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Monday, August 22, 2011

Welcome Author Gwenna Sebastian

    What do you do for fun?
Well, writing is my real fun! But I also knit (not very well), cross stitch, hobby vid and whenever possible, hang out with my friend who lives in Buffalo.  We have fangirl weekends. I can never get enough of that!
    Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
VN2 just released on July 29th. It's a futuristic story set on a jungle world torn apart by civil war. The story is about Lieutenant Ian Daniels, a young officer running from his father's legacy. He also can't escape the crush of other peoples' thoughts and emotions and it's all driving him to the edge of madness. While waiting for his transport, Ian wanders where he shouldn't and ends up in the middle of a huge bar brawl. He's noticed by Sergeant Nathan Williams who is there with his unit, getting supplies from the black market. Nathan's recently lost his Bond partner of eighteen years and wants nothing more than to die as well. But the Bond recognizes Ian for Nathan's new mate and things just go downhill from there. Ian refuses to accept the Bond, fighting it with everything he has while Nathan tries to get him to understand. Everything goes out of control when their camp is attacked and Nathan, along with the company commander, are taken prisoner. Now, with Nathan gone, Ian starts to realize that he may have been wrong and just how much he needs his new mate. But it might be too late to do anything about it.
    How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
In the case of VN2, that was easy.  This is a futuristic look at the Vietnam War so thus, VN2. With my other release, Lost and Found, it was based on the two characters. Mark Connor, a Vietnam veteran who had lost himself back during the war when his lover was killed in an ambush by the Viet Cong. Josh Myers, a Former Marine, survived the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, and found himself with a second chance at life and embraced it with arms wide open.
    How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?
All of what I write is fantasy, but in the case of Lost and Found, I did use some real events- such as the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut. All my military is researched and I have worked with some military advisors and veterans to make sure I have all my terminology and facts correct.
    Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
I work a regular full time job, so finding and making the time to write is often hard, but still a priority. Also, writing those sex scenes! You wouldn't think so but there you have it, I just get tied up in knots doing them!

    What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
A couple of things. First of all, don't look down on ePublishing. It's an excellent way to get started. It's not self publishing- not there is anything wrong with that- but a lot of novice writers refuse to consider ePublishing because they feel that's all it is. The other thing- never give up. Just because a publisher, be it an ePub or traditional turns you down, that doesn't mean you can't find someone who will publish your story. Often it's a matter of the "right fit". Continue to improve your skills, take workshops, network, but most of all, keep trying. If you want it bad enough, you will get published.
    Who is your favorite author and why?
I have several favorite authors, but probably JD Robb is my top choice. I love her look at the "near" future. She writes such a gritty and edgy look and feel and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. I'm also a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann if for no other reason than the fact that she mainstreamed a gay relationship with her Troubleshooter series. That makes her my hero!
    What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Time and a place to write. You have that, then you have everything you need in my opinion.
    Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
Yes, very much so. A great deal of the various battles in Vietnam especially. And more recently, WWII, 1944.
    Which is your favorite of the books you have written?
I've only the two novels right now and I enjoyed them both, for different reasons.     
    Where can we find you on the net?
website: www.gwennasebastian.com
Blogspot: http://gwennasebastian.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002124574734
    Where can we find out more about your books?
VN2: Buy link to VN2: http://www.breathlesspress.org/Book/350
Lost and Found: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-and-Found-ebook/dp/B004GHN55A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311036222&sr=8-1

Excerpt from VN2:
Doc spoke to him, trying to get his attention, but Nathan ignored him. He had more important things to worry about and they centered around the young Truebred. The officer still shifted, keeping the wall at his back, trying to keep an eye on everyone even as he shook his head.

Something that had died with Ben six months ago woke anew in Nathan. The Bond whispered at him, insistent, nudging him with the realization that the young officer would be his new mate.

And that made Nathan pause as he realized what was happening. It had been more than eighteen years but he could still remember when the Bond had recognized him and Ben for each other.

Now it recognized two incomplete souls that were meant to be a whole, the Bond singing along Nathan's nerves. In the blink of an eye, everything changed, and he would no longer be alone.

This could not be happening—he couldn't, shouldn't be Bonding—again.

But the Bond continued to urge him to go to the Truebred who would be his new mate. For a long moment, the room disappeared around him and Nathan found himself standing on a different plane, the young officer there with him. They looked at each other, the other man in confusion as the newly forming Bond shimmered around them. Nate reached for him…

Nate! Listen to me!

Doc grabbed his arm, trying to pull him around but Nathan yanked free with a growl. Back off, medic!

The remaining Regulars who had backed the officer into a corner must have sensed the guy was near the end of his rope. With nods to each other, they started to advance on the Truebred. The lieutenant raised his head, eyes brilliant and shifted his weight forward. It was apparent to everyone he wouldn’t go down without a fight.

"Damn brat, you're gonna know respect when we get done with ya'." The one with the broken nose motioned his two buddies to close in.

The room hazed red in front of Nathan's eyes. There was no way he was going to let these bastards get hold of that officer. The Bond called him, pulling at him, reminding him that the officer belonged to him. He felt like he was on fire.

The Bond recognized him as Nathan's and that was all Nathan could understand.

The Regulars closed in, the lieutenant backing up against the wall, head still held high. In the part of his mind that was still sane, Nathan could hear Doc relaying Sean's orders to the rest of the team to help out.

Broken Nose made a grab for the Truebred even as the Flannigan twins grabbed his two buddies from behind. Nathan lunged between the Regular and the lieutenant, shouldering the bastard back. "Back the hell off, now!"

"You got no claim here, Bonded!" Broken Nose's eyes were filled with fury. He came at Nathan, fist raised.

His vision still hazed in red, Nathan grabbed the man by the arm and slammed him hard against the wall. Dazed, Broken Nose slid to the floor. The Flannigans had the other two well in hand when Nathan turned to the young officer.

Forgetting about Broken Nose, Nathan faced the Truebred. They needed to get the hell out of there. Nathan needed to get the Truebred someplace safe. He reached out, grabbing him by the arm even as the other man looked up with large, dark eyes.

It was like coming into contact with a live, electrical current.

White-hot pain knifed through Nathan’s mind, stabbing behind his eyes and driving him to his knees, gasping for breath. He was besieged by the roar of hundreds of voices, overwhelmed with alternating waves of fury and terror that tore into his thoughts. Lost in an instant in a sea of confusion, he caught a disjointed vision from eyes not his own, looking back at all of them, himself included as he lay on the floor. All of it was hazed in red, like his mind was on fire and being pulled apart at the same time.

Someone was screaming and Nathan couldn't be sure it wasn't him.


Gwenna Sebastian said...

Thanks so much for having me over. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow. That was an amazing excerpt. What just happened? I'm going to need to read this book. :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

wlynnchantale said...

Fantastic interview. I knit as well and a huge J.D. Robb fan. I really enjoyed the excerpt and will have to add your book to my TBR pile.