Dream Shadow Press
Release Date: 11/10/15
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Tumble into a dystopian world where magic rules and hope is hard to find.
Magic levies a steep price on anyone brave enough or stupid enough to dabble in it.
Wizards never forgave Ned for not being one of them. They didn’t exactly come out and say his life was expendable, but they didn’t have to. He figured it out fast enough when they conscripted him into their long-running war the second he was old enough to fight. Isolated, different, he puzzled out how his brand of magic worked on his own. When he’s finally, finally sent on a solo mission, he vows to make the most of every single moment of freedom.
Fleeing the tide of doom wiping out humanity, Amanda and her family escape to a remote corner of California, where they eke out a hardscrabble existence. With her parents at each other’s throats and her brother mysteriously gone, Amanda runs up against malevolent power beyond her wildest imaginings. Captured by the undead, she’s about to join their ranks when Ned shows up.
Attraction ignites—hot, urgent, delicious—but celibacy may well be the price of Ned’s magic, and he can’t risk his power. Or can he? Even though he stands to lose everything, Ned doesn’t hesitate after Tantalus—one of the insidiously beautiful dark gods—kidnaps Amanda. Defying a direct order from his wizard battle lord, he goes after the woman he loves. Even if she can’t ever be his, he’ll be damned if he’ll leave her to the dark god’s whims.
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Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 30 books to date, with several more planned for 2015 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.
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My ideas come from lots of places, but they generally start with a scene in my mind that grows into a book. I don’t watch television, so that’s not a player. I do read—a lot.
2.Do you have a dream cast for your book?
I’ve found it’s best not to have one. It gets in the way of finding effective cover art. I have a mental image of my characters, though. Interestingly, the non-human characters (e.g. dragons, wolves, etc.) are clearer for me than the people.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
Knock on wood, it’s never been a problem for me. I’m a “pantser,” and the story unfolds as I need it to. At least they have so far.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
This is actually a version, albeit a significantly altered and pared down one, of my very first novel. Many of my stories have a post-apocalyptic bent, and this is no exception. I’m concerned about the impact we’ve had on our planet, and that concern bleeds over into my writing. Beyond that, Marked by Fortune is a coming of age story that let me indulge in my penchant for underdogs prevailing against steep odds.
5. What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Probably marketing. It’s like trying to hit a moving target. What worked last month doesn’t work this month. Anyway, it requires a great deal of creativity and flexibility. Writing and editing are the easy parts.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and for an interesting list of interview questions.