Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us today Gy.
(Tell us about your latest book)
The title is “Twist of Time”. It is a romantic thriller involving the unusual pairing of Kate O’Flynn an attractive homicide detective in Santa Barbara, California, and Thomas, an Anglican monk with a mysterious past who is an expert in Celtic Studies. They are brought together by the sudden appearance of a legendary Templar diary written in 1314. It was composed by Sir Brychan, a monk and Templar Knight who was on a suicide mission. The diary was stolen from him and for the next 700 years whenever it reappears there are multiple murders – seven centuries of serial killings all linked to the diary. This time when the diary is discovered, Thomas is hired to translate it from the original medieval Celtic language. But the courier bringing it to him is murdered and the diary stolen. (Another homicide right on schedule!) Brother Thomas and Detective Kate must recover the diary and by using the text, follow the Templar Knight’s trail in France and Scotland to discover the diary’s secrets. But they are being followed by three competing cartels who will commit more murders to get the diary. And to complicate matters further, Kate, the cynical divorcee and Thomas the devout monk, are falling in love. Seriously.
I am currently writing the sequel to “Twist of Time”.
(What can we expect in the future)
The next book “Fugue” is a romantic thriller now being prepared for publication. The title has a double meaning; fugue in classical music is a composition involving counterpoint; and secondly, the term “fugue state” in psychology refers to a type of amnesia brought on by sudden severe psychological trauma. The flawed hero, Quinn is a famous concert pianist who suffers from “fugue syndrome” as a result of childhood trauma involving a murder. Now Quinn is living two lives; the highly successful concert celebrity and the secret life of a serial killer. But as a result of the fugue syndrome he has no memory of the killings. And for the first time in his life Quinn, famous in the media for his many love affairs, has seriously fallen in love with Holly, a brilliant and wealthy Washington socialite. They were meant for each other. Of course Holly knows nothing of Quinn’s other life.
When a secret black ops group deep within the DOI (Department of Intelligence) discovers Quinn’s unusual fugue affliction, he is recruited and specially trained as an assassin to be used in very special terrorist situations. As a famous concert artist, he is above suspicion and has a strong fan base among the Arab nations. But Sgt. Oscar Oakley, a relentless Washington DC homicide detective, begins to connect these serial murders as government sanctioned killings. To Oakley they are simply homicides on his watch. By this time, Quinn’s syndrome is breaking down as he begins to experience partial memory of what he has done. When he tries to free himself from the DOI operation, he finds himself blackmailed and hunted by his former masters as well as Detective Oakley and DC Homicide. This occurs with Quinn on the run while desperately trying not to lose Holly.
(How do we find out about your books?)
Twist of Time is currently available as an ebook from Amazon.com, the Apple iBookstore and from Barnes and Nobel (BN.com). You can also order a printed version from Amazon.com. The link to the trailer for Twist of Time is on my blog site – www.gywaldron.com.
Fugue will be released in the spring. At that time, it will also be available at the sites mentioned above.
(Why did you decide to write romance novels?)
I write ROMANTIC THRILLERS. The reader can get caught up in the
“page turning” suspense of a mystery thriller while savoring the romance and tribulations of a love story. This keeps the pace going, the humor flowing and the battle of the sexes working its magic. Or as the romanticists have said, a person is at their best when they are in love. So are fictional characters.
Each novel brings the reader into an interesting world they may know very little about. In “Twist of Time” the historically true, exciting, and mysterious Templar world is very different from the erroneous fictions perpetrated in some contemporary novels. The truth about the Templars is riveting enough, no need to embellish with spurious, and untrue misinformation about Mary Magdalene, Jesus fathering children, the Knights of the Round table (no connection) or the Holy Grail which, after many centuries has yet to be identified, much less historically connected to any group. The Templars have been studied and written about since the 12th Century and they contain more than enough mystery for epic sagas yet unborn.
The novel “Fugue” deals with the exciting world of the concert artist played against the intrigue and menace of black ops Intelligence. “Fugue” is music, madness, and murder moving at a rollicking pace. In the first twenty-page chapter there is a wild seduction, two murders and a molestation to set the stage for what is to follow.
(How much of your personality and life experiences is in the writing?)
