Sunday, June 26, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Jackie Gamber, author of Redheart

I'm very excited to be joined today by Jackie Gamber, author of a beautiful YA Fantasy novel, Redheart.
Jackie is not only a wonderful author with phenomenal writing skills, but she's also a fantastic person!
She's an angel and I totally <3 her!! :)

Guys, please give a warm welcome to Jackie!

E: Evie
JG: Jackie Gamber

E: Welcome to Bookish Jackie! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
JG: Sure, Evie! I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who has been in a transition to full-time writing for the last several years. As my kids grow (they’re 19 and 16 now), I’m finding myself shifting from one sort of identity into another. I think all moms do that at some point! I also have a deep and abiding love of being outside and hanging out with animals, especially my bulldog, Ursula, who is also affectionately called our “snorfelump”
E: Who or what inspired you to write a book about dragons?
JG: I really approached my novel  “Redheart” by way of the characters. Kallon Redheart introduced himself to me as a dragon, and so the world of Leland Province filled in around him. At first, I couldn’t think of a good reason to write a novel about dragons because it seemed so…hard to explain. After resisting the story for a time, it refused to go away. And then, as I thought about it, I realized I didn’t really have a good reason not to write it.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write your book?
JG: I don’t mind, although it’s a little hard to pinpoint, exactly. I’d had bits of the story in fractal chapters—some just in my head—for a long, long time, and my version of “writing sessions” were just opening chapters and moving words and scenes around. I dabbled like that for a good number of years before I finally said to myself, “Self, are you going to do this or not?” Once I set my mind to it, the rest of the chapters up to ‘the end’ took about six months or so.
E: Redheart is the first book in the Leland Dragon Series. When can we expect the next one?
JG: I’m actually in the process of the writing the second one now, so I’d like to think the second book, “Sela”, ought to be finished this summer.  The editing, publishing, production all hinge on that, of course, but Seventh Star Press and I are aiming for As Soon As Possible.
E: Which of your characters do you feel is most like you?
JG: I think parts of me make it into most of my characters in some way, but I can definitely say Kallon Redheart and I recognize each other. We share a lot of fears.
E: If your book was made into a movie who would you cast for it?
JG: I would love to see Jim Broadbent as Orman Thistleby! And my female wizard, Layce Phelcher, is my homage to one of my favorite actress/comediennes, Lily Tomlin, so of course she would be ideal. And I really like Donald Faison’s talent as a voice actor for Kallon.

