Monday, December 20, 2010
Guest Author Interview: Gabriel Madison
Please welcome today's guest author Gabriel Madison! Gabriel is the author of Three Seeds and Dayling.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Gabriel: I started writing when I was younger to entertain my mother when she was sick. She loved horror stories, So I would write gory short stories for her. After that, I started writing other short stories, poetry, screenplays, one act plays, novellas and novels. My first passion was filmmaking, which is why I went to school for that, but I came to love writing more than I did directing and the entire filmmaking process.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Gabriel: Vampires! I've been into the vampire mythology way before this new trend that has taken over. Personally, I love all of the stuff that is coming out, but I also see the need to put your own spin on things. I love stories about supernatural beings living amongst humans, trying to figure out their hidden world. It's funny, because even though I started writing horror, and I love paranormal stories, I don't like scary movies or books. I like mythology and beings with extraordinary abilities just trying to live a normal life.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Gabriel: Immortality. Not because I'm afraid of death, but because it would be cool to see what the world would look like a hundred or even a thousand years from now. I think that's what drew me into vampires, the idea of a being walking the streets of Rome during the time of Horace, walking the streets today using an iPad. The thought of that is what keeps me reading and writing paranormal books.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Gabriel: Personally, I think it's a fun read. I have some mythology in it, along with humor and romance and action. I know there are a lot of vampire books out there, but I think readers of paranormal books, even if they aren't vampire fans will enjoy this book because it's more about the characters and how they fit into the supernatural and normal world. My editor, John McAllister, sent this to me in an e-mail: "At first I thought it was going to be another Twilight clone, but you have made me eat those words. Your particular vision of vampires is fresh, original, and the antagonist's in this story are completely believable." That's what I was going for and I think that's why readers will enjoy the story.
EJ: If your book was being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Gabriel: Okay, I know everyone wants their books to be made into movies, but I don't. I get into arguments with my cousin about this all the time, but I feel like if I wanted a story to be a movie, then I would write a screenplay. Personal opinion. Maybe it has to do with the fact I went to film school and realized the movie world was not how I wanted to tell stories. But if Dayling was going to be made into a movie: I would want Ksenia Solo to play Haven, because after watching her play Kenzi on Lost Girl, I think her ability to deliver one-liners is perfect. She is funny, attractive in a non-threatening way, and can radiate a since of independence in her demeanor... and that's how I see Haven. I could see Chace Crawford from Gossip Girl playing Philip. I mean Philip is a good looking charismatic rich kid that is known for messing with other guy's girlfriends. As for Angela, I see Vanessa Hudgens, simply because she impressed me in Bandslam.
Dayling by Gabriel Madison
Turning eighteen is an exciting time for most girls. It means finally being considered a legal adult, having more freedom and a wild birthday party. For Haven Vigano, it means immortality, a craving for human blood and no longer being able to move around in the daytime. Haven is a Dayling, but in three weeks she will 'Cross Over' into the world of Nightlings. Most Daylings live their lives as humans for as long as they can, which means they attend school, make normal friends and indulge in all the pleasures of being mortal... Most Daylings except for Haven. She's as antisocial as they come, even in the Dayling world. To make matters worst, a friend from her past, another Dayling named Sébastien, arrives in Tallahassee with the news that an ancient group of Nightling hunters called The Holy Sect of Mântuitors are hunting down and killing her kind. Haven's father fears a Nightling is helping the Mântuitors in their quest to rid the world of immortals. Now Haven must deal with her growing attraction to Philip, a teenage boy she saved from being beaten by four other guys, plus understand Sébastien's jealousy towards her human crush, and oh yeah, help deal with the threat of the Mântuitors. Times were a lot simpler for Haven when she felt indifferent towards everything and everyone.
Thank you Gabriel for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Gabriel Madison and his books, please visit his website.