen next. I wrote the airport scene in “Exit Signs” first and thought it might be a short story, but the narrator kept nudging me to tell the rest of her tale.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I have a degree in journalism from Michigan State and worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers and radio stations, so I had a lot of experience with non-fiction writing. All styles of writing appeal to me, but after a while, I realized that I really enjoyed using my imagination and that led me to fiction writing.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I tend to go through obsessions with certain events, subjects, or characters. For example, I read everything I could find about the St. Valentine’s Day massacre when I was in college and I also became mesmerized by the theories about the Kennedy Assassination. Later, I pored over movies by John Cassavetes, read about the Great Fire and Seventeenth Century London, and ‘discovered’ an obscure Victorian writer and educator whose memoirs fascinate me. Whatever the topic, I totally immerse myself in it. I can’t seem to do anything halfway.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Although I read a multitude of genres, I find myself drawn to writing romantic comedy. Right now, I’m working on a story about a woman who has burned all her bridges and gets dumped far from home and has to rebuild her life, vowing to reform, though she can’t seem to stop twisting the truth to serve her purposes.


If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I really like Tracy from “Exit Signs.” She has a few of my qualities, but I think I created her to be much more determined than I am to get what she wants. (Also, I love the character she ends up with, so that’s a big plus.)

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I LOVE this question! A friend who was reading the book one day when she was home sick in bed texted me all day long with comments and predictions. At one point, she wanted to know who would play the roles in a movie of the story and we had a good time speculating. I think Jennifer Lawrence for the lead/narrator Tracy, just because she’s such a versatile actress and I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen of hers.

For Jesse, the enigmatic rock star, I had a much harder time because I have a crush on him myself and I’m very particular about his physical presence. I wanted someone handsome, but not ‘pretty.’ Finally, with the help of several people, I decided on Jeffrey Dean Morgan. My sister says he plays a horrible villain on “The Walking Dead,” but is still “easy on the eyes.” I like his rugged good looks. And he’s tall!

Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I have an online group, an online critique partner, and a small local group of writers. I need all of them as an audience, support system and compass when I’m writing. It’s easy to misjudge your own work and fresh eyes often point out exactly what is wrong, or right to help you stay on the best path forward. Several fellow writers responded to “Exit Signs” along the way and their input was invaluable.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I finished two books before “Exit Signs,” but I didn’t think either one held up in the long run, after I left them in cold storage for a while and re-read them. “Exit Signs” was different. I loved the story and the characters from the very beginning and could never wait to get back to the writing to see how the story was going to unfold. I figured if it entertained me that much, maybe it would do the same for others. I must say that I encouraged myself because I had a lot of faith in this story and in my writing of it. So a string of rejections was difficult to bear. Somehow, though I always knew it would eventually catch someone’s attention. And it finally did!
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

The narrator in “Exit Signs” has a Romanian family and tries to learn the language. I have NO connection to that heritage or language, but started to learn about both after I became interested in that pop song “Dragostea Din Tei” by Ozone when my daughter and son-in-law introduced me to it. I started learning phrases and the language so I could understand that song and then others I came upon in Romanian pop culture. That’s an example of one of my ‘obsessions’ that I passed along to my character.
Do you have an all time favorite book?

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I read it every couple of years. To me, it’s the perfect mix of drama and comedy, or drama from a comedic point of view. I wonder if Austen invented witty banter because she was a master at it.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I’m writing a story about a woman who burns all her bridges with family and friends and ends up abandoned in a small town, where she has to rebuild her life and reform her character. It may not sound like it, but it is a romantic comedy. The working title is Ghostsitter. And, as unreliable as the narrator/main character is, I find I really like her. She’s haunting me now, but she is not the ghost.
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

When you’re writing comedy, it’s hard to create a realistic ‘black’ moment that goes with the rest of the flow of the book. For Exit Signs, I had to make a rift between two characters feel real and reasonable without making either character unlikeable. I struggled to keep a balance and so far nobody has complained that it didn’t work.

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Tracy Price has a documentary-style life until rockstar Jesse Elliot rewrites her script and takes the wheel to drive her crazy.

In her quest to find a writer missing since the 1930’s, Tracy thinks she has discovered exactly how to handle her new relationship. But she may be listening to the wrong voice.

Then Tracy and Jesse find out they’ve both been keeping some big secrets, and the truth may ruin everything.

Will sharing the missing writer’s story open both their hearts?








Jesse raked some strands of his blue-black hair away from his forehead. The hair fell right back onto the shoreline of his face like a wave on a beach. I thought of the cliché movie scene where the action cuts to an agitated ocean to symbolize sex. I cleared my throat, and ordered myself to get a grip.


Instead, I surprised us both by asking him my name. “Tracy Price?”


“Yes.” He confirmed my identity. “It’s nice to meet you.”


He was all-business; I was all over the place.


This was how a romance novel would begin, and, as the designated hero, he was free to relax and be two-dimensional for now. I’d provide the script because I thought I knew the genre, but I had it wrong from the start because, on second thought, he was from another planet. He had to be. And if this was science fiction, anything could happen. Aliens are tricky.


When he sat next to me I wanted to leap up and run away. Instead, I asked, “How do you like Albuquerque?” Very original, Tracy. What I wondered was, How does it feel to look like you do?


“I like it,” he said, answering both my questions. “I like it so far.”


I felt a surge of power. “I bet. And how long are you staying?” Or, more to the point, would it be too forward of me to sit on your lap?


“I can’t say yet. Maybe six weeks? This was kind of an unexpected trip.” Bingo. Both questions addressed.


This was working. Let me know when you decide about the lap thing. I covered my mouth for a fake cough to clear my head.


We were silent. I was contemplating his perfection. Maybe he was, too.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


As a journalist, Patrice Locke wrote a lot of stories with unhappy and even tragic endings.
Facts are facts, and a writer doesn’t mess with facts.

But fiction is another world. Patrice began writing novels, where she could control the endings and make them as happy as she wants. The best thing about fiction, she says, is having time to think before her characters speak, so they can say the things most of us only come up with after the perfect moment has passed.

She loves to write, read, and watch romantic comedies where life always turns out the way it should. Her only obsessive relationships are with semicolons and Oxford commas.

Though she doesn’t like to brag, Patrice is an award-winning artist. She won a gold and diamond watch when she was 13 for decorating a turkey drumstick bone to look like Batman. Alas, that was her last recognition in the fine arts.

Patrice lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the blue sky is brilliant, the air is thin, and the vistas are breathtaking. She is none of those things, which is one reason she enjoys living among them.



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Patrice Locke will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



18 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Exit Signs by Patrice Locke

  1. Ally Swanson
    December 12, 2016

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Thank you.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Patrice
    December 12, 2016

    Thank you for hosting.

  4. achristay
    December 12, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Thank you! I hope so too. 🙂

  5. Lisa Brown
    December 12, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Thanks! and good luck.

  6. Rita Wray
    December 12, 2016

    I liked the interview and excerpt.

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Thank you, Rita.

  7. Cali W.
    December 12, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt.

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Thanks, Cali.

  8. victoriaalexander11
    December 12, 2016

    This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. bernie wallace
    December 12, 2016

    What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

    • Patrice
      December 12, 2016

      Great question. I’ve been obsessed lately by the OverTime series by Yvone Jocks. It’s about a woman who time travels back to the old west — against her will. But once she’s there, she decides to stay. The author has meticulously researched and it’s a real joy to read. So far there are three volumes and she’s beginning the fourth.

      What’s your most recent favorite?

  10. Ally Swanson
    December 19, 2016

    Excellent interview!! Looking forward to checking this book out!!

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