Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Interview - Ann Gimpel - Alpine Attraction

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today. One of the best parts of blog tours is finding out about so many awesome blogs—and their owners!

Please describe your novel twitter style 140 characters or less.
Awk! Twitter is my nemesis. How on earth did you know?
Second time around #love is sweetest above 20,000 feet. #NewRelease, #Paranormal #Romance, Mountain gods, #Bolivia

What is the one thing you wish you knew before you tried to get published?
Gee, that’s a hard question to answer. I’ve learned so many things along the way, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Not that I wouldn’t have begun writing, but I had no idea I’d spend way more time editing and marketing than I do writing. I suppose I had this image of holing up in a garret somewhere and just writing. I found I need crit partners and a crit group and a relatively thick skin. My writing has gotten a lot stronger because I’ve taken all the critiques I’ve gotten to heart. It also helps me to crit other’s work. In a backhanded way, it helps me see the flaws in my own writing.

What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldn’t mind giving up?
The best part is all the wonderful friends I’ve made. Writers are a warm and wonderful crew. The part I wouldn’t mind giving up is marketing. I’m (or I used to be—LOL) a private person. Not anymore!

What city would you love to set a story in but the right one hasn’t come along yet?
If I set a story in a certain place, I need to have spent time there. Otherwise, I can’t make it realistic enough. Maybe that’s why so many of my stories are set on the west coast. I also like writing Celtic tales, which means the U.K. One of my dreams is to visit Antarctica. I’d love to set a romance amidst the frozen wasteland and all that wonderful wildlife. It’s not a city, but many of my stories are set in the outdoors because I’ve spent so much time mountaineering.

Vampires, Shifters, Zombies, Angels - who wins the final ultimate battle?
For me, it’s shifters. They loom large in many of my stories.

If you could witness any historical event past, present or future what would it be and why?
Heh! You ask some really tough questions! I love medieval Europe, so maybe I’d want to hang around a monastery and look over their shoulders as they ran the first books through the Gutenberg Press.

If you were going to cowrite a new book, who would you want to write it with?
I’ve never had a coauthor. There are many writers I admire immensely, but I have no idea how they’d be to work with. If I had to pick someone, maybe Jacqueline Carey.

What books are currently on your nightstand?
One by Victoria Daanan and another by Nora Roberts.

What is the best thing you have done in the name of research?
Aw sweetie, I write paranormal romance. You don’t really want to know the answer to this one! Cough! I do most of my “research” on the Internet.

When writing what is your favorite part of the story?
Beginnings! I adore the start of every story. The thing I really like about novellas, is they don’t seem to have the “mired in the middle” aspect I’ve found in my longer works. For my full length books, there’s always a part somewhere between 40 or 50K and 70 or 80K when I’m just slogging. Everything seems uninspired. I’m always blown away when I reread it on edit and discover that part was really okay!

Anything else you would like to share today?
Just to thank you again for hosting me and for your interest in Alpine Attraction. Tina and Craig, the stars of that particular show, are very appreciative!

Alpine Attraction
By Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
ISBN: 978-1-93176-193-2

Release Date: 5/20/13

Tina made a pact with the devil seven years ago. It’s time to pay the piper—or die.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Independent to the nth degree, Tina meets everything in her life head-on—except love.

When an almost-forgotten pact with the devil returns to haunt her, Tina knows she has to go back to the Andes to face her doom.

Caught between misgivings and need, she signs on as team doctor for one of Craig’s expeditions. Though he was once the love of her life, she pushed him away years before to keep him safe. Even if he doesn’t love her anymore, there’s still no one she’d rather have by her side in the mountains.

Trapped in a battle of life and death, passion flares, burning hot enough to brand their souls.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and for an in-depth and creative interview! Sorry I'm a smidge late checking in, but I just came out of the backcountry!