Monday, April 29, 2013

Gabrielle Bisset Interview and Giveaway


Where did you grow up? Siblings? Locale?
I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a tiny town called Peckville. It was a great place to grow up—big yards, lots of safe neighborhoods, and great people. I have one brother who is 3 years younger than I am. 



Were you considered a “bookworm” or a jock?  Children?
I was considered neither. I graduated in the top of my class, but I spent most of high school having a good time. I was also homecoming queen, so it was an interesting four years. I am divorced with two children. 

  
Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?
I love Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Gena Showalter, and dozens of others. While I read in my genre occasionally, most of the time I read in a variety of others. It helps to keep my brain fresh.  

How many books do you read a month? What are you reading now?
I read very few. To me, reading isn't a sprint, so the idea of reading hundreds of books a year is odd to me. There's no way anyone is truly savoring the flavor of a book if they're reading that fast. Right now, I'm reading for research for a non-romance project I'm beginning this summer.
           
What's your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?
I like to read, watch movies, cook (I love to try out new recipes!), and spend as much time outside as I can when the weather is warm.  

 Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
Do or do not. There is no try.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Mostly, the inspiration for my stories comes from dreams.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I was a child, but if we're talking commercial writing, it's been about five years.  

  
Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?
I hand write everything, so I like to be in my bedroom, sitting cross-legged on the bed, with music playing. I can't do a thing in silence.

  
Are you a plotter or a panster?
I'm a committed plotter. I know every plot point and every scene before I begin writing. And I write from beginning to end. For my logical and linear mind, this works best.  


Do you use real events or persons in your stories or as an inspiration for stories?
I have been known to base characters on real life people who've annoyed me. It's quite cathartic to make someone who has been a real PITA a fool in a story. Other than those few occasions, everything is from my imagination.


Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I write every day, but I don't set writing goals, per se. I am pleased if I get 1K a day, and if more is there, I run with it. Like reading, the idea of writing tens of thousands of words a day is something very foreign to me. As I hand write my stories, I choose each word carefully. For me, writing is very much a craft.


What do you hope your writing brings to readers?
I hope my books give my readers a pleasurable read.

          What long-term plans do you have for your career?
I don't have any. Right now, I'm in the preliminary stages of research for a non-romance fiction project, and after that, it's up in the air.  


What advice would you give to unpublished authors?
Learn the craft. It's so obvious when a new author puts out a book before it's ready. Take your time and remember that grammar and writing are inseparable, no matter what anyone says. If you don't know how to construct sentences, you don't know how to write, so learn. 



Tell us about your latest release. 
 Blurb: I am everything you fear. I am vampire.



As the two Sons chosen to decipher the Prophecy of Idolas, Ramiel and Thane journey to find the key to defeating the Archons. Together with Noele, a born vampire, they confront their fates as they fulfill their duty to their world. Along the way, they'll find love, but death and betrayal lurk in the shadows, threatening everything dear to them.
Descended from the gods and warriors all, each Son's loyalty will be tested. Every action has consequences, and the choices they make now seal their fates. Alliances as old as the vampire world itself are reforged, and the Sons' duty is clear. Stop the Archons. Or die trying.

Excerpt:

Terek shook both their hands and walked out, leaving them alone. As he watched Thane busy himself with a mess of papers they'd spent far too many nights with, Ramiel felt a twinge of regret for how little he'd truly done to help with figuring out the Prophecy of Idolas. He'd been there night after night with him, Kali, and Sion, but it had really been Thane and Kali who'd done most of the work. Hell, Sion had probably done more.

Thane neatly stacked the papers that may hold the still hidden answer to how to defeat the Archons and grinned that silly smile he wore when he was feeling good. "I think we should check in with Kali before we leave. She's going to have to keep working while we're gone."

"You're really looking forward to this, aren't you?"

Standing up, his arms full, he nodded and smiled even broader. "I am. It'll be a nice change from that cellar. And it's not every day you get a chance to be a hero either. This is our chance."

Ramiel snorted in disgust. "Hero, my ass. We're going to be lucky if we don't end up fucking dead. If it were just you and me, fine, but the two of us with a kid and some guy? Fuck, I bet you he's an old rickety thing."

Thane laughed out loud and moved past him toward the door. "Thank God one of us is positive. I've got too much to live for, thank you." Stopping, he turned around with an expression more serious than Ramiel have ever seen from him. "This is happening, Ramiel. It's our destiny. We might as well meet it head on and show it we mean business."

He didn't wait for Ramiel to answer, probably knowing he'd see this whole destiny thing in a far different light. Alone, Ramiel looked around Vasilije's study and wondered if he'd ever see it again. As much as he'd thought he'd hated living here with so many others, somewhere along the way he'd gotten used to it.

But leaving the monastery didn't fill him with sadness so much as dread. He was returning to Rome for the first time since he'd been made vampire just months after he and his fellow Visigoths had laid waste to the city that held nothing but bad memories for him.

Just once, he hoped things would be different.
       
Where can readers find your books? 
 Readers can find all the buy links to the major retail outlets (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords) at my website at http://www.gabriellebisset.com

A fun fact that readers wouldn't know about you.
My favorite meal is pizza. If I could, I would eat it every day.


          How can readers learn more about you? (website, blog, Facebook, etc?)
Thanks for having me here today!  
I want to let readers know that they can grab the first five chapters of Blood Prophecy for FREE! Find links and details at my website at www.gabriellebisset.com For more information on the Sons of Navarus series, readers can visit my website for excerpts, buy links, character profiles, swag (romance trading cards), and free desktop wallpapers to bring those delicious Sons to your computer. And look for Blood Prophecy coming May 14!

Series Order:

Vampire Dreams Revamped (Sons of Navarus Prequel)
Blood Avenged (Sons of Navarus #1)
Blood Betrayed (Sons of Navarus #2)
Longing (A Sons of Navarus Short Story)
Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus #3)
The Deepest Cut (A Sons of Navarus Short Story)
Blood Prophecy (Sons of Navarus #4) COMING MAY 14!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


I'm a UF/PNR author and my newest releases are Blood Spirit, the third book in my new series Sons of Navarus, and the Sons short stories Longing and The Deepest Cut.
For me, a book does more than just tell a story. It transports readers away from their daily lives to another place where they can be a part of something different than the common and everyday. I'm always so touched when readers tell me they felt like they were a part of the story when they read my books.
When I'm not writing, I can be found reading romance novels but often mysteries, cookbooks, and anything dealing with ancient and medieval history and European history, in general. I also love the outdoors, so I enjoy the wonderful weather Pennsylvania has to offer. I live there with my son and a herd of pets.

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for being a part of the Sons tour!

    ~Gabrielle

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  2. My pleasure and the books sound awesome!

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  3. Great sounding series. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it. Thanks so much for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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