Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rowan by Adele Cosgrove-Bray: Interview

Paranormal Fiction

Rowan lives with secrets.  His family know nothing of his life after his mother banished him from the family home.  Rowan is attracted to the handsome and vivacious Aiden, a member of Morgan Gruffudd's secretive community of artisan vampires.  But blackmail threatens to destroy the new life Rowan has been building.  People ae dying - and Rowan is caught in the middle of a secret war.

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Tell us about your current release.
Rowan introduces a young man who is living with his elderly aunt in the small seaside town of Hoylake, which is along the coast from where I live on the Wirral peninsula, England. Rowan's parents are divorced - his father has remarried - and at the start of the novel, Rowan has been offered a place at university. It's a down-to-earth beginning which many people could relate to.

Then Rowan meets Aiden, who is vivacious and spontaneous, but Aiden is also a member of a secretive order of artisan-sorcerers. Just as life is looking good, events from Rowan's past threaten to destroy the new life he's been building for himself ever since his mother threw him out of the family home following Rowan's disclosure of his bisexuality.  

It's a novel about taking personal responsibility, about not jumping through the hoops that other people hold up for you, and of the real meaning of family. 

It also continues the story of the group of artisan-sorcerers, who share a communal home in Aigburth, a suburb of Liverpool. They really are artists and crafts-workers but there is a spiritual side to their lives too, in that they're all members of an international order of magicians.

What was your first sale as an author?

Let me check my records… That would be a 1000-word article on dream analysis, which I sold to Exploring the Supernatural magazine, and which was published in June 1987. I became a regular columnist for that magazine, which later changed its name to Your Future when it altered its format to focus mostly on divination.

I'd had pieces published before this, though. The very first pieces were a poem called Knight of the Sword, and a humorous article on fund-collecting which were both printed in the same issue of Pipes of Pan back in 1982. That was when I was still at college. My first job after graduating from college was as an editor for The Birchwood Guidebook.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

One common question is can people visit the locations where the stories are set. All my locations are real, like Hilbre Island, Lark Lane or the Calder Stones; so, yes, you can walk around them or look them up on Google Maps. Businesses like the Antiquarian Emporium and the tapas bar, Taste, are entirely fictional of course.

Another typical question is how much of the magic is real. I prefer to let people figure that one out themselves - but this is fiction we're talking about. Elements of my own philosophy are woven into the novels, but there are red herrings in there too. It's up to readers, if they're interested in that aspect of the stories, to sift and search for hints of what is true. Many readers enjoy the books on a purely entertainment level, and that's totally fine too.

 If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Well, Tamsin and Rowan are part of a series. The novels follow the lives of the community of artisan-sorcerers, and can be read in any order. This is deliberate as one of my pet hates is when you get really into a series but then can't find all the books. Having stuff permanently available online easily gets around that anyway - and isn't this part of the attraction to indie publishing for many forward-thinking authors?
There are also some short stories which link to the novels, as I like creating little spin-off stories for my characters even at this early stage of the series. Each story expands their world that little bit.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
When people learn I have a cryo-preservation contract in place, they usually do a double-take. I'm a member of the Cryonics Institute, in Michigan; so when this body requires it, it will be flown halfway round the world to be preserved in liquid nitrogen until it can be restored to full health with the aid of nano-medicines and anti-aging technologies, which are being developed right now. It might sound like science-fiction, but it is a possibility for the future.
This does not mean that my philosophy dismisses any notion of life beyond this flesh-and-blood body. To me, cryo-preservation is more like a Plan B project.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Like most writers, I've always got projects in-progress. The next two books in the artisan-sorcerer series are Bethany Rose and Fabian. Bethany Rose should be ready by the end of this year, but you'll have to wait a good while for Fabian as I'm only writing the first draft now, so that's a long, long way from completion.
A second short story collection, Dark Waters, is at the planning stage. The stories are ready; they now need putting in sequence. This project should be ready by mid-summer. Also, later this year my writers group, Riverside Writers, will release a free ebook, Seaside Stories, which I'll be editing and which is scheduled for publication in time for Xmas.
Longer term, I'll be putting together five short stories which all link to the novels; three are already written.
I also want to expand Spooky Cute Designs, which is my online shop with Zazzle. This offers several ranges of t-shirts, gifts and greetings cards, etc., and one of its most popular ranges is dedicated to writers.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Creative, focussed, self-disciplined.







Adele Cosgrove-Bray is the author of a series of dark urban fantasy novels which follow the lives of a community of artisan-sorcerers based in Liverpool, EnglandTamsin and Rowan are available now (February 2012), and Bethany Rose will follow soon.  Fabian, the fourth in the series, should be ready next year.  The series can be read in any order. 

She also writes short fiction and poetry.

Adele has been a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids since 1999. She has been the elected Chair for Riverside Writers since 2003. Adele became a member of the Cryonics Institute in 2008.

She shares life on the Wirral peninsula with one husband, two dogs, one cat, various chickens, an assortment of hedgehogs and bats, and a large black toad which lives under the patio step.

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1 comment:

Adele Cosgrove-Bray said...

Hello Laurie,

Thanks for doing the interview!

Kind regards,
Adele.