Friday, June 4, 2010
Please Say Hello to Author Caitlynn J. Gabriel
Thanks for coming! What an intriguing cover you have on To Stand with Angels, I can't wait to read it.
1. Tell us your latest news.
First of all, thank you for hosting me! I’m really excited to be here. My latest and greatest news is the release of my new novel, “To Stand with Angels”. It’s a paranormal/horror/western/romance that takes place in the Wyoming Territory in 1878.
2. What initially inspired you to become an author?
When I was in sixth grade, we had an assigned reading project and the book was “A Wrinkle in Time”. I loved it, and from that day on, I tried to write. It wasn’t until two years ago, though, that I began the novel that I would ultimately finish, “To Stand with Angels”. It was the first novel I started that I absolutely adored the characters, the plot, all of it, and I poured my heart into it!
3. What is your favorite book? And Why?
I love “The Stand” by Stephen King. It is my favorite book because of all the undertones, the battle between Good and Evil resulting of a seemingly accidental super-flu exposure in which the whole world is nearly wiped out. He did a phenomenal job with that novel. I read the condensed version at least once a year.
4. Do you have a particular time of day to write? We love to hear about a writer’s process.
I generally write in the afternoons or late, late at night. I have a night shift, so if I’m not feeling tired when I get home, I write when all is quiet and still.
5. What do you find to be the most difficult part of writing?
I love to write, but I hate it when I have the whole picture in my head. The plot, the dialogue, the setting, everything…but when I sit down to type it, that white, blank page staring back at me sends the whole picture scuttering out of my head. That’s the hardest part.
6. Do you have a favorite author?
I love Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Author Canon Doyle, Nora Roberts, and I read a whole slew of Louis L’ Amour and Caroline Keene when I was young.
7. Tell us about your first published work.
“To Stand with Angels” is my first published work. I so badly wanted to write a story set in the Old West that had a paranormal/horror demonic twist. I was greatly inspired by Clint Eastwood’s “Man without a Name” spaghetti westerns along with my love of all things paranormal. “To Stand with Angels” is the story of a young woman who is hiding from a terrible crime, an ex-gunslinger who is looking for revenge, an evil cattle baron who’s trying to get rid of anyone who could stand against him, and a 600-year-old demon who’s just showed up in town for the battle of the century.
8. Do you have a favorite of your own works?
I love “To Stand with Angels”. I am also excited for the sequel “At the Devil’s Right Hand” to be completed. The story will continue on for a total of three novels.
9. Where can our readers find you on the web?
My Blog: www.cjgabrielbooks.blogspot.com
My Webpage: www.cjgabrielbooks.com
10. Where can they buy your books?
At Eternal Press: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615720934
At Amazon in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Stand-Angels-Caitlynn-J-Gabriel/dp/1615720944/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275425746&sr=8-1
Or in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/To-Stand-with-Angels-ebook/dp/B003LSSYBU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1275425746&sr=8-2
11. Anything you would like to add?
I would like to thank you, again, for having me today, and to add an excerpt of my novel, if that’s ok?
Bradyn was awakened by her tossing. The moon’s beam fell across the bed and illuminated her body in its gray wash of light. Her skin was slick with sweat. Her chest glimmered with it. Damp hair partially covered her face as she jerked wildly in her sleep. Wiping the unruly strands from her perspiring brow, Bradyn frowned at the tears that leaked from the corners of her tightly shut eyes. “Rian,” he whispered. “Rian, wake up.” He nudged her arm with gentle urgency.
Gasping, Rian bolted upright in bed, her eyes full of crazed fear. “Bradyn?” she choked. Her voice was little more than a hoarse breath pushed from between her teeth as she fell against him shaking.
“You were dreaming,” he answered. His fingers traced a tender path along the line of her spine.
Rian nodded and shivered. Slowly, she sat back to stare at him. In the moonlight, her face was ashen and her lips were trembling.
“What is it?” he asked as he pulled her back into the cradle of his arms and rested his chin on the crown of her head.
“It was nothing,” she replied. “Just a nightmare. Only a bad dream is all.”
He rocked her small frame in his arms, hoping to sooth her. Her heartbeat fluttered against his chest and her breath came in quick gasps. He kissed the soft skin of her shoulder. “Tell me, Rian,” he whispered against her ear. “Tell me what you were dreaming.”
Rian stiffened and pulled away. She looked terrified. “I—I don’t want you to go to Laramie tomorrow, Bradyn,” she answered, clutching her throat. “I know…You’re going to die if you do. I…I can feel it.”
Moonlight glistened from a tear that caught in her lower lashes. She blinked. The tear glided down her face and hung in a sparkling diamond on her chin before plummeting to the sheet across her breasts. A second tear slipped from her other eye and Bradyn caught it with his index finger before it came to the same fate as the other.
“Rian,” he soothed, pulling her back against him. “You know I have to. If I don’t, Briggs will just keep on sending one gunman after another out here ‘til he gets what he wants. I have to finish this. I’m tired of running from my past. I’m not going to do it anymore.”