Have you taken a look at Shadows Gray yet? If not, you need to!
Melyssa, the author, has already sweetened the pot with a book giveaway that we’ll draw on Sunday (you just need to comment on one of the Shadows Gray posts to enter!) and today we decided to do a little interview about the book and characters.
Hold on to your hats, tomorrow we’re going to talk about the writing process and self-publishing. So you’ll want to stick around, we have an expert in the room!
Sonnet Gray has problems, and not just those of a typical 18-year-old. Her family is one of the Lost; time travelers who have no power over their journeys. Hopelessly old-fashioned and yet more modern than most girls, Sonnet speaks several languages and takes care of her motley crew back home by working in a coffee shop and playing guitar. Over time, the Lost leave behind those they love and pick up new characters along the way. In twenty-first century America, Sonnet meets Emme, a Lost young woman with a questionable line of work, Luke, a mysterious photographer, and Israel, a young doctor . But no one can take the place of Sonnet’s sister, Rose, who was left behind as a baby in the fifteenth century. The ghost of her beckons from each time and place; but what’s real and what isn’t? Is Rose Gray trying to contact her before it’s too late?
Now, let’s hear what Melyssa has to say about this ghost story with a sci-fi, Gothic, romance twist.
StealingFaith: How long ago did you get the idea/start working on Shadow’s Gray?
MelyssaWilliams: I got the initial plot idea about three years ago. I used to lay awake at night and sift through ideas in my head when I couldn’t turn my brain off. The inspiration was a mix of things: I love all genres of well-written books and didn’t want to write just one; I wanted to combine things like suspense, romance, history, teenage angst, etc. I love Diana Gabaldon’s time traveling fantasies and I love Gothic type romances like Mary Stewart and Joan Aiken and Barbra Michaels. I had just read Twilight and, while I wasn’t a big fan or a big hater of it, it did make me wonder…could I write something that appealing?
SF: How did you bring a fresh perspective on the time traveling theme?
MW: There’s no magic time traveling machine or device. The Lost aren’t time traveling on purpose; it happens TO them when they’re sleeping. I loved the idea that no one can stay awake forever. I think that’s a little haunting — as is the fact that you can’t sleep forever either! It’s actually sad for the Lost to be happy – because they’ll be forced to leave – and happy for them to be sad – because they’ll get to move on.
SF: Are there any “hidden” references in the book?
MW: Probably…but they’re so hidden even I haven’t found them yet! My husband is a deeper thinker than I am and he thinks there are philosophical and theological references but mainly I just wanted to tell a good yarn!
SF: Is there more to the story? Will there be a sequel?
MW: Yes, and yes! It will be titled Shadows Black and it will be Rose’s story. I actually came up with Rose Gray before I ever began to shape Sonnet. All I have now though is the opening line…I need to get crackin’!
I’ve heard some of you have already downloaded the book – I’d love to hear your initial thoughts from reading in the comments! Since it’s only $2.99 it’s a pretty safe bet to try out — I expect you’ll find yourself hooked!
My recommendation is if you like authors like Diana Gabaldon, Robin Hobb, or Anne McCaffery, you’ll love Melyssa Williams and Shadows Gray. And, did I mention Melyssa is stinking funny in real life?
Riddle me this: do you have a question for Melyssa about the book or her writing process? Ask in the comments and enter to win a free copy. Melyssa hasn’t given me her phone number or anything (because that could be creeper-like) but we are Facebook friends. And since we’re both homeschooling moms of three, Facebook is like crack cocaine to us. She will totally respond to your questions by tomorrow!