A Lady of the Dead only comes along once in a century. Gwen knows this makes her valuable but she hates the constant supervision of her Warrior guards. Her increasing power has gifted her some independence until rumors of war spook her guards enough to report to the King
Cesar has been King of North America through several wars and rebellions. When one of his generals informs him these new rumors involve the Lady of the Dead he flies to Seattle himself it investigate, posing as his second-in-command. The instant attraction he feels to Gwen becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Will Cesar be able to protect Gwen while battling his lust? Will Gwen stay with her warrior guards or will Cesar’s dominating nature push her to switch sides? Hidden alliances begin to surface in Lady of the Dead.
Thank you, Gretchen S.B.
From the excerpt I read, I expect some humor in Lady of the Dead, at least some sarcasm. What do you think about humor in paranormal romance/action books?
I like humor in romance books. I like humor in books that have tense scenes. One of my favorite authors, Simon R. Green, I feel does this seamlessly. He adds a random and bizarre humor to paranormal mysteries that I haven't ever seen before. Though I knew there would not be as much humor in a paranormal romance I wanted there to be some because at their heart I see romances as warm, happy books and I feel humor adds to that.
There is an ideal proportion between romance, paranormal and action in a paranormal romance story? What is the most important ingredient of this genre?
I agree. I enjoy baking and I see writing stories as a similar process. You have to balance out the sugar and spice to make sure you end up with the perfect cookies, instead of a blobby mess. As for the most important ingredient, I think it depends on the story. Every story will need a different measurement to make it just right. That being said I do believe it is important that the actions of your characters are believable, otherwise everything else you do will just fall apart.
What kind of heroine is Gwen, damsel in distress or kick ass heroine? Why this choice?
You have a BA in History and one in Philosophy. Does the vast knowledge in these areas help you in your writing?
I wouldn't say my knowledge is vast. As one of my Grandmothers put it 'A degree only shows you how little you actually know.' I think the interest that prompted me to get those degrees helps me in my writing. It sort of opens the door to me seeing what else is out there which prompts more ideas for my own stories. Sometimes I will be trying to work out a character's backstory and remember something I heard in a class. I will then research it and find what I need to mold the backstory.
I found this on your site: „Mostly she hopes you enjoy reading she stories as much as she enjoyed writing them”, so I must ask you: how much did you enjoyed writing Lady of the Dead (with full details, please)
I had so much fun writing Lady of the dead for several reasons.
· There were so many characters I like that live in the Night World.
· This is the second story I wrote all the way to completion
· I was handing weekly progress to my first Beta reader, so I was getting instant feedback on what worked and what didn't
· I just love writing and I have a published work is surreal for me.
· I loved that I could interject humor into the story (the story I wrote before Lady of the Dead has far less humor)
· It was so fun to write as a whole, I finished it in about seven months because it was hard for me to put it down and write something else.
· Did I mention how fun and enjoyable I find the characters. J
About the author:
Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning.
She has loved reading and telling stories as far back as she, or anyone else, can remember. Currently, she loves to read the same genres she writes. She also loves exploring her home state. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows.
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