Gabrielle Bisset Interview

Good morning, readers. We have the honor of speaking to romance author, Gabrielle Bisset today at Fallen Angel Reviews. Hello Gabrielle and welcome.
Thank you for having me here today. It's a pleasure.

Gabrielle, you indeed have many books in your circle. How hard is it for you to come up with a book that will instantly grab the audience?
So far, it hasn't been too difficult. I write what I enjoy, but as a reader for many years, I know I'm not alone in my preferences. Sexy men, usually Alpha males, and intelligent heroines are always a good place to begin. Then I make sure there's a strong conflict. After that, it's a matter of window dressing with the setting and writing the story.

Why not give the readers a wee glimpse into the series you are working on, which sounds intriguing.
I recently completed the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, which is three novellas set in Victorian England. They all have different characters and are set in various years during the Victorian Period, in addition to being in different genres. Vampire Dreams, the first novella, is an erotic paranormal romance. Love's Master, the second novella, is an erotic historical romance with some light BDSM. And the last novella in the trilogy, Masquerade, is an erotic historical romance.

In addition, I'm also working on a novel length series called The Destined Ones Series. That involves Stolen Destiny, which was released in June, and Destiny Redeemed. Both involve Aeveren, characters I created who are very much like humans but different in that they live fifty lives through reincarnation and remember each of those lives. They also have destined ones, other Aeveren drawn to them across distance and time. Finally, some Aeveren possess abilities, such as telepathy, mind control, and time travel and manipulation.

I believe you will have another release in October, Destiny Redeemed? Can you give the readers a preview into it?
Destiny Redeemed is the follow up to Stolen Destiny, which I released through Siren Publishing. Destiny Redeemed will be independently published, however. Both books can be read as stand alones, as they are about different main characters. Destiny Redeemed is the story of Amon Kalins. An Aeveren, Amon is one of a race of people descended from humans but blessed by the Archangel Raziel with gifts, such as reincarnation, powers beyond what humans possess, and destined ones. Amon is a tempuster-he has the power to manipulate time. As a tempuster, he's one of the most powerful Aeveren to ever exist. Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won't rest until he's safely back imprisoned within Nil's cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn't forgotten her.

Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hell-bent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I think a lot of my life experiences are in my writing, especially my love of history. As a history professor, I enjoy the study of the past, and it colors every story I write. My preference for strong and powerful men also shows up in my writing. I love to write strong heroes!

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
I've had a lot of wonderful comments by readers, but my favorites are always the ones that tell me a reader saw in the story what I saw in my mind when I was writing it. When a character or an action affects a reader as much as it affected me when I wrote it, that thrills me.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
I usually take about a month or two to write novellas, but novels take up to four months. That's not including editing time, of course. I edit everything I write first before sending it to my editor for the final edits. That usually adds a week or two.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I try to write every day, but between my full time job and home schooling my 10th grade son, it can be challenging. However, I devote all of each Saturday to writing, so I usually get a good amount completed each weekend.

From what do you derive the most inspiration for your writing? Is there a particular song or maybe some other ritual that helps you get in the mood to write?
My inspiration comes from all kinds of things. I may hear a song or see something on television that spurs an idea. I once got inspiration from a very good looking blacksmith I met as a volunteer for a board I'm on. Inspiration also comes to me in dreams. That's where I got the ideas for Vampire Dreams and my Aeveren series.

If your book was up against another great author, at a book signing, what would you say sets your book off better than the other author's book?
Readers have told me my writing is unique in as much as I don't tend to give a great deal of physical description (dress color, weather conditions, etc.), but they always feel the emotion behind my characters and their behavior. That often sets my books apart from others.

Do you have any bad habits you would like to share?
I'm a sugar and bread junkie. I'm the anti-Atkins, I guess. :)

Finish the sentence: Life is short, so...?
Life is short, so live each day to the fullest.

What is your favorite meal of the day, breakfast, lunch or dinner?
I love dinner, mainly because it's a bigger production than the other two. As someone who loves to cook, dinner just offers me more chances to be creative with the dishes.

Is there anything in your closet that you just can't part with?
I'm not much of a clothes horse, so I stick with the classic pieces. Those I can't part with.

You are at a picnic and a contest is in effect for the perfect hot dog and perfect hamburger. Now it is your time to build the perfect hot dog and burger, what all would you slather on each one?
The perfect hot dog has mustard and diced onions. The perfect hamburger has mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, diced onions, lettuce, and tomato. Now I'm hungry! :)

Gabrielle can you please give the readers your website, MySpace or Facebook link?
Sure. Readers can find me at my blog, my website, Facebook and Twitter.

Gabrielle, I have enjoyed our talk and thank you for taking time with us today. I wish you the best in your writing endeavor with all your fantastic books. The suspense is electrifying.
Thank you, Linda. It's been great!

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.