My Past, Your Future
Part of the Deerbourne Inn Series
Release Date: February 24, 2020 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
“I’m not sure I have many answers.” And Elijah wasn’t. He’d figured a few things out over the years, but much of it was contradictory and nonsensical. Still, he relaxed a little, no longer on edge.
“Well, let’s start with you being able to touch people and them able to touch you.” As if experimentally, he placed his hand on Elijah’s. “You’re cold. Are you always cold, or is it the weather?”
Elijah cleared his throat. This was the first human touch he’d had in years, and it affected him more than he’d ever imagined. Not that he’d spent a lot of time wondering because he’d assumed it’d never happen. Should he have tried earlier, or was it, as he suspected, only this man?
Please don’t let go of my hand.
Cautiously, he curled his fingers, holding on tighter.
“As for temperature. I don’t understand. I don’t feel cold now, and I don’t feel hot in the summer. And summers around here can be brutal, despite how far north we are.”
Callum nodded. “Edinburgh, where I’m from, can get warm in the summer. But we’re closer to the northern point of the country, so it’s temperate as opposed to oppressive.”
His thumb caressed the juncture where Elijah’s thumb met his finger, and little zings shot through him. Like the sound he associated with the electric lights when they turned on at dusk. Of course, the whole concept of electricity was beyond him.
Today, we have the very talented Gabbi Grey on #AuthorSpotlight! Welcome, Miss Gabbi! I wanted to start out with a fun one. What actors would you like in the main roles if your book were made into a movie?
Great question. I envisioned Elijah, the dead Civil War soldier, as a young Denzel Washington. Glory, anyone? For Callum, the history professor from Scotland, I thought of Shaun Evans, the actor from Endeavour. With red hair and glasses, of course.
Niiice! I have never seen Shaun perform but Glory is one of my favorite movies and Denzel was, of course, Denzel, and fabulous! So, how did your interest in writing originate?
From an early time, I was making up stories, taking myself to other places. I wrote my first ‘novel’ in the eighth grade. A romance, of course. My interest was piqued in my final year of university when I took a creative writing course. I wrote on and off for years but buckled down in 2012 and finished my first book. I haven’t looked back.
I love that you came back to it, many people might leave it as a dream. So, kudos to you for going out and doing what you love! What’s your favorite part of the writing life?
I love the actual process of writing. Of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and coming up with stories. Conversely, I find editing the most challenging part of the process. Figuring out what to keep, what to cut, and how best to tell the story is tough for me.
I’m starting to think we might have been separated at birth 🙂 I feel the same exact way. I find, there’s always a little depression after finishing the story and beginning the editing Do you need supreme quiet when you write or do you prefer music and/or background noise?
I have a playlist that I keep close at hand, switching up the songs based on the feeling of the story. I write in Starbucks and it is way too noisy and distracting to not have music playing.
I’ve often wondered how writers can do that, it’s a great way to do it if you don’t get distracted easily! Have you written any other books that are not published?
This would be a definite yes. I’ve written in obscurity for years, having completed more than twenty-four books. My plan is to edit and then self-publish them over the next couple of years. An ambitious project, to be sure.
Okay, that’s exciting for both for you and your readers! What about new projects on the horizon?
I have just contracted my next gay romance. This one will be a romantic comedy about fake boyfriends, ice cream, and the movie industry.
That’s… eclectic… and does sound like there will be a giggle or two. Okay, here’s another subjective one. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be?
Do pen and paper count as one item? I’d choose a laptop but I suspect I don’t have an endless supply of power. Basically, I need to have a way to write. Even when I had no hope of being published, I have always written. Aside from a writing instrument of some kind, I would pick a family photo album. I’m sentimental that way. Finally, if I can’t have my faithful canine companion, I would take a stuffed puppy of about the same size so I would have someone to cuddle.
Aww, those are great! What are two (or more) of your all-time favorite books in any genre?
