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Today, I'm pleased to have Zoe Forward as my guest talking about her book DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT where we have a strong heroine with a...
Thursday, May 9, 2013
EMBRACE THE DARKNESS with Lilly Gayle!
Today, I have the very great pleasure of welcoming Author Lilly Gayle on my blog. She talks with me about her book EMBRACE THE DARKNESS and what inspired her to write it.
did you see, hear or dream that inspired your book?
Darkness is the sequel to Out of the Darkness.I got the idea for Out of the Darkness after I read Dean Koontz'sFear
Nothing, the first book in hisMoonlight Baytrilogy. The main character in the
series has XP--exeroderma pigmentosum. I was fascinated by the idea of a
"real" disease that prevented the sufferer from venturing out in
daylight without risking severe burns and skin cancers. I read all three books
in the series and began researching the disease while contemplating ideas for a
vampire book. Around the same time, I saw a re-run of the old Jean-Claude Van
Dam movie,Universal Soldier.
And by 2005, I had completed my first draft ofOut of the Darkness. It sold In 2010 and
readers kept asking when Gerard, (a secondary character in OTD), would get his
own story. And three years later, Embrace the Darkness was published. So, I
guess that means my production time between books is getting shorter. Lol!
It sounds like you spent a lot of time working out the
details and story lines for both books and they sound terrific.
one of your main characters came across strongest to you?
I guess most
people would expect me to say Gerard, since he's a vampire, but I think Amber
came across as the strongest. She's a former army MP turned detective and she
has attitude. While trying to solve a murder, she learns vampires are real.
She's fighting an attraction for Gerard because she sees him as not just a
possible threat to mortals, but as a conflict of interest. She's also
struggling with PTSD and a dark past she'd rather forget. But she's determined
to stay focused, solve the case, and get on with her life—she's just not prepared
for Gerard to be a part of that life.
such a great love for vampires and the abilities they all have, especially the
sensual natures that tend to ooze from most. Your heroine sounds like a real
head case, but that she manages to keep herself from falling apart by sheer
strength of will and determination would make anyone identify and fall in love
long did it take you to fall in love with your Hero/Heroine?
I fell in love
with Gerard in book one. It took a while to fall in love with Amber.
Originally, she wasn't supposed to be Gerard's love interest. She was just a
secondary character. But along about chapter 10, I realized the book wasn't
working the way I was writing it. So, I made Amber the heroine and things just seemed
Did you borrow certain traits for your
characters from someone
you know personally?
I don't write
people I know. But many of my characters have traits (both good and bad) from
people I know in real life and from characters on television or in the movies.
think of anyone off hand—not that I'd admit to. Lol!
the first author I’ve interviewed who will admit to using traits they’ve seen
in people they either know or have seen on television or movies. Me, I tend to
use a few character traits from strong people who have helped me during dark
times of my life.
Is this book a single category or can we
expect to see more of your
characters in a series?
DARKNESSis the second book in the Darkness Series. I have
at least two more books planned, but I just don't have as much time to write as
the problem concerning time. Not enough hours in a day or days in a week.
What is your most difficult “no-no” when
you write? (Show vs. tell, dialogue, plot problems, passive voice, etc.)
sympathetic heroine. Sometimes, they come off bitchier or tougher than I
intend. I don't have that problem with my heroes. I guess because I have to
make myself think like a man. For every action or word spoken, I ask myself,
"Would a man say that?"or
"Would a man do that?" When writing in my heroine's POV, I don't
think about it as much. It comes more natural, so I often subconsciously assume
the motivations are as obvious to the reader as they are to me. My critique
partners keep me on track, though….most of the time. Lol!
yeah, thank God for critique partners!
When you take a break from writing, what do
you do to allow your brain
time to regroup?
television, read, go to the beach with my husband, get outside, or have a glass
of wine or dark, German beer.
in any way possible is a necessary part of any writer’s life. We’re already
thought to be crazy. LOL!
you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser?
Both. Once I
get an idea for a story, I start making notes, delving into my characters
backstory, learning their goals and finding out what motivates them. Then I
usually write a story outline and I start writing. But it never fails.
Somewhere around Chapter 10, my characters take on lives of their own, taking
the story in directions I never anticipated. Rather than making them toe the
line, I go with it. Sometimes, it's a good thing. Other times, it leads to
massive rewrites and plot adjustments.
diehard pantser, but I think I’m going to have to try and outline some things
in order to keep from letting my characters have complete rein over their
stories. After all, I want to keep getting my books out there.
one sentence, tell us what your book is about.
To find their way into the light, Amber and Gerard
must first EMBRACE THE DARKNESS.
Excellent one liner. It’s
enough to make me want to read it.
is your one “guilty” pleasure?
Wine and dark
German beer. Oh, and cheese cake. Guess that's more than one.
We’re allowed more than one!
Why not? It’s healthy to keep our imaginations well fed.
An experimental vaccine gives
vampire Gerard Delaroache hope for the first time in two centuries--until two
people are brutally murdered, and he suspects a conspiracy between vampires and
mortals. To solve the crime, he must put his trust in a beautiful detective.
But, is former soldier and MP turned detective, Amber Buckley, a threat to his
existence? Or the answer to his prayers?
Amber Buckley and her partner
are assigned to do follow up interviews in the Lifeblood of America slayings.
Amber believes she and Reid are just new eyes on a cold case.That is until she meets Gerard Delaroache.
Something about him teases long-buried memories Amber would rather not chase.
However, the two join together, falling into more than resolution of a murder
case. It seems Amber has some dark secrets of her own.
To find their way into the light, Amber and
Gerard must first EMBRACE THE DARKNESS
He rolled his eyes and huffed. “Stop pretending ignorance.
You know what I am.”
“A vampire. Really?” She
wanted to scoff, but a chill shivered over her skin. He wasn’t dead. And she’d
Maybe he was wearing Kevlar. But wouldn’t Kevlar show
through that tight-fitting shirt?
Perhaps not. Still, there had to be a logical explanation.
Ignoring the warning bells
clanging inside her skull, she shoved the Glock back in its holster and reached
for the beer she’d deposited on the counter. She took another long, hard pull
on the bottle, hoping to douse irrational thoughts.
Gerard inhaled sharply. His eyes devoured her.
Despite renewed fear, she managed
to set the bottle back on the counter without dropping it.
He’s not a vampire. He’s not a vampire. He’s not a vampire.
“I’d give anything to drink beer again,” he said in a
Amber nearly laughed aloud.
Her shoulders sagged. Gerard Delaroche wasn’t a vampire, and he didn’t want to
drink her blood. He wanted a beer. Like a normal guy.
Hell, he probably was normal. She was the one off her
“Want one?” She forced herself to meet his intense stare.
He smiled. “Can’t. Vampire. Remember?”
Like that was something a
girl could forget. It wasn’t every day a hot guy claimed to be a vampire.
Hell, maybe he was a vampire. The man could stop bullets
with his chest.
He took a hesitant step
closer. She stiffened and took another cautious swallow of beer. He stopped
three feet away. Good. Sexy and crazy was a dangerous combination.
Lilly Gayle is a wife, mother
of two grown daughters, and a breast cancer survivor. She lives in North
Carolina with her husband and little dog, Teetee. Lilly works full time as an
X-ray Technologist and Mammographer. In her spare time, she writes paranormal
and historical romances.