Interview & Contest: Gabrielle Bisset

Jen: We welcome Gabrielle Bisset as her blog tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book.  Gabrielle, please tell us about Blood Avenged and where the idea came from.

Gabrielle:  Blood Avenged is the story of Vasilije and Sasa. Vasilije is an ancient vampire who’s committed his existence to enjoying the pleasures of life. Hedonistic and jaded, he nevertheless adores women, who he sees as one of the best pleasures this life can give. The murder of one of his vampires takes him to New Orleans to find the killer, and there he meets Sasa, a human woman who moves him more than any woman has in centuries. As they seek the killer, Vasilije and Sasa find what they’ve both been missing in their lives while they learn that the murder of his vampire is just the beginning of terrible changes that have begun in the vampire world.

The idea for Blood Avenged came from a conversation with one of my students about power struggles in ancient Rome. Blood Avenged is the first book in the Sons of Navarus series about a group of eight vampire warriors who must put down the law and order vampires, Archons, who seek to take over and impose their own rule on their world. I’ve always been interested in the idea of power and those who hold it, and when I began to think about a vampire series, the idea of power and vampires meshed beautifully.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine? How about “must haves” while you’re writing?

Gabrielle:  I hand write all my books, even those that are 300+ pages, so I must have my notebook and pen handy. I also like to have my favorite drink, iced tea, beside me. I’ve also been known to enjoy a beer as I write too. And I must have music on as I write. I can’t stand silence as I’m working—it’s almost deafening.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Gabrielle: Sensual, smart, and emotional

Jen: Why do you write erotic romance? Is there a genre you’d like to try or one you’d stay away from?

Gabrielle:  I write erotic romance because as I began to write romance I found my scenes were just too hot for mainstream. I didn’t realize they were so sexy, but readers began to call my stories erotic and I saw they were right. As for a genre I’d like to try, I already write in a non-romance genre, historical fiction, and I love that too. Historical fiction allows me to pursue ideas that just won’t work in romance, mainly due to the fact that they don’t have the required HEA ending. As for a genre I’d stay away from, I think I’d find writing horror almost impossible. I’m pretty much a scaredy cat, so I can’t even watch a horror film without begin frightened out of my wits! I can’t imagine being someone who writes it. I dream about my stories quite often as I write them, and I’d be stuck having nightmares all the time. 🙂

Jen:  Who has inspired you as an author?

Gabrielle:  I loved reading Agatha Christie as a girl, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories made me fall in love with the Victorian Era. Then the classics that I studied in college made me want to tell the stories I’d been writing since I was a child, so I don’t know if I can name one author who’s inspired me because there have been so many.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career?

Gabrielle:  Five star reviews and nominations for awards are nice, but for me, the highlights come when a reader friends me on Facebook or Twitter and tells me they loved one of my stories. The first time it happened I think I had a grin on my face for an entire day. I love when I get to spend time talking directly to readers.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Gabrielle: I know from speaking to readers that they’re looking for more interaction with authors, so I like to do guest posts, interviews, character interviews, giveaways, and fun posts like story inspired playlists. What other interactive ideas would readers like to see from authors?

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Gabrielle Bisset spends her days teaching college students American and European history, but by night she’s an erotic romance author. Her first book, Stolen Destiny, was released by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she’s released the novellas of The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy–Vampire Dreams, Love’s Master, and Masquerade–in addition to Destiny Redeemed. In December 2011, she released Blood Avenged, the first book in the Sons of Navarus series about eight vampires who must protect their world against an enemy that travels among their kind. She lives in Pennsylvania with her teenage son and a herd of pets.

Website: Gabrielle Bisset Romance http://www.gabriellebisset.com/
Blog: http://gbisset.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002481284652&sk=info
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabrielle-Bisset/135134056553049
Twitter: @gabriellebisset
Email: gabriellebisset@gmail.com

Contest details:

  • The prize is some signed swag from Gabrielle.  One lucky commenter from the tour will also win a $10 gift card.
  • The contest is open to everyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, April 29.

