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Jan 20, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – C.L. Gaber

clHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with C.L. Gaber for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you C.L. for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I think the paranormal genre chose me. I’m a film critic and I was on a trip to LA. to interview Cher. (Yes, really!)  In the middle of the night, I had a vivid dream that played out like a movie in my mind. It had a beginning, middle and ending. I jumped out of bed and wrote everything down. That became my book series ASCENDERS. Even though it’s a multi book saga, I saw exactly the last scene of the last book. It was so amazing.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles? ASCENDERS is out now. The sequel will debut this spring.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I’ve always been drawn to angels and have several angel statues in my yard and in my home. They’re so calming. I also love the Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” and Dobby from “Harry Potter.” Shape shifters. Enough said!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
It would be really fun to live a day in the Twilight world. A day as Bella. Not bad! But I’m afraid of heights, so that whole let’s scale up trees thing would have me freaking out.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m one chapter away from finishing Ascenders 2, out this spring.  It’s been so exciting crafting a sequel. Then I’m jumping right into Ascenders 3 for a fall release.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I don’t think people “get” writers. They might think that we’re not doing much when we’re just thinking about what to put on the page. But we’re always plotting and planning. You don’t have to be in front of the keyboard to write. I love to mull over what will happen next in Ascenders at daybreak when you’re halfway between sleep and the day.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I would just love to reach more readers because readers are AWESOME! I love to hear from readers. I love that on Facebook we can share things from our lives. So what would I change? Just wish I could get everyone involved. So send your friends on over!

Who is your biggest supporter?
Definitely my husband Ron. He’s awesome, so loving, and always has my back. He’s so encouraging about Ascenders and loves to hear plot ideas. You can’t even imagine how many dinners we’ve had out where I’ve spend time talking about demons and immortal souls. You get the strangest looks from the waiter and other people! I’m so blessed to have Ron who was incidentally my high school boyfriend. We went our different ways for 30 years and then came back together. Magic! I also have the best 14 year old bonus daughter.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
I have put a lot of real life experience in Ascenders. It’s about a high school for the recently departed. Some of my life is in there for sure. I’ve also lost both parents and the forever bond between parent and child is definitely in there. The hot love story between Walker and Daniel…I hope that’s everyone’s story!

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write, write, write. Try to get something on the page each day. Maybe you’ll just write a page, but it’s one page closer to holding your book someday. Also don’t ask 300 people for advice. Write from your heart and then hire a great editor.

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