The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Thank you Night Owl Romance for this opportunity to share a bit about my work and myself. I'm Gloria Wiederhold, author of The Hearts of Ellan Vannin Trilogy contracted with Samhain Publishing. I live in the Bronx, dubbed "The Bronx Jouster" by my online friend and fellow author, Jacquie Rogers. I'm fairly new to the e-book industry. In fact, I never knew it existed (really!). I always purchased my books from Barnes and Nobles or Borders. Needless to say, I've made great strides since making the discovery of a "whole new e-book world". My debut novel, The Songbird of Rushen Abbey released in February 2007. Book two, Roan of Ellan Vannin in October and book three, Noble Hearts of Ellan Vannin releases in January 2008! So in the period of a little over a year I've produced six titles, a good start. I love making new friends and learning something new about the e-book publishing industry every day!
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
This is a fun question. I would like to begin by stating all my characters are a reflection of some part of my personality. In general, I prefer to play the role of the hero (nothing implied as to my sexual orientation). Even as a child, I always played Batman or Luke Skywalker, villains were always the most fun. The Hearts of Ellan Vannin is packed with a vibrant array of characters but if I had to choose one.it would be Roan! Why? He is all that is noble in a knight. He is self-sacrificing, loyal and passionate. Roan is a formidable opponent, gallant, famous for his rich tenor voice and a wicked sense of humor. Despite all his admirable qualities, he is not perfect. He is bastard-born, quick to anger, slow to forgive and vulnerable to the illnesses that plagued the medieval world.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I'm very selective when it comes to choosing "keepers". I love history but I'm especially drawn to the history of the British Isles, the era of the Wars of the Roses in particular. My favorite genre has to be historical romances set during this era. My favorite author is Sharon K. Penman, a former lawyer who fell in love with the medieval period and was very intrigued by the mystique surrounding King Richard III. Penman has a flair for taking famous historical figures and developing characters readers can relate to on a personal level via masterful introspection. She is very precise with historical details so not only does she entertain, you learn from her novels.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
On a typical day, the first thing I do is turn on my computer. I fumble through making coffee and imbibe it as quickly as possible. I check e-mails and send the kids off on their merry way! Mandatory household chores and/or errands are next on the agenda. Then I'm free to write. I immerse myself in my projects, listening to music while the hours slip away. When the kids return, I take a break and tend to their needs, make dinner, fold laundry. you get the drift. Then once everyone settles in for the night, I get right back to my writing. I'm usually up into the wee hours. Sometimes I indulge in a glass of wine.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I usually experience writer's block for two reasons. The first culprit is everyday distractions, which I make every effort to minimize by sticking to a daily routine. The other "deadly sin" is second-guessing the "reader's mind" or even worse "the editor's mind". In order to craft a story, I must immerse myself in the characters and their world. I accomplish this by visualization, by always thinking about "what happens next". I imagine how my characters would react to situations I experience. Music helps to inspire me. I collect pictures to represent characters or locations. Sometimes taking a long walk or a nice hot shower helps. I must write to please myself first and remain true to my characters; revision for the world comes later.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
As of January 2008 the entire Hearts of Ellan Vannin Trilogy will be available in e-book format from Samhain Publishing. The individual titles follow along with links to blurbs and excerpts.
Book One - The Songbird of Rushen Abbey - AVAILABLE NOW!
Book Two - Roan of Ellan Vannin - AVAILBLE NOW!
Book Three - Noble Hearts of Ellan Vannin - COMING JANUARY 2008!
***Excerpt*** Book Three - Noble Hearts of Ellan Vannin ***
E-Book Release: January 1, 2008
They continued throughout the countryside, along the shady edge of the forest. Manfred was vigilant of Rosette, nodding absentmindedly to everything his sister had to say, and he noted Rosette was heading off in the wrong direction again.
"Rosette," Manfred called. The sound of his voice nearly made her trip over her feet again.
"You had best fetch her and maybe you should carry her. She will be cut and bruised by the time we return to the abbey, and we shall have to answer to Sister Eugenia."
Manfred rolled his eyes to his sister. "Why not make yourself and those pages useful by setting up camp along the creek, thither-far off in the shade of yonder trees."
"Very well.I am off to see what mischief my wee pages are up to, and leave you to your own!"
Manfred darted off to Rosette. "Cousin, this way," he called again.
She was visibly flustered and hot as she turned around in his direction. "Pray forgive me, but I am not accustomed to these grounds and lost my way."
