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Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy/paranormal
romance: The Sisters of the Moon Series (Berkley), the Chintz
‘n China Mystery Series (Berkley Prime Crime)and the Bath
& Beauty Mystery Series (written as India Ink), (Berkley Prime
Crime). She also has eight nonfiction metaphysical books
under her belt, too. Yasmine describes her life as a blend
of teacups and tattoos, both of which she collects—the former
in her china cabinet, the latter on her body. She lives
in Bellevue WA with her husband Samwise and their four cats, all
four of whom are senior gurlz, much beloved, and totally spoiled.
They deserve all the pampering they get. She can be reached
via her website at
www.galenorn.com and has reader forums
there for those who might want to join.
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Yasmine G.: Yes, I knew I was going to be a writer from the time I was three years old. I have a story I’ve told and retold, but it very neatly sums up the moment when I knew what I wanted to do. I was three years old, learning to read, and one day I was looking at one of my books—probably Cinderella (a big favorite of mine at that age). I asked my mother something about it and whatever she said made something click. I suddenly understood that people make books, they don’t just appear out of thin air. And right then, I knew that what I wanted to do more than anything else in the world was to “make books.”
Even though I had a lot of different interests as I was growing up, my goal of becoming a writer grew stronger every year. By the time I was thirteen, I was writing short stories, poetry, and even tried a screenplay (an abysmal rip-off of Planet of the Apes involving lots of giant tarantulas). I sold my first poem at age fifteen to a small college literary journal, and by that time was smart enough to know I had to study the markets if I ever expected to sell a book. I continued to write and submit poetry and short stories, and looked at every rejection letter as a symbol that I was really trying.
PNR: Are you able to write as much as you would like? Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you have any ritual or routine to get “in the zone”? Does it vary depending on the genre you are writing?
Yasmine G.: No, because I have so many ideas and if I wrote as much as I wanted to, I’d never get any sleep. I do write full-time, though, which for me means about 45-65 hours a week. I’d like to say I get up and have a nice leisurely breakfast and plan out my day, but the truth is that I’m at my computer before I eat. My goal—sometimes I make it, sometimes not—is to be at my desk by 7:30 AM.
I attempt to get through my admin work by eight and into the bulk of the writing, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I try to leave most email for the weekends. I blog in my private blog on Fridays—usually, and my shared blog on Sundays—usually. I have reader forums on my site that I drop into a couple of times a week. I work half a day on weekends, at least, and often a good 6-10 hours.
As far as the actual writing, I try to stop for lunch, but often end up writing through it (again, eating at my computer). I stop between four and six pm, depending on the day and where I’m at with my deadlines. If I’m on deadline, I’ll work 14 hours days if need be to get the work in on time. When I leave my office, I’m usually so brain-fried that I can’t think.
Rituals to get in the zone—nope, because with the schedule I have, I can’t afford to wait for the Muse. She’s fickle, and she’s fleeting. I welcome her if she comes, but I don’t hold the train waiting for her.
I have deadlines that must be met, and like any other job, just because I don’t feel like working doesn’t mean I can take off and goof around. What matters to me is having an organized office. I can’t work around clutter. I actually can’t stand living in clutter, either—I’m somewhat OC, so I need to make certain things are where they belong and that I can see my desk. By the end of a deadline, I usually have piles (organized piles) of material that I spend a few days filing away before I start the next project. I take a week off between books, but I’m writing three books a year at this point and can’t afford the luxury of taking much more time than that.
PNR: Which author(s) is your favorite? And who has most influenced you work?
Yasmine G.: That’s a hard one, I have several. Okay, my favorite authors: Richard Adams (who taught me that characters don’t have to be human to touch the heart, and an epic story can be found in a field of rabbits). Watership Down is my favorite book.
Daphne du Maurier—I’m fascinated with the woman and her work. Rebecca is my second favorite book, and I love the brooding mood that du Maurier set.
Ray Bradbury tops my favorite authors list—his books, his plays, his essays. His work taught me that language can touch the soul like music. If I had to pick one of his books as my favorite, it would be The October Country.
JRR Tolkien—Lord of the Rings. What can I say? Epic worlds, epic battles, good vs. evil and all shades of gray in between.
