MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GILLIAN ZANE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Gillian Zane, I write in a few genres. I started in dystopian/apocalypse romance, which I love, but now I’m writing in the reverse harem romance subgenre. It’s gotta be romance though, and they typically have a fantasy/sci-fi/urban fantasy type theme.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
For my new release that came out 9.18.18, I came up with the idea at a charity auction, for my kid’s school, of all places. The moms were brainstorming about what would be a good thing to auction off and I jokingly said, “we should auction off the single dad’s, those single moms would bid some big money!” Sounds horrible, but it was funny at the time because my single friends were complaining how hard it was to meet guys, being a mom and involved at the school etc. But, this conversation got me thinking about auctioning off dates for charity, but then my crazy mind went to what if they were then sold into slavery…and then I thought, what if they were sold into slavery on another planet!? But, not wanting to have a book about evil aliens, plus I wanted it to be kind of funny — I changed that idea into a miscommunication charity auction, where the alien thinks he’s buying his mate, but it’s really only for charity. Whoops! I think it worked out well.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have a friend that kept telling me about the Reverse Harem genre, posting about it, recommending books etc. So, I read one and I was like YES! YES! I want to write one of these.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I watched the science channel a lot, I read a few books on black holes, even though it really wasn’t needed and I used a lot of Google. Oh, I watched some interesting naughty videos to get the gist of what one girl and four guys can accomplish. Purely for research.
Can you tell me about your Series?
It’s only now beginning, CHARGED will be the first book out of the series. Each book will cover a full HEA ARC, with one female lead in each one. The books are about the Otherworlds, galaxies that are connected by wormholes with beings that look human but don’t necessarily act human like us Earthlings. Earth is unaware of these Otherworlds, but some of the other galaxies are aware of Earth.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Since I only have one so far, I’m saying it’s Charged.
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a hot mess. Stuff like that would mean I was organized. I’m not.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, I’m working on the second Otherworlds. It doesn’t have a name yet.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very. And this one was hard because they were Aliens. How do you make them cool, not weird, and easy to pronounce??
Where do your ideas come from?
My daily interaction with humanity.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, this one I’m writing in now. Reverse Harem.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting through the boring scenes.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
They are fine, I’ve already created one. I like to use them to share on Facebook.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Waking up this morning.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The freedom and the ability to get the demons out on paper. If you are having a bad day, write about it. Want to eradicate the hate you feel for a certain person– kill them off in a book. It makes for a more sane Gillian. Or so I hope. It might just perpetuate things.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With a lot more books and maybe a house in a better location. Like on a mountain, or near a stream.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. Since I was really little. I wrote my first romance novel/comic in 6th grade and GOT INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE. Luckily I had supportive parents and they stood up for me.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Finish the book. It’s the hardest part to get to a point where you write THE END. And brush up on your social media marketing skills…
If you didn’t like writing books or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I saw an ad in the paper to drive the swamp train at the zoo. I think that would be a really fun job. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills…but you know.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I skim them and usually only during the release process so I can get quotes etc. I don’t respond unless a blogger/reviewer shares them with me directly and then I say “Thank you.” Good or bad. I want honesty. I tell everyone that I hand over an ARC to that I don’t care the rating, I don’t care what you say — just be honest in the review. But, we all know honesty can sometimes sting – so skimming it is.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Nasha Sanam ona Polara second to the throne of the Polari realm woke to his communications cuff overriding the do not disturb setting. It had to be an emergency of great importance to be able to do this. He sat up in his bed wide awake as the implications of what that emergency might be. He had trained himself for this moment.
It’s still a work in progress…
Where did your love of books come from?
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I’m a big fan of the old sci-fi greats like Heinlein and Clarke. And since I write in Romance I usually read in the Young Adult genre. So, a couple of good favorites right now include Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – and the Netflix movie was great as well. Also, I can reread The Hunger Games at any time. If you are talking adult – Karen Marie Moning is a goddess, so is Jeaniene Frost.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Alex. She was my first. And she had a lot of my own quirks.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Yes. And yes. I have a local writers group that I’m friends with that write in a wide range of genres. Lila Felix, Dawn Chartier, and Alys Arden. They’re great and we are always buzzing ideas and tips off of each other. It’s good to have a sounding board. And it doesn’t stop there I’ve met so many wonderful authors, local and just on social media that have been nothing but helpful with ideas and tips and tricks. I hope I offer the same support to them as well.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thanks for asking. Here is a quick and easy linktree → https://linktr.ee/gillianzane
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Latest release information:
Charged: An Otherworldly Reverse Harem Romance