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Tell Me Lies (Camden Point Mystery Book 1) by Gail Chianese is on virtual book tour. The paranormal romantic mystery stops a...

Tell Me Lies (Camden Point Mystery Book 1) by Gail Chianese is on virtual book tour.

The paranormal romantic mystery stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 gift card for book retailer of choice and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
This is probably the hardest question ever! I have so many favorite authors, series and books. This is just off the top of my head, but keep in mind I have four bookcases at home, filled with books I love.
The entire Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur.
Worth the Wait by Jamie Beck
Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham
Only for the Night by Naima Simone
The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher
A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev
Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London
Hide and Seek by Mary Burton

What book do you think everyone should read?
I wasn’t going to name a specific book and then I thought of Kennedy Ryan’s book Long Shot. Not only is it a great love story, that’s well written, but it opens the reader’s eyes to a world that many ignore.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing seriously eleven years ago. Before that, I would play around with just writing down scenes that came to me. They were terribly formatted, but I had fun and they spurred my imagination, so it’s all good.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Usually, one character will come to me at first. Sometimes, it’s a couple but most of them time, it’s just the one. In my West Side Romance series, it was the main character Cherry and quickly after that, her best friend, Tawny, who stars in book 2. The three men in that series just sort all walked in the door and introduced themselves at once. For Changing Tides, it was the heroine of Love Runs Deep that came to me first. I had a vague idea of the hero, but until he walked onto the page, he wasn’t much more than a fuzzy outline. Books 2 and 3, the heroines are again best friends, and it was like I thought about them and then the heroes came waltzing in again. For book 3, Disarmed by Love, the hero had been there first, but he’s also Tawny’s brother. There’s a lot of overlapping in those two series.
For the Camden Point books, it seems like the characters came a lot faster. Once I knew who Lexie was, the rest seemed to fall into place.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It really depends on the book, for the Camden Point series, I had to research private investigators (training, licensing, what did they really do, etc). I also research the area I’m setting a book in, if I have been there myself. Other things I’ve researched are police procedures, things to do with the FBI, how things work on a submarine and just really anything that I don’t have personal knowledge of.

Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, this is my career. I work full-time writing now and I love it.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Yes, I love to read. It’s my happy place and I’ve got a book with me. I don’t really have one favorite genre, as I tend to jump from one to another with each book. But, I do love several genres of romance (contemporary, paranormal, suspense), as well as women’s fiction, urban fantasy, mystery/domestic thriller, cozy mystery and historical fiction.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
It really depends on my mood, and what I’m writing. There are times I’ll play 80’s rock and my fingers fly across the keyboards and others where I need quiet. I think those latter times are in the areas that aren’t as clear in my head how they’re going to play out at first.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I’m a monogamous reader and writer. LOL. I haven’t learned to manage that many voices in my head at once, but I’m usually working on multiple books at once (marketing for one, editing for another, plotting yet one more, all the while writing one).

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Harry Potter because then not only would I have the books, the movies, but my own theme park section. How cool would that be? (My kids would say very cool.)

Pen or type writer or computer?
The computer will win out 98% of the time. That other 2% is usually when I’m stuck. For some reason, writing by hand seems to get things flowing again.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
That’s kind of a tough question, as I have so many characters I love. But the one who jumps to my mind first is Jinx from the Kim Harrison Hallows series (another OMG, I love this book). He’s a four-inch tall, sassy, foul-mouthed pixy who you’d want by your side in a fight or to defend your own honor.

A day in the life of the author?
Pretty boring for the most part, or at least to those who don’t write. On most days, I sit down at my computer with my breakfast and scroll through social media (make sure I haven’t missed anything exciting and to wish people happy birthday). Then I bring up my outline, review my notes, review the last page or so that I typed and dive back into the story. For the next 3-5 hours, I write. Sometimes skipping lunch until my brain gives out for the day.

I generally do a quick lookover of what’s to come next so that can percolate in my brain until I come back to the story. The afternoon is generally spent working on other “admin” tasks such as marketing, editing a previous book, or working on the plot for the next one.

I tried to keep to somewhat regular working hours, so around 4-5pm, I walk out of the office and close the door. The rest of the night is spent focusing on my family and home, because having a balance is life is important to my health and happiness. The next day, I tend to rinse and repeat. Strangely enough, I love it.

Advice they would give new authors?
Don’t give up. Make a plan, keep striving to get better, take craft workshops, and read, read, read. And when you get your first (or dozen) rejections, dust yourself off and try again.