Other favorites—Amy Tan, JA Jance (her Joanna Brady series), Stephen King, MZB (her Darkover series), Anne McCaffrey, Joan D. Vinge, Michael Crichton, Diane Mott Davidson, Greg Bear, Neil Gaiman, Charlotte Bronte, George Elliot….I could go on, but I won’t.
PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
Yasmine G.: Characters that make the reader respond. If the reader can’t identify with at least one of your characters, why should they care about the story? I’d rather a reader hates my characters than gets bored with them because at least I’ve provoked a response that way. (Though, of course, I hope they love my characters—and despise the villains).
And for me—plot’s vital. A story without a plot won’t hold my interest for more than a few pages. If I see author intrusion into the story, then I get yanked out. A good story should read like it wrote itself. (Which is why I detest author asides to the audience in books—it yanks me out of the story).
PNR: Reviewers and readers are raving about your Chintz ‘n China paranormal mysteries, how does it feel to have such positive recognition of your work?
Yasmine G.: I have two answers to that. The first, and the simplest is: it makes me happy. Seriously—I am thrilled when people say they love my books and they like the characters. It tells me that I’ve managed to offer them a world they feel is worth spending both their time and money on. When people willingly—happily—spend both to enter the worlds I’ve created, I feel validated—both in my talent and the sense that I’m contributing to the world at large.
Let me tell you a little story here. Last year I received an email from a woman who wanted to thank me. During hurricane Katrina, she had to evacuate her home, and she took along three of my Chintz ‘n China books. She said that they helped keep her distracted by what might be happening at home while she waited out the storm.
If I can give somebody an escape from their problems even for a little while, then my work isn’t in vain. We need entertainment in this world because there are so many harsh and cruel realities out there, and we need our safe spaces where we can recharge and refresh our thoughts and imaginations.
My second answer is more prosaic: I feel like I’ve done my job. As a writer, my job is to write a story that touches others. No writer can please everyone, but if we reach our target audience, and if we can make a difference for the better through our work—even a small difference—then we’ve done our jobs right. If my work spurs you on to look at the world in a new way, or makes you laugh, or sends a shiver down your back or brings tears to your eyes—then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
PNR: The Chintz ‘n China series features the heroine, Emerald O'Brien, who is a medium, tea room owner and amateur sleuth, the fifth title in this series, ONE HEX OF A WEDDING, was released in August 06. For readers who are not familiar with the series, could you give us a little background and tell us about your plans for Em?
Yasmine G.: Emerald O’Brien never set out to be a detective, but when the universe pinned a badge on her and said, ‘go get ‘em,’ she accepted that she had no choice. Destiny has a way of intruding on the best laid plans. A divorced mother of two who happens to be psychic, Emerald is a cross between a modern soccer mom, Jessica Fletcher, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She loves grunge/alternative music, she’s a caffeine freak (preferring espresso to tea even though she runs a tea room—she mainly loves the china aspect of her business), and her dead grandmother Nanna pops in now and then to see how things are going. Emerald lives with one foot in the spirit world, one in the mundane world, and she just wants to enjoy life, to see her children grow up to be smart, healthy, and happy adults, and to create a niche in the world to call her own. She ends up dating an EMT ten years her junior (not unlike me—I’ve always dated younger men, and my husband is almost five years younger than me) and in the new book, they get married in what has to be the wedding from hell. Her best friends—Anna Murray, a detective, and Harlow (named after Jean Harlow), an ex-supermodel—keep her sane.
I started writing about Emerald in 2001. The last few months of 2000 was a horrendous year, ending with my husband being told he had a terminal condition (he doesn’t, it was a misdiagnosis, but it was terrifying at the time), he was laid off from his contract IT job, and my mother died. All of this happened within the latter part of November through mid-December. One week after my mother died, I received a contract for my eighth nonfiction book. They wanted the manuscript in six weeks, and I agreed because we needed the advance money to live on.
I was exhausted emotionally, and even though they shortly figured out my husband wasn’t going to die and he found a new job, I was a wreck. I pushed aside my grief for my mother—I had to in order to write, and I wrote TOTEM MAGIC in six weeks.
When I was done and had turned it in, I knew I couldn’t write any more nonfiction—at least not for a long, long time. You see, I always intended to be a novelist and at that time, I had seven novels in the closet that just weren’t up to snuff.
