Author Bio: Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. Those words led her to The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House and the rest, as they say, is history. Revisited, her third full-length novel, is the second in The Redemption Series, and she has no plans to slow her creations down any time soon. A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading on her new e-reader, and making life interesting at each and every turn.
Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
My current release is the second installment in the Redemption Series, “Revisited”. It picks up right where book one, “Redemption” left off. Lily Edwards, the last remaining female vampire is looking for a cure, not for herself, but for the vampire she was forced to create. The casts of characters that surround Lily include her adopted daughter, Becca. Becca is coming into her own as a survivor of a horrific demon attack and the discovery of that she is a Nephilim. Ryan, Lily’s husband from her human life turned angel of Death, is attempting to get to know his wife again but has fears of his own. Ian Holt, once Lily’s love interest who has now turned his attentions to Becca, has gotten himself possessed by a demon named Gideon. Over a thousand miles away, the vampire Lily was forced to create, Liam, is lying in wait for instructions from two other vampires, Filipp and Debir. The story flows together to join the past and the present, reuniting some and tearing others apart.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
The idea for the Redemption Series came from several different places. I was a big fan of “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen each episode. I liked the element of good and bad vampires, but there were just too many of them. There was always another to fight and seemed never ending. When I sat down and told myself I was going to write a paranormal story I started with my character Lily. I knew she had to be special, more unique than any other vampire written to date. I hope I accomplished that for in her world she is the only female vampire left in existence. Once I had Lily’s story firmly thought out, I moved on to those I would surround her with. Abe North was the next character I gave life to. He’s what I call a shadow walker, an angel who can pull someone into the shadows and transport them to anywhere in the universe. From there, it all flowed pretty quickly and the rest is history.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?
I’ve been writing stories since I was about twelve years old. I still have the first story I wrote for fun in a folder on my nightstand. I wrote for years just to write, never thinking that it would amount to anything. For several years, I tried my hand at screen writing. It was more difficult than I had anticipated and at that time in my life my passion for writing was not supported by anyone. Then on my first date with my now husband, I told him an idea for a story I had been thinking of. He thought it was amazing. Whenever I’m stuck or blocked, I know I can go to him and talk it through. Sometimes a little encouragement is all it takes.
When I finished my first manuscript, I started trying to find a publisher. At one time I even had a contract in my hands, but it just didn’t feel right. I had joined The Writer’s Coffee Shop website to read a story that had been posted there. When they announced they were opening a publishing house, I don’t know if I was the first to send in my manuscript, but I was close to it. I published my first novel, “Lies Inside” just seven months later. I have found a home with The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and I hope to publish many more stories with them in the years to come.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
I would have wished that the original were as perfect as it needed to be and could go right to print. Unfortunately, I make mistakes, sometimes many. Every writer will tell you they hate the editing process. It’s just part of the path we all have to take. Everybody sees things differently. Sometimes I use certain words for certain reasons, but an editor might not see the word choice for the reason I do. Then there is a discussion about the word and why I want it and not the suggested change. It turns into an issue and it’s just one word in the midst of thousands. When you are trying to agree on the placement of thousands of words it can be very daunting. So if all possible, next time it will be perfect and go straight to format and print. *fingers crossed*
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
In “Revisited”, it was the spells I had to write and translating them into Romanian. I know one language well, English, and a little bit of a few others. Romanian was not one of them. I had to find an interpreter to help me with the translation and setting the mood for the scene. I even had to hear the words spoken and where the inflection on certain words would occur.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
While writing this book, I did my best writing with my ear buds in my ears listening to my favorite playlist. It includes some of my favorite songs from Ra, Linkin Park, Muse, Robbie Williams, and even some Johnny Cash. I have so many distractions around me at any given time; if I have the music I can concentrate on that and let the words flow.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
I am currently working on the third and final installment in the series, “Resolution”.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
While working on “Resolution”, I’m also working on a new twisted fairytale series called “Grimm Twin Tales”, a political thriller with a paranormal twist, “Deliver Me”, and three yet to be titled strictly romance stories. I am a bit of a busy girl.