Apr 18, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie plus giveaway

For my sixteenth (and seventeenth) AAD Spotlight, I introduce Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie!

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

Gayle:  Total ADD Virgins!! But we are so very happy that this year’s get together is in New Orleans!  It’s one of our favorite places!

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Gayle:  For me, I am looking forward to so many things.  First of all, I love the idea that Robyn and I will finally get some “girl time” together.  It’s rare for us to actually have time to ourselves with family and a full time job on top of writing, much less have time with each other.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to relax and enjoy ourselves.  Second, I haven’t been to New Orleans in over a year and that’s too damn long for me!  I gotta get my Nola fix!  And finally, the opportunity to see other fantastic writers and readers from all over is going to be a blast!

Robyn:  I’m definitely ready for a get-away with my best bud but I’m also looking forward to meeting so many wonderful writers and fantastic readers!  I’m literally counting down the days!

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting/seeing?

Gayle:  Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Cynthia Eden, Dakota Cassidy, Trinity Blacio, Pamela Palmer, Delilah Devlin, and sooo many others!

Robyn:  Erin McCarthy, Dakota Cassidy, Cynthia Eden, Shayla Black and the list goes on!!!

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

Gayle:  I was at home at the time and my parents were visiting.  I found out via email so I immediately started jumping up and down, screaming.  My mother came out of the bedroom and just stared at me.  I was screaming, “I got a contract!  I got a contract!”  I immediately called Robyn at work and she had to keep it together while driving the very long 2.5 miles to my house from the office.  When she got to my house, I launched myself at her and we cried!

Robyn:  When Gayle called me at work, she literally scared me to death. I couldn’t understand a word she was saying because she was crying so hard.  When she finally calmed down enough to actually speak, I lost it myself and had to run into a conference room (where I proceeded to cry like a baby right along with her!).  Without saying a word to anyone, I grabbed my keys and ran out to my car.  I think I literally made it to Gayle’s house in under two minutes.  Needless to say, I didn’t make it back to work that day :).

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Just the one (Infinite Betrayal) but we think Infinite Surrender will surpass it!

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Gayle:  I haven’t blushed when writing one but I did blush reading an incredibly hot motorcycle scene that Robyn wrote!  You’ll have to wait until the release of Infinite Surrender to read it yourself!

Robyn:  Uhhh…yep…the motorcycle scene in book 2, Infinite Surrender (cheeks are a bit red just thinking about it).

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

Gayle:  I loved writing Mina.  Her character is so close to my heart that it was hard not to get too personal with her.  But I can say, Tre was a blast!

Robyn:  Hands-down, Chloe.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

Gayle:  Of ours, Mina.  Another author, Wrath (BDB) – The Blind King is mine!

Robyn:  Of ours, Talon.  Another author, Wrath (BDB) – We might have to fight over that one girlfriend!

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

Gayle & Robyn:  Well, the abduction scene in Infinite Betrayal was not taken too well by some folks.  I can completely understand when a reader is uncomfortable with a violent scene but it was one that needed to be told.  Honestly, it was more graphic initially than what was published but Robyn and I decided to tone it down and after the reviews, we were glad we did.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

Gayle:  I have to admit, I found reading again as an adult after reading the Twilight Saga.  After that, I feel naked if I don’t have a book in my hands.  I usually go through 2-3 books a week.

Robyn:  I was the same.  I read vehemently growing up then got busy with other things and gradually got away from it.  I think I’m making up for lost time though now as I can’t seem to get enough!

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

Gayle:  To Kill a Mockingbird

Robyn:  Probably A Tale of Two Cities but I also read a lot of Poe.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Gayle:  Wizard of Oz

Robyn:  Too many to name only one and I’m very eclectic in my tastes (Platoon, Star Wars…the original, Gone With The Wind, The Ten Commandments, Titanic, etc. , etc. , etc.)

