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Interview: My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls author, Linda Hays-Gibbs

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My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls

Linda Hays-Gibbs

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Where are you from?  Tell us a little about yourself.

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I was born in Mississippi and lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and in Saudi Arabia.  I am a mother of 3 and grandmother of 5.  I love to sing in the choir and I have been divorced and widowed. I visited the lower 48 and had relatives in most of them.  I’m a great great granddaughter of Daniel Boone. Since 1982 I live in a small town near Tuscaloosa, AL and was writing my book while the April 27, 2011 tornado blew away a lot of us. I don’t scare easily but that storm was really a nasty one. I went back to school after my divorce and got a BA in Anthropology and a minor in creative writing.  I went back to get my Masters in Secondary Education but I became ill and had to stay at home.  I have some health issues but I try to ignore them.  I am a Christian and try to incorporate some of my beliefs in my fantasy romances. I have a vivid imagination.  I love to write and I read romance novels all the time.

 

Tell us about your book?  How did it get started?

My book starts in 1815 with a ball, of course my characters are fiction.  There actually was real ball held by the Duchess of Richmond right before the last battle with Napoleon.  My heroine, Prudence Elizabeth White is the daughter of the Earl of White and it is her first ball. She is eighteen years old. Everything is beautiful and she feels like Cinderella. Then her life becomes a horror novel as she loses the only family she has left and a suitor to the battle.  Without family and friends she sinks into bedlam until she is literally rescued by the arms of a man that is turning into a vampire.  When the half vampire can’t help her she has a dog that has adopted her.  Something else tracks her but her sole source of comfort and protection is this half vampire.  She returns to England with him still guarding and protecting her along with the dog.  Pru is led to a castle by the dog and there is confronted with ghosts, demons and the process of becoming a woman instead of a frail spoiled girl.  Pru has a very real man come on the scene to complicate matters between her and the ghosts, angels and vampires.  It is about conquering fears and growing up as well as battling the darkness in our lives with the light of our convictions.

 

I got started while I was reading about the history of this battle and I thought how silly they all were to be going to a ball before they died.  I thought what would a young girl feel after losing her love or brother to such an event after attending such a ball and I went on from there with my imagination.  I had to have someone rescue her and what better than a French vampire to rescue an English maiden.  I also needed some humor after all the horrors and terrors so I borrowed from my point of view too.

 

How do you create your characters?

I think of people I have met.  I try to take some of the characters I have read about in other books too.  I especially try to find the goodness from other characters and personalities and what their point of view must be.

 

What inspires me to write?

My Latin professor used to tell me that my translations were filled with more imagination than he could ever conceive.  I had an Anthropology professor tell me the same at the University of Alabama.  The only one to ever really inspire me was my daughter, who said, “Mama, write that stuff down and send it off and somebody might like it.”  I would never have tried if not for her.  My children and God are my inspirations.

 

What do you like to read?

I love history but I have a passion for Regency Romance.  I am a Sci-Fi nut and love all of it but the slice and dice.  I can’t stomach the real messy stuff.  But give me both Regency Romance and the magical or paranormal and I am in heaven.  The Eternal Press authors have a lot of really good books to read. “Milk Carton People”

 

What would you advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

I would say, “Read.”  Read everything that interests you and what relates to what you want to write.  The first thing you should write about is something you know, something that is part of you.  Then try to write a skeleton of what you want to say, then put the meat on the bones.  Follow your dreams when you are young if you can but remember it is never too late to dream.

 

Anything else you’d like to share.

Don’t let your life get in the way of your dreams.  Life is too short.  Go after your dreams when you are young, if at all possible. (Never give up, never surrender).  Writing a book is like having a baby, You are excited and expectant, then you feel a little sick to start, you feel out of sorts, you grow and expand, you finally think you can’t take it anymore then you get published and you deliver, but the work instead of being over has just begun and the work is even harder. Raising a kid is the hardest part not the pregnancy.  By the time you have it right you will feel old and beat up and maybe disappointed and maybe you start another baby.  That’s life and that is what makes us strong.

 

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    • I love the people and the society of 1815 England. It was a very exciting time and I love the thought of having to elope to Scotland to get married.The idea of thumbing my nose at the people telling me what to do. It sounds weird to woman now to be subjected to arranged marriages and the dictates of a parent that ruled the lives of the women or a husband that had the power of life and death over his daughters. It was a very interesting time for me.

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    • Aspiring authors should consider they must know their subject to the best of their ability. They must also have a thick hide because you will have a lot of people that make you want to give up before you have even started.

    • If you want to write a book then start writing and writing and writing. The more you write the better you get.

    • I you really want to write, you should read. Read about what you want to write about and read everything you can find about it. The only other way to write is about your own experinces. You must write about what you know and you know by experience or by what you learn when you read.

      • <p style=”margin:0″>★The Pen & MuseMy profiles: Latest post: Interview: My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls author, Linda Hays-Gibbs — My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls Linda Hays-Gibbs Purchase Where are you from?  Tell us a little about yourself. …   Like · Comment · Share The Pen & Muse Blog page on Facebook     Like   Get this email app!   Latest tweet: Interview: My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls author, Linda Hays-Gibbs <a href="http://t.co/Xa52dh1Shttp://t.co/Xa52dh1S<br /> Follow @thepenmuse Reply Retweet   12:08 Feb-18   Get this email app!   Latest product: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Hair Dryer $30.00 | Buy it now | Add to watch list   Get this email app!   Get a signature like this. CLICK HERE.  

    • Mysteries are really hard to write. You have to map out your story or get a good idea before you can write any story but mysteries take a great amount of forethought because it can't be too simple or you lose your audience and it can't be too difficult or the same thing happpens.

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      • I am excited about being interviewed and hope to answer everyones questions. I appreciate everyone being here.

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  1. My favorite romance movie is" Pride and Prejudice" but I love "Gone With the Wind" too. I wish they would make more romance movies about the Regency Period.

  2. the question makes think that the best part to connect with the most would be the nighttime when Pierre consoles Pru

    • My imagination led me to combine Regency England and vampires, ghosts, demons and angels. It was all in my head. I really wanted to write something different and I combined comedy with horror too in a gothic sense but other ways too.

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  4. Congrats on the book! I have it on my Nook and will read soon. Very interesting life-Daniel Boone-do you ever speak at historical sites? Great interview. Wish you all the success in the world. Dina Rae, author

  5. Dina, sorry been fixing this computer. Yes, I have researched on Daniel Boone.. MY great great,,,grandfather. His daughter, Suzannah married William Hays and had Boone Hays and it goes from there. I am very proud of my connection to such an icon and try to read as much about him as I can.

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  6. I would like to thank The Pen and Muse and especially Denise Alicea for giving me this interview and opportunity. It is so exciting to be here and I am so grateful to Denise for all her time and consideration. Thank you so very much for having me hear on your site. Sincerely, Thank you.
    Linda Hays-Gibbs
    My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls
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  7. I want to thank The Pen and Muse again for having me for this interview, especially Denise Alicea. I am so excited to be here and to be an author with Eternal Press Publishers. It is an experience and honor. Thank you very much.

  8. It seems I just missed you. Great interview and best of luck with the book. If anyone else is reading this, I can recommend My Angel for anyone who enjoys a fast-moving and quirky take on Regency.

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