Gayla Scot-Hays


After fifteen years in corporate life and another eighteen herding cats, Gayla Scot-Hays is hoping to spend more time with her first love: writing. A self-described "genre orphan," she spends most days thinking about and reading about writing. Her goal for the future is to actually do some writing, and to that end, she has abandoned her first novel, "The Silver Cross," to publication, and is currently struggling to craft a sequel, "The Road to Heaven."

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When did you first start writing?
I remember writing my first story in second grade.

In it, the Pirate Queen, a lethal lady if there ever was one, rises from the table (in a quest for more rum, perhaps?) and growls out to her mates, "Save my seat!"

So much for writing what you know!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind "The Silver Cross" is a long one.

It began as a creative writing exercise over twenty years ago... inspired, if I recall, by Mad Max, The Road Warrior. You can still see reflections of Max in Zero's (Brother Michael's) leather clothing, and in the vast expanses of desert wasteland. Anyway, I remember thinking that Max really needed hook up with a good woman so he could get some healing going on, so I created my own "Max", threw a sweet young thing in his path, and started writing.

The only problem... Zero wasn't interested in any of my attempts at matchmaking. And I didn't understand why. But I kept the faith, I guess, and kept writing, and one day, while listening to a musical piece called "Salve Regina," it finally hit me. Zero couldn't love Cross the way I intended, because he was already in love... with God. And at last I understood. Zero was a priest, and his inability to live up to his vows and his own moral code had engendered in him such a raging, frightful anger that Cross, and her naive attempts to secure for herself a little bit of love, could never hope to stand against it.

So, while what I first conceived as a post-apocalyptic love story ended up as something grittier and far darker, it is, I feel, more true to the characters as they presented themselves to me, and the particular world they live in.

One last funny thing about Cross's name. That was her name from day one, although years had passed before I understood the significance of it.
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The Silver Cross
Price: Free! Words: 130,420. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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Brother Michael finds a young woman in the middle of the wasteland, but never imagines she's anything more than lucky to be alive. Still, the silver cross glinting in her hair demands he pledge his sword to defend her. Now, as Michael wages a hopeless battle against his inner demons, the warrior sees his faith crumbling. Will rescuing Cross cost the priest his soul?

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