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Today I’m featuring an interview with author of the Kematian hunter series, Tina Pollick. The first installment to this series, Gabriel, was released on January 23, 2013. And now for a quick peek into this paranormal romance story.
When demons sunder ancient bonds, a love-match between a valiant archangel and a selfless nurse brings humanity’s last hope — but demon-taint may destroy them both.
The prison the archangels have guarded, housed deep within the earth is destroyed, releasing Kematians (demons) to feed upon humanity. The angels are losing the battle again as the Kematians ability to regenerate hampers the angel’s ability to destroy them. Gabriel is stabbed by an Angel Killing Sword; he’s accepted his fate that he will die; only to be revived by Calla’s ability to heal.
Calla Stevens, RN, tries to find who or what is killing the victims that are coming into the ER, only to be infected herself when she comes face-to-face with the Kematians. Calla has saved Gabriel once, is she’s willing to trade her life for his this time?
Archangel Gabriel struggles with new emotions as he discovers Calla is his soul mate. He strives to defend humanity, with the assistance of his brother Archangel Michael and new human friends. Gabriel will have to choose whether he will live or die when his future with Calla is destroyed.
CONTENT WARNING: Spicy sex.
“Are you kidding me? You weigh maybe a hundred pounds soaking wet. What do you think you’re doing walking alone at night?” She noticed Eric looking down at all five feet three inches of her, scowling. “Let me give you a ride home.”
Eric’s radio went off. “Shit. I have to go, Calla, another attack. Call a cab, please.”
He hurried away. Calla walked in the opposite direction, towards her house. She took this path three to four days a week on her way home from work. There wasn’t any way she was going to call a cab.
She heard footsteps closing in behind her. Alarmed, she wrapped her hand around the can of mace in her pocket and picked up her pace.
The footsteps were gone. Had she imagined them? Calla turned her head to look but she was alone. “Get it together, chicken. You’re scaring yourself now.”
She rounded the corner nearing an alley. A trickle of red blood flowed from it, creeping onto the sidewalk. Calla stopped in front of a pathway as uneasiness washed over her. Fear and ethics battled within her. Ethics won, but her legs felt like lead, and they weren’t moving. She forced herself to take a few steps and spotted a mound lying next to the wall.
After several tense seconds, she tightened her grip on the can of mace and slowly made her way towards the heap on the ground.
This is exactly how all the stupid girls are killed in the movies. They go walking right into danger, and boom, they’re dead.
Approaching the mound, she trembled. As she moved closer she saw a tanned foot sticking out from the trench coat. Calla bent down, her chest heaving, hands shaking as she reached the foot and gave it a quick shake, but nothing happened. Relax, before you hyperventilate and end up on the ground, too. Breathe, Calla, breathe.
She stood, crept forward, and reached for what she hoped was the head. She knelt down and pulled back the thick trench coat. His head turned to the side, face badly beaten, eyes cracked to reveal a glimmer of the brightest green she had ever seen.
“Holy shit!” She jumped back, startled.
The man didn’t move. She bent down again this time reaching for his neck. The pulse was weak. She had already used her gifts twice this evening, and her body still ached from the two previous failures. “Focus. You can do this.” She struggled to turn the man onto his back. When she finally rolled him over there was a knife, with a green hue as if the metal was oxidized, protruding out of his chest.
“Of course there’s a knife,” Calla murmured to herself.
“I’m going to try to help you,” she whispered in his ear. She knew she might not be able to save him, but she had to try. If she could pull the knife out in a quick motion she could heal him. She placed her hands around the hilt of the knife and pulled. Nothing happened. “Maybe if I get some leverage.”
Calla straddled the man, planting one tennis shoe on each side of his limp body. She bent down and wrapped both hands around the hilt and pulled with everything she had. The knife began to move—barely—but it was moving. It felt like pulling a rubber boot stuck in thick mud. After a few more attempts the suction released, and the knife was freed.
She collapsed on his chest and sat up, placing both palms on the bleeding wound. “Please, oh please let this work.” Calla focused on the wound, gathering energy. Then her hands began to glow. Sweat dripped matting blonde hair to her forehead, and her vision began to dim. “I won’t let you die,” she promised.