So I sat down at the computer and just played. I just wrote for the fun of it, and what came out was this story about a chick who woke up one night to find a ghost at the bottom of her bed, asking for help. It was fun, and I needed fun. I never intended to write mysteries, but that’s what GHOST OF A CHANCE was. An agent friend of mine line edited, teaching me how to pace a mystery. Boy, did that manuscript bleed ink.
Finally, after seven drafts he said, “Go forth and find an agent, ‘cause I don’t rep mysteries.” (I knew that already, so I wasn’t all that disappointed). Right about then, another friend introduced me to her agent, and within three weeks, I not only had a great agent (whom I adore), but I had a three-book contract from Berkley. And that’s how Emerald and her adventures were born.
As to what’s in store for Emerald—honestly, I’m not sure. I have ideas for several more books, but all that rests on whether Berkley offers me a good contract, or even wants more Chintz ‘n China books. We’ll see. But rest assured, I haven’t put Emerald to bed in my thoughts just yet. I’d like to take her into a little bit more darker territory, but that’s hard since it’s marketed as a cozy series (it really pushes the boundaries on that—a friend who owns a bookshop calls the CC series “cozies with teeth”).
PNR: You write the mystery series, Bath and Body, under the pseudonym India Ink; could you tell us about your alter ego, what made you decide to write under a pseudonym?
Yasmine G.: I never would have chosen to write under a pen name, but the marketing department insisted, since both the Chintz ‘n China series and the Bath and Body series are in the same imprint. After much thought, I agreed on the stipulation that I could A) choose the pen name and B) tell everyone that it was really me, and mention in my acknowledgments in the book. They said no problem.
I don’t like using a pen name, to be honest, but hey, sometimes you can’t get everything you want. I chose the name India Ink because it’s one of the nicknames I used on a writer’s board for awhile, and it’s also the name of a character in a standalone cyberpunk novel I want to write. I love the name India, and for me, India Ink is part of my shadow-self.
PNR: Persia Vanderbilt is the amateur sleuth in the Bath and Body series; could you tell us about the development of her character, is she based on anyone you know?
Yasmine G.: My original idea was to put Persia and her aunt in Hawai’i and have her work for a tabloid newspaper—I wanted the series to be paranormal. My editor didn’t go for it, and we bounced around ideas until they suggested a bath and body shop. Since I’m a makeup junkie and love beauty supplies, I thought I’d give it a try.
Persia is almost too hardcore for a cozy series, but again, that’s just part of me. She’s a little bit me (just like Emerald is), but I wanted Persia to be well-traveled, free-spirited with no desire for marriage or children, and athletic. Persia was named after the country in which she was born (Iran), just like her mother was named after the state she was born (Virginia), her grandmother was named after the state in which she was born (Dakota), and her aunt was named after the city in which she was born (Florence, Italy). It’s a family tradition for daughters, and if Persia ever did decide to have children and gave birth to a girl, she’d follow tradition. But I don’t see any children in Persia’s future—she has too many things she wants to do.
PNR: WITCHLING, the first title in The Sisters of the Moon series, is a departure from your mysteries. Could you tell us what inspired this new series and a little about the D'Artigo sisters?
Yasmine G.: From the beginning, I wanted to write fantasy and science fiction. The mysteries were a shock to me and threw me off guard. I love aspects of the mystery genre, but at heart, I’m very geared toward urban fantasy, epic fantasy, soft SF, and cyberpunk.
The D’Artigo girls work for the OIA—the Otherworld Intelligence Agency and they’re a good example of nature run amok.
Maria D’Artigo, their mother was human and an orphan. She ended up in Europe when World War II broke out, and there she met Sephreh ob Tanu, one of the Fae. They fell in love. He was on a secret mission and told her who he was, even though he wasn’t supposed to. She agreed to return with him to Otherworld, or “OW,” (the human name for Faerie Land). They had three daughters. In my world, when Fae genes mix with human (or other) genes, odd results can happen.
The girls inherited abilities from their father, but the wiring was faulty. Camille is a witch by nature, pledged to the Moon Mother, and her magic often backfires. Menolly was an incredible acrobat, but she lost her balance and fell off of a ceiling while spying on a group of rogue vampires. They caught her, tortured her, and killed her, turning her into a vampire as a punishment. She escaped and after months of psychological treatment, rejoined the OIA. And Delilah is a werecat who can’t always control her shapeshifting. She turns into a golden tabby.
The girls are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider them to be nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds. But the sisters soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld.
