Yesterday we had Part 1 of our author interview, so today it's part 2! Go figure :)
Read & enjoy getting to know RM Gilmore that little bit better.
- How long does it take you to write a book? It took me four years to complete the first Dylan (The Scene) from first notes to publication. It only took me four months to write the new Lynnie Russell book though( a much smaller novella style book). I never really thought I’d do anything with Dylan Hart. I always thought she’d just be a fun character my friends and I could talk about like she was one of us. But when I actually finished it and I let people read it I found out it was actually pretty funny. I think publishing The Scene (Dylan Hart Odyssey of The Occult book 1) helped my brain come to terms with the fact that I have many people living in my head and they all want their day in the sun. Or, maybe, the moon. But who’s keeping track? Well, I suppose maybe someone should keep track of those things…
- Can you share a little of your current work with us? I actually just released the first of a new YA country girl paranormal trilogy, “Becoming”. It’s an account, as told by the main character Lynnie, of the day a chance encounter changed her life forever. From a few sweet smooches to some gut churning transformations, Lynnie retells the events that led to her Becoming. It’s my first attempt at YA and I hope I didn’t let anyone down. But, now that Becoming ~ Lynnie Russell Trilogy book 1 is out, I can focus solely on the new Dylan Hart book, Endless Night. I can honestly say I have missed my Dylan. I’m very excited to spend the summer with her and her fang gang. Endless Night takes Dylan and Tatum to New Orleans for a monstrous “vampire” convention where Dylan hopes she can find inspiration for her new fiction novel. Of course things go awry and the girls, well, Dylan, finds herself in quite a pickle. Lots of action, secrets revealed (such as are Dylan’s vamps that of pure fiction or has a bit of fact bled into the fantastical world she has discovered?), new mysteries, a new occult following, awesome costumes, and a brand new character imagined completely from a few killer pairs of shoes. Should be a great, drunken, curse-filled ride with Dylan Hart. Expecting anything else? v-v
- We can't wait until Endless Nights either. We miss the sassy Dylan.What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Depends. I teach children with Autism as my day job so during the school year my work day is hectic to say the least. During summer I take a break from the day job to write full-time. My amazing husband foots the bill so I can pursue my passion. Even if it is only for two months, it’s more than I could ask for. During working periods its work, chores, dinner, hubby attention, write until my eyes won’t stay open. On my much needed writing periods I am far more relaxed, sort of. I can write during the day when the house is basically quiet. A few hours of house work in the morning then off to book work. I almost always work more at night after the house is asleep also.
- Do you have any writing rituals? Music. Always music. I can’t live without it! In fact, for each book I create a new Pandora station just for that book. With Lynnie I listened to a lot of old Gospel, some Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and I threw in some Plumb and a bit of Christina Perry for good measure. When it comes to Dylan though, I am much happier with the playlist. Right now, for Endless Night, I have Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pixies, Echo and The Bunnymen, Nightwish, One Eyed Doll, and just a little Angel Spit. In fact, you can check out my Pandora profile to listen to my stations right along with me! http://www.pandora.com/profile/rm.gilmore I write better at night when the house is dark and quiet. But I will admit sometimes research in the dark gets a bit spooky.
- Wow, an amazing list, thanks for sharing that with us. How do you market your book(s)? I’m horrible at marketing. Usually just pimp it out. Sometimes I feel like a poorly dressed hooker trying to sling her stuff on the corner. Not a very good plan of action. But, in general, I use Twitter and Facebook a lot! Also, Goodreads.com has been a big help too. In the end, making good connections with awesome book babes tends to be the best marketing tool thus far. Word of mouth spreads pretty fast.
- We love your two book covers. Who designed them? I design my own covers with the awesome help of my super cool friends. The poor things wade through droves of emails each with its own cover concept. Until the day I find the one I like then I tweak it until I go nuts and someone finally tells me to stop and leave it be. The Dylan cover was actually a happy accident while trying to edit a profile picture for the Dylan page. I ended up with that infinite white back drop and I fell in love. The Endless Night cover should be revealed the end of July. The Lynnie cover took a bit more finagling. The cover model will portray Lynnie for the individual books, but eventually the complete trilogy will be released as a whole with a single cover design created by T. Ottemoeller. It is amazing and I cannot wait to unveil it! I would like to thank Sarah Nelson Campbell for portraying Lynnie Russell so wonderfully and Lindsi Pipkin for taking some sick pictures!
- What book are you reading now? I have been working on Hotblood-House of Slide by Juliann Whicker for so long I feel so bad. Just been so busy I haven’t had time to read. But, I will say it’s a pretty good read so far!
- What new author has grasped your interest? Elle Lapraim, short story novelist. I actually don’t think she’s really “new”, but she is indie and hasn’t released a full-length novel yet. Read her short story, Displaced, and loved it! Other than that, J.L. McCoy has some cool cover art. I have her first book, Blood of the Son on my TBR list. Diane Castle is another one, not so new, but I loved her book Black Oil Red Blood. You can find all these books along with my entire 2012 reading list on Goodreads.com.
- Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thanks for giving me and Dylan a chance. Continue to ride along the Odyssey of The Occult. I hope you love Lynnie; she’s a good girl…regardless. Thanks for being awesome!
- What’s in your fridge right now? A lot. Off the top of my head: Milk 1%, yogurt, leftovers from dinner-out, at least three different types of Orowheat bread, an abundance of Diet Cokes (I live on them), and half a case of Great White Pale Ale (Best beer! Their Tangerine is my favorite but it’s hard to find).
- What song do you sing at the top of your voice every time you hear it? A tie between I want you to want me – Cheap Trick and Three Little Birds – Bob Marley. There are so many more but these are the top of the list today.
- Who would win in a fight: Harry Potter or Ron Weasely? And why? I have actually never laid eyes on a Harry Potter book, I know blasphemy, but it’s the truth. I have caught a few of the movies and judging by physical agility and magical ability: Weasley would take it in a hand-to-hand, no doubt. With all those kids in one house he has to know how to handle his own. In a battle of magic and wits Potter has the lead; he’d clobber that ginger in a heartbeat. Weasley seems to be a bit slow on the uptake, as that say.
- Other than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have? I actually paint and work with clay. I run an online store where I sling my wares. I have been painting much longer than I have been writing. In high school all I wanted was to move to Berkley and be a starving artist. I love Halloween more than any human being should and have now become a go-to for costuming and make-up. I wouldn’t say it’s a talent, but I can create a full zombie look with little more than dirt and mascara if need be.
- Where did you last go on holiday? Went camping with the fam last weekend. Much needed R&R before Lynnie’s big release day.
- If your house was attacked by feral aliens, and they were zapping your house with their Über super bombs, what five items would you save? Other than family and pets: Laptop, the .38 in the closet, Rocky Horror Picture Show with Audience Partici (say it) pation original vinyl, mascara, bottle of vodka. If I’m goin’ out, I’m goin’ out drunk and armed.
- Lol - love your zombie attack answer! What sort of vampire would you be if you were turned? As much as this pains me to say, I’d be an Anne Rice vampire. They’re the prettiest. A Buffy vampire would be fun only if I got to hang with Spike, but the head bumpies would make me want to punch things.
Dylan Hart Odyssey of The Occult
Lynnie Russell Trilogy
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