Then darkness embraced her.
Tina was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for us. Here’s what she had to say:
1)How did you come up with the title for this book?
I suck at coming up with titles and names of characters. The MC is Gabriel, so that is the name of the book.
2)What inspired you to write this book?
‘What if’. My stories kind of come to me by asking this question.
3)Did you have the main character’s names already picked out before you began to write?
Gabriel I did. I knew the seven archangels I was going to write about. Gabriel was first because I could see his love interest was going to be a nurse.
4)What can you tell us about your main characters?
Gabriel is unfamiliar with slang and a lot of modern customs. So he has a learning curve to over come. He’s very sensitive, and he’s the first archangel (in this series) to fall in love. This is a new emotion for him, so he grows as a ‘person’ the whole book.
Calla is a sassy, compassionate person. She learns to trust in this book.
5)Did you have to do any research in order to help you with the writing of this book?
Yeah, some. But I used backgrounds I was familiar with. I’ve worked in a lab so when I looked stuff up I knew what they were talking about. Calla is a nurse and I am too, but I don’t have a lot of ‘nursing’ per say in the book, but my background was helpful in developing her character.
6)What made you decide to become a writer?
A long summer off from work and home with my kids. I decided I was going to write a book, did a rough plan and wrote it this past summer.
7)What genre do you generally write?
Paranormal romance. I’m thinking about giving YA a shot. My daughter is a teen and really wants to read my work. Gabriel isn’t for teens, so I probably will write a book she can read.
8) Are you interested in writing other genres?
9)Do you follow a routine when you begin to write a scene or chapter?
I write a very rough, very small outline. I’m a visual person and have recently learned about Pinterest. I’m using that this time to help with an outline. For me ‘seeing’ everything really helps me to make it come alive on paper. I love Pinterest.
10)How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
It took me about eight weeks to write my first novel and another four editing. My novel was about a third of that and it took me about two weeks to write the first nine chapters and then two months to come up with the ending.
I guess each book will be different.
11)Do you have a general idea of what direction you want the plot to take ahead of time or does it come to you once you’ve started writing?
I know where I want it to go, but sometimes my characters don’t listen to me so I follow them to see where they’re taking me.
12)Are there any authors you admire?
Sure lots of them, but none of them are on the NY Times best selling list. It’s hard to admire someone you don’t know. Fortunately I have some amazing friends that are writers, I met online and who’ve helped me polish Gabriel until it shines. I’ve also had the good fortune to be able to read their work as well. We spend some time everyday online, going over each others work, getting to know each other and our families, listening to each others real life problems and successes. Yeah I admire those girls… a lot.
13)Have you written any series? If not, are you planning to write any in the future?
Gabriel is the first of a series of seven books. Soul Broker is the first in a novella series. The other story I’m plotting is also a series. I think I like to work on series. J
14)Once you begin to work on a new MS, do you have the ending already mapped out or do you envision it as the story progresses?
I know the ending. Okay I have a rough idea of what I want to happen in the end. It helps me keep my story from running away from me. J
15)Did you self-publish? If not, is that something you will be willing to consider in the future?
I didn’t, but it’s not something I wouldn’t think about doing.
16)What is your least favorite part about getting published?
The wait. It’s taken about three months to get this book published. I know by some standards that is pretty quick, for a newbie like me, it was a lifetime. *laughs*
17)Where do you see yourself in five years?
On a beach in the Bahamas. *laughs* I really just want to make enough money from writing to be able to do it as a fulltime job.
18)What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Do your homework, find a supportive community of other writers, and write.
About the author:
When Tina Pollick isn’t writing paranormal romance about Heavenly hunks, and smart, sassy women, this RN enjoys a quiet home life with her husband, children, two horses, two dogs, cat, chickens, guineas, well sort of quiet.
Tina has just finished her first Urban Fantasy novel, GABRIEL, A Kematian Hunter Series and is working on the first book of another Urban Fantasy series, SOUL BROKER.