What makes a good story?
Compelling characters and a cohesive plot make a story great, in my opinion.

What are they currently reading?
Right now, I’m reading Bayou Bodyguard by Jana DeLeon, but by the time this comes out, it might be The Promise Kept by Maggie Mae Gallagher, or Hot Mess by Amy Andrews or Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh. I tend to read a new book every three to four days.

What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
My writing process, I feel, is always evolving as I learn what works best for me and learn new techniques. I tend to have some kind of outline. Sometimes, it’s just the high points and others it’s fully detailed chapter descriptions. One thing it’s never, is fly by the seat of my pants. I need to at least know the turning points and some idea of the sights along the route so I know I’m on track.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
The biggest is comparing themselves to others in terms of success. It’s very easy to think Author X is killing it by what’s posted on social media. The problem with that is, most of what you see on social media is the image people want others to see. The other trap they fall into is trying to chase trends. The problem there is by the time something is a trend, publishing is already looking for the next trend.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be true to myself, to write what is in my heart and head and what I like. If I don’t like what I’m writing, I don’t feel I’ll be able to deliver a decent story.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell myself to have more faith in myself.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Just getting into their headspace is difficult, more so when I’m trying to get deep into their emotions. I do love writing scenes between guys, especially when it a fun scene and they’re giving each other a hard time. That is like candy.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It really depends, but on average I’d say it takes me about five months to write the book.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes! Writing is a creative process. It’s not like we’re doing routine tasks that don’t take up much brain power. We’re creating worlds and people from scratch. That takes a lot of emotional energy. Sometimes, life gets in the way, we worry about our kids, our spouses, the state of the world and by the time we’re done we have nothing left inside of us to put on the page. And other times, it’s just being plan old stuck and not being able to see what comes next. Usually, a good walk or a long shower helps clear the cobwebs and restore my balance so I can write again.

Tell Me Lies
Camden Point Mystery Book 1
by Gail Chianese
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Mystery 

You'd think with a guardian who's a ghost, she'd see everything coming. But nope, that's not how it works. That's not how any of this works.

Private investigator Lexie Smith has a mostly perfect--okay, satisfying life. A successful, if not super lucrative business with her best friend. A wonderful, loving companion named Bear--sure, he's a little furry and he drools, but nobody's perfect. A house on the beach and a wisecracking supernatural "intern" named Vinnie, who knows everything there is to know about crime and her nonexistent love life. Things are good, even if the cases are somewhat tame, until a dangerous assignment forces her to turn to the last man she can trust: Rafe Barandas, local police detective and the man who broke her heart years before.

After a decade in New York, Rafe has returned to his small hometown, burned out on big-city politics and crime. He's looking forward to the quiet life, until he's thrown together with Lexie (and, unknown to him, her phantom familiar) to solve what starts out as a simple B&E but quickly escalates. Leaving Lexie the first time was a huge mistake. Now that he's got another chance, he's determined not to blow it, so long as the job doesn't get in the way.

As Lexie and Rafe get closer to solving one case, old hurts come back to haunt them and a new threat emerges. Can they put past lies and mistrust behind them long enough to thwart a cunning foe who seems to know every step they take and will stop at nothing, even murder? Or will one of them pay the ultimate price before they take their second shot at love?

"Gail Chianese explodes onto the paranormal romantic mystery scene with a slow-burn, second-chance romance that readers of the genre are sure to love!"
--Elicia Hyder, bestselling author of The Soul Summoner series

"In Tell Me Lies, the characters are fresh, the plot is complex, and the readers will definitely savor the piquantly sweet sex scenes. But it's the side-splittingly hilarious banter that is the frothy icing on this multi-layered whodunit." --Josie Brown, author The Housewife Assassin's Handbook series

Gail currently lives in beautiful Connecticut, but originally hails from sunny California. She is the mom of three amazing kids, the wife of a 27 year Naval officer and the rescuer of three furbabies.

In her spare time (what little of it there is), she likes to ghost hunt with her hubby, geocache with her family and lock herself away with a great book. Currently, she's attempting (keyword there) to learn to knit. Wish her luck, she'll need it. And, she's dreaming of the day when she can take her next trip. Where will it be? Only time will tell. Check her out on Instagram to see her words of wisdom, her travel destinations (past and future), what she's read, and maybe enjoy a chuckle or two:

Her books have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award and EPIC eBook Awards.

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