R. Garland Gray

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 01, 2007

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We would love to get to know you Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

Gladly, thank you for inviting me. There is really not much to tell. I was born and raised in the Bronx (NY) where homes have gardens the size of postage stamps. I met my husband at work and we live in a small house in New England surrounded by trees and meadows. I always enjoyed escaping into books and decided to pen stories of my own.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

Only one? That is a hard choice. If I had to choose, I would like to be Princess Scota, a woman who knows her own mind. She is my heroine in WHITE FELLS (Medallion Press, 12/07). Scota is a warrior princess who is strong, confident, and beautiful. I admire those qualities.

What's your favorite genre to read?

I read everything. There are so many wonderful authors to choose from.

Who or what influences you when you write?

Influences are all around me. When writing the Faery Faith books, I spent the hours of dawn and twilight outside, getting a feel for the magical transitions between light and dark. In Irish legends, dawn and twilight belong to the faeries. On another occasion, a beautiful iridescent dragonfly kept following me around the barn behind my home. Eventually, he wound up in FEY BORN (Medallion Press, 12/06).

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I write in the morning with a cup of steaming herbal tea at my elbow. During the afternoons, no matter where I am, I am planning the next scene of the story.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

~ I go outside and amble around the meadow. Sometimes, I only need a breath of fresh air to clear my mind or I may need a few hours. Whether the land is covered in white snow or purple wild flowers, I always go outside.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Here is an exclusive peek from my fantasy romance, WHITE FELLS, the third book in my Faery Faith series. I will be posting a few pages from the first chapter on my website in the next few months:

".Boyden looked down upon himself in a blending of mixed curiosity and muted anger. He was on his knees in the black soil and trodden grass, dripping with sweat. Stripped of weapons, tunic, and menace, they tied his wrists with thick ropes. Those same fat ropes held his arms outstretched to the wooden stakes buried in the ground on either side of him.

Swallowing hard, the dryness within him was a living thing. He shifted, trying to ease the strain of tendon and muscle in his shoulders and arms. A full mane of tawny hair plastered to the dampness of his nape and down the middle of his bareback. He felt dark and winded, his lungs taut.

Slowly, he lifted his gaze to the moon goddess in supplication. Her luminosity seemed eerily bright and observant in the blue-black night of stars. He wished he were formed of feathers and wings so he could soar free of this nightmare and ancient blood binding.

"What a magnificent animal you make," his captor murmured with a silken voice of female possession."

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Please tell us what you have planned next?

Once my edits for WHITE FELLS are complete, I plan to refocus on DARKSCAPE, my science fiction romance series. In addition, I am working on a new and darkly sensual shapeshifter story, which I'm keeping hush-hush for now.

In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career

Five years is a long way away, however I hope to become a full-time author.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

Fictional: The perfect hero tends to be in the book I'm reading at the time. However, I am partial to Sir Sheridan Drake (Laura Kinsale's SEIZE THE FIRE) because he is so perfectly flawed.

Reality: My husband Dov because he stands by my side no matter what. It helps that he has a ready wit, large hazel green eyes, and is 6'6" tall.

What do you do for inspiration?

Many things, amble in the meadow under the light of a full moon, sit under a tree and listen to bird song, garden, spend time with family and friends.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

Yes, women's mainstream fiction. I have this wonderful story rummaging around in my head. Someday, I'm going to write it down.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

As long as the book is uplifting to readers and the best I can make it, I'm satisfied.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

Yes, I do enjoy research. My books PREDESTINED, FEY BORN, and WHITE FELLS all required extensive research because of the Celtic mythology entwined within them. Even though I write fantasy and science fiction romance, I weave in the historical record appropriate for the characters and settings. In my Faery Faith series, the books are set in Ancient Ireland, a treasury of legends. My research most often starts with the Internet and continues into the libraries. Each book has its own research folder, which grows as the story unfolds.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

I am one of those authors who does not like deadlines and neither does my muse, but I don't let the preference hinder me in the least.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

I've been writing since college but did not submit my work until years later. It was after my husband wrote a computer program to translate my old story files to MSWord and I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA). At the time, my story was over 100,000 words. I was soooo glad I did not have to retype that manuscript. My family and friends encouraged me to give writing another try. So I went to writing conferences, learned all I could, made wonderful friends, and started submitting.

What would you like to tell your readers?

Thank you! I greatly appreciate them.

What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

The best: "Follow your heart." The worst: "You have to follow their rules."

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I used to fly-by-the-seat of my pants and just write. I sell on proposals now.

Do you belong to a critique group?

I do not belong to a critique group.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first published work was DARKSCAPE: THE REBEL LORD in 2004. Unfortunately, the publisher went out of business a year later so the book had a very limited run. However, in the next few months I hope to post some exciting news on my website about the DARKSCAPE series.

Thank you for this opportunity!