Hi G.B.! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.
Thank you kindly for having me. I'm quite thrilled that you asked me to start my very first blog tour here. I've always wanted to come over for a cozy tête-à-tête. And I'm counting on you to calm me down, I'm afraid I have a bit of a bout of newbie stage fright. Oh, I didn't come empty handed: your visitors can win a 10$ Riptide store credit at each tour stop.
*laughs* Um… you’re counting on me to calm you down? Excitable blog grrl? *shakes head* I can try, but…I promise nothing. But no worries dalrin’, you’re gonna do great! I just know it.
Oh! Where are my manners! Can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea?... *smiles excitedly* Apple Turnover? I made them special just for you. :D
How did you...? Oh, wow, they're still warm. I know I'm supposed to say something like, 'You shouldn't have'. But, Om! Nom!, never mind.
*whispers* I know all the things. :D Mmmm, gimme one of those. :D
Ok darlin’. To start off, how’s about you tell me a little bit about yourself. Who is G.B. Gordon?
Someone with an over-active imagination and a very volatile muse. Always have been. I tried other jobs, and only to write in my spare time, but the muse wriggled her way in and surreptitiously took over the operation, until I woke up one morning and found myself chained to the keyboard. She grudgingly lets me do some non-fiction writing and editing to put food on the table. And she allows me some time to play house and relationship, but she never lets me forget that she's holding the other end of that chain.
I.am.SOOOO excited about your new book!! Congrats on that jewel. *leans in and whispers* It rocks by the way. *smiles* Well done.
You got your hands on it already? And you liked it? Ye gods, thank you! Talk about excited. And panicked. I don't normally chew nails, but this launching-my-first-book thing is making me all jittery.
*laughs* I have the grabbiest of hands you know. Twas wonderful! How’z about you tell the folks aaaaaall about that jewel.
It's a social fiction, murder mystery with two cops, Alex and Bengt, from two very different cultures, who go from mutual contempt to, at first, friendship, after that? Well, for Bengt it's definitely more than friendship, but for Alex? I obviously can't reveal any spoilers, but I can promise that the question will be answered, one way or the other.
The story goes to some rather dark places. You've been warned. But deep, deep down I'm a romantic, so ...
What inspired the book?
A long time ago an encounter with some raging homophobia got me dreaming about a perfect world in which being gay is nothing out of the ordinary. It was such an appealing vision that I wanted to write about it, but, of course, perfect lives make lousy stories. So I decided to mix things up a bit. Et voilà: Santuario.
Which of character is your favorite? And why?
Alex is the one I want to protect and keep safe. He doesn't have it easy, but he has amazing depth and resilience. He might seem to knuckle under sometimes, which is why he's still alive, but only in the way that grass bows in the wind. Plus he's darn cute. Unfortunately my muse has a sadistic streak. So that safe-keeping? It doesn't always work out.
I liked him too. Both of them actually, not sure I could pick a fave. Hmmm. Ok, now… tell me this…*ponders next question*…if your characters were cake, what kind of cake would they be? :D
M'kay, didn't expect that one. Lemme see ... Bengt would have to be apple crumble with ice cream: honest, down-to-earth, but with a taste for the good things in life; some tartness and crunch around the sweet and soft.
Alex? Biscotti, maybe. Somewhat stark at first glance, needs some softening up, but sooo worth the effort when the hidden flavors are discovered.
*laughs* OMG that totally fits them!
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? *whispers* if yours goes to print btw, expect me to make grabby hands at you.
It will, and I'm sure I can arrange something there. ;)
Okay, which one do I want? The two on the top of my list, Dark Soul and The Sandman I already managed to get signed. Very awesome. I'd love to get my copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep signed. I adore the complexity of that book, the sheer mind flip (Must. Mind. My. Language) Alas, that would require some very dark magic.
*chuckles* Darlin’, you never have to mind your language at mah Place. *winks*
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
That's a tough one. I don't embarrass all that easily. I have a soft spot for low-budget horror movies like Slither or Tremors. But that's not really-- Oh, wait, I know: Dungeons & Dragons, the movie. Jeremy Irons having a blast totally overacting his role. And Bruce Payne ... 'nuff said. Anyone with me on Bruce Payne? Anyway, love that movie, saw it tree times. There. I said it.
Bruce Payne… heck yeah!! W00T!
‘k…Um… *taps pen while trying to come up with another question*… If you came with a warning label, what would it be?
*laughs* Errrr is not a label. :P heehee silly questions are fun! :D
*g* Tricky, too. You mean for person-to-person interaction? It would probably say something like: "Duck. Sniper."
I don't get loud, when I'm angry; I snipe. I don't particularly like that about myself, so I tend to walk away from fights, take a long hike and come back when I've calmed down enough for reasonable communication.
*chuckles* Sounds like me. I try to do the walk away thing but... I’m not always vera good at it. Alright, back to serious. *makes serious interviewer face* Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. And you can’t say because it rocks cuz I already said that. :D Oh, wait, I’m supposed to be being serious *tries to make serious face again*
You should read Santuario because it's going to make you think and feel, and it will take you on a journey you won't easily forget.
So what’s next for the fantabulous G.B. Gordon? Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Absolutely. I'm not done with Alex and Bengt just yet. So expect to see more of them in the future. After that I'd rather like to explore the larger universe Santuario is set in. I don't think I'll run out of books to write any time soon.
That was fun!! Thanks so much for coming and chatting with me. I hope you’ll come back to visit so we can do this again! :D
I'd love to. Thanks so much for having me and giving me a chance to ramble, and to try those amazing turnovers. I'll definitely be back. And maybe we'll see each other at one of my other stops:
Oct 09: Cole Riann The Armchair Reader
Oct 10: The Kimi-Chan Experience
Oct 11: Ed & Em’s reviews
Oct 12: All I Want and More
Oh, you’ll see me there. I shall come and cheer you on, throw a Go GB or two at you. :D
Ok. That’s all for now. Check out the giveaway and the awesome that is Santuario!
All comments with email address included that are left by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Oct 14th will enter into the draw to win a $10 credit to Riptide Publishing.
Blurb:Police teniente Alex Rukow has spent his life trapped on Santuario, his people’s isolated home-slash-prison-island. They’ve been living in poverty under the tyrannical regime of their own elite familias for the last two-hundred years, ever since their generation ship landed on the planet and found it already populated by earlier Earth settlers, the Skanians, who banished them to the inhospitable south.Increasingly shamed by the decisions of their ancestors, the Skanians seek to open their borders. But dissent exists on both sides, and in the midst of this explosive political situation, a dead body appears on the island.Bengt, a Skanian investigator, is shipped to Santuario to lead the murder investigation—which, he quickly realizes, the local teniente wants nothing to do with. As far as Bengt is concerned, things can’t get worse than the brutal climate, his own memories, and a growing attraction to a partner who will barely say two words to him. But then he and Alex run afoul of the local familias, and the problems with their investigation and their budding relationship seem like nothing compared to just getting out of this whole mess alive.Read an excerpt and purchase Santuario here.
G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing. Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.