"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
October 2001 Issue
Out of This World Romance
Judy was born with an overactive what-if gene. Shes always happy when others want to enter into the worlds she creates. With more than three dozen novels to her credit, shes invited a lot of people into her imaginary situations. Where do I get my ideas? she asks. From everywhere, out of the air, out of dreams, out of snippets of overheard conversation. Anything can trigger that what-if gene. But what I like best, she adds, is when a story starts with nothing more than an intriguing visual image. Those books are a lot of fun to write because I never know whats going to happen until it happens, or what my characters might do or say until they do or say it. I love surprises.
Any reader who also loves surprises is sure to enjoy Judys books.
An Interview with Judy Gill
PNR: Judy you are a veteran romance writer. Your two most recent novels have contained paranormal elements, NO STRINGS ATTACHED which featured a genie as a major secondary character, and you newest release, WHISPERS ON THE WIND which is a futuristic romance. What influenced you to try your hand at paranormal romance?
grew up reading Science Fiction and Fantasy--though not
PNR: WHISPERS ON THE WIND is a near futuristic, meaning that the story takes place on a mid twenty first century Earth. This would seemingly make the story easier to write as one would not expect there to be so many drastic changes in 50 years, yet things have changed considerably, have they not? Tell us about the reorganization of Earth.
my goodness! I absolutely *hated* writing about the after-effects of
"the big one" that we expect in the Pacific Northwest any
day. Each time we have a temblor, we all hold our breath and try to
stem panic, because each one could be IT. And we all know it. In the
fictitious breaking up of the Pacific Coast--Vancouver Island cracking
into 3 segments, the changing of Puget Sound to Puget Strait (for those
who don't know, a Sound ends in land, a Strait lets out into another
body of water), which meant the destruction of the city of Olympia and
its environs--I had to grit my teeth and try to use geography sensibly.
North America had to become one political entity (because I see that
as an inevitability, given our close economic and social ties. This
idea was precipitated by a non-fiction book I read years ago, THE NINE
NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA, which breaks us into logical geographical
sections.) Also, I needed to create an orderless society in order to
have the glideways work as they did. The different sectors are either
residential/industrial corridors, wildlife reserves, agricultural reserves,
recreational reserves, or unclaimed wilderness where those who chose
to roam free and outside civilization do so, living on the
But by bringing in the aliens, somehow I managed to mitigate the personal horror I feel while I wait for it (the disastrous earthquake), to happen.. To me, their benevolence (the good ones) brought comfort and hope for a safer future, though I have not yet established how they might alleviate tectonic tensions..
Lenore is on a strongly recommended retreat in the mountains due to
mental exhaustion. What is responsible for her state?
and overbearing father for whom she works, and her ambivalence about
her past, failed, relationship, and her desperate need for a child,
which she has sublimated by hard, mental labor, but which manifests
itself in dreams of a mother seeking succor for her child, and of a
that her dreams are a manifestation of her desire for a child. Her own
childhood had not been very satisfactory. Has she had difficulty forming
Judy G: Yes. She has this difficulty because of her unhappy childhood and a cold, unloving father, and a mother who apparently abandoned her as a child to join a cult. To her, a child of her own means a chance for more than immortality, but for someone to love, someone who will love her, give her the connection she lacked as a child except with her friend and her friend's grandparents, who were, at best, while loving, not *her own.*
PNR: Does her time away banish the dreams?
Judy G: No. It merely changes them, because of geography, from those of the desperately frightened woman and the needy child, to an equally needy man.
PNR: How does she respond to the new dreams shes experiencing due to the new location? They are extremely erotic?
doesn't understand them at first, but sees them as yet another indication
of her mental stress. Yet, they are so strong, so compelling ,she must
obey their dictates. Try as she does to ignore them, she finds she cannot.
She *knows* on some subconscious level, that they are more than dreams,
PNR: The hero of this piece is Jonello, an alien from Aazonia, who crash landed there and is lying injured, perhaps dying in a cave farther up in the mountains. How has he arrived on Earth, and what is his reason for coming here?
has come, with his group of seven colleagues (an Octad, together), each
one a specialists in her/his own field, to attempt to rescue his sister,
Zenna, who has been missing for 4 years. Sunspot activity during a very
risky window between Aazonia and Earth has dispersed the Octad, leaving
Jon injured and alone, reaching out mentally to anyone who might be
PNR: How is it that he is able to reach out to Lenore?
Judy G: She has a strong affinity to mental telepathy from an Aazoni.
PNR: Jonello is on a mission, he has a villain to apprehend and someone to rescue. Can you tell us about his mission.
Judy G: As I mentioned, his twin sister is missing, believed by some Aazoni to be an accomplice to the villain. Jon cannot accept this assumption.
PNR: This intergalactic villain has an advantage over the group sent to apprehend him?
Judy G: Yes. Along with kidnapping Jon's sister, the villain has stolen an imperfect device she helped develop, that allows fewer than the normal eight of an Octad to make their way to and from Earth, without waiting for a proper "window." This device is extremely dangerous, a fact substantiated by Zenna's mate, who wasworking with her to refine its capabilities when she was taken.
PNR: Jonello reveals that it is particularly urgent that he reassemble his Octad. What is an Octad and what is its purpose?
Judy G: An Octad is the minimum number of Aazoni that can travel through space and time to Earth and back to Aazonia. The window he has risked is of short duration, but he must take it because there won't be a other for 10 more years.
PNR: Aside from their ability to travel through space and time, do the Aazoni have other special ablilities?
have collective memories of all their family members contained in a
necklace each one wears. This necklace also provides them with some
protection and adds to their innate mentaland physical strength and
well being. Some have other abilities, such as creating illusions, or
tracing other Aazonis, or
and Jonello have a unique affinity unusual for couples of mixed interstellar
race. Suffice it to say there is a wonderful secret to be revealed.
If Jonellos mission is successful Jonello must return to Aazonia
as part of the Octad in order for the others to return home. What does
this mean for him and
Judy G: They both believe, and accept it will mean separation for the next 10 years. She is willing to wait for him, the love of her life, for 10 times that if need be and he promises to return. Together, they have discovered love, not just as it is known on Earth, but as a joining of souls as well as bodies, as it is known and experienced on Aazonia. They agree they can exist on the memories, and will do so, if not with great joy, at least with the understanding that he will return as soon as he is able. If things could possibly turn out differently, they'd be overjoyed, but neither expects a happy ending.
PNR: Will you be writing additional paranormal romances in the future? More Futuristics? What is next for Judy Gill?
Judy G: I plan more books about the Aazoni. I also have a rough outline (mental only) for two more paranormal romances, one a shorter one, dealing with a mismatched couple who are guided together by a match-making angel, and one about the same length as WHISPERS, that involves telepathic children and those whose task it is to protect them from evil government agencies who see them as either a dire threat or worst, a weapon.
Featured in this Issue:
ON THE WIND
Most men whisper sweet nothing in a woman's ear. Jon murmured seductive promises in Lenore's mind. He teased her flesh, taunted her senses, and vowed to fulfill her every need. He compelled her to him. And in secluded cave aid the Canadian Rockies, she found him: the lover of her dreams, a man quite literally from another world.
In a desparate bid for survival he sought her out telepathically. The most important mission of his career had gone horribly wrong. Injured and separated from his crew, Jon's success, the future of his planet, his very life depended on Lenore. She denied him nothing, sharing her home, her knowledge, her strength, and eventually her heart. Until what had begun as mere caresses of the consciousness progressed to a melding of not only bodies, by souls.
OF THE DAWN
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by Angie Gaynor
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Me This Feeling
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