Pamela Gossiaux Interview: Cats & Hearts

I recently interviewed Pamela Gossiaux, author of Mrs. Chartwell and the Cat Burglar, Trusting the Cat Burglar, and the most recent title: Romancing the Cat Burglar.

Please tell us about your new title and where it is available?

Romancing the Cat Burglar takes place in Paris, a city I fell in love with several years ago when I visited. I had a lot of fun writing the story because creating the setting gave me a chance to remember the beauty, the timelessness and the art of that wonderful city. And of course, the food! I wanted to capture enough of the atmosphere in the book so the reader feels like he or she is there! In this story, the third in the series, Abigail has to impress her boss with her presentation at the Louvre and bring in some funding for their library or she’s going to get the boot.  Tony’s along for the ride and wants to search for his family’s history while he’s in Paris. But when Abigail’s ring gets stolen, and mysterious paintings start to appear in Paris’s finest museums, the two get caught up in a dangerous hunt. As they seek answers, the line between right and wrong blurs. With Abigail’s future in jeopardy, and Tony’s reputation following him, how far will they go to find the truth?

Why did you choose to tell this story?

I wanted a story that is fun and flirty, but also brings in a question about integrity. Abigail has always walked the straight and narrow, but Tony is a reformed cat burglar. When they start tracking a thief and much is at stake, how far will they go to help the one they love? This book talks about “crossing the line” and when, and if, it’s okay to do so. My other books have a theme in them too: Mrs. Chartwell talks about forgiveness, and Trusting the Cat Burglar is of course, about trust. My characters ask questions about things that I sometimes find myself struggling with. Don’t we all from time to time?

How did you research the book?

I went to Paris! I also took French back in college. It’s a bit rusty now, but between Google Translate and my hazy memory of the language, hopefully I didn’t mess it up that badly! There are some French phrases in there, and the Parisians sometimes speak a word or two of French to give the book an authentic feel.

Please describe your current work?

I am working on a fourth Cat Burglar book, which will be out later next year. It’s about a stolen violin. My sons both play violin, so again, I thought I’d write about something I know. My most current project that I’m in the middle of writing right now is a Young Adult novel, that will hopefully be out in the spring. More to come on that later.

Which writers inspire / inspired you?

Well, Gregory French, of course! I have loved Madeleine L’Engle’s books since I was a kid. I read such a wide variety of genres today, and some of my current favorites include Joshilyn Jackson (I love her characters!); Connie Willis (Sci-Fi and fun with some great research thrown in!); Patsy Clairmont (Christian inspiration and humor); and of course the awesome J.R.R.Tolkien and J.K. Rowling for world-building. And C.S. Lewis because he’s so quotable.
Why do you write?

Because I can’t NOT write. Creating stories is something I’ve always done. It’s my passion and I don’t feel complete unless I am creating. I guess I have a lot to say and I want to get it all down on paper. Also, writing fiction gives me a grown-up excuse to play with my imaginary friends!

What are your common themes?

Although I don’t always start out to write Christian books, I find that my faith creeps into all of my stories. Our beliefs are a part of who we are, and my stories are a way, in part, of my exploring my faith at a greater level. For example, in Trusting the Cat Burglar, Abigail has to decide if she can really trust Tony or not. But the greater question the book explores is can we really trust God? God lets some scary things happen to us. How/why can we continue trusting Him despite this?

How often do you write and where?

I write every day. My goal for my own books is 2000 words per day, because I have a full-time job as a writer/editor for others. I write in my office when the family is home. That’s a closet transformed into an office in my bedroom. But when I’m home alone and the house is quiet, I bring the laptop to the kitchen table, where I can look out back and watch the birds come to the feeders. It’s so peaceful and pretty. And when I write, I am always surrounded by my cats. Usually one of them is on my lap.

What question do you wish I had asked? 

