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Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Denice Garrou

DeniceHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Denice Garrou for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Denice for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live a ‘paranormal’ life. I studied metaphysics, earth based religions, I became a Reiki Master Teacher, I learned how to use crystals for healing. I even did the year and one-day training to become a witch. I studied forbidden history and learned the origination of most of our so called legends about vamps, werewolves, witches, ghosts, etc. What a fascinating journey of learning it has been.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Paranormal is such a broad genre so I would say all three of my books fall under that category.
My Dragonhorse saga deals with magical gypsies, witches, shifters; but also has a fantasy element to it with the dragons and the fae a Merlin type. I take you to forbidden and yet real ancient civilizations of our world. The 1st to titles are Dragonhorse and Seeker of the Forgotten Knowledge and then I wrote the prequel called Sumayah, with the third installment in the works called Talion. These books are a read for all ages.
Candlelight & Cobwebs, the 1st of my Ayvon Book of Secrets series is a babyboomer romance. It is for the more mature audience. In it we have modern day witches, a ghost, a talking skull, a raven than can communicate and one more ingredient that I will not divulge. You will have to read the story. But here again I bring you forgotten history like the Oracles of Delphi who prophesized to kings and warriors and pilgrims for over 1200 years. I got into her history and gave my account of what was her secret of success. Book 2 “The City of Stone” is in the works and takes us back to the lost Jordanian city of Petra. I go back into pre-Christian times, when Petra was still into Goddess worship.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Oh that is tough. I love the werewolves and werepanthers. But I think I must go with my own creation, my dragonhorses, who can shift from horse to dragon and dragon to horse…in my 3rd book Talion, they will blow your socks off with what they will be able to shift into next. So much fun!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Oh I really don’t know? I have warrior blood in me so it would have to be the good witch who kicks major ass, sort of like Sumayah or Shion in my Dragonhorse books. But then again it would have been fun to be a real live Oracle like Asia in Candlelight & Cobwebs. Maybe I was in a past life? I know I lived a lifetime in the city of Petra with the tigers…

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Well, besides what I just said above; I am heading up a project to help kids (nerds-geeks, which I am a proud member of) who are or have been bullied. I have found that many of your nerdy authors who write paranormal or fantasy genres have dealt with this and they have much wisdom to share with the young kids. It is a way of giving back to our readers. So we will be working on a trilogy of short stories about kids being bullied and how they deal and grow from it. We survived and so can they. Our 1st edition will be a charity. I have all fantasy and paranormal authors in this trilogy. I hope it goes so well we can do more. This project will go beyond just writing the stories, we have video segments and other things in the works to go with it. And so we will be looking for some kids and teens who would love to talk with us. They can contact me on my facebook page.
I also started a new YouTube channel called “Between the Lines Book Talk” with author Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. We will be talking about the behind the scenes of writers and the writing world. Not just author book interviews. And part of that will be a new book club we started. We want to help new authors get some good reviews in. And part of this book club will be a monthly video chat about the books. We hope to have our own book awards at the end of each year also. We are looking for avid readers too who would love to join our club. Just contact me via my facebook page. I believe if we have to give a book away there must be some sort of exchange for that gift and a review is a great gift in return. I am a huge believer in Karma…You get what you give.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t work that hard. That we write just to make money. I write because I have to, otherwise I would go insane. Haha. I also write to teach. I can guarantee that you will learn one thing new with each of my books.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Yes, when was it decided that authors had to pay people to read their books? I remember going to the library if I wanted a free read. There are a ton of very talented storytellers out there who are struggling because they do not have the financial resources to buy their readers and fans. That is what it has come down to sadly enough.

Who is your biggest supporter?
As far as a reader fan; a big shout out goes to Jerilynn Rodriguez! I would love to have coffee or tea or whatever with her one day. She is always giving me a shout out. And my friend and compadre in book crimes Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. I do have a small core group of authors who do help out and so that would include, Guy Donovan and Benjamin Towe and Jonathan Yanez along with Michelle. Love you guys! Hint look for us in a collaboration soon.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
My very 1st book and that is why I wrote it. It was ten years of experience and I kept notes knowing one day it would become a book. Dragonhorse is dedicated to the horse for it was the horse that kept me sane. I am dyslexic and an Empath, so my life has not been an easy one. Depression has taken me down many times and it was my horses that kept me here.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write what you know and are passionate about. Not everyone will understand your message but just being able to share it makes all the difference. This why I chose to Indie publish. Even my editor didn’t always see my vision but at least I had the right to disagree with her. Oh and yes, get a good editor, not a proofreader and EDITOR. It does the rest of us no good when there are amateurish novels put out there. Invest in that money. And be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked in your life. But you will love it as I do.

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