Friday, October 10, 2014

Author Interview + Giveaway: IMPOSSIBLE by C.A. Gray


Welcome to another lovely Friday morning, my bookish friends! I'm pleased to share an interview with author C.A. Gray today. An author who writes the genre of books I absolutely adore: YA Fantasy.

There's something about being swept up in a new world that never gets old! That's why I couldn't wait to add C.A. Gray's Piercing The Veil Series to my reading list. It's a great time to start too! Book three, Impossible, releases on October 15th. 

Clicking on the photos below will take you to their matching Goodreads pages! For more links, check the bottom of this post. There's also a giveaway down there for this whole series! Now, on to the interview! 


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How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school… although back then all my main characters were cats. (Go figure.) I’ve got about 12 shelves’ worth of journals throughout my life, and have always felt that words are incredibly powerful. I minored in Creative Writing in college. I guess I always knew I’d end up writing eventually.


What inspires you to write?

It kept me sane in med school! I got the idea during my first year I think, and I wrote most of the first two books prior to graduation. I needed a rightbrained escape! Even now I would say the same. When I’m overwhelmed in other areas of my life, my fictional world is my escape.


When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

Well, it took me about three years to write “Intangible” because I had to do so much research, plot out the series, plot out the first book, and write three complete drafts before I was happy enough with the third to start editing it. I’d forgotten how to write fiction! But the second and the third in this trilogy are done too (just need editing), and those were much quicker… I think I wrote the third in something like 6-9 months.


What is your least favorite part about writing? The Most?

Least favorite are those days when I have to make myself write and I don’t feel like it and nothing seems to sound right. And I’d say my favorite part is also the easiest – that feeling of ‘flow.’


When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

I love spending time with friends and family. I exercise maybe a little too much, but I find it relaxing. I especially love yoga and running. I watch movies, read, have coffee or a glass of wine… and I don’t get to do this as often as I’d like, but I love to travel!


What genre of books do you like to read?

I’m usually reading around 4-8 books at a time, but usually only one of them is fiction, and it’s usually YA. The rest are medical, counseling, Christian, sometimes scientific, and on the publishing business. I read a chapter or two of one, put it down, and switch to the next book – unless it’s REALLY good, in which case they’ve got my attention.


What author(s) do you enjoy reading? Why?

My favorites of all time would be J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis I think. Those three set the standards for fantasy worlds – they are my heroes!

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C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.

She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teachers (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!

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