What is your advice for aspiring writers? I am contacted by so many people who want to write a book but don’t know where to start, or don’t have the time, etc. Some writing can be cathartic, or just for fun, and that’s okay. But if you want to write a book for publication, I believe in a Butt in Seat approach. The only way you are going to get a book written is to write it. Every one of us has a story in us, and some of us simply have to tell it. If you are one of those people, sit down every day and write. If you only write on page per day, that’s 365 pages per year, which is a pretty big book. And I don’t believe in writer’s block. I worked as a journalist for many years, and when there’s an 8 a.m. breaking story and you have a 9 a.m. deadline for the paper to go to print, you don’t have time for writer’s block. You just write. Train yourself like you would for any other job. Just show up, do the work, and it will get done.

Thank you, Greg! I have enjoyed talking with you and I can’t wait to read what you are working on next!

You can find Pam and her fine novels at the following. Don’t hesitate, these are great mysteries by a brilliant writer.

 

Website:https://pamelagossiaux.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PamelaGossiauxAuthor/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/pamelagossiaux

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Gossiaux/e/B001JP3CI2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

BookBub:https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-gossiaux

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamelagossiaux/

Murder & Rivers: Elizabeth Randall Interview

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Murder & Rivers

Elizabeth Randall Interview

I had the pleasure to interview Elizabeth (Liz) Randall about her upcoming book “The Ocklawaha River Odyssey” and another title that is dear to my heart, “Murder in St. Augustine.”

Elizabeth Randall is the author of many fine books, including: Murder in St. Augustine, Haunted St. Augustine and St. Johns County, The Floating Teacher: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving and soon-to-be released: The Ocklawaha River Odyssey

 Please tell us about your upcoming title and when and where it will be available?

The History Press is publishing it in the spring (fingers crossed). It should be available from the publisher’s catalog, Amazon, and local Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Why did you choose to tell this story?

Primarily to clear the name of the murder victim who was vilified before and after her demise.

How did you research the book?

I had a tight deadline and I work full time as a teacher. So I spent a lot of my summer in St. Augustine and also traveled to South Carolina and Massachusetts for additional research. I interviewed local people and the officials who were still alive. The St. Johns County Sheriffs Department supplied 1000 pages of documentation. I got former commission meetings on CD. There were, however, no court transcripts. Rumor has it that someone took them.

What drew you to the compelling story for Murder in St. Augustine?

 My first book about St. Augustine, Haunted St. Augustine and St. Johns County, had a chapter in it about the murder. During book talks, that was all anyone wanted to talk about. I thought there might be a book there.

How did you first learn about the crime?

When I read Powell and Mast’s book: Bloody Sunset, a somewhat fictionalized version of the crime.

Why did you choose to tell this true crime story?

My grandfather was the former editor of the New York Daily Mirror and he wrote about true life murders for detective magazines. So you could say I am keeping the family tradition alive in my own way.

Describe your current work?

I escaped into nature after writing a true crime story and spent two years kayaking, writing, and photographing the lower Ocklawaha River.  

Which writers inspire / inspired you?

Hunter Thompson, Thomas McGuane, David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Laura Lee Smith, Carson Mccullers, Harper Lee.

Why do you write?

I like the organic process of formulating language.

What are your common themes?

I am a political person. Most of my themes involve justice for someone or something.

How often do you write and where?

I write every day although not for as long as I’d like since I work full time as a teacher. I have an office, but sometimes I just sit in a chair with my laptop. I take notes on my phone.

 

Thank you, Liz.

I’m looking forward to reading The Ocklawaha River Odyssey.

 

All the best,

Greg Jolley

The Danser novels

 

 

Greg Jolley

The Danser novels

“The Girl in the Hotel” now in paperback!

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The Girl in the Hotel by Gregory French is now available in both eBook and printed versions.

We are still shamelessly shilling for Amazon reviews, in particular of the eBook version. As an enticement to post a review (the good, the bad, the strange), Greg will get you a free copy of the ebook or, if you prefer, mail you a signed copy. Our way of saying thank you.

Available in Ebook and now in print: https://amzn.to/2zuhOvJ

Thank you,

The DT’s (Dancer Team)

gfjolle@sbcglobal.net

TheDansers.com