From their home in a seedy suburb of Seattle, the they have to use every ounce of erratic power they have to thwart the havoc about to unfold. Together with Camille's lust-crazed and not-quite-human boyfriends, an FBH (full-blood-human) detective named Chase Johnson who has a penchant for spicy beef tacos and wild women, a gorgeous hunk of dragon flesh named Smoky, Iris the house sprite, and Maggie—their baby calico gargoyle, they must prevent the demons from taking over.
As to what inspired it…oh gods, I have no idea. Sometimes characters just creep out of the cobwebbed shadows in our brains and give us a good shake and say, “WRITE ABOUT ME!!!” That’s what happened here. One day I just had this vision of these three smart, savvy, but warped sisters and the series’ story arc started evolving. Let’s face it, I watch anime, I love Buffy, I like old B-grade SF movies, I loved Conan the Barbarian, I watch Supernatural and Medium and InuYasha and a lot of Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network channel…I’m primed to write about stuff like this.
PNR: The first book, WITCHLING, tells the story of the D'Artigo sister Camille, “a wicked-good witch.” She is an awesome character, could you tell about her?
Yasmine G.: I adore Camille and she’s got a lot of my traits only in a prettier package. ~grins~ She’s snarky and irreverent and in-your-face but never loud and crude about it. Her magic comes from the moon and the wind and the stars and lightning, and she hates it when she messes up, but it never stops her from trying.
She’s willing to take a risk or pay a price when the need is great, even if it threatens her own life. If she ends up in a fight, she doesn’t wait for anybody to rescue her, she fights back for all she’s worth. And she’s devoted to her sisters. When Maria D’Artigo died, the girls were all relatively young, and Camille, the oldest, took over and acted as mother for them. And yet she’s not nurturing in a motherly way, she’s a sexpot and loves fetish clothing and makeup.
She also has developed a love for books since she’s come over Earthside, and ostensibly runs the Indigo Crescent, a bookstore. She truly likes the humans she meets—well, the good ones—and a part of her longs to know more about her human side and her mother’s family. She’s a planner—she wants to help Menolly adjust to being a vampire, she wants to help protect Delilah from the violence in the world (she sees Delilah as naïve, not necessarily a true picture). She wants to make the world safe for the underdogs.
Camille is sexual. In Witchling, she’s part of a triad. Her primary lover is Trillian, a Svartan and one of the dark Fae, to whom she’s bound sexually. She ran away from him once but he ends up back in her life for good, and he also ends up helping the girls in their battles against the demons. And then there’s Morio, an Earthside Supe (supernatural) from Japan who happens to be one of the yokai kitsune, (loosely translated as a fox demon). He joins the war against the demons at the request of Grandmother Coyote, but stays to help out of love for the Earth and a growing devotion to Camille. And you get the sense that she may take a fourth lover eventually, Smoky the dragon, but that remains to be seen. The sex isn’t overpowering in the book—but when the moments arise, I don’t turn my back and close the door on them. Good sex scenes are hard to write, which is one reason why I don’t fill the book with them. When it’s appropriate, I’m explicit.
PNR: WITCHLING is a wonderfully witty read and is getting a great response from reviewers; what are your plans for The Sisters of the Moon series?
Yasmine G.: Thank you—I’m so glad you like it! It is getting a wonderful response from reviewers. Romantic Times named it a 4½ star Top Pick. Publisher’s Weekly gave it a great review. And other reviewers are starting to review it and most of the responses I’ve seen have been very positive.
I have to tell you, this thrills me to the core. This series really has captured my heart already and I’d love to be writing about the sisters for a number of years to come.
Each book is from a different POV—Changeling is from Delilah’s perspective. Darkling will be from Menolly’s. This allows me to really see their world in a way that’s far more rounded than if I were sticking with just one character. I have a lot of ideas for a number of other books if the series does well enough to be picked up beyond the first three.
I can also see the potential for other series and stories taking place in the same world that don’t necessarily involve the sisters. There’s the civil war going on in their home city-state of Y’Elestrial to explore, there are the rest of the spirit seals to find, I can even see writing back stories—the story of their mother and father meeting, and so forth. Of course, all that depends on how well these books are received and, as always in publishing, the numbers tell the final story. But my fingers are crossed.
Can you tell how much fun I’m having with writing about my Sisters? I feel like I found my own private playground to just run wild in!
