M. E. Patterson grew up in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and attended Virginia Tech, where he studied under acclaimed writers and poets, eventually obtaining a degree in English. He writes everything from horror to sci-fi/fantasy to speculative fiction. His first book, Devil’s Hand, is on the shelves now, with two sequels and an unrelated new series on the way. He lives in Texas with his wife and a dog.
If you have not had the opportunity to read Devil’s Hand by M.E. Patterson, I highly recommend that you do so. It is an excellent read and will keep your attention in a suspenseful grip from beginning to end!
Please tell us a bit about your book, Devil’s Hand, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Devil’s Hand is a supernatural thriller that follows the return of a washed-up pro poker player to the city of Las Vegas, where he inadvertently ends up saving a strange teenage girl and is caught in a war between angels and demons that threatens to destroy the city and the world. My main goal was to write a story that was both dark and haunting while still remaining fun and exciting. I hope readers will turn the last page dying to know more about the world and the characters and maybe a bit more interested in Las Vegas and poker, both of which have fascinating histories beyond what most people think of them.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
Of course, I have to say that my favorite is Trent, the protagonist and Luckiest Man Alive. The entire novel stemmed from a character idea I came up with years ago that would eventually become Trent. But I also have a special place in my heart for a lesser character in the first book named Snake. As I prepare to launch the second book, I’m realizing that it introduces one of my favorite characters of all time, a woman named Fiamma who is mentioned briefly in the first book but never makes an appearance. I can’t wait for readers to tell me what they think of her.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
I’ve always been partial to the comment that Ramón, a fallen angel, makes to Trent on the very last line of Chapter 20: “You know, Trent, there’s a big difference between falling and flying. When you’re flying, you’re the one in control, even if you’re going straight fucking down.”
Ramón is not the cleanest-mouthed of characters, but I’ve always liked that sentiment, and I don’t really know where the line came from. It just sort of came out of his mouth as I was winging my way through that conversation. And coming from a fallen angel gives it an interesting double meaning that I love.
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Oh, man. This is a game I’ve played for years, ever since I started writing the first book. At this point, half the actors and actresses I had slated to play the various characters are too old or don’t look the same anymore. But here goes, anyway: I’ve always thought of Trent as a bit like Clive Owen, especially the character he played in Children of Men. From day one, Snake has been Steve Buscemi, no question. I’ve long pictured Ramón as Danny Trejo, though I’m not sure Trejo’s acting style would work right for the character. Lately, I’m favoring a blonde Anne Hathaway as Susan, but my image of Susan changes daily. Chloe Moretz is my current favorite for Celia, hands-down.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
I love the autonomy – you only have yourself to impress at first – and the chance to create strange new worlds that open up as the reader dives deeper. I think there’s something truly magical about that process and the way the writer connects to the reader through the telling.