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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sarah Gilman's Ghosts of the Falls: Author Interview & Review!

Ghosts of the Falls
Sarah Gilman

Release Date: 10/28

Genre: Ghosts, Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled

Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past...and cost the life of a client.

After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.
Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.

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Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

Sarah writes for Entangled Publishing.

Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your books.

I’m a Vermonter-foodie-cat lover-book addict hell-bent on spending as much time reading and writing as possible.

How many books have you written? What are their titles?

I have three books—two novels, one novella—in the Return to Sanctuary series. Wings of Redemption, the stand-alone novella, won 3rd place in the 2013 RWA Prism Awards. Out in Blue, my debut novel, is book one in the series. Deep in Crimson is book two.

Ghosts of the Falls, a novella, is a stand-alone story and my fourth book published with Entangled.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I read, I cook—no really. When I make dinner, it takes hours—and I shoot arrows at hay bales. The latter is a great stress reliever.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

The first advice I received as an aspiring author was simple and it’s the most important thing I’d like to pass on: It can happen. Getting  published, that is. At the time I was barely considering publication for my half-finished novel; such a thing seemed as unlikely as getting elected president. But this author told her story of writing her first book, falling into a publishing scam, recovering, getting an agent, and becoming a bestseller. After I read that, I thought for the first time: What if…

Always wonder what if…

What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?

My favorite line from Ghosts of the Falls is one of my favorite lines overall. The heroine has a fear of heights, and the hero says:

“Sorry. You face malevolent spirits for a living, yet here you are in my arms, afraid of a perfectly good bridge. Pardon me while I gloat.”

What's the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?

Time management is difficult for me. I type slow and I ponder for long periods of time before I write a scene. I’ll never be one of those 5000-words-every-day writers, but I do have enough ideas to write a book every month. The result is a glut of unfinished projects as I move from one to another and back again. If only I could spill everything unto the page faster! But I’m managing, and I’m trying different things to better organize the process.

Easiest? Ideas, hands down. I’m never without a dozen.

What are you currently reading?

Sleep with the Lights On, by Maggie Shayne. It’s my first time reading Ms. Shayne and I absolutely love her writing style. I have a lot of books to read to catch up with her!

What are you currently working on?

I have a half-dozen in-progress manuscripts. I’m working on book one in a new dragon series, another Return to Sanctuary book, an angel fantasy novel, and a vampire short story, among others…

What books did you read as a child?

One of the earliest books I remember is a ghost story my mother read to me. I can’t recall the title or the story, but it had the ghost of a horse trapped in a building. The character set it free.

I read a lot of science fiction when I was young—Dad gave me Isaac Asimov novels. The Myst books (and games) introduced me to fantasy. I also read a lot of mysteries as a teen.

What genre is your favorite to read?

I still read science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries, but paranormal romance is the winner.

How has your life changed since you began writing? 

I never used to cook much. Store bought sandwich bread and frozen pasta meals were typical in our home. But writing came with some much needed “day job” changes, and I took a break to focus on writing and personal healing. We needed to tighten the budget, and I couldn’t justify purchasing a loaf of bread when a bag of flour was cheaper. I started making everything from scratch, and even though I trimmed our food budget in half, we now eat the best food, all the time. So I discovered a love for cooking and for real food. Win, win!

Do you listen to music while you write?

Some days I like the quiet, some days I need the energy that comes with music. Sister Hazel is my favorite band. I also listen to Owl City, dance music, jazz (especially old jazz)…the list goes on. There’s very little music I don’t like.

What's been your favorite moment as an author? 

There have been so many wonderful moments, from The Call, to the first glowing review, to getting to write and knowing that the story will eventually be published. I do have an above-and-beyond, oh-my-god, now-I-can-die-happy moment, but I can’t be too specific because it’s still a secret. I got to meet my publisher in person and she told me about someone—that’s the part I can’t share—who read my book and is interested in pursuing film rights in the future. The important part is, I love this person’s work, so the fact that they read and liked my book, even in part, is enough to send me to the grave with a big stupid grin, even if the film options don’t get bought.

Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?

Whichever one I’m writing at the moment. When a story idea has taken hold, I fall asleep and wake up seeing a character dealing with the conflicts in their story, and the constant battle they’re fighting tears me up inside until I get it all on the page. 

You’re stranded on a desert island. What books do you take with you?

All! Really. When stressed, I hoard things, especially books.

Another lovely story from Sarah Gilman!

Ghosts of the Falls may be a short story, but it's got everything that makes a full length story amazing and is set at just the right pace. Sarah writes about ghosts just as well as she writes about her angels. (This was my first ghost story and I was not disappointed!) I love that she based this off of something that really happened. It gives the story an extra punch. The writing is fabulous and pulls you in from the get go. There are amazing descriptions of the park and it felt like I was there! The feisty exorcist and the sexy ghost are an explosive couple. It's a wonder their cabin didn't burn down! The ending is sweet and not predictable- which made the story even more unique. 

And the cover is GORGEOUS!

You really can't go wrong with any of Sarah's books. So pick them all up and enjoy!


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great read! Congrats on your release Sarah!