Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Interview with Cole Gibsen part IV

Cole Gibsen has been running a week long interview marathon with the other BRoP members.  So far she has been on these blogs:
T.W. Fendley, Author Historical fantasy & science fiction: BRoP Interview #1 Cole Gibsen

Emily has Part II on her blog Realms of a Fantastical Mind

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Speculative Fiction Author has Part III

Tomorrow Terri Bruce will conclude with Part V

However, today she is a guest here at The Write Time where she talks about her current work.  So we'll just sit down here in these two wing back chairs and chat a bit about what you've been up to.

Tell us about your new book and when it is out? 
KATANA is about a seventeen year old girl who, after surviving a mugging in the mall parking lot, finds herself possessed by the spirit of a 15th century samurai. 

It debuts in stores March 8th, 2012.

(Here is the book blurb.)
Kill Bill meets Buffy in this supernatural samurai tale. Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of fifteenth-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior. Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
Finishing is always the hardest part for me when it comes to writing. I have a very loud, very obnoxious internal editor who likes to scream at me about how much I suck. Some days I can tune him out just fine and others…not so much. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 
The 15th century Japanese chapters where my favorite to write. I did a lot of research to make sure they were as authentic as possible. 

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 
 As my debut book, I’ve learned so much about the publishing process. Everything from how slow the publishing industry works (my book sold in 2010 and will be published this year), to how to roll with the punches of a bad review (not always an easy thing.)

What are your current / future project(s)? 
BREATHLESS, a young adult novel about killer mermaids, will be released March 27th through Crescent Moon Press. The sequel to KATANA will be released spring 2013.

(Another book blurb for you)

In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can't survive past the shore. Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken - the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn't fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather's rules long enough to make it to graduation day. But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school. Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren't about to let her forget. After meeting Bastin - a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes - on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning.

Find out more about Cole and her books at:

Where can your readers stalk you?
Facebook page:!/cole.gibsen
Goodreads author page:


Is your book in print, ebook or both? 

When Cole Gibsen isn't writing books for young adults, she can be found rocking out with her band, sewing crazy costumes for the fun of it, picking off her nail polish, or drinking milk straight from the jug--provided no one is looking. She debuts in March with two young adult novels--KATANA on March 8 from Flux and BREATHLESS by March 27 from Crescent Moon Press.

Thank you for your time.  You can read the final section of Cole's interview on Terri Bruce's blog.

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