Release Day Q&A with Colleen Gleason

Hello, my lovelies 🙂

Today we have a special treat!! It’s release day for Colleen Gleason, and she’s taken a few minutes to come introduce herself a bit. (I’m not sure “introductions” are necessarily in order, her regency paranormal romances are crazy popular. But it’s her first time here, so we’re going with it, lol.) Be sure to check out the cover and blurb below the Q&A, and look for a way you can WIN an ebook copy!!

cg-about1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I generally listen to wordless sounds when I write. I put in earplugs (those foam kind that form to your ear), then a really good pair of headphones (noise-canceling if I have them) and put on either a soundtrack mix or my tropical thunderstorm CD. J Either way, I allow the sounds to surround me and I usually can slip into my world and go.

Since I write a lot of books set in historical time periods, I can’t usually do a “soundtrack” for my characters that makes sense—insofar as having songs they’d listen to. And I’m not all that crazy about listening to the type of music they would have. So I stick with my own tunes and just drown out the rest of the world.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I used to write at Border’s Books almost every day, until they closed. In fact, I wrote ten books at the café in my local store. L Now, however, I write at home in my office most of the time. I have an ergonomic keyboard and the correct set-up for my neck, shoulders, hips, legs, etc—which writing on a laptop at a café doesn’t provide. After more than two dozen books, I’ve learned how important it is to keep my body ergonomically aligned.

And then there’s the insurmountable fact that Border’s isn’t even there anymore…so it’s not an option. L

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?

I actually try not to think about it too much. I usually have all my promo stuff done and ready to go by then, and usually I make my husband take me out for a nice dinner on Release Day. Other than that, and some extra social media work, I try to make it feel like every other day—because at this point, the book is done, and out there, and it will be what it will be!

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

I loooove Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (and as you can imagine, I can’t wait for the feature film starring Angelina Jolie that’s coming next year!). One year, I made my own Maleficent costume: I used empty paper towel rolls and paper mache, covered by black paint, to make the horns—and an old pair of black tights—to make the headdress. Everyone knew who I was immediately, and everyone loved the costume. I actually thought it looked better than the costumes sold by Disney, because those costumes have “horns” that are soft and stuffed. Mine were real!!!

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I would go to Paris. I would bring lots of money (because I wouldn’t bring food, I’d buy it everywhere!), an umbrella, and my husband. Because…why would you go to Paris without someone you loved?

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

One song that describes my life…can’t think of one, really. And if he weren’t dead, I’d want Jeff Buckley to write and perform my life’s theme song. His music is so haunting and his lyrics beautifully poetic…and even though it has words, I often do listen to his album Grace while writing too.

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

I’d hang out with Macey Gardella—the character in my new release, Roaring Midnight—and go shopping! She’s from the Roaring Twenties, and the clothes! The hats! I’d even have her sneak me into a speakeasy, because she’s a vampire hunter and I’d feel safe with her.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I’d love to be the person with the most books!

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

Let’s toss the word “cunt.” I really don’t like it—and it’s not that I’m a prude. (Just ask my friend Colette Gale… wink, wink). It just sounds so grim and yucky to me.

But I’d love to add the word “drassy”—which means dim or dusky, like twilight. (Look for that word to make its debut in my upcoming steampunk novel The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Book.)

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

My friends know that not only am I a foodie…but I love to cook. And that I’m an introvert at heart, even though most people think I’m a social butterfly!

Big thank you to Colleen for taking the time to answer these for us. And congrats on today’s ROARING MIDNIGHT release!! (It’s a spin-off from her Gardella Vampire Chronicles.) Speaking of… here’s a bit about the book, and a way for you to win an ecopy!!

9781931419215_p0_v1_s260x420Amid the glitzy Age of Jazz, when gangsters and bootleggers control the cities, there lies another, more insidious threat….the undead.

Macey Gardella is a typical young woman of the Roaring Twenties: she works a job, has her own flat, and loves to dance the Charleston. But when a mysterious man named Sebastian Vioget informs her she belongs to a family of vampire hunters, Macey is stunned and disbelieving.

Yet, strange and frightening things begin to happen, and when Macey comes face-to-face with one of the fanged creatures, she has no choice but to believe Sebastian. And when she learns his own soul depends on her willingness to carry forth the family legacy and hunt the undead, Macey capitulates and joins the fight.

As she learns more about her new life, Macey meets the handsome newspaper reporter known as Grady–who seems to know more about vampires than he should. And when he begins to ask too many questions, she has to juggle her strong attraction to him with the need for secrecy.

Slipping into speakeasies and sampling bootlegged whiskeys, dodging gangster gunfire and trying to keep her nosy landlady from finding the stakes in her flat, Macey Gardella must navigate through a world of stunning violence, passionate romance, and dark betrayal…

So… have YOU read the Gardella Vampire Chronicles?? Have you been waiting for this addition? Is this a “new to you” series?? Leave a comment about something in this post (the Q&A or the book blurb), and be entered to win an ebook copy of ROARING MIDNIGHT. Contest open today only. Winner will be selected and notified after midnight pacific, tonight. GOOD LUCK, everyone!


  1. Comment by Trina.ADR:

    Looking forward to this book! Great interview. I agree with removing “that” word and seeing “Drassy.” Wish I could see a pic of your Maleficent costume, it sounds awesome!

  2. Comment by bn100:

    It’s a new series to me. The blurb sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. Comment by Barbara E.:

    I haven’t read the series yet, but have had some of the books on my TBR and wish list. I’ve always meant to get started on the series, but haven’t had a chance yet.

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