PNR: Suspension of disbelief is essential for readers of paranormal fiction and you have been complimented on your excellent world building; can you tell us what inspires the development of your worlds? What are the challenges you face in world-building?
Yasmine G.: The inspiration for my worlds comes, in a great part, from my extensive background in metaphysics and in mythology. And I was a DM (in AD&D) for years before it hit the computer, so I’ve got a long history of making up adventures and characters.
When you build a world, you can have all sorts of bizarre things going on, but they must be consistent. In fact, consistency is probably one of the most vital parts of world building. If a character can fly—fine, but that doesn’t mean they can turn invisible during the big battle, unless you’ve set it up that way beforehand. Foreshadowing is a must. You don’t have to spell everything out in advance—in fact that will kill a book—but at least give a few hints. And if your world involves magic, there must be rules to that magic. You can make up the rules, but you have to stick by them later on in the book unless there’s a good reason why things have changed.
Also, don’t be afraid to break stereotypes. Regal elves, greedy dwarves, nasty goblins, they’ve been done to death. You can still use those characteristics, but what if you have an elf who may be regal, but is also cold and calculating and doesn’t give a damn about the woodland kingdom, but just wants money and power? Or what if you have a dwarf who cares so much about his family that he steals a king’s ransom to pay off the kidnappers who snatched his child? Maybe, just maybe, you have a goblin who wanted to be a healer and who couldn’t stomach violence? Look for ways in which to make the world you write about unique.
Sure, my Otherworld has unicorns and elves, but it also has Corpse Talkers—an odd shadowy race that can speak for the dead, after which they eat the heart in a gruesome communion. They’re called in on crimes when one of the Fae have been murdered. And my Otherworld has imps and lesser vampires, and woodland gargoyles that are calico colored, and a bureaucracy that’s worse than any over Earthside. Also, elves and Fae aren’t the same in my world.
The reader must be able to connect in some way with your world and characters. As I said earlier, Richard Adams wrote a book about a bunch of rabbits moving from one place to another. Big whoop, right? Well, those rabbits’ characters were so well developed that the life and death struggles of a bunch of bunnies brought millions of us to tears. When you examine the story, you see it’s very much like the Odyssey, and so it becomes an epic tale, on a very small scale.
Your worlds and characters don’t need to be human-centric, but they must feel real and have depth, and substance. The reader must recognize themselves in some way within your book. Don’t be afraid to draw from the past—there are so many mythologies around the world, all with grand tales and heroes and heroines and dark lords.
And if you are writing anything akin to science fiction, you have to get real and do your scientific research. Oozing green ichor only cuts it in horror or fantasy—if you’re writing SF, you need to do the research as to exactly what could make blood green.
PNR: Readers have really connected with your strong heroines; do you have an inspiration for your female characters? Do you feel your stories are female focused?
Yasmine G.: I prefer to write female-focused fiction, yes, and yet I count quite a few men among my readers.
While I love the men in my books (well, most of them), I want women to own up to their strengths. I always loved SF and fantasy, but for so many years, most of what I read was focused on men who went gallivanting around the stars, through the Elfin woods, into the deep, dark chasms of the Earth. Women were window dressing. And then I read Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley and thought—YES! Women can do this too!
I also love old B-grade SF movies, but I always got ticked that the woman almost always saw the monster, screamed, ran away, tripped and fell, and then ended up needing rescued. I learned very early on in my own life, you don’t always get rescued from hard places, bad people, or rough times, so you’d better learn to rescue yourself.
One exception to this is THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Patricia O’Neal played a woman who kept her cool, who did her best to help out Carpenter (the alien), and who didn’t shy away from doing what needed to be done. And I love Lara Croft and Buffy and even dear old Jessica Fletcher—they know their strengths and aren’t afraid or embarrassed to use them.
For my inspiration for strong heroines, I look to mythology—Athena and Diana and Artemis and Mielikki and Hera, Hecate, Kali, Aphrodite…none of those goddesses can be called weak. And Cleopatra and Boudicca...historically strong leaders for their nations. They may have lost their final battles, but they fought to the very end.
Or even today—did you know that Julia Child worked for the OSS (the predecessor of the CIA) and she helped create shark repellent? I didn’t know that, not until this year, and it blew me away! What about all the women who were with the underground resistance during WWII, or what about Rosa Parks who finally said, “No” and stood her ground? What about Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton—two women who didn’t play house at the White House, but instead took active roles in government.