"I would never permit that, sweet cousin." He smiled, looking at her with keen curiosity. He could not resist reaching out his hand to flip her damp, dark curls away from her face so he could see her eyes, so clear, gray and lovely. "You must be parched."
"Aye, so I am," she said, lifting her arm to wipe her brow.
"May I escort you back?" Manfred did not wait for a response as he slipped his arm through hers.
She felt stiff and uneasy at his touch but clung to him nonetheless, overcome by heat and exhaustion. On the way back, they could hear the splashing and laughter of the pages at play with Ursula. Manfred helped her to find a comfortable place to sit and offered her a goblet of cool, refreshing wine.
"More?" He smiled, already draining his cup.
She nodded and thirstily emptied her second serving. "'Tis so warm. I do not think I would rate summer as my favorite season, Manfred," she complained, fanning herself.
"They all have their own charm but in truth." He paused, enthralled by the beauty of her face. He could not refrain from staring and did so freely now that no one was in the immediate vicinity. Her skin was pale and appeared to be so soft that he longed to touch her. The signs of emergent womanhood, her rounded breasts evident in her tight, wine-stained bodice, enticed his manhood.
Her graceful movements hinted at the shapely, soft curve of hips within the flowing patterns of her kirtle-hips ripe for the bearing of fair babbans. More than anything in the world, Manfred desired one day to become a father, to hold a precious child of his own flesh in his arms. His eyes moved to her face, round with a delicate, dimpled chin, doleful gray eyes that gazed errantly, and her mouth was a delicate pout, pink lips that yearned to be kissed-and Manfred longed to savor them with his own.
"Summer is not my favorite time of year, either, although I would not trade this moment for anything in the world, save maybe for one special thing."
"What would that be, cousin?"
He smiled. "I dare not say."
"Methinks you are the keeper of secrets," Rosette exclaimed in rising curiosity. "My sire-he loved summertime, you know. My sire said never to trust anyone who harbored secrets."
"Aye, I recall. I was proud to serve King Roan. He was great, valiant and most noble." Manfred hoped to win her approval by speaking highly of her father, though he meant every word sincerely. "I do miss him."
Rosette lowered her face and struggled with her emotions. "As I do. I loved my father more than anyone in the world."
Manfred moved in closer and breathed in her alluring scent. He summoned the courage to stroke her hair away from her face. He noted the tears streaming down the soft curve of her cheek.
"King Roan lived and died with honor. He shall never be forgotten," he whispered, his fingertips lightly touching the silken surface of her skin. He was one breath away from a kiss when Rosette shrugged him off.
"Forgive me, I meant no harm by my words.by touching you. Your hair is so dark, so lovely."
A sudden glint of gold in the sun caught his eye. About her neck, Rosette wore the necklace of the archangel pendants he had given her as a gift, along with the ring. He had forgotten all about it until that moment. He was lost in admiring Rosette, relishing the sudden burst of a cool breeze when Ursula hurried up and poured two flasks of cold water onto her brother, wetting Rosette too.
"Methinks this fire needs quenching!"
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I would love to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings but no one will ever top Tolkien. He spent a lifetime developing his stories of middle earth. The time and expertise as a professor of ancient languages and literature he put into creating this masterpiece has yet to be rivaled. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines help! Although I'm a very shy and private person, I'm passionate about my work and intensely competitive. If I have to meet a deadline or revise a manuscript per an editor's request to earn that contract, I'll go above and beyond to get the job done. I work best under pressure and tight deadlines. I'll stay up into the wee hours with my muse chained to my arm.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Once I learned of the existence of the e-book industry, I looked over the submission guidelines posted by several publishers. I read excerpts of works by contracted authors and was encouraged to submit. I already had several stories saved on my hard drive. The first work I completed was The Songbird of Rushen Abbey. The story received positive responses from readers even in its earliest drafts. After the first submission, it was a long year of learning the nuances of a new industry but lo and behold, one title evolved into a trilogy. Hurrah! Now I can now refer to myself as a multi published author. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I usually don't have an outline when I begin a project. I visualize throughout the day, when I go for walks, a drive (watch out) or when I shower. Bits and pieces of stories come to me and I make quick notes. I usually begin by typing away, letting it all flow. Later, I organize the world I've imagined by drafting genealogies, maps, timelines and collecting photos. At this point, I've usually created an outline consisting of notes and revisions. This helps guide me along the way. I'm often surprised where my stories ultimately take me. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
You may contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official website: http://www.loversbeckon.com/
Lovers Beckon Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/loversbeckon/
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Samhain Publishing: http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/gloria-wiederhold
Red Rose Publishing: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/
Thank you for this opportunity!