Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shades of Pink Interview - Sabrina Garie

After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...

Today, Sabrina Garie

Kallysten - First, a big thank you again for being part of this project. Do you enjoy the opportunity to write ‘on a prompt’ like this, with requirements of length or topic? Or was it a challenge for you?

Sabrina Garie - First, a big thank you back for organizing the project. I am so glad to be a part of it. On to the answers. I really like to write on prompt periodically provided the prompt is broad enough to let me play with it. This was perfect—something pink and relatively short. Had it been a rigid topic like a pink taffeta dress on a blonde debutante in turn of the century Memphis, I’d have found it much less interesting to do.

K - Can you tell us more about your heroine, Bara? Is she based on a real deity or your creation?

SG - Bara’s a real mythological deity—is that an oxymoron? She is one of the nine of the daughters of the Norse sea gods. Each of daughter or wave maiden represents one aspect of the ocean waves. Bara means comber, which is a wave that has peaked and broken into foam. I’ve been rewriting old myths in some of my works in progress and having so much fun with it, I kept to that theme when I developed a story for the anthology.

K - Throughout all of ‘Pink Coral’, Dylan’s love for the ocean leaps from the page. Do you yourself have a special affinity for the ocean?

SG - I have a deep love for the water. The ocean is part of that. I love to walk on the sand, watch the waves break on the shore. While I spent many a summer of my youth at the beach, I no longer have the “beach obsession.” I am just as content to be by a river, a stream or a lake.

K -  Looking at your published works, you have a contemporary romance, a paranormal one, and now this one which is steeped in fantasy. Do you have a favorite genre? Or a genre you haven’t tried your hand at yet but can’t wait to tackle?

SG - I am also working on science fiction. I love world building, which is best done in paranormal, fantasy and scifi. But in the end, I am character driven, and just try to find the type of world that works best for the characters knocking around in my head.

K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?

SG - Thirteen Nights, my next release from Ellora’s Cave, is the first book of the three part series, Divine Temptation, which also takes place in the pantheon universe, where the gods of mythology coexist with humans. In Thirteen Nights, the story centers on the warrior races who guard the Greek Pantheon—the Amazons and their male counterparts, the Gargareans. In mythology, these two groups would meet up once a year to breed, since neither married. Female children would go to the Amazons, males to the Gargareans. Thirteen nights was considered the optimal time together to guarantee a child. My story starts with that premise and modernizes it as an annual speed dating event. I also borrowed the two main characters from myth of Antiope and Theseus (Annie and Tai). Antiope is the only known Amazon ever to have married although she does not find a happy ending. In my story, I of course, change that.

K - Would you care to share an excerpt from it?

SG - Here’s the blurb in progress. Since its still in the editing phase, it made it hard to choose an excerpt.
Annie’s always been different. An empathic Amazon, she hides her emotional anomaly beneath her legendary fighting skills. To avoid passing on her genetic disorder, she’s always avoided the Thirteen Nights Ritual—the annual breeding rite among the warrior races of the Greek Pantheon. Only months away from 30, she is now duty-bound to participate. When she meets Tai, a half-human warrior who revs her up beyond legal limits and nurtures the gentleness she’s had to keep secret, thirteen nights of pleasure don’t seem nearly enough.
As a half human, Tai has survived by being faster, more lethal, and a whole lot smarter than his brethren. While the male warriors accept him for his achievements, the Amazons have never given him a second look. Until he meets Annie, whose smile is warm and real and whose body shudders with desire—for him. Determined to have her, he hacks into the Thirteen Nights database and rearranges the pairings to make Annie his breeding partner. Together their strength and tenderness combust into pure love.
But Tai’s actions are forbidden under Amazon law, subject to death. To stay together and alive, they are going to have to take on the Greek Pantheon and win.

K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?

SG - Thank you for doing this Kallysten. It’s been wonderful to be part of it. Having had a chance to read the book, I have to say you pulled together a talented group of writers. The stories are fantastic. I feel humbled to be a part of it.

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  1. Oh! Love the comment about enjoying world building but after all is said and done, it's the characters that drive the story.Great interview.

  2. Thanks Ellie. There is always an interaction between the world and how the characters develop, but that's part of the fun. Glad you dropped by.


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