Author Interview: CJ Gosling

November 10, 2011

Today I would like to welcome CJ Gosling, author of The Guardian, to the site! Ms. Gosling is a lovely and talented writer, and I hope you enjoy the interview!

photo courtesy of the author
Hi, C.J.! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me and my readers. Can you tell us what inspired you to be a writer?
My father used to tell me bedtime stories when I was a child? When I got a little bit older, I loved telling ghost stories to my friends. I soon started writing these stories down and I been a writer ever since.

Where did the idea for your Shadowlands series come from?

I lived and worked in the Rhineland Phaltz province of Germany. As I walked the rolling hills and vineyards near the farm I worked at, I couldn’t help but imagine what strange little creatures might live there. I started making up short stories for children, and eventually those stories came together to form The Guardian.

What was the writing process like for book one, The Guardian?

Like every book I write it was a lot of work. I tend to write scenes five or six times to get them right. An entire book will go through several drafts before I’m satisfied. The Guardian in particular was a journey of discipline and self-discovery. It was the first book that I wrote with the intention of sharing with the public.

What can you tell us about book two?

In book two of the Shadowlands series we get to know Tavin’s sister Moreanna. The siblings travel together to a dark and cold version of Budapest in Hungary ruled by clan of gargoyles. The characters in this book are more complex as is the plot. The book seems to be a little bit darker in tone, but I like to think that the subject matter of my books grows with my readers.

Do you know what you’ll work on after the series is done?

I’ve already begun reworking an adult high fantasy book that I wrote several years ago and always remained in love with. I’d also like to continue to explore other genres of YA fiction.

If you could hang out with any fictional character, who would it be and why?

I’d love to spend my days with Pippi Longstocking. I’ve always admired her love of adventure, her imagination, her unshakable convictions in things that she believes, and the freedom she lives into do anything she wants. Of course being superstrong is also pretty cool.

Who is your favorite author?

I grew up on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, CS Lewis,and Madeline L’Engle. Lately I’ve really enjoyed books by Tamora Pierce and Simon Green. I have to admit however, that if I were stranded on a deserted island you’d probably find a Louis L’Amour paperback in my emergency kit.

Do you have any writing quirks?

I like to make soundtracks for the books I write. I also love to pick out particular songs for the characters I create and listen to those songs before I write a scene with that character in it. The whole process can be really inspiring.

What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?

I’m expecting my first child-a little girl-within the next couple weeks. My husband and I are very excited! I’m also a painter and a singer/songwriter (I play guitar). I hope to record my first album sometime next year. The songs I write tend to be a mix between the folk and soul music.

For more information on CJ Gosling and her writing, please visit the following sites:

Official Website | Twitter | GoodReads | Brighter Books

To purchase The Guardian: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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