E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
JG: My favorite place to write is at my studio in the Historic Midtown area of Memphis. It’s a cozy room fashioned from a converted warehouse with a huge window, a wall of brick, and stucco walls. I really do my best work there, I can really focus. And I must have tea. Warm or cold weather, rain or shine, I love to brew up a big mug of tea to sip (or sometimes forget to sip) while I work.
E: On your website you started a feature called “Book Tastings”. Could you tell us more about it?
JGI’d be happy to talk about my BookTastings. It’s something I used to do for myself, just for the challenge of finding just the right tea to drink while reading a particular novel. I found that tea blends have a personality, just the way stories do, and that by either enhancing or complementing tea flavors and novels, they both made the whole experience deeper and richer. liked the sound of that, and I began blogging my novel-and-tea companions for them. It has now grown into BookTastings that I do for other authors, bloggers, and even on the road for conventions! I love doing it, because I enjoy sharing my affection for tea with readers, and supporting my genre and its delicious books. My website has links for my BookTastings, and of course I love suggestions and comments!
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
JG: I read so much science fiction and fantasy! Not just for my BookTastings, but because the genre is my first love. But I also really enjoy mysteries, thrillers, paranormal cross-overs. And true crime. I’m always fascinated by the human psyche, and its dark side.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
JG: Oh, my favorite books. How much space do I have to type them? One book to start with, though: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” It’s so much more than the movies and pop culture have made it out to be.  It’s dark and true to human nature, and brilliant. I also adore Charles Dickens’ work, and “A Christmas Carol” in particular. And anything by H.G. Wells; wow, talk about a science fiction writer ahead of his time.
E: Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy?
JG: I’ve finally learned to knit, after years of promising myself, and I just finished my first scarf. It’s a start! I also really enjoy digging around in my little patch of garden. And I recently took a motorcycle trip of about 1,000 miles with my husband on our Suzuki VStrom, and was surprised to find I love motorcycle travel!  I can’t wait to explore more winding, nature-wrapped roads
E: If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?
JG: Ooh, this is a good question. I imagine if I had been asked this 10, 20, 30 years ago, I’d have a different answer for each phase of my life.  Nowadays, nestled precariously in the middle of my 40’s, I’m finally caring less and less about other people’s opinions about me (I could have used an opinion force field some years ago), I’m finding that rising above can be done without actually flying, and if I live at just the right angle, I’m invisible enough to get away with most of what I want to do with my life. So, that being said, I could sure use more energy, like AtomicWoman or something, to get everything done I want to do.
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? Dark chocolate. The darker the better. Give me that cacao and don’t hold back!
- coffee or tea? Tea, most definitely. All kinds, from green to white to black and all the blends they come in.
- favorite fictional character? Ebeneezer Scrooge. Not because of who he starts out as, but for who he becomes..
- favorite movie? ANYTHING Mel Brooks. I adore that man’s mind, and I love to laugh. His movies make me laugh for days. 
- favorite TV show? I grew up with Columbo, Quincy, The Rockford Files. I revisit them with much appreciation to Netflix. The best!
- Spring or Autumn? I adore Fall, with blue skies and just enough nip in the air to bring on the big, loose sweaters. Autumn makes tea more satisfying and open windows make the breeze more inviting.
- ebook or printed copy?  Both! I love ebooks for the instant gratification (and I can carry my whole library in a motorcycle bag). But I also love the smell, the touch, the comforting heft of a tree book. Ebooks are wonderful! Treebooks are treasures.

Jackie, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Jackie Gamber and her books, please visit her website:  Jackie Gamber or/and read my review of Redheart

If you're wondering where to get Redheart, here are the links:

Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 6th 2011 by Seventh Star Press

Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.

As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.

A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series

Giveaway Time! 
Seventh Star Press generously provided us with a copy of Redheart plus swag (set of postcards + bookmarks)

Open to US & Canada (sorry Internationals!)
Ends: Friday, July 15th 

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Lieder Madchen said...

Great interview! I really, really want to read this book. :)

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

Awesome interview! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Darlene said...

Great interview, and I've now added another book to my TBR list!

I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Not entering as I already have a copy but just wanted to say that Redheart was a great read and Jackie was the first author I interviewed on my blog so I'm kinda partial here. Everyone should enter you'll love it :)

LindsayWrites said...

she seems like a fun person =]

Dana said...

Great interview! I especially love the random questions at the end. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing the interview and the giveaway. Your BookTastings sounds very interesting!


SweetestLittleBookworm said...

Great interview. I definitely want to read this one...I love dragons. LOVED BookTastings! How fun is that?!?!

Bree said...

You use the "quote" feature of Blogger marvelously. I can not figure it out at all. Do you mind emailing me with how you get it to look so amazing?

Barbara E. said...

Great interview. I enjoy dragon stories and Redheart sounds like a fantastic book.

Julie S said...

I haven't heard about this book or author before, but now I'm intrigued!

Kandee Kane said...

Hmmmm...This book sounds interesting, I've never read about it though.

Harpreet Singh said...

This is the first time I've heard about this book, but it sounds interesting, and she seems like a great person! Thanks so much for this giveaway! :D


SweetShenanigans said...

I love these kind of books and the giveaway is really fun!

Krystal said...

I love the interview, the author seems super fun :) I would love to read and review this book.

Anna said...

WOW EVIE U ROCK WITH ALL UR AWESOME REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS. I love dragons so I can not wait to read this series.

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