Another writer Wednesday interview with one of my writer friends, C.G. Powell. Enjoy!
Olivia: Share a little bit about yourself. Did you always see yourself as a writer?
C.G.: No, I didn’t really consider becoming a writer. My background is in Aviation Electronics and Cisco Networking. I even make my kids write their own excuses for school…I just sign them. I guess you can say that all changed in February 2011. I woke up one morning and decided I was going to write a book. My husband thought I was joking, but 3 months later I had an 81K word manuscript finished.
Olivia: So tell us about Spell Checked and how we can find it?
C.G.: All Maelin wanted was solitude on a tour of Ireland. Soon finds herself unexplainably attracted to the very man who brought her there under false pretenses and learns that witches and vampires not only live among them, but that she herself is one.
Beck and Helen’s love for one another spans across a millennium, her human soul reincarnated to match Beck’s own immortality. This time however the body she occupies is of a being that cannot be eclipsed by her return. After waiting two hundred years, Beck finds himself tormented by Helen’s inability to return and his growing love for her new host. You can find Spell Checked at: Amazon | Barns & Noble | Smashwords
Olivia: Your book is really unique in the way it spins science into the fantasy and paranormal realm. I especially loved the prominence of Tesla’s work. Tell us about your inspiration.
C.G.: I have always had a love of science. I want to know how things work, so it was only natural to carry that into my writings. It is one of the reasons I connect better with Beck than Mae.
Olivia: I’m from the Gulf Coast and we have a thing called hurricane parties. The idea is to hunker down all together with friends and family to weather the storm (I actually seem to recall you might know a little about Hurricane Parties too.) If you were going to host a hurricane party, which one of your characters would you want to be there and why?
C.G.: Being from South Louisiana, I’m well familiar with hurricane parties, having been through a few myself. If I were to have only one of my characters there, I would want it to be Aidan—He would certainly be the life of the party. The combination of fun and chaos are right up his alley.
Olivia: There are several gals in Spell Checked including the main character, Maelin. Are any of the ladies anything like you?
C.G.: There is a little of me in all the characters. Believe it or not, Beck is closer to my personality than any of the girls. Well, Alexis is a close second, but there is a reason for that…Like mother like daughter. She is written exactly like the real Alexis (Thomas).
Olivia: Okay, so what about the guys in Spell Checked? Who’s your favorite and why?
C.G.: As much as I adore Aidan; Beck is still my favorite. I can relate to him and the things he does…We are both big nerds at heart. Plus, he is one very sexy beast!!!
Olivia: I’m sure you try to read as much as you write. Tell us about a book you’ve read recently that just blew you away!
C.G.: I love the Gwen Sparks series by Stephanie Nelson.
Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender, but I hate the cliff hanger and the fact that she didn’t let her characters have wild wolf sex…I still love the book.
And my most recent book love is , Witch Way Bends…I can’t remember who wrote it, but it’s very good!!!
Olivia: Ahahaha! Yeah, I’ve heard of that book Witch Way Bends… *winks* So you’ve got some new projects in the works. Can you tell us about what we can look forward to in future?
C.G.: I just finished “immortal Voyage” and it’s with the editor right now. This story is in the Terra Stellar world and is about Atlantis during the Neolithic time period. I hope to have this published by the end of next month. I’m currently writing a short story about a siren named Sarina which is part of an anthology called Cupid Painted Blind and should be out by the end of this month. I’m also writing book 2 of the No Uncertain Logic series, called Exile Bytes and will have the gang traveling to Tenerife and the Mongolian desert.
About C.G. Powell:
As a teen C.G. Powell was selected as a member of her school’s newspaper staff. After her first article the editor decided the darkroom was a more suitable place for her skills…or lack of. Since then, she has traveled everywhere—thanks to her innate curiosity about the world and the Navy. In her life time, she has learned: aviation electronics, CCNA networking, Gemology and how to get bloodstains out of the carpet (you never know when you might need that). But her latest, all-consuming, endeavor is storytelling. When asked why, her response was “I live to challenge myself; I like to be pushed outside of my comfort zone and writing is one of those things that pushes my boundaries. Besides it was the only way to share all of the crap bouncing around in my head!”
C.G. Powell lives in Virginia with her husband and children. When she is not writing, you might find her watching hot guys jog past her front window, ordering the cabana boy to fix her another drink or abusing the local authorities…but that’s just hearsay.
As a teen l was selected as a member of my high school’s newspaper staff, after the first article it was decided by the editor that the darkroom was a more suitable place for my skills…or lack of. Since then, I have traveled everywhere—thanks to my innate curiosity about the world and the Navy. In my life time, I have learned: aviation electronics, CCNA networking, Gemology and how to get bloodstains out of the carpet (you never know when you might need that). But my latest, all-consuming, endeavor is storytelling. When asked why, all I could say is “I live to challenge myself; I like to be pushed outside of my comfort zone and writing is one of those things that push my boundaries. Besides it was the only way to share all of the crap bouncing around in my head!”
I live in Virginia with my husband and children. When I’m is not writing, you might find me watching hot guys jog past my front window, ordering the cabana boy to fix me another drink or abusing the local authorities…but that’s just hearsay.
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Don’t forget to look for Spell Checked! I’ve read it and its a fabulous book. I can’t wait for more from my friend C.G. Powell.
About Spell Checked: Broken relationships were a constant in Mae’s life, causing her to swear off men forever. Unwittingly lured to Ireland, Mae finds herself knee-deep in a hidden world she never knew existed and head over heels for the very man that tricked her to coming there. His deception is complicated by his own feelings for the one person that holds the key to merging the ancient races that once ruled the ancient word.
Mae finds herself in an underground world of witches, and vampires, which are half-breeds of aliens long gone. She learns about her own unique parentage and powers, which she must study in order to control, before they consume her.
Some of the underworld creatures welcome her with open arms as a savior, while others seek to destroy the abomination they believe her to be. Will the knowledge of her existence cause a race war when the true power of her blood is discovered? Or will love become her ultimate downfall?