Interview with Alesha Escobar, author of The Gray Tower Trilogy


The Tower's Alchemist: Wizard Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

It's a very different World War II.

The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.

But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.

Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.

Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.

Dark Rift:  Savior. 

Monster. 

A Time Wizard who will be the damnation of many... 

The world already suffers a bitter taste of hell on earth, in a World War II where Nazi warlock vampires battle with Gray Tower wizards in the streets of Europe and in the shadows. 

The Gray Tower, in its quest to stabilize a world that hangs on a delicate balance, has issued an order: Kill the Drifter. 

Isabella George, an alchemist trained by the Tower, knows the identity of the Drifter and refuses to go through with it, because it hits too close to home. Instead of executing the Drifter, she protects the Time Wizard at all costs and ensures that the power to control Time never falls into the wrong hands. 

She sets out to lift the severe decree of the Gray Tower, and prove to the Master Wizards that the Drifter is the only way to win the war. As Isabella unmasks traitors and embraces unlikely allies, her greatest danger may lie in her own heart--from the brutal desire for revenge, to the crushing guilt she carries...and the dangerous passion she tries to deny when she’s with one man in particular. 

As she attempts to sort things out both in her heart and head--and not mix up the two, a figure from her past comes along and makes an enticing offer to solve all her problems. The only payment required is her soul.

Circadian Circle: Isabella.

Octavian.

Ammon.

The Akashic Record...

Nazi warlock vampires, a rampaging Black Dragon, Vatican wizards, demonic corruption, and a Time Wizard gone mad. In this gripping, action-packed conclusion to The Gray Tower Trilogy, things go to hell in a hand basket -- and the world will never be the same.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

The Gray Tower Trilogy started off as a writing challenge from my husband. We were discussing the current fantasy genre landscape and he said I should write a paranormal fantasy with a spy as the protagonist. To give it an interesting twist, he suggested a WWII setting.

Recalling what I’ve learned and read about the war, I had unfortunately heard little about female spies--and boy, now I feel cheated! There are tons of stories of courageous women who did everything from parachute into enemy territory, to delivering important coded messages for the Allies, and even engaging in gunfights. Winston Churchill gave these women one directive--fight with everything they had and set Europe ablaze. I took inspiration from a few of them to craft my protagonist.

Now, as for the fantasy aspect, I worked with the notion that the Nazis were obsessed with the occult and wanted to employ super-human powers to give them the advantage in the war. In the story, the Allies counter this move by rushing to hire wizards trained by the prestigious Gray Tower.

My heroine, Isabella George, is both a spy and alchemist. She’s tired of seeing colleagues disappear or turn up dead, and so she wants to retire before she’s next. Only, a few things stand in her way--someone within the organization has betrayed her identity, a vampiric warlock is stalking her, and the Master Wizards who trained her hold deadly secrets about her past. ‘The Tower’s Alchemist ‘(Book I) introduces readers to Isabella’s world, and they can follow her through ‘Dark Rift’ (Book II) and finally ‘Circadian Circle’ (Book III).

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It made me even more interested in history, how it’s shaped, and it made me appreciate the amount of research that goes into writing an alternate history. Writing the trilogy also made me aware of the different and exciting directions authors have been taking fantasy fiction in. I’m not just a writer, I’m also a reader and fan of fantasy, so being able to open my eyes to unique stories and mashups is a real treat.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I’d love to pen an epic or high fantasy story...oooh, maybe even something steampunky.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

I would want to be Jasmine Léon. She’s a glamorous actress/singer who does NOT get chased down by vampiric warlocks, though she does encounter her share of trouble.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Draw. I would love to create my own comics or graphic novels, but I never progressed past stick figures. My husband has been doing art and storyboards for The Simpsons TV show for 20 years, so I’m constantly amazed (and jealous of) his skill.

Q. What are you currently reading?

George R.R. Martin’s “Dance With Dragons.” I really enjoy the Song of Ice and Fire series, though I had a fit about what happened to Ned Stark. I’m still upset about it! Why, Mr. Martin? Why???

Q. All of the books you’ve read, which book has impacted you the most?

‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri. It’s a timeless masterpiece, and has such amazing imagery and poetic force that speaks to the soul.

Q. What gives you the most joy in life?

My family. And chocolate.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for giving me a reason to keep writing!

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