Another Wednesday is here already, which means time for What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to have author Alan Nayes joining us. He’s going to share some interesting facts about himself and his writing. He’ll also tell us about his latest release GIRL BLUE released with Samhain Publishing AND to top it off he’s giving away THREE ebook copies of GARGOYLES via way of smashwords coupons to 3 lucky commenters.
So let’s get started!
Thirty words—okay here goes. I’m from Texas but live in Southern California and love the outdoors, reading and writing. My goal is to write stories that entertain and enthrall readers, and yes I’m still working at this. Lol. I own eighty acres of land in Texas and one day I plan to spend three or four months in a small house on this rural land and write a first draft of a novel that will become a future bestseller—or at least sell one or two copies to family members and friends. Yeah, that’s a possibility.
Love it! Board games or video games?
Neither—that was easy.
LOL…that was easy! What talent do you wish you had but don’t?
Run the 100 meters faster than any human in history. (Watch out Usain Bolt!)
From your enthusiasm I’m going to say you can do it :) What genre (s) do you write?
Christine, I write in several genres, including thriller, horror, romance, and I even wrote a children’s adventure story.
Wish I was as versatile! You give me something to aspire to Alan. Describe your writing space.
Pretty anemic—I write long hand so I have a little table just off my kitchen (love to snack when I write) that is near my computer so I can jump up and Google a topic if I need to. I write my initial drafts on paper then have a transcriptionist type them up. I know, not real exciting. But it works!
Renowned sculptor Jeremy Copper is determined that his latest work, Girl Blue, will be his masterpiece. He’s found the perfect stone for it, a rare block of blue granite from a quarry in Brazil. But this stone is special in more ways than one. The former owner of the great block was a woman named Franscesca, a witch in the 1920s who loved a talented young sculptor. He promised to carve her likeness, but when he betrayed her love she exacted a terrible vengeance and paid for it with her life.
Jeremy begins to fear for his sanity when he finds flakes of granite in his bedroom. Late at night, he hears strange noises coming from his locked studio. The sculpture continues to progress, even in his absence, a sinister form emerging beyond his control. But this frightening new version is not at all what Jeremy intended. Franscesca’s vengeful spirit lives on, and she’s more dangerous than ever.
Oooh, I love the sound of this story! What character in your book did you have the most fun writing and why?
Jeremy Copper. I enjoyed researching the world of sculpture and creating a character as dynamic and full of pathos as Jeremy.
Do you find you’re most creative in the morning, afternoon, or night?
I can write any time during the day—sometimes my most bizarre ideas though come to me late at night. That is what the small notebook and pen are for near my bed.
I have a notebook and pen beside my bed too! Lol What type of scene do you find the hardest to write?
Hardest—a scene with a lot of prose and description.
Easiest—fill that scene with dialogue. I love it when my characters talk to me and tell me what to write. Weird, huh.
Please share an excerpt from GIRL BLUE
I am where I am because of my shortcomings. I am what I am because of my blessings, though the word implies the bestowing of a Supreme Being’s favor, which I don’t place much stock in. Not that I haven’t been favored. Quite the contrary. I have received my share of fortunes—more than my share, some would argue—in one lifetime. Most would label me talented. Others would even say I am gifted, though not many in the last several months, especially if they’d seen my two most recent endeavors.
My mother’s minister preaches I have fewer than fourteen months to “accept God”. He even sent a pretty acolyte to my studio to personally invite me over to a series of prayer meetings organized at my mother’s earnest behest. I wasn’t aware acolytes in the Protestant church could be females. And this young. Sarah couldn’t have been a year out of seminary school. Perhaps if I’d seen many more acolytes of Sarah’s quality, I might have attended a few more Christmas and Easter services. This girl was extraordinary—eyes and mouth in perfect proportion to her nose, lips with just enough fullness to demonstrate their sensuality, and the manner in which her nasal bridge was set under her brow all synergized to give her expression an undeniable beauty. I politely declined the prayer sessions and instead showed her to my drawing room where I offered to sketch her in charcoal, already silently debating how much shadow to shade under her shapely and well-formed breasts. You see, one of the most important foundations to becoming a good sculptor is the ability to draw. If you can’t draw, don’t take up sculpting. Drawing is the sine qua non. And as it so happens, one of my blessings is my ability to draw well. Very well.
“Without my clothes on, Jeremy?” she asked, obviously flustered, though not as flustered as I might have anticipated.
“Of course, Sarah,” I replied amiably. “I only draw in the nude. My subjects, that is,” I quickly added as if this last revelation would make everything kosher.
Sarah wasn’t Jewish and it didn’t.
After her polite declination, which I must admit was not unexpected, we shared some coffee—it was still morning—shared some thoughts on a few of my projects, and discussed a few political issues—I don’t recall which—all the while tacitly circumlocuting the very subject that had brought her to my studio in the first place. The fact that within fourteen months, I, Jeremy Copper, would be dead.
Great excerpt! Where were you when you came up with the idea for this story…what inspired you?
I was inspired by a friend who told me how he would go and get these sensual massages from sexy woman. This gave me an idea to write a story about a guy who gets addicted to erotic massages. But that idea wasn’t going anywhere until I read an article about Auguste Rodin, the great sculpture. Bam—I was hit with the idea of creating a character who sculpted nude women in stone. And then the rest just fell into place. Needless to say, some of my research included sensual massages—wow!
You’re proof positive that story ideas can come from anywhere…lol. What’s something that our readers today would be surprised to learn about you?
They would probably be surprised that I also relish sensual massages. Lol. Seriously, they might be surprised that I once swam ten miles across a lake in Wisconsin, fulfilling a childhood dream.
LOL…love your humor! What’s been the highest point on your journey to publication?
Getting my first novel GARGOYLES published. Originally it was released by Tor/forge but I’ve since turned the concept into a trilogy and am releasing the books on my own.
Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? :)
Christine, I’m working on two books. Just completing a horror story titled HEMLOCK POND. HEMLOCK POND is about a woman and her young son who move into an old farmhouse with a haunted pond on the property. THE LEARNER is a paranormal romance that will be the first book in the Learner Series.
Those both sound good Alan! Congrats :) And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
GARGOYLES (Book One of the Resurrection Trilogy)
RETURN TO UNDERLAND
Thank you for hosting me today, Christine!
Thanks for visiting What to Read Wednesday Alan. It was wonderful to learn more about you and your books.
Remember everyone to please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Alan’s book GARGOYLES!