 

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18 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Gabrielle Bisset

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Marybelle! I had been searching for an idea that wasn’t typical, and when the Sons idea began to form, I fell in love with the concept. It’s a different take from the vampire vs humans that is often seen. 🙂

  2. Joanne says:

    Great interview. I find it interesting that you hand write all your books. What makes you do this? Wouldn’t it be easier to work on a computer? Blood Avenged sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it to see what happens between Vasilije and Sasa. Thanks for the blog tour. Joanne B e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  3. books4me says:

    Holy cow, batman! I can’t believe you HANDWRITE all your books. Don’t you get writer’s cramp all the time?! Keep it up, though, it works and you’re producing great writes! books4me67 at ymail dot com

  4. Gabrielle says:

    Hi Joanne! I’ve never been able to write on a computer. The screen is just so sterile, and nothing ever comes to me. I guess there’s just something about the feeling of a pen in my hand that gets the creative juices flowing. :)Oddly enough, while authors who write on computers edit on paper, I never print out the finished product after I type it. I edit entirely on the computer. But then again, I edit as I write, so… Hi Books4me! I’ve never gotten writer’s cramp, but I have to admit that hand writing books takes a bit more time. I usually only get about 4-5 pages done a day. LOL It can be slow going, but it gives me the chance to craft what I want to say, so until the carpel tunnel takes over, I’m hanging out with the pen and paper. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Nicole Garcia says:

    I like to read all of your posts and interviews because I learn something different about you everytime. As far as being more interactive with your, readers I don’t see how you can do more. You are always posting stuff for giveaways, blogging, and you’re a great Facebook friend. Even sharing sites that you like and you know I told you how that has gotten me in trouble. Spending hours on Pinterest. Lol. That site is so addicting. You’re a great writer and I have enjoyed reading all of your books. And I can’t wait for Saint’s book next month. Email: garcia3841@gmail.com

  6. Sandy says:

    Oh my gosh! You hand write all of your novels? I think you are the first author that I’ve met that does that. You must have beautiful handwriting. Mine is so bad that I’d never be able to read it after I was done. How do you do edits? Do you rewrite the whole manuscript? sandy(dot)wolters(at)q(dot)come

  7. Gabrielle says:

    Thanks so much for coming by, Nicole! It’s good to know that readers might think they can interact with me. That’s a good thing! 🙂 Hi Sandy! I actually do have very good handwriting. Years of strict teachers…LOL As for edits, I do them as I write. Each day as I begin, I read over the previous day’s writing and edit before I move on. When the book is complete, I usually don’t end up rewriting the entire ms. It’s more of a moving and tweaking thing in edits. However, edits are the only time I can write on the computer. Odd, huh?

  8. MomJane says:

    I love the way you make Vasilije the hero in spite of his past. You really have a wonderful way of describing events.

  9. Gabrielle says:

    Thanks, MomJane! Your compliment means a lot to me. I’m never one for a lot of adjectives, so I love to hear that readers see what I’d hoped they’d see when I wrote the characters and story. 😀

  10. Megan@Riverina Romantics says:

    Thank you so much for the interview. It’s interesting that you handwrite your stories and edit as you go. That is fast becoming a lost art. In school the students are starting to write their papers on the computer and don’t have to think about spelling or punctuation, the computer helps them with that. I haven’t read any of your books before but that is going to change. Blood Avenged looks good! suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  11. Susan W. says:

    Thank you so much for the interview. It’s interesting that you handwrite your stories and edit as you go. That is fast becoming a lost art. In school the students are starting to write their papers on the computer and don’t have to think about spelling or punctuation, the computer helps them with that. I haven’t read any of your books before but that is going to change. Blood Avenged looks good! suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  12. Gabrielle says:

    Hi Megan! Thanks for popping it! Thanks for stopping by Susan. I guess I’m a young old-schooler. LOL I hope you enjoy Blood Avenged. 🙂

  13. Jen @ RtB says:

    Here are some additional comments from Bloggger:

    From April A: Hi Gabrielle First I Gotta Say I Love Your Books. What Kind Of Advice Would You Have For A First Time Writer And What Kind Of Inspiration Did You Have For Writing Blood Avenged. Love The Tour. Cant Wait To Read Blood Avenged. butterfli262002@yahoo.com April Alvey

    Reply from Gabrielle: HI April! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 I guess I can say a first time writer should just write what they feel. That’s the best start of them all. As for inspiration for Blood Avenged, Vasilije wouldn’t let me have a moment’s peace once I finished Vampire Dreams. I guess he didn’t like being the villain in that book, so he wanted his own. He can be quite persuasive. LOL

    From May: Enjoy reading your books. 🙂 Can’t wait to read Blood Avenged. Sounds like a terrific book! maybe31 at yahoo.com

  14. DANIELA says:

    Hi Gabrielle
    I love vamp books, but I’ve realized that when they are like warriors or something of the like I enjoy the books even more.
    One could say that if I love vamps I should love horror, but I don’t, I just like vamps that are hot and caring, hehe
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyes this post very much.

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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