been everything from a bartender to a tour guide, but I think my career
as an archaeologist/academic has helped my writing the most. It gave me
great research skills, familiarity with a variety of cultures both
around the world now and in the past, good self-discipline, and a
paranoia over making deadlines.
Oh, and the ability to subsist entirely on a diet of Top Ramen and tea.
is said to be something that people are afflicted with rather than
gifted and that it's something you have to do rather than want. What is
your opinion of this statement and how true is it to you?
suspect writing is more of a curse for those around me. I get distracted
and spacey at the beginning of a project, frustrated in the middle,
briefly euphoric at the end, and grumpy when I'm not writing at all. I
imagine it's like living with someone who has a six-month rotation of
some bizarre kind of pregnancy – all the time, over and over again.
3. How would you react if you were you attacked by a vampire without even a proper introduction?
Oh, I have no pride or gumption. I would run to the nearest public area yelling for the constabulary.
4. Give us one embarrassing author moment:
arrived for my very first in-person meeting with my agent with the back
of my dress unzipped. Sigh. The moral of this story? Always travel with
a lady's maid. The moral of the moral? Sell enough books to afford a
5. Do you carry a parasol for defense?
no, I'm an unparalleled wimp. There was once an entirely unsuccessful
attempt at karate, wherein I kept fretting about actually having to kick
people and trying to convince the class to break for tea. Sometimes,
however, I've been seen carrying a parasol for protection against the
sun. I know, I know, crazy talk.
6. Given that your
biography states that you are "fond of teeny tiny hats and tropical
fruit," would you please describe your favored method for combining the
two, and the conditions under which said combination would occur?
about a teeny tiny hat decorated with tropical fruit? Or wearing a
teeny tiny hat and eating tropical fruit? Or cutting tropical fruit into
the shape of teeny tiny hats!
7. Why parasols?
You would prefer, perhaps, octopuses?
you ever find yourself writing a bit of dialog and reading it back to
yourself thinking "Wow. That's just TOO over the top..."?
Wait, have you read
my book? Uh. No. I did get the reign-in from my editor on a certain bit
of dialogue in the second book. I neatly avoided the issue through
judicious application of laudanum. (To the character speaking, mind you,
not my editor.)
9. CK: Any favorite vampires from lit, film, or TV?
I don't think he really counts, but I love Dorian Gray. I have a real soft spot for Mina Murray in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
graphic novel series and I adore the character of Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. Not to sneak in werewolves, but I was turned to the furry side by Klause's brilliant YA novel Blood and Chocolate
10. Have you reached the point at which you realized that you had “made it” as a writer and author?
When I walked into a bookstore store and saw Soulless
on a shelf for the first time, there was sputtering.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1897 The Victoria & Albert Museum|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
|via PJ Dominicis FB|
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
The Parasol Protectorate
omnibus hardback editions
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Love the characters of Lyall and Biffy? You might try my contemporary paranormal romance ebook short story Marine Biology.
Quote of the Day:
writers, present company included, don't understand very much about
what they do - not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when
~ Stephen King
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