Friday, 22 November 2013

Interview with Georgia Bell, author of Unbound

Behind 287 Pages
Released: 30 October 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.

Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.

Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.

Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek

“I know you’re there,” I said, pitching my voice towards the darkness. It echoed down the empty street. “We need to talk.” I waited, forcing myself not to move away, not to look away.  My heart pounded in my ears and I took a deep breath to steady myself. A car moved down the road towards me and I watched it pass, the headlights glaring and then receding as it rounded the corner of the next street.
His shadow stretched out before him as he moved on to the sidewalk under the glow of the streetlamp. He said nothing, only stared at me with a bemused expression. I wanted to say something else, but found that now I could only stare back. He wore the same long dark coat and gloves he always wore, his clothes tailored, but nondescript, his hair dishevelled, but not untidy. The familiar feeling of tranquility settled on me as he moved closer and my head swam as if each of my thoughts was sinking slowly through deep water. Looking up at him, his stormy grey eyes were as sad and as haunting as I remembered them. 
We stood staring at each other silently, as if the other was something new and remarkable. I was puzzled by my lack of speech. After all of this time, there were so many things I had wanted to say to him. Why wasn’t I talking?Reaching up to touch my throat, I frowned, trying to remember how to voice the questions that waited patiently for articulation. Seeming to notice my confusion, his expression became strained and his eyes guarded. He stared down at his gloved hands as if he was unable to bear witness to my struggle for words.
Minutes passed and neither of us moved.  
Distantly troubled, I watched as he confronted whatever demons were wrestling within him. Eventually, his shoulders slumped in defeat and he nodded to himself – an acknowledgement that a decision had been made.
            Moving slowly, he took off his gloves and placed them in his coat pocket, raised his hand towards my face with infinite care, and lightly touched my cheek. He let his fingers trace the line of my jaw, his expression now unfathomable as a shiver raced down my back.
 “Hello,” he said. 
I finally found my voice and my eyes locked on his. “Who are you?
            “My name is Eaden,” he said.
            I nodded. It was a start.
            “We need to talk,” I said again. It was unlikely that I had ever been guilty of such an understatement.
He stepped closer, our bodies almost touching. I was aware of every inch of him, as if somehow he had become an extension of me, another limb once lost and now recovered. My heart rallied and sped up as I tilted my head to study him. Sighing, he raised his eyes to the sky and then closed them, shaking his head before looking back down at me, a hint of a smile dancing around his lips.
“I’ll see you in the morning, Rachel,” he said and then turned and walked away. Within a few heartbeats he was hidden amongst the shadows once again.
“Eaden,” I said quietly to myself and went inside.
Author Bio:
Georgia Bell was raised on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of her father, a man who loved his family, fishing, scotch, and science (although not necessarily in that order). Georgia is an avid reader of young adult fiction, and a lover of good wine, music, children, and cats (although not necessarily in that order). She's currently working on Unknown, the second book in the All Good Things trilogy. 
Find Georgia:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
You haven’t, unless you live on my street. Unbound is my debut novel. Up to this point, most of my writing has been either professional or personal (i.e., academic, journals). I do hope you’ll see a lot of me in the future.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Excitement and anxiety, mainly. I’m thrilled that Unbound is finally out in the world for others to read. I had so much fun writing this story and really hope that other people will care about the characters and the world I created as much as I do. But it’s also nerve-wracking to have it out there. In some ways it makes me feel very vulnerable and totally brings out the neurotic in me. I’ve been compulsively checking twitter and goodreads, waiting for new reviews. But good or bad, I’m glad it’s done and out of my hands.  

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
A few years ago, I had a really long commute to work by train. I started writing snippets in my journal every day and before long, I realized I was writing a story. That was the beginning. What kept me going was how wonderful it felt to get lost in the world I was creating. I’ve always loved reading because it takes me out of my life completely and allows me to escape into someone else’s. I was surprised that writing was like that for me, too. While I was writing Unbound I felt like I was living in the world that Rachel and Eaden live in. It was so much fun that I started the sequel not long after I finished writing Unbound. I just wanted to hang out with them all some more and find out what happened next.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I won’t pretend it isn’t hard. It is. But I try to remain respectful of other people’s opinions. It makes sense that not everyone will like my book, just as I don’t like every book I’ve read. I’m notoriously stingy about giving stars in my own reviews and so I understand ratings that are critical. I’ve also been working on growing a thicker skin.  I remind myself that as a writer, my job is to write the stories I want to tell, not the ones that I think others want to hear.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
The first draft of Unbound took about a year from start to finish. Although there were major revisions after that, the storyline never changed drastically. I put it away for awhile after my son was born and then pulled it back out about a year ago to continue to edit and revise.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
Seeing my cover for the first time felt incredible. I had the pleasure of working with a very talented graphic designer named Andy Patrick. When I found out he was Scottish, it felt like serendipity as so much of Unbound is tied to Scotland. After we talked about some of my ideas he sent me three beautiful covers. It was an embarrassment of riches, really, as they were all great. But I’m besotted with the one I’ve chosen. It really has become such a big part of Unbound and the way I envisioned the story.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Unbound, which I’ve tentatively titled Unknown. I also have a stand-alone that has been knocking around my brain for a few years. No title yet, but it falls within the speculative fiction category.

8. Top 5 books

  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I think I realized I wanted to become a writer after I read The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I so wish I had the brilliance to write that story. Henry and Clare are one of my favourite couples. I’m also a huge fan of Melina Marchetta. She has a gift for storytelling. I wish I had written any of her books, but given my long history with high fantasy, I suppose the Lumatere Chronicles would be top my list. And Rainbow Rowell impressed the pants off me with Fangirl. Such funny dialogue and real characters. When I grow up, I think I’d like to be her.

10. Why read your novel?
I can’t think of way to answer that question without sounding selfish or corny. The truth is, I want people to read Unbound so that they get a chance to meet Rachel and Eaden and hear their story. I want people to read Unbound because I hope that I’m able to share some of the joy I had in writing this story with those who read it.

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