Today my guest is YA paranormal romance author, Gerry Trust.
I am an avid reader and lover of books. My fondest memories from childhood often include books and my favorite horses. Oftentimes, you will see my love of each entwined into my stories.
My favorite authors include Mary Stewart, Sharon Kay Penman, and Dean Koontz. Throughout my life, I have dabbled in writing; however, over the last ten years, I have dedicated myself wholeheartedly to my passion of penning books and novels.
I am a former professional racehorse groom and a stay-at-home mom. I am blessed with five wonderful children and have been married to my extremely patient husband for 33 years. I am a member of Romance Writers of America, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers and Pennwriters, Inc.
I hope that you will join me on my journey and check back from time to time to read the latest information on my upcoming book releases.
What led you to write your first novel?
-Well, I used to make up stories in grade school based on my favorite TV shows. But when I hit middle-age, I started having chronic neck and back problems, as the result of an old injury, which makes it difficult to hold down a regular job. I thought I’d try my hand at writing.
Is that novel under your bed?
-It’s unpublished, but I haven’t given up on it. I think it’s gone through twelve rewrites already.
Do you have a particular writing schedule?
-No, because my husband has a job where he works entirely on-call. There is no such thing as a schedule in our home. And a lot depends on how much pain I’m in at the moment.
Is there a routine you follow when you write?
Do you need quiet to write or can there be distractions?
-My computer is in the great room which is full of distractions, but I can tune everything out. I just don’t like people asking me questions and expecting me to respond. But, obviously, I prefer to write when no one else is home.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what do you listen to?
-I’ve played music, but then I zone into the story and everything fades away; I really don’t hear it. I like all kinds of music, but at heart I’m a rock’n’roll gal.
What do you like to read?
-Mysteries are my favorite genre, but all good writing appeals to me.
Is there any genre that has no interest for you?
-Male-oriented macho paramilitary action/adventure with lots of foul language.
Do you write in the genre you like to read?
-I write in several genres, and my taste is eclectic.
Who is your favorite author? Or do you have many favorite authors? Are any of them auto—buys?
-It’s hard to pick one favorite: Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Stewart, Ray Bradbury, Phillipa Gregory, J.R.R. Tolkein, Dean Koontz, Sharon Kay Penman, Michael Crichton, Eileen Goudge, Deborah Chester, Shirl Henke, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and the Douglas Preston-Lincoln Child writing duo. Really, the list just goes on, and on, and on.
What is it about the author that you like?
-To pick one: the great thing about Tolkein is that he incorporates genuine folklore about dwarves, dragons, etc. He draws upon a legend about a race that disappeared from Earth for the Elves. He was a scholar of languages and made up the Elven tongue used in the Lord of the Rings saga. His tales are set in the third age of Middle Earth: the Mediterranean Sea means the Sea of Middle Earth.
What kind of stories appeal to you?
-I adore good fantasy. But I love a lot of different genres.
What kind of stories, if any, do you dislike?
-Ones with really dumb heroines—can’t fry an egg dumb—who do one ridiculous thing after another, and yet are somehow irresistible to Alpha male heroes.
In books, do you have any favorite series?
-If you like fantasy, you can’t go wrong with Deborah Chester’s The Sword, The Ring, and The Chalice.
In terms of your publishing, do you have a goal for this year? Next year? Five years from now?
-I had a goal eleven years ago when I joined Romance Writers of America, and each year I was forced to revise it another year into the future.
Do you like to travel? Have you traveled outside of your country?
-I’m a descendant of Art King of Munster, Ireland 742 A.D. so I’d love to visit the Emerald Isle, but my health issues make traveling that far out of the question. However, in 1977 I did travel to Hawaii to watch my brother graduate with a degree in Physics from the University of Hawaii. It’s almost like a foreign country. I was able to see a few places on the Big Island known only to the native Hawaiian locals that tourists never see (due to my brother’s connections). I swam in Queen Liliuokalani’s pool—the ancient spring-fed Queen’s Bath—once off limits to all but Hawaiian queens. I’m told it has since been buried by lava from a volcanic eruption. I took a short hop over the border to see the Canadian side of the Rockies in 1992, while I was out west.
Is there a favorite place you like to return to?
-I love the beach and try to get to the Outer Banks every year.
How do you relax?
-Read, play music, drink cocktails on my patio—although that last bit can be risky if you have too many!
Do you have a favorite time of the year, or favorite holiday? Why is it your favorite?
-I love spring because I adore seeing spring flowers after the harsh winter cold—tulips remind me of luscious lollipops—and there aren’t any weeds growing yet. But I love the fall too—there’s nothing like the brilliant colors of autumn leaves arrayed against a bright blue sky.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
-Antiques Road Show and This Old House are old standbys. For primetime series I like “Castle” (a mystery writer solving crimes), but my guilty pleasure is “Revenge.”
Do you have any pets? If so, any funny stories you’d like to share?
-We have a two-year-old brown and white sporting-type Springer Spaniel. He’s a real bush-whacker and has trails throughout my flowerbeds. He got skunked big-time three months ago at midnight. Now, before I let him out at night, I run outside with a flashlight and yell: “Go away, Mr. Skunk!” I think I would do that too, Gerry.
Children at home? If so, how do they like the fact that you’re an author? Any funny stories you’d like to relate?
-They’re full grown and I’ve been warned not to repeat a lot of those stories. What they really hate is Mom phoning them all the time for help with various computer glitches. But they’re good sports, and they pitched in to help me get LOVE ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW published. My kids are the same, Gerry. At least with the five you have you’re able to spread the questions around.
Do you like to self-promote yourself and your books?
-I’m an introvert so no, not at all. I hear you.
What do you think of all the social media connections such as Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.?
-I’m computer and internet challenged; it’s all Greek to me. But if it works for you…
Do you belong to any of the above?
-I haven’t learned Greek yet. LOL!
Is there a review you’ve received from a stranger that made you smile and air pump and shout YES!!!! Would you care to share a sentence or two of that review? If so, please leave a link for us to go back and read the entire review.
-It’s exciting when someone you don’t know loves your book. There are several reviews on Amazon from people I don’t know that are quite enthusiastic.
How can readers connect with you to tell you they love your book?
-Amazon and Barnes and Noble allow purchasers to post reviews and/or click the “like” feature. But I do have a website: http://www.gmtrustbooks.wordpress.com
Would you like to tell us about the excerpt you’re about to share?
-One day it occurred to me that life in an Earth colony on a distant planet might be more like something out of our past than the high-tech future. How much can you really take with you if you’re traveling ten or eleven light-years to another planet? What if one group rose to dominate the rest? And whose side would you be on?
Cover Blurb – Love on the Edge of Tomorrow
A coed discovers she’s the missing crown princess of a planet in the far-flung future, mired in the past.
Up to now, Alexandra Marshall’s biggest worry was winning Grand Champion at the next horse show, but on Cambria she faces a brew of intrigue, seduction, and political rebellion. Two handsome princes vie for her hand; but when she’s abducted by the rebels, she learns of the sinister conspiracy that ended democracy and oppressed the people.
When the prince she loves finds out she’s aiding the rebels, will he stand with her or against her?
I enjoyed the book, Gerry, so I hope this blog alerts others to your work. At first glance of the cover it might look like a Western, but the two moons or planets in the sky kind of dispels that notion.
GM Trust’s Web site: http://gmtrustbooks.wordpress.com/
Smashwords (for PCs): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70963
Barnes and Noble (for Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-on-the-edge-of-tomorrow-gm-trust/1104362023?ean=2940011386749
Thank you for being here today, Gerry! It was nice learning so many new things about you.