Interview with Gayle Parness

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, the plastic fantastic home of movies and TV shows. My mom worked as a script girl for Monogram Studios, and was always writing scripts herself.

Living in L.A. had an air of the fantastic about it. My mom, Grandmother and I would walk down Hollywood Blvd., reading the names on the stars beneath our feet and talking to a plethora of characters, almost all of whom wanted to be in the movies. There were dozens of soda shop waitresses and waiters who dreamt of being discovered, life guards on the beach waiting for their big breaks and even bus drivers who sang as they drove down Sunset Strip.

No one lived 100% in reality. Everyone thought they were meant to be somewhere else doing something else. Tourists with their cameras and their maps would stare at you as if maybe you were "someone". They always looked disappointed when it turned out that you weren't.

Writing fantasy came naturally.
When did you first start writing?
Other than writing occasional scripts adapted from classic children's books, I didn't start writing my Rogues Shifter Series until 2008. However, once I started I couldn't stop.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote book one, Rebirth, with no intention of publishing it. I was going through a bad time in my life and I found that writing Jackie's story was cathartic and healing. When I was approximately half-way through with the book, Barnes and Noble began sending me information about self- publishing.

I was terrified, but I put the book up for sale in March. I sold one copy in four months. It was pretty obvious the book was crap. I pulled it down and rewrote it several times. At the same time I was writing book two, Stalked. I put both of them up in August and they began to sell.

That's when I started to research indie publishing. I added my books to Amazon, and then later, Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing a story.

My tale takes Jackie and Garrett to dark places. My readers will tell you that I don't make it easy on them. But they find strength in love and friendship just as I have in my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
To my Fans: First I'd like to say THANK YOU.
I'm honored that you take the time to share your thoughts and opinions. I'm so pleased that you seem to like Jackie and Garrett's story, especially since I intend to keep writing it. (And Charlie's too.) I know that my books get purchased mostly because of word of mouth, so thanks so much for shout-outs.

I'm an avid reader myself and have often written reviews of books, some great, some not. As long as you're honest and considerate, I appreciate what you have to tell me. Whether you've read only the first book or you've read the entire series: THANK YOU.
And if you have read the books, but prefer not to comment, that's okay too.

And to everyone: Keep reading indie authors! Thanks.
What are you working on next?
After I finish book seven in the Rogues Shifter Series, I'll be beginning a trilogy about Charlie.
SPOILER ALERT! Don't read this if you haven't finished Blown Away, book four in the series.

Seventeen year old Charlie Cuvier has grown up in a protective bubble. He's guarded by fae warriors, trained daily in the use of every weapon under the sun along with various martial arts disciplines, and his magical skills are already finely honed. Having been home-schooled, his social circle is limited to a few close friends, all children of the powerful supernaturals who protect him.

Because of his unique bloodline, Charlie is the leading character in a prophesy spoken before he was born. The most powerful supernaturals now seek him out, urging him to take their side, becoming a pawn in their political games. However, what Charlie wants is simple, and up till now, impossible. He wants Normal. He wants Freedom. But most importantly, he wants to be taken seriously.

Turning seventeen labeled him as an adult in the supernatural community, but that didn't guarantee he'd be treated as one. So Charlie takes steps to change some minds and make the mpossible a reality.
Who are your favorite authors?
Where to begin?? I'll list my #1 fantasy favorites first.
General Fantasy: Neil Gaiman. Love, love, love this author.
Urban Fantasy: Ilona Andrews: A spectacular husband/wife writing team. (Kate Daniels and Curran forever!)
Paranormal Romance: Nalini Singh: Every story has the perfect balance of heart and action. You root for every one of her characters.
Historical Romance: Diana Gabaldon (Jamie and Claire...OMG)
Other paranormal fantasy favorites: Kin Harrison, Karen Marie Moning, Patricia Briggs, Thea Harrison, Shelly Laurenston, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeaniene Frost, Jocelynn Drake
Other Fantasy favorites: George RR Martin, JR Tolkien, Justin Cronin
Mystery: Nevada Barr, Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth George, Deborah Crombie, PD James
Classic: Jane Austin, Dickens, Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Louisa May Alcott,
Quirky contemporary: Gillian Flynn

There's so many more.....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
#1 The need for coffee
#2 The cats demand it
#3 The perfect Northern California weather. I go to Zumba class or for a walk.
#4 The craving to write more of what I love to write
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work for a local opera company doing tech work. I also take Zumba classes and try to walk as often as possible.
My favorite thing to do every month is to go to our local chapter meetings of Romance Writers of America. Those men and women are bright and funny and always inspirational. My writing has improved because of them.
What's the best advise for a new writer or for someone who's thinking about writing?
#1 WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE
#2 Read the genre you write in
#3 Put your butt in the chair and start writing, now. No excuses.
#4 Write every day
#5 Set goals and try to keep to them, but If you can't, don't beat yourself up.
#6 Even if you think that what you've written is bad, don't throw it away. Save it somewhere. It may give you an idea for something else later on.
#7 It's okay to break writing rules. No words that end in 'ly'? Ha! That really silly rule makes me groan loudly. (Okay that's bad. Use them with care.)
#8 Your voice as an author is unique. Don't let anyone try to change it.
#9 If you don't love your story, no one else will either.
#10 Self-publish on Smashwords, but read the style guide first.
What is your writing process?
I usually think of the climax first. The big deal thing that has to happen near the end. Then I think about what characters I'll need.Then I start with chapter one. As I write, more characters present themselves.

