I’m hosting an interview today with romance author Annette Gisby. Thank you for answering my questions, Annette!
What is the hardest part about being an author?
I think the hardest part is trying to promote your work once it’s published. Not to mention wondering whether or not you are going to get good or bad reviews. Getting bad reviews is horrible, I feel a bit upset that day, but then I just try and forget and write something else. Not everyone is going to like what you write, I get that, but it still hurts when you see those reviews. I think I need to grow a thicker skin 🙂
Funnily enough, the worst reviews I had were from a free erotica story I wrote recently. It was rather odd, most negative reviews picked up on the same thing – the story was about a professor and a student (over 18) being involved and the reviewers rightly pointed out that it was unethical and probably illegal if it had happened in real life. But that was the point – it was a fictional erotica story, nothing at all to do with real life 😉
Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
Severin is the crown prince of Arcathia and the only surviving child of the king and queen and he’s been brought up to put his duty before everything else, so he reluctantly agrees to marry a princess from a neighbouring kingdom, even though his interests lie with men, not women.
Havyn is a slave and has known nothing else so he is quite surprised and pleased when Prince Severin and his wizarding advisor, Ildar, buy him and intend to set him free. He’s even more surprised when Ildar discovers Havyn has magic and invites Havyn to be his apprentice.
Severin falls for Havyn, first in lust, and then in love, but he’s engaged to a princess and Havyn is supposed to remain chaste to keep his powers strong. There is a lot of yearning from afar on both their parts but things take an unexpected turn when they turn up for Severin’s betrothal ceremony and discover the princess is missing…
Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
At the moment it’s a standalone, but never say never. One day the Muse might want me to write something else in that universe, but so far that hasn’t happened.
How many hours do you write per day?
Normally about 2-3 hours a day on writing itself, than about another 3-4 on editing, research, promotion, book reviews (writing them and sending out requests for my own books) and updating my blogs etc. I usually give myself some time off at the weekend and don’t do any writing at all if we’re on holiday somewhere, I think it about it a lot though 🙂
What is your favorite book?
Oh, that is a tough one. I think I tend to have favourite authors rather than a favourite book. I love the Harry Potter Series, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve re-read that. I love S.J. Bolton and Sarah Rayne for psychological thrillers. In historical romance I read a lot of Elizabeth Chadwick and Phillipa Gregory and for horror you can’t really go wrong with Stephen King, but I also like Shaun Hutson as well. For fantasy my favourites are Lynn Flewelling, Carol Berg, Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett.
What are you working on now?
Lots of different things that I’ve started but haven’t quite settled on which one will get finished first. We’re in a bit of a heatwave in the UK at the moment and I don’t get on well with heat. I’m from Ireland originally, a lot cooler and wetter. I have migraine associated vertigo and the heat is not good for that either, I feel dizzy most days until the sun goes down. One book is a male/male romance and murder mystery set in a boarding school, another is also a male/male romance where a baker finds his livelihood threatened when a superstore opens up just outside of town. He hasn’t had much time for romance as he was trying to build up his business but that might change soon.
Author: Annette Gisby
Genre: M/M fantasy romance
The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.