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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Interview with Annette Gisby

What inspired you to become an author?

My love of reading! I lived in a very small town with a small library and no bookshops, so I started writing my own stories so that I would have something to read later. To me reading and writing go hand in hand. I love both.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’d say it’s quite a narrative style with lots of dialogue and not too much description, just enough to set the scene.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

It almost named itself. In the book, a killer is on the loose targeting long-haired women so Drowning Rapunzel seemed very apt, especially since Beth is the model for Josh’s Rapunzel painting and she is being stalked by that same killer.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Normally the idea for the story and the title are around the same time, although sometimes the title might come a bit later. For Drowning Rapunzel the title and the idea went almost hand in hand.

What books are in your to read pile?

Oh, dear, quite a few! We just went out at the weekend to buy a new bookshelf as the book pile was getting a bit bigger. I buy lots of books that interest me then find trouble getting the time to read them. Up shortly are a fantasy quadrology by Mark Charon Newton starting with City of Ruin and after that I’ll see. I’m not sure which one on my shelf will take my fancy on a particular day.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I’m working on an Male/Male novella called Baked to Perfection. One of the heroes is a baker who has had little time for romance as he’s trying to build up his business, which isn’t helped by the fact that there is a new contender just outside town called The Wedding Warehouse, who have everything for weddings under one roof and can undercut him on the prices for cakes. However things might be looking up on the romance front when a handsome Olympic swimmer goes into his shop to buy a birthday cake for his brother.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not so much the writing, but trying to promote it once it’s for sale. Writing and promoting seem to take different part of the brain and I can’t do both on the same day.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I had in put with the publisher on what sort of covers I liked and what I would like to see on mine, and they passed this on to the designer. The design itself was done by Valerie Tibbs and I loved it as soon as I saw the mock-up in my inbox, it was gorgeous and gave the right sort of fairy tale feel for the novel.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just two things really : read and write. Read everything you can get your hands on, read different genres, see what appeals to you the most. If you don’t like romance, don’t try and write it just because it’s popular. There are a lot of vampire and shape-shifter type books out at the moment, it seems to be the in-thing, but I don’t really read those, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing them. I have written a vampire short story once, but it isn’t a genre I feel very at home in.

Turn off the self-editor in your head and just get your words down on paper or on your computer screen. You won’t be able to submit or sell anything if you haven’t written it yet. Just start getting those words down there and worry about the editing later. If I edited as I went along I’d never get anything finished.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

While I’m writing, I need complete silence, but I listen to a lot of music before I write as it seems to free my mind to think about where I want the story to go next. I’m not sure if this is would actually be considered a soundtrack to the novel as such, but these are some of the songs that helped me write it along the way.

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Mountains by Biffy Clyro

Starlight by Muse

I’d Lie for You by Meat Loaf

The Unguarded Moment by The Church

Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls

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Drowning Rapunzel
Annette Gisby

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pink Petal Books

Word Count: 66,000

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Book Description:

Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. Beth's long red hair fascinates him from the first moment he sees her and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings he's working on.

Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim...

About the Author:

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. She writes in multiple genres and styles, anything from romance to thriller or erotica to horror, even both at the same time. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre and travelling the world despite getting travel sick on most forms of transport., even a bicycle. Sometimes you might find her playing Dragon Quest or The Sims computer games and watching Japanese Anime. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls, cuddly toys and enough books to fill a library. It's diminishing gradually since the advent of ebooks, but still has a long way to go.

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Annette Gisby said...

Thanks for having me :)