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Interview: Ann Gimpel, Author of Magic’s Daughter

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A clinical psychologist with a Jungian bent, Ann Gimpel’s avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.

A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, Ms. Gimpel began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Several of her paranormal romance novellas are available for purchase in e-format.

Three of Ann Gimpel’s novels: Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche’s Promise are small press publications available in both e-format and paperback.

Be on the look out for two more urban fantasy novels coming this summer and fall, titled: Fortune’s Scion and Earth’s Requiem.

Ann Gimpel’s family includes a husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids.

Her latest books are Magic’s Daughter & Dancing in the Flame.

If you had to describe Magic’s Daughter in two sentences, what would they be?

Destined to be surrounded by magic, yet have none of her own, Cassie walks a thin line between love and danger. By the time she recognizes her vulnerability, it’s nearly too late.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?

Hector purred even louder and let out a contented mrroww before jumping down and strolling casually through the glass-beaded curtain leading into the central part of the house. A discontented squawk from Murietta, likely on her perch in the library, told Cassie the cat was probably engaging in some gratuitous bird-baiting, a sport he never tired of.

What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?

For me, characters come first. They have to be “alive” in every sense. Once I have characters, world building is next. Many of my books are set in alternative worlds and they need to have enough in the way of detail to ring true, with paranormal elements which weave seamlessly into the plot. The story needs to flow naturally, move to gradually escalating crescendos, and have a satisfying ending, since this book is a romance. Pacing is crucial to solid plot development and progression. Probably the most important element after characters, world-building, plot, and pacing is beta readers. I’ve been blessed with some great ones. No matter how talented a writer is, there’s no substitute for fresh eyes.

Why should readers pick up your book?

Probably all readers shouldn’t. After all, no book is for everyone. But those who like romance with paranormal overtones might enjoy this novella. It’s about facing adversity, finding out who you are when the chips are down, and understanding love doesn’t always wear the face we expect.

What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?

I’m not certain there was anything so clear-cut as all that. I’ve always been a story-teller. The only difference is now I write them down.

What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?

My favorites are science fiction, fantasy, and romance. Just about any subgenre within those three categories catches my fancy. I started out writing contemporary fantasy and science fiction. Romance was a welcome addition since my stories always had romantic elements. My characters have just been so much happier since I started giving them HEAs with the man (or woman) of their dreams.

What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?

Laptop, cell phone, Kindle, money and comfy shoes.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I’d want to be psychic with the ability to read minds and soothe empathically. My “day job” career is as a psychologist. It would have saved me a lot of time, and my clients a lot of money, if I’d had an easier way to figure out what was wrong.

What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?

That’s a good question. I’m not sure any of us leave much of a legacy, even those who are well-known. There are exceptions, of course, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For me, the important thing is to live each day to the fullest, to be happy with the best I can give, and to leave everything better than I found it.

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