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Gayle:  Mint Chip

Robyn:  Blue Bell Chocolate

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Gayle:  Total Night Owl

Robyn:  Definite night owl

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Gayle:  Um…when I normally answer this question, I say I’m a published author.  But I guess the one thing I can say is I’ve never traveled out of the United States.

Robyn:  I’m a very introverted and private person…until you get to know me then watch out J

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Who came up to whom and originally suggested working on a series together?  Gayle to Robyn?  Robyn to Gayle?

Gayle:  Robyn…you tell it!

Robyn:  Robyn to Gayle.  We were sitting out by her pool one weekend (having a cocktail or two) discussing a recent book we had both just read.  The book, which will forever remain unnamed, didn’t really appeal to either of us.  I turned to Gayle and said, “You know, we could do this.  We love a good story, we both love to write, we were both English Education majors, why not give it a try?”  After she got over the initial shock, Gayle jumped on board and we started talking story ideas right then.

The series you are currently working on together is the Infinity series.  Tell us about this trilogy.

Robyn:  The trilogy introduces the reader to a race of shape shifters known as the Coteri.  Their race has lived amongst humans for centuries, acting as protectors, but their true natures have remained hidden.  The story follows the lives of the Coteri as they fight to maintain the secret of their race and protect human society from their mortal enemy, the Valta.  A splintered faction of the Coteri, the Valta want to extend dominance over the weaker human species and they don’t care how many they hurt or kill in the process. As the war between the Coteri and the Valta escalates, so does the heat between several of the main characters.

The second book, Infinite Surrender, is releasing soon!  What can readers expect from this latest installment?

Robyn:  Lots of action, a growing understanding of several of the main characters that appeared in the first book, scorching hot sex scenes, and the introduction of some new characters that are sure to capture the reader’s attention and hopefully make them want book three!

Thank you both so much for taking the time to do this interview today.  AAD NOLA will be so much fun!

Gayle and Robyn are offering a digital copy of Infinite Betrayal, the first book in their Infinity series, to one commenter!  Just leave your comment below by Sunday April 22nd 11:59 EST.  That’s all you have to do to enter!  Good luck to each of you and thank you to Gayle and Robyn for the prize!

Here’s where you can find Gayle and Robyn –
Facebook (Gayle)
The Infinity Series Facebook page

  1. Kathy Webb says:

    Oh my! I loved the interview and can not wait to meet y’all at AAD!! I live in Baton Rouge and me and my best friend will both be down there!! Can’t wait until August! or the new book!!

  2. I’m always impressed when writers can work together – I can barely get my act together enough to do my own writing, much less work with someone else. I hope you ladies have a blast at AAD!

  3. I want to read this! You are both new authors to me and I think it’s great when authors take up the challenge of writing a story together.

  4. I haven’t started the Infinity series yet. I love the idea that these paranormal creatures have lived among us for years as our protectors. It automatically makes me want to know more about their story. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. Thanks for a fun interview! Have fun at the conference!

    This is a new to me series and it sounds *hawt*! Cudos to anyone who can work collaboratively. I think it’s hard enough to work alone, let alone cheerfully and willingly with someone else 🙂

  6. Jordan R says:

    Loved, loved, loved reading the interview and seeing the two authors’ relationship. I had not heard of this series before, so thanks Julie for continuing to introduce me to new characters and authors. I’m very intrigued by the story description (shifters are always a good choice!), and I hope to get into these books soon!

  7. Northwoman says:

    I’m loving these interviews and giveaways. Obviously I have to read MORE and FASTER. Then someday go to AAD!

  8. I cannot wait to meet these two ladies! They were one of the first AAD Spotlights I did and I forgot how entertaining they are! Thanks for the interview. No need to enter me in the contest, I have the book already! 🙂

  9. Great interview! The series sounds very good.

  10. Thanks you all so much for the great comments and to Julie for hosting Robyn and I! We both cannot wait for AAD and hope to have book 2 of the Infinity series out soon!

    Thanks again!


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