And then, I look at all the women who struggle to raise children by themselves, who hold down one or more jobs, and manage to keep a roof over their families’ heads—they are heroines. Women are strong, they just aren’t always applauded for their strengths. Women hold down powerful jobs, make decisions that shake countries, that shake corporations…and when you think about it, who is fiercer than a mother protecting her child from harm?
I find inspiration for strong heroines everywhere I look. I’m a strong woman, very opinionated (if you can’t already tell). I refuse to hide my intelligence or my talent or my goals and dreams. Ambition isn’t a dirty word to me, and my husband loves me for these qualities, not in spite of them. I learned early on that if I wanted something out of life, I was going to have to take charge and make it happen.
I grew up in a very dysfunctional and abusive home, and I had the choice to either crumble, or play to win. I chose to survive and overcome. Unfortunately, I married into an abusive first marriage…when I finally saw the pattern I’d set up, I realized that if I ever wanted to achieve my goals, if I didn’t want to get hit again, I’d have to let go and make it on my own. And I did. I swore then I’d never compromise myself again for anybody, on anything that really mattered to me. And I have kept that promise.
PNR: You have written in the mystery, paranormal, contemporary, Chick-Lit and dark fantasy genres; is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Yasmine G.: More dark fantasy, definitely. Epic parallel universe fantasy. Cyberpunk—I love the Matrix and Strange Days and Blade Runner and Outland, and books like those. Supernatural thrillers. Magic realism is another genre I would love to write in.
PNR: BEWITCHED, BOTHERED & BEVAMPYRED, Season 2 will be released in October 06, with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. How did you become involved in this project? Could you tell us about your story contribution to the project?
Yasmine G.: Actually, I recently heard that the book has been postponed till next year. Check with the publisher for the new publication date. I became involved with it via two of my Witchy Chicks blogging partners: Linda Randall Wisdom, a good friend of mine, and Terese Ramin, the editor for the project. They encouraged me to give it a go and I did and it was fun. My story contribution is a demented take on the Snow Queen’s daughter, Isabella Schneeflocke. It’s over the top light erotica and was a lot of snarky fun to write.
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months? Do you have any additional series in the works?
Yasmine G.: I just finished CHANGELING, the second Sisters of the Moon book, (from Delilah the werecat’s POV), and will have that revised and turned in by the end of September. Then I start on DARKLING, the third book (from Menolly—the vampire’s—point of view). I’m hoping for more books in this series (cross fingers!). I’m working on a proposal for a standalone paranormal romance/suspense novel. As far as the Emerald books, I’m waiting to see what my publisher has to say about future contracts. There’s a third India Ink book coming out in January—GLOSSED AND FOUND. And I have some ideas churning in my head for a second paranormal series in the same vein as the SOTM series but a little darker and sexier. We’ll see. ~smiles~
PNR: Thanks Yasmine, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
Yasmine G.: You can always check my site for news (http://www.galenorn.com). My contact information is there—but I don’t always get to my email and I don’t answer requests for personal magical help. I do read every letter I get, though, even if I am on deadline and don’t have time to answer. I have a friend who helps out on a sporadic basis as an assistant, sometimes she’ll answer for me when I don’t have the time.
You can find out what’s new by signing up for my update letters—the sign up sheet is on the front page and I use a private hosting company that protects email addies from being sold or spammed. I send the update letters out about once a month.
Every two months I put up an online newsletter that has news about my books and the site, answers to common questions I get about my books, recipes, etc., in it.
And I have reader forums on my site (http://www.galenorn.com/Bulletin/) that you can sign up for and post (it’s a strict site—absolutely no flaming between members, and no author bashing allowed, but if you want to politely say you didn’t like one of my books, I’m not about to delete you for that). Right now we’re having problems with the massive spammer attacks on forums so if you register, you’ll have to answer the confirmation email and then I’ll validate you after that. It keeps the site clean from Viagra pushers.
I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you, too—I love discussing writing in general, and about writing my books. Writing is such an inborn passion for me…there’s nothing quite like it in the world.
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Meet three semi-supernatural sisters, out to save the Otherworld...
WITCHLING - We're the D'Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy—and sexy—operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Camille—a wicked-good witch. Except my magic's as unpredictable as the weather, as my enemies are about to find out the hard way...
