Tuesday, July 3, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Gabrielle Bisset

Well, it’s Indie-Pendence week via GraveTells, so what perfect timing to take another look at the Sons of Navarus series by Gabrielle Bisset and talk to her about her writing life! She’s been awesome and patient enough to answer some questions for me, despite some minor technical problems we experienced. She’s got Blood Avenged, and Blood Betrayed out, with Blood Spirit in the works, among several others!

Read below for some insight into her world, and then enter to win a SWAG pack that includes signed bookmarks and cover flats! Rock on folks!

What inspired the Sons of Navarus series? Why vampires?
I've always loved vampires, and not only the romantic kind. For me, they're the most sensual paranormal creatures, so they fit great in a series about warriors trying to save their world. I wrote a novella last year called Vampire Dreams and included a character named Vasilije as the bad guy. I knew as soon as readers began asking when he would get his own story that I had something there in him. So I set to work on a series that would begin with him in Blood Avenged.

Having read the first two books, who are the next couple Sons we’ll read about?
The third book will feature Terek, who was turned vampire when he was a monk in the 14th century. Terek's a very interesting character because he's also a prolific sire with thousands of vampires, mostly female who adore him. And, if that's not intriguing enough, he is also well-known in the vampire world as a hero from the vampire-human wars that ended about 100 years ago.

After Blood Spirit, Ramiel and Thane will set out to find out more about the Prophecy. They can only do so much at the monastery in Romania, so they'll get to be the focus. The fourth book will be Blood Prophecy.

Do you only plan on writing about these eight, or could the series continue with new characters or a spinoff or something?
Right now, I don't have plans to write a spinoff, but I can say there will be even more interesting characters as the series progresses.

Do you have any other stories or series in the works?
No, right now, I'm all about the Sons of Navarus. I am releasing a remake of the novella that Vasilije was first in, though. Vampire Dreams Revamped will be released on July 8.

Do you plan out your books or are you a pantster?
I plan everything out. I know how the series will end and what will happen with each character. I do allow for some give while I'm writing, but each book and the series has been roughly plotted out already. Before I begin writing a book, I do detailed plotting so I know exactly where I'm going with the story. I find it keeps the books tighter.

Are there things that help you write or stay inspired, such as music or a favorite drink or snack?
I always have to have a drink next to me. Sometimes it's iced tea, while other times it's a beer. I always listen to music when I write also. I hand write everything first, so I sit on my bed, legs crossed, and just write. I also edit along the way, so that first happens there in my room too.

I know you’re very active in the writing community. How has your reception and your journey in general been as a self-published author?
I've never been happier with my writing than now as an indie published author. I control every step of the writing, editing, distribution, and sales, in addition to marketing. It's a lot of work, but the financial and professional benefits are great. I've met a lot of other indie writers too, and it's been so much fun making new friends on the same journey.

When was it that you got that feeling of achievement and success? When you hit publish, or maybe when you got your first review?
Success for me came when I saw my first check that I could pay my mortgage, car payment, and cell phone bill. I know that sounds like a small triumph, but it felt great. Any time I put pen to paper I feel like I'm achieving something. I've been writing for years, but this feels better than anything I have ever done with my writing before.

There’s always the debate about whether authors should read reviews of their books or not. Which end of the spectrum to you tend towards?
I don't read reviews. They are people's opinions, and that's okay. It's what they liked or didn't like. Reviews don't change how I write or what I write about, however. I can admit that my editor will send me snippets of reviews she finds and thinks are valuable.

What's your favorite part about being an author?
I love to tell a story. The Sons of Navarus series is a fine example. When the series is finished, readers will have travelled on an incredible journey with the Sons. Each book reveals a little more about the non-romantic series' plot, so it will take the entire series to have the complete story unveiled. That's what a series is all about, and I love that. On the other hand, I love the romance that each Son is experiencing in his book. The combination of the two—the romantic plot that changes in each book and the series' plot that encompasses all the books—makes for a great time for someone who loves storytelling. Being an author is more than just putting words on a page. It's crafting a story that opens slowly in the readers' minds and takes them on an adventure they may never have had. That's pretty great.

I know you're very supportive of other writers. What advice can you give an aspiring author?
First and foremost, know a lot about a lot of topics. There's a reason most successful and famous authors are educated. They learned a great deal in school. Now that doesn't mean you must attend college, but it does mean you must read on all sorts of topics, not just in the area you want to write in. And then figure out why you want to write. I don't write with the hope of being famous. That seems to be the road to frustration. Write because it makes you truly happy and for no other reason. If you do, you'll always love it.

Can you share a couple tid bits about yourself completely unrelated to your work?
I'm a natural redhead. Many people who know me say that's perfect since I have a pretty fiery temper. I disagree with that redhead-temper thing, but in this case, it's true. :) I have two children. I home school my younger child, who will be a junior this coming year. I live in Pennsylvania. I am a history addict. I'm one of those people who could sit and watch the History channel until my eyes fell out. If it's a marathon of shows on ancient and medieval history, all the better. I love those time periods!

For Gabrielle, there's nothing like a sexy, strong hero and his wonderful heroine ending up happily ever after (or for more erotic romance, happily for now). She writes mostly paranormal romance, but always loves to mix in some history too.

When not writing, she can be found reading, romance novels but often mysteries, cookbooks, and anything dealing with ancient and medieval history and European history, in general. She also loves the outdoors, so she enjoys the wonderful weather Pennsylvania has to offer. She lives there with her son and a herd of pets.

Find her here.

Blood Betrayed Now Available!

I am everything forbidden. I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death.

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.

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  1. For me it's the mysterious personalities a lot of vamps have and the sense of danger, what can I say I love a bad boy!

  2. Thanks for having me here today, Buffy!

    1. Thank you for your time and sharing your thoughts with me! Great to have you :-)

  3. Vampires are secretive, alpha and sensual in their own way. I love that all the different vampire stories have the common factor that they are very protective of the ones they love and fierce to get what they want.

  4. They are dark and broody, I love that they are very dominant and loyal to those they care for.

  5. Awesome. Thanks for the interview. This Indie-Pendence blog party is awesome!

  6. DArk and broody pretty much covers it for me :) LOL sexy ...Thanks for the interview

  7. Their dangerousness

  8. they are the ultimate bad boy!

  9. I love the darkness and danger of them

  10. This sounds mad interesting. I spotted this post a few times and couldn't help but read through it. Awesome Interview!! Sounds like a very exciting book! By the way I got overecited and forgot my email. I'm Tyggy. My email is thaigherlillie@yahoo.com