When the main character acts heroically, it is definitely not me. That is somebody else. But much of my writing reflects my past experiences. Regarding the police and Intelligence background in both “Twist of Time” and “Fugue” I previously served in Counter Intelligence in Germany. I was trained in police procedure, interrogation and investigation. Also, I received a Journalism degree and was involved in investigative reporting. I was fortunate that I went to college on a music scholarship and was allowed to double major in journalism and music.
(How long does it take you to write a book)
My books require considerable research, which takes time. When writing I target a certain number of words or pages per day. If I fall behind then I must push hard to catch up. I try for 3 to 5 pages, which means between 600 to 1200 words per day, sometimes more. And re-writes on top of that.
I have years of experience writing different types of television
drama; creating three series, writing for half hour sit coms, one hour episodic series and multi-hour mini-series all with demanding on-the-air deadlines. As a work schedule, this strongly favors novel writing.
I do not “go with the flow”! Though I certainly go with inspirational ideas, if I did not discipline my writing I would never get anything accomplished waiting for “the flow.” I would probably miss it.
My routine when writing is three to four hours in the morning and usually re-writes in the afternoon. Unless I fall far behind I seldom write at night except to take notes if I get an idea in the middle of the night. I keep a note pad and usually a tape recorder by the bed. During the day I write in a studio space so there are no interruptions.
Where do your ideas come from?
Ideas can come from any place or anything. Because we read linearly we do not always write that way. Sometimes I will visualize a partial scene, which triggers a story. Occasionally, ideas come from a dream, or a remembered fragment from the past, or ideas can be stimulated by reading—especially history. They can come when half asleep or mentally drifting, or they just suddenly show up. Frankly, nobody really knows where ideas come from. The writer just desperately hopes they never stop.
Is humor important?
Humor is extremely important. It gives pace and relief and television comedy writing was good training. Also, humor can be juxtaposed against serious scenes or even tragedy. In this regard I have been greatly influenced by the Swiss dramatist Durrenmatt, who was a master of this technique.
What are your thoughts on love scenes in your genre?
Love scenes are critical in romantic thrillers and for me, not especially hard to write. But sex scenes are VERY different and put a greater demand on the author. Since the explosion of adult material on the Internet today, any writer who relies only on his own sexual experience will soon find himself with nothing new to write. But there is an upside to this; it is now possible to find out about ANTHING sexual on the Internet, everything from incest to morphophilia. If you are writing a sex scene, there is ample “background” material to watch and learn.
What does your wife/family think of your writing? Do you ask their advice?
My wife and family are used to my being a writer and its mental and psychological quirks. Several years ago a group of psychotherapists did an in- depth study on a large group of writers and discovered that not a single one they studied fit the category of “normal.” (I was terribly relieved.) I also have my wife read everything I write. This is terrifying as she reads fiction constantly and is long experienced in dramatic scripts. No editor, publisher or reader fills me with such fear. If she does not like or understand something, it is certain that the reader won’t. That means RE-WRITE.
Favorite type of hero?
No matter what situation my hero is in, there MUST be a moral conflict to go along with whatever danger he or she faces. Most of us have moral conflicts; why should our fictional heroes be different if we want them to seem real? It also gives breadth and depth to a character.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
I have been extremely fortunate that I have never experienced writer’s block for any length of time. By that I mean not knowing what to write or what to write next. Early on I learned a simple trick from a very good writer. When I have been writing all day and my brain is still firing with ideas, I always start the next scene or chapter before I quit. It may be only a few lines but there is something on the page when I start the next day. I may change it, re-write or throw it away but there is NEVER a blank page facing me when I continue working. That trick has never let me down.
What is most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Writing is hard, hard, very dam’ hard! If you are going to work this hard you should enjoy it. You are creating a whole world and all its characters. You have the joy of reaching the reader, emotionally, intellectually, while you entertain and to some degree play God. And there is tremendous fun when you can throw an unexpected story twist and trick the reader. (They love it!)
If you were not writing what would I be doing?
Trying to write. One of the problems and pleasures about being a writer is the brain never stops – you are still writing when you are just sitting and staring in space.
Do you have any words of encouragement for hopeful writers?
Write! Write and write some more. There is no substitute, no short cuts and no real training but to WRITE!