Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Deep Plunge (SoulShares #3) by Rory Ni Coileain Interview

For the last six hundred years or so, the only things reminding Lochlann Doran he’s a Fae have been his faceted aquamarine eyes and the fact that he can’t die. He’s been a wanderer for so long in the human world – over two thousand years – that he’s lost his magick, including the gift of healing that goes along with being a Fae of the Demesne of Water. Finding his SoulShare might get it back for him. But it might kill him, too.

Garrett Templar has been living on borrowed time, in a sense, since he was eighteen, when one of the johns he entertained to pay the bills while he danced at Purgatory infected him with HIV. It was always supposed to be a “manageable” disease, though, at least until a cure was found. Except he’s just found out that the virus in his system has inexplicably mutated into full-blown AIDS, and no known drug cocktail can even slow it down.

And when Lochlann and Garrett find each other at last, on Purgatory’s dance floor, the only thing as urgent as their need for one another is the hunger of an ancient evil to do whatever is necessary to possess Lochlann’s magick…

About the Book:
Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less: 
A Fae healer meets the human who holds the missing half of his soul and challenges him to hope and to love. But a lurking evil wants to make sure hope is vain and love is lost.

Do you have a favorite character? Why is he your favorite? 
So far, I’d have to say Garrett Templar, from Deep Plunge. He’s my favorite because I put more of myself into him than any of the others. Kevin Almstead (Hard as Stone) got my lawyer side, Josh LaFontaine (Gale Force) got my tendency to try to do everything myself (the poor guy!) and Cuinn an Dearmad (all the books so far) got my snark. But Garrett got my childhood, and my attitude toward life. And I had a dream once where I looked in a mirror, and his face looked back at me.

What do you hope readers will get from your book? 
All the SoulShare books have a theme running through them, the discovery of the joy to be found in an intimate relationship. And Deep Plunge in particular says something I really needed to say about the persistence of hope.

About the Author:What/Who inspires you? 
Right now? Same-sex couples who have been together ten years, twenty, thirty, who are thrilled and excited and moved to tears when they’re finally able to take the one they love as a husband or wife.

Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest? 
The hardest part is making any time to read. I’m borderline ADD, so my job, which requires a lot of sustained concentration, completely wipes me out. Then I sit down at the computer, but my son still has to tell me all about his day and the project he’s working on and his latest passion. Then I usually write until one in the morning or so, and then I’m up at 6. Not much time in there to read! The best part, I think, is that moment when I’m starting a new project, and I reach inside myself, and thanks be to God there’s another story in there waiting to be told.

Who is your writing hero? 
Dan Simmons, I think. He can write any genre he likes, he can make up genres if he wants to. Horror, science fiction, gothic, and my favorite, the epic science fiction fantasy literary fiction tetralogy. And he does it all better than pretty much anyone out there. If you ever get a chance to read his short story, Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds, grab it. And then find a nice quiet place to cry.

About the Future:What’s next for you? 
More Fae, more tree spirits. And I have a lovely painting hanging on my wall, of two people with gorgeous blue and teal and green and black wings, and they’re telling me there’s a book about them in my head somewhere.

One outrageous goal for the future? 
Being able to take the day job and see how high, long, and hard I can kick it!

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring writers?
As a woman writing m/m erotic romance, I can hardly say “write what you know”… but I can say, and I do say, write what you love. And don’t always make your writing take the back seat in your life. If you let other people treat your writing time as unimportant, or if you treat it as unimportant, it takes away from the love of it.

Randomness:Sweet or salty? 
Yes please. Sea salt caramels, mmmmmmm!

Beach, plains or mountains? 
Mountains. I’m water phobic, and there’s only so much flat I can take in one sitting.

Online, letters or in person? 
All three. There’s a freedom in conversing through an avatar that I really love. And I’m just old-fashioned enough that I still like writing real letters. And, of course, there’s nothing like hanging with my besties!

Ebook or print? 
Both at different times. Writing in my genre, there are certain resource materials and reading matter I’d rather not have lying around my house! But I’m a printer’s daughter, I have in in my veins, and I love very little as much as I love a print book.

AUTHOR BIO:Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn't offer such a major, so she designed it herself - being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, got shot down in flames, and found other things to do, such as nightclub singing, for the next thirty years or so, until her stories started whispering to her. Now she's a lawyer, a legal editor, an Irish dance teacher, the mother of a teenaged son, and amanuensis to a host of fantastic creatures who are all anxious to tell their stories.

Check out her Facebook page and buy her books at Amazon :)

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