If you follow my blog, you know I’m doing a series of author interviews, each one with a giveaway or a free book for readers to enjoy.
This week’s interviewee is veteran lesbian fiction author Gerri Hill, who just published her 35th lesbian novel, Moonlight Avenue.
Gerri is giving away several e-book and audiobook copies of her lesbian romances, so don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!
Please tell us a little about your newest release, Moonlight Avenue.
It’s about an ex-cop turned private investigator (Finley Knight) who gets mixed up in a murder investigation. There’s chaos, crime, corruption and cover-ups! And yes, there is romance brewing too!
It sounds as if Moonlight Avenue has not just two, but three strong female main characters. How did you make sure you gave each of them enough bonding time with the reader—and with each other? And which of these characters did you bond with the most?
Yes, three strong women in this one. Finn is the main character and she drives the book but her relationship with the other two (Dee and Rylee) is what makes her human. The three interact with each other enough—alone and as a group—that I think the reader will get a good sense of what each woman is about. I usually bond or have a favorite character in every book, but this one, it’s hard for me to pick one. Maybe because there’s three to choose from! That being said, I had the most affection for Finn, based on her past.
Finley Knight in Moonlight Avenue is a solitary, brooding private investigator—a character that could easily turn into a bit of a stereotype. Could you name one thing about her that would surprise readers, whether that detail made it into the story or not?
Finn’s solitary life has nothing to do with a lost love or fear of love….it has everything to do with her parents.
You have a very impressive backlist—if I counted correctly, Moonlight Avenue is novel number 34 for you! For anyone just discovering your work, which book would you recommend they start with?
Actually, Moonlight Avenue is number 35! When people ask me where to start, I always tell them to start at the beginning. The first published with Bella Books was Gulf Breeze. While I don’t write sequels very often (in fact, none of my romances are a sequel), I do occasionally have characters pop in from one book to another. While it’s not necessary to read them in order (unless it’s part of a series, like Hunter’s Way), I would think it would be helpful to have met the characters previously.
What are you most proud of having achieved in your writing career?
I think the longevity. When I first started writing, I thought maybe I could do eight or ten books. Writing for ten years was almost unthinkable. I’m approaching twenty years and thirty-five books. Mindboggling to think about!
If you could go back and change one thing in any of your books, what would it be and why?
I try very hard not to dwell on past books…at least not in that sense of changing them…because I can’t! Now, if we were talking “do over,” it would be One Summer Night, my very first book! My writing was so bad in that one, it makes me cringe to think about!
As a writer who writes full-time, with so many books published, how do you keep your stories fresh, relatable, and relevant?
I haven’t changed my method at all. I still write for me. I still write stories that I find interesting, that I enjoy. I have always taken the approach that if I’m not loving what I’m writing, then anyone reading it will be able to tell. After 35 books, it’s really hard to maintain a freshness in the characters so I try to make them as real as possible, along with having a real fault or two…while still being likable! At the end of the book, I hope my readers feel like I do…that they are saying goodbye to friends.
Here’s a very important question that one of my readers suggested I ask: How do you put on your shoes and socks? Sock shoe, sock shoe or sock, sock, shoe, shoe?
That would be “it depends,” but usually it’s sock shoe, sock shoe!
Several of your books are available as audiobooks. Do you listen to audiobooks, and if you do, are there any you particularly enjoyed?
I don’t have time to listen to audiobooks, unfortunately. I do make a point to listen to my own books because it helps me identify patterns in my writing. Something about hearing it out loud rather than seeing it in print, I guess.
When’s your next book coming out, and what are you working on right now?
The next one is a romance, After the Summer Rain, due out in August. It’s a sweet, feel-good romance, at least to me! I’m currently working on a murder mystery involving a serial killer that will be out in 2020.
Where can your readers find out more about you and your books?
My website is gerrihill.com, and I most always post news about releases and audiobooks on Facebook.
Gerri has graciously agreed to do a big giveaway, so there’ll be several lucky winners.
You can win:
- 2 e-book copies of Moonlight Avenue
- 4 Audible.com codes for the audiobook version of Moonlight Avenue
- 1 Audible.com code for Sawmill Springs
- 1 Audible.com code for The Secret Pond
- 1 Audible.com code for The Locket
- 1 Audible.com code for The Neighbor
Anyone can enter, but if you want to win one of the audiobooks, you need to be able to access Audible.com (US). To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog.
Entries close on Thursday, April 4, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.
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