Please join me in welcoming Gayle Ann Williams here today to Dark Faerie Tales to talk a bit about Tsunami Blue. The first book in her Tsunami Blue series, Tsunami Blue, was released on March 30, 2010. Tsunami Blue is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge. Stay tuned for my upcoming review. This book is just fabulous.
Four lucky commentators will have a chance to win some really cool prizes. Details are listed at the end of the post.
The Writing and Inspiration of Tsunami Blue
by Gayle Ann Williams
First let me say thank you so much for having me here today. I love Dark Faerie Tales. It’s such a cool blog.
I thought your readers might like a bit of background on the writing and inspiration of TSUNAMI BLUE, and what will be the next book in the Tsunami Blue world.
As you know, my name is Gayle Ann Williams. I live off the coast of Washington, on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. I love the San Juan Islands, and when I sat down to write BLUE, I knew I wanted to set the story here, in my own backyard. The idea for TSUNAMI BLUE stemmed from my travels in SE Asia.
On Christmas night, in 2004 I boarded a plane out of Seattle and flew right into the Southeast Asia Tsunami. In the air when the deadly wave hit, I knew that if I had arrived a few hours earlier, I might have been a statistic. As I continued to travel in the region over the next few months, I listened and observed, hugged and cried, and yet through all the pain, something else emerged. It was hope. The resilience of the human spirit surfaced. I did not know this at the time, but this experience, this life changing adventure, would become the foundation for my novel Tsunami Blue.
I knew I wanted my characters to be honorable and heroic, even in the most challenging of circumstances. And what could be more challenging than a post-apocalyptic world where “survival of the fittest” and the most “brutal” seem to be the law of the land. What is left of the land that is. I wanted them to be flawed, not perfect, because really? Who of us are? But in the end, I wanted them to find a way to do the right thing. . .to survive, and ultimately find each other.
I also had such fun with TSUNAMI BLUE. I incorporated my own favorite rain boots into the story, black vinyl, with skull and crossbones on them. I used the names of my real life, identical twin nephews and my wonderful little niece. And Max, Tsunami Blue’s very cool dog, really is named “Beans,” and belongs to my circle of relatives.
Right now, I’m so happy to say, there is a book two set in the TSUNAMI BLUE world. Due out in March of 2011, the second book will take place in the same tsunami ravaged landscape. Six years have passed, the world has evolved- but still, danger is everywhere. I will introduce two new characters but don’t be surprised to see an appearance of Blue and Gabriel.
TSUNAMI BLUE is edgy and urban, futuristic and paranormal. And yet it is a romance, always a romance. I hope you enjoy the story. And hang on tight, it’s a ride! Thank you.
And thank you again, Angela for having me. This was such fun!
Growing up in a small, cowboy town in Eastern Washington, and, after numerous visits to Seattle during her college years, Gayle fell in love with the ocean. Trading her spurs for a sea kayak, she left her Rodeo Queen roots behind (yes, she really was a Rodeo Queen) and moved to the “rainy” country. For a time she lived on a sailboat and to this day she thinks sailing throughout the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands as one of the best experiences of her life.
Synopsis (Product Description):
NO SAFE HARBOR
With her badass rain boots, her faithful dog, and the ability to predict the monster tsunamis that have reduced the US to a series of islands, Kathryn O’Malley isn’t afraid of much. Cut off from all society, she takes to the airwaves as Tsunami Blue, hoping to save something of humanity as the world around her crumbles. But Blue should be afraid—because her message reaches the wrong ears.
Now she’s the target of ruthless pirates known as Runners who want to use her special talents for their own profiteering—as soon as they can find her. Blue’s only shot at survival lies with the naked stranger who washes up on her rocky beach. A man who might just be working for Runners himself. Torn between suspicion and attraction, the two will have to navigate a surging tide of danger and deceit if they hope to stay alive.
Four lucky commentators will have a chance to win the following:
Grand Prize: An autographed copy of Tsunami Blue, bracelet, bookmark, collector card, and a pair of shell earrings.
1st Winner: An autographed copy of Tsunami Blue, bracelet, and a pair of shell earrings.
2nd Winner: A bracelet and a pair of shell earrings.
3rd Winner: A bracelet and a pair of shell earrings.
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How would you survive the aftermath of a Tsunami? Tell us about your survival 101 techniques.
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4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.
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6. Giveaway ends Friday, July 2nd at 11:59 PM EST.
7. The winners will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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