At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, a fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He's made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: Keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they're in like Flynn. After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we've got a secret for them: Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D'Artigo girls...
The Chintz 'n China Mystery Series Buy it Now! Prime Crime
August 1, 2006
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ONE HEX OF A WEDDING Delicious blends of tea aren't the only draw at the Chintz 'n China Tea Room—Emerald O'Brien, owner and medium, also offers her customers a tarot-card reading. But Emerald, a single mother of two, never saw herself as a sleuth—which proves that even seers make mistakes...
Emerald O'Brien is about to tie the knot with her fiancé Joe, but one uninvited guest to their engagement party reminds her that some ties still need to be severed. Her ex-hubby, Roy, can't hold his liquor—or his temper—and after brawling with Joe, he threatens to ruin their wedding. When Joe is wounded from a gunshot the next day, Roy becomes the prime suspect. Emerald knows her ex has a mean streak a mile wide but doesn't believe he'd be capable of attempted murder. And when a sinister presence starts stalking her maid of honor, Em begins to worry that her marriage has been cursed before she's even walked down the aisle...Buy it Now! Prime Crime
December 6, 2005
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A HAVEST OF BONES Charm recipe included
It's harvest time in Chiqetaw, Washington; Emerald O'Brien's favorite season. But this year, nature yields a most supernatural bounty. When Em and her sweetie, Joe, stumble over a bramble-covered foundation that has remained hidden for fifty years in the lot next door, strange events begin to occur. The cat vanishes. Will o' the Wisps threaten to harm Emerald and her loved ones. And the ghost of a woman named Brigit and her beloved calico make themselves at home in the backyard. Now it's up to Em and her friends to delve into the past, reveal the secrets of the dead and lay them to rest as they ring in the autumn with a harvest of bones.Buy it Now! Prime Crime
January 1, 2005
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MURDER UNDER A MYSTIC MOON - The third time's a charm in the Chintz 'n China series. After medium Emerald O'Brien literally stumbles across the body of her friend's best buddy, the police blame the death on a cougar attack. But Emerald senses something else wandering the forest--a killer of a more human kind.Buy it Now! Prime Crime
May 1, 2004
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LEGEND OF THE JADE DRAGON - The second Chintz 'n China mystery--charm recipe included. When a client gives seer Emerald O'Brien a statue of a jade dragon as payment, bad luck follows. To thwart its evil spell, she'll have to follow a trail of heartache to China's Ming Dynasty.Buy it Now! Prime Crime
August 1, 2003
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Emerald O'Brien is the owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room where guests are served the perfect blend of tea and tarot reading. She never set out to be a detective, but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back... When the ghost of Susan Mitchell asks for Emerald's help in convicting her own murderer, Emerald can't refuse. Along with her friends-an ex-supermodel and a cop-and her new love interest, Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars-and this tortured soul to rest.Writing as India Ink Buy it Now! Prime Crime
May 2, 2006
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A BLUSH WITH DEATH There's only one #1...
There's a new makeover maven in town, and she spells big trouble for everyone at Venus Envy. Bebe Wilcox has just unveiled her own boutique, and she won't stop until her shop has put everyone else out of business. Nothing is out of bounds, from stealing fragrance recipes to computer hacking and sabotaging supplies. But when one of Bebe's pushy saleswomen ends up dead, the stakes become much more dangerous. Staging a public falling out with her Auntie, Persia gets hired at Bebe's Boutique and begins snooping for evidence of wrongdoing. But can she find the goods before the killer decides to find her?Buy it Now! Prime Crime
October 4, 2005
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SCENT TO HER GRAVE The fairest of them all
Lydia Wang is the newly crowned winner of a local beauty pageantand the queen of mean. Used to getting what she wants, she ends up in an fight with Persia over the stores newest acquisition: the Mirror of Aphrodite. Reflecting only the most beautiful aspects of the person looking into it, the mirror is a huge draw and definitely not for saleno matter how much Lydia is willing to pay. Persia arrives at the shop the next morning to find Lydia dead, the mirror missing, and one of the shops treasured employees the prime suspect. Trevors arrest is a blemish on the reflection of the shop, so Persia decides to take matters by the nose. To clear his name, she must sniff out the signature scent of a killer.
Bath and Body Mystery #3
GLOSSED AND FOUND Murder is never pretty...
Venus Envys new makeup artist vanishes
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