I write organically. I don't do character sketches, or chapter diagrams. I just write. That's what seems to work best for me. I've tried to be more organized, but then I get tied up in that and don't spend enough time writing. Writing is what I love to do.

When I've finished the book, the first thing I do is call my book cover artist. Then I go back to the beginning and fix things.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

A Stubborn Heart
Series: Rogues Inc.. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,060. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
On the day Sinclair's world exploded, she made a life changing decision. She would face the wolves responsible for her devastating injury. Too bad one of them was the former love of her life. Gabriel yearns to reconnect with Sinc even though he feels responsible for her injury. When he's sent away, they meet again and it's obvious to him their bond is strong. Can he convince her stubborn heart?
Spinning Out
Series: Triad. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,110. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Charlie and Brina travel the Demon Realm, hoping to rescue Charlie's Uncle Isaiah. He's being held prisoner by his own mother, the Archdemon Naberia, the very same demon who intends to bring a world-ending war to the Mortal Plain in order to destroy her long time enemies, the fae. But the biggest surprise is yet to come—a situation that could throw his world into chaos and split his allies apart.
Blood Spelled - Book 8 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,240. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jackie is engaged in a quarrel with her family over what role she should play in the battle that’s brewing between Faerie and the Demon Realm. She wants to be on the front lines, but Garrett and Charlie disagree. Taking matters into her own hands, Jackie lets her guard down and is now forced to cooperate with a creature who will drastically change Jackie's life forever.
Winter Solstice Wishes: A Rogues Shifter Series Short Story
Series: Rogues Shifter Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Elle, a fae female, has been a guest in Sasha's home for the last few months, finding herself drawn to the gentle warrior, but not feeling worthy to stand by his side. Sasha, a vampire with a violent past, is smitten by Elle, but has dark demons of his own to dispel. But tonight is the Winter Solstice Ceremony and healing can occur in unlikely places, especially on the longest night of the year.
Falling Out
Series: Triad. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,540. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Tricked by his irritating uncle and imprisoned by a powerful enemy, Charlie must strike a magical bargain, taking him into a once familiar realm, which is still suffering the aftereffects of a corrupt queen’s rule. Accompanied by Samson, his most loyal friend, Charlie works hard to find a balance between compassion and control.
Breaking Out
Series: Triad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,330. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Finally free to follow his own path, 17 year old Charlie Cuvier and his best friend Jay, a grizzly shapeshifter, discover their relaxing California journey could be throwing them in the path of some seriously dangerous characters. When they reach LA, they help out a girl in trouble, attracting the attention of an ancient creature with an alarming agenda all his own
Cut Off - Book 7 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,440. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
YA Paranormal Fantasy. An empty bed, a threatening note and a solemn delegation from Faerie can only mean one thing: Garrett's been kidnapped and Charlie's in danger. In order to keep her son safe and rescue her mate, Jackie is forced to make some unpopular decisions, pitting her against long-time allies whose cooperation she desperately needs. Book 7 in the Rogues Shifter Series
Torn Apart: Book 6 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,840. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy. Determined to do everything she can to protect her son, her vampire lifemate, Garrett, and her allies, Jackie, a young cheetah shapeshifter journeys to a dangerous realm. With the help of her trainer, she learns to adapt to this alien environment, while remaining hidden from her most dangerous enemy.
Caught Between - Book 5 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,130. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Traveling to the villa where her lifemate Garrett's family was murdered, seventeen year old shapeshifter Jackie helps him face down the demons of his past. Upon returning home, Jackie is confronted by her own terrifying demons when her enemy is brought to trial in Faerie and she's forced to make several dangerous choices to protect her family.
Blown Away - Book 4 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,670. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jackie, Garrett and their team of rogues search for teen boys missing from a local pack. Their lives are put in danger when they get too close to finding out the truth of why the boys were taken. When hidden information is revealed, Jackie and Garrett's status as allies of the fae is put in jeopardy, as well as their future together.
Twisted - Book 3 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,460. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Seventeen year old Jackie, a magically gifted cheetah shapeshifter, is now the prisoner of Lord Kennet, an ancient fae lord. While there, she unexpectedly finds an unlikely but powerful ally. Meanwhile Garrett, Jackie's lifemate, leads the search, enlisting the help of his team of rogues, his nest, his fae allies and even Jackie's sister, Bridgett, the one responsible for her capture.
Stalked - Book 2 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,070. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Seventeen year old Jackie, a magically gifted cheetah shapeshifter, and Garrett, her vampire lifemate, journey to Faerie to celebrate the Midsummer Solstice with their new allies. During the visit, Jackie puts herself in danger, drawing the attention of an ancient being. As the Rogues, Inc. team gears up for their first assignment, Jackie fears for the lives of her mate and her friends.
Rebirth - Book 1 Rogues Shifter Series
Series: Rogues Shifter, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 106,160. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Seventeen year-old Jackie discovers she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. She trains with a group of young shapeshifters who become her close friends, and also meets Garrett, the magically powerful vampire who teaches her to use her unique gifts and then manages to steal her heart. Together they face off against his destructive maker, Eleanor, an ancient vampire