KG- So, let’s get right to the goodies and the “other” star of our interview. Can you tell us a little bit about your newest release Sound of the Heart?
GG- Hi Kristal! Glad to be back.
Sound of the Heart is the companion novel to Under the Same Sky. That means they’re a series, but not sequels, so you can read them standalone, too … though I’m happy to say that reviewers of this book have said they’re now going back to check Under the Same Sky because they liked this one so much!
The funny thing about Sound of the Heart is that I never intended to write it! When Penguin offered me the contract for Under the Same Sky, it was on the basis that I would write a second book. Of course I said, ‘Sure!’ when they asked, but it was a bit of a challenge to come up with a whole new book—Under the Same Sky was literally the only thing I’d written to that point! But I was lucky because Dougal, my main character, is quite happy to tell his story. He’s somewhat of a ham. Loves to talk, be the centre of attention, defend the weak, etc
KG- He certainly is and of course that is why I loved him and why all of our readers are going to love him!
KG-I reviewed your debut novel Under the Same Sky and simply LOVED it. I raved about it to everyone that would listen! Can you tell us how Sound of the Heart differs from Under the Same Sky? How are the books similar, if at all?
GG- First off, THANKS for raving! For a new author like me, every sale is an important one, so I’m really hoping everyone else is passing along the word, too!
Sound of the Heart takes place at the same time as Under the Same Sky, but Dougal’s adventures are completely different from those of his brother. Two parallel lives. Andrew believed Dougal had been killed, along with thousands of others, on Culloden Moor. Andrew escaped the killing field after the battle was done, but Dougal wasn’t quite so fortunate. He ended up a P.O.W., and learning about how those men and women survived really broke my heart. It is impossible to me that human beings can treat each other like that—then and now. But one of the big differences between these books is the personalities of the main characters. Dougal is a strong, hardy man, but he also has a great outlook. Like Andrew, he’d defend the weak and be loyal to the end, but he has a lighter point of view. His dialogue is funnier, and his friends seem to reflect that.
KG- How can our readers get a copy of Sound of the Heart? Is it available as an ebook?
GG- Oh yes. Both Under the Same Sky and Sound of the Heart are available everywhere, including on e-book.
KG- So, its been a few months since we have talked to you last. What have you been up to since we last spoke? Book-wise, summer-wise, life-wise?
GG- Wellllll, I’ve just finished a 50 stop blog tour, which was a lot of fun but WOW. I also run an editing business, editing novels for authors around the world, and because I knew I’d need time for promoting my two books I put the editing on hold for a bit. Now I’m right back into it, working with all different kinds of books. It’s really an interesting business.
KG- 50 stops! That’s wild!! And pretty amazing!!!
GG- I’ve also been working on my own books, which is the best of all.
KG- We just had this discussion on the blog, so please humor me. I’m having a love affair with summer at the moment. What are you favorite things about summer? Any big plans? Im taking a trip to the Outer Banks in August and I am living every single day for that trip! LOL
GG- My favourite place to work in the summer is in my “outside office”, the screened-in gazebo my husband built for me last year! We have a lot of black flies up here, so the screen keeps the little buggers out. Sometimes the Atlantic wind comes up and I need a blanket, but really, what can be better than writing in the outdoors? My family usually joins me after a while—my husband loves to nap out there while I type—so sometimes “my” little office is full of our two teenage daughters, our little white dog, occasionally a chicken or two, and the two of us. When that happens, well, let’s just say writing gets put on hold for a bit.
KG- This office sounds like just my cup of tea!!! Where can I get one?!
GG- We’re travelling to Alberta for three weeks to visit family, and we’re looking forward to showing the girls the city. We moved from Calgary to Nova Scotia in 2008 because we wanted to get away from the noise and speed of the city. Sometimes they complain that they don’t get to go to the malls anymore (yay! That’s a good thing!) so we’re surprising them with a two day visit to the West Edmonton Mall.
KG- That sounds absolutely lovely!
KG- What is next for you? What can us eager readers be on the look out for?
GG- The third book in the MacDonnell clan series is Out of the Shadows, and it has been sitting—unread—on my editor’s desk for a year now. She’s waiting to hear about sales on the first two books before Penguin takes a chance on this new author again. It’s kind of a stressful position to be in, waiting to see, but I’m not too concerned. I have submitted another historical adventure book to my agent and am working on a time travel adventure right now. I have a chicklit as well, but I’ve put it to the side until I settle a few of these other books. Oh, and I’ve started a fourth in the MacDonnell series, but I want to wait and see how that all goes with Penguin before I go any farther.
GG- I’ll definitely be back when (not if!) my next book is out!
KG- You are welcome to join us anytime!!!
GG- Thanks again for having me here, and for reading Sound of the Heart.
KG- Thank you so much for stopping by to talk with us again! It is always a pleasure to have you here with us and we love to hear what you have going on and when your newest releases are going to hit shelves!
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