Today I'm talking to my friend and critique partner, Judith Gilbert about her new paranormal romance, Blood Hunt: The Legend. Yes, I have critiqued part of this book and it's fantastic.
Vonda: Please tell us about yourself.
Judith: I worked as a Sr. Financial Analyst for a major oil company in Houston, until I decided to pursue something I kept putting off, something deep within my heart--a writing career. In order to satisfy this restless spirit within me, I write the sweeter romances and romantic comedies under Judith Gilbert and the hotter paranormals under J Gilbert. So far I have three books out with Triskelion:
Under Judith Gilbert: The Mistletoe Affair (Confronted by two dangerous men, retreating is no longer an option.) Available for print book pre-order now. Coming in print October 2007. His Farm, Her Circus (Just when he though it couldn't get any worse. . . it does. Will his mother succeed with her matchmaking trap?) Under J Gilbert: Blood Hunt: The Legend A vampire/witch paranormal romance coming in print November 2007.
VS: Please tell us about Blood Hunt: The Legend.
JG: How far would you go to keep a deadly secret? Would you let a little boy die? My latest e-book with Triskelion is a fast-paced, vampire/witch paranormal romance, Blood Hunt: The Legend under J. Gilbert, which received a recommended read for the year from reviewers.
VS: Please tell us about your favorite character in the book.
JG: Brianne Eaton (Bri) is a vampire/witch hybrid, the offspring of a vampire father and witch mother. Bri has carefully guarded the secret of her heritage until her best friend's child is fatally injured in a car crash. The only way to save the child is to give him some of her blood. Her loving act of kindness sets a series of events in motion that shatters her world and the world of those she loves. It forces Bri to face who she really is and agree to work with a protector her father has assigned to help her. Together they fight to survive the growing forces that come against them and their family.
VS: Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
JG: Per Olin Miller, "Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators." Be willing to learn and perfect the writing process and know that overnight success happens very rarely in this business. The difference between a published and unpublished author is perseverance. Don't give up. Remember that once you publish your first book, your readers will read your book in one night and ask, "When is the next one coming out?" One of the things you'll need to work on as a writer is writing faster and still maintaining the quality of your writing. It's a never ending process, whether you've published one or a hundred books.
VS: What’s next for you?
JG: See! Quick as one comes out, that's the question everyone wants to know. I have three things I'm working on. Under Judith Gilbert, another laugh out loud romantic comedy featuring the same characters found in His Farm, Her Circus, released with Triskelion. Under J Gilbert another book in the Blood Hunt series and (3) a scary ghost romantic suspense I'm shopping around with publishers.
VS: Wow you sound busy! Thanks for being a guest on my blog! Please visit Judith's website at www.authorjgilbert.com