I listen to almost 200 audiobooks a year and have read thousands of books before that. I’ll pick three in my genre.
Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper. It’s the story of two Second World War soldiers who fall in love and struggle for legitimacy in their gay relationship.
Wilde Love by Lucy Lennox. This story is about two soldiers who meet in Vietnam and it follows their relationship through friendship and, eventually, love.
Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker. The book is a simple story about a man running away from an abusive relationship and how he tries to start a new life and falls in love with the perfect man.
Finally, how much of the book is realistic?
This book is a paranormal ghost story so it stretches credulity. That being said, I’ve written this book as realistically as I can. The book is more of a contemporary than a paranormal romance.
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Just in case you haven’t made up your mind yet, here’s another excerpt!
“Why do you think you’re in Purgatory? That’s what you believe, aye?”
“Or some form of it.” He removed his cap, scratched his head, then put it back on. “I figure if
this were Heaven or Hell there’d be other dead people. Of course, I believed there’d be other dead people in Purgatory as well. The word just…fits.”
“I hate to be so direct, but what did you do?” And wasn’t that just the question he’d been
dreading? A sense of self-preservation held him back. What if the truth drove Callum to judge him and find him wanting? What if he repulsed the man? No, better to skirt the truth and keep this new companion as long as possible. “I did something that was against the laws of both nature and man. I believe that’s why God has punished me.” Honest, if not the whole truth.
“In a time of war I suspect all men—and women these days—do things they’re not proud of.
Things they wish they hadn’t been forced to do. War is, by its very nature, a battle to survive. You didn’t survive, obviously, but if you died trying… I mean, was it that bad?” Even as he said the words, Callum brushed them off with the flick of his hand. “Obviously it was, but you were at war. If all soldiers kill people, why were you singled out for punishment?”
“I did something dishonorable. It has kept me from being with the person I most want to be with. I think…” He’d had a long time to reason this out. “I believe that, although I shouldn’t have done what I did, there were, if you will, reasons for it.” He tried out words he’d heard before. “Extenuating circumstances.” Big words to be sure. “Enough to prevent me from going directly to Hell, but not enough to protect me and send me to Heaven.” To be with Cornelius.
Callum’s green eyes shone with empathy. “You must have loved the lady in question.”
“What?” The one word came out sharper than he’d intended.
“You said the person you most want to be with. I think…” His gaze darted around. When he looked back at Elijah, it was focused. “I think I see true affection in your eyes.”
Oh, that. “The person I loved.” Might as well tell the whole honest tale. “I was a sodomite. I loved a man. When he died, I picked up my rifle with the bayonet and entered the fray, determined to kill as many enemies as possible. I also recklessly put myself in the line of fire. It took only one shot from a rifleman to take me out.”
Persuasion (with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root)
Best place you’ve visited:
Whistler, British Columbia
Place you’d like to visit:
Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Canadian Figure Skating Team
Oxford comma, yes or no?
Pen or pencil?
Pen. Taking a stand.
Coffee or tea?
What does your desk look like?
What desk? (I write at Starbucks)
What is your writing vice or must-haves?
My chin poo Ally at my feet.
Plotter or pantser?
Pantser, all the way.
Mac or PC?
Nanaimo bars (google it)
Jamie Fraser (Outlander) or Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades)?
Jamie Fraser. I have read all the books and have met Diana Gabaldon
You have a time travel machine. Where and when?
Newfoundland in 1906. My great aunt lived a fascinating life and I would love to learn all her secrets.
Are you earth, wind, fire or water?
Earth. I am very grounded.
Gabbi, you are wonderful! Thank you so much for coming on today! Are there any more things you’d like to impart to the readers?
I just want to take a moment to thank you, Jeny. Answering those questions made me use my brain! Also, thank you to the readers. Thank you for reading my books and sharing your thoughts in emails and reviews. Thank you for telling your friends about the stories. And just wait, there’s more to come.
Where can we find you?
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