Friday, 13 March 2015

Author Interview and Giveaway: Sally Malcolm

Welcome to today's interview and giveaway with Sally Malcolm!

1. Who is Sally Malcolm?
Hello! Thanks for having me on your blog today.   
Who am I? Basically I’m a huge geek. I’m a fan of sci-fi and history (not as different as you might think), and I love to write about both. I live in London with my husband and two children, and am lucky enough to split my writing time between romantic fiction and licensed novels based on the sci-fi TV shows Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

I write at a small desk in my bedroom, crammed between the wardrobe, the window, and a chest of drawer s. Its cosy, but I like it. When I’m not writing, I love dragging the kids to museums and castles, or going along to sci-fi conventions to geek out with fellow Stargate fans and readers of my books.  Sometimes I even do a panel discussion or Q&A session - even though I find them totally terrifying! 

(edit Blodeuedd: Omg I love Stargate!)

2. Tell me about your new book, The legend of the Gypsy hawk? 
I’d love to; I had so much fun writing it! The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk is a fast-paced romantic adventure set in the golden age of piracy – think Pirates of the Caribean for grown ups. No skeletons or ghosts, but a wily and seductive pirate captain and a fierce, determined heroine who will do whatever it takes to protect her people.

When Captain Zach Hazard returns to the pirate colony of Ile Sainte Anne, to warn them about the gathering clouds of war, he doesn’t count on falling under the spell of Amelia Dauphin, the beautiful daughter of the island’s leader. Captivated by her adventuresome spirit, Zach finds it impossible to leave Amelia to the fate she’s chosen – even when his rival, the privateer captain, Luc Géroux, appears to have claimed her for his own.

As the crisis overtakes them, Zach finds himself at the eye of the storm. And then Amelia makes a choice that tears everything apart and Zach must decide whether his love for her will destroy him – or redeem them both in the end.

3. What was the inspiration behind the book?
The short answer is Zach. I love heroes with unexpected shadows, the ones who appear to be all glitter and gold on the surface but who, deep down, hide passions, doubts and hurt that only the heroine can uncover. The character of Zach Hazard came to me almost fully formed and I fell in love with him right away. 

So the inspiration for the book was to tell Zach’s story, to peel back the layers of his complex personality. To do that, I needed to put him in an impossible position – enter Amelia, stage left.  Zach’s powerful feelings for Amelia, feelings he can’t overcome, challenge everything he believes about himself and the world. They put him in a place where he’s forced to confront the extravagant persona he’s adopted, where he has to decide what it is he really wants and values, and, ultimately, where he has to decide what it means to be a good man.

4.  Do you think you would make a good pirate? (I would be such a bad pirate ;)
I love the sea. It makes me feel alive in a way nothing else does and I could sit on a beach or a clifftop watching the waves forever. But I’d make a terrible pirate, not least because I get horribly seasick!  I can’t even sit on a garden swing without feeling queezy.  And I’m not too fond of grog or weevils in my ship’s biscuits either. I definitely prefer a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive. But that’s the great thing about being a writer; I can play at being a pirate from my comfy corner behind the wardrobe. Avast!

5. Are you working on something right now?
Yes, I’m currently working on a couple of projects. I’ve almost finished the first draft of my latest Stargate novel, which I’m working on with my writing partner Laura Harper. It’s called Stargate SG-1: Exile and is the second in the Stargate SG-1 Apocalypse trilogy. It’s due out in summer 2015.

In terms of romantic fiction, I’m working on a new historical novel called The Thief Taker, about a streetwise heroine called Lena Hartstone. After her brother’s murder, Lena works as a thief taker under the patronage of the Dowager Duchess Lady Stowbridge, tracking down highwaymen and bringing them to justice. But to unmask the most notorious highwayman of all, the man she blames for her brother’s death, Lena will have to enter a dangerous and unknown world – London’s high society.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today; it was fun answering your questions!

E-copy of The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk

1. Open to everyone in the world
2. Ends  March 18
3. Comment and you are in. 

PS. Remember to make sure there is a way to contact you
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The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk – Sally Malcolm
‘Come then, and I’ll tell you the tale of the Gypsy Hawk and her wily captain – the infamous Zachary Hazard …’ 

To Amelia Dauphin, freedom is her most prized possession and she will stop at nothing to keep it. Daughter of a Pirate King and the youngest captain in her father’s fleet, she lives on the island of Ile Saint Anne, where pirates roam free and liberty reigns.

Zachary Hazard, captain of the  Gypsy Hawk, hasn’t been seen on Ile Saint Anne for six years but his reputation precedes him. To Zach, liberty is the open water and he has little time for the land-bound pirate island.

But when he hears that Amelia’s people could be in danger, he has no choice but to return. And what begins then is a desperate fight for freedom and a legend in the making …

A swashbuckling pirate adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean for adults with a sizzling romance at the heart!

Set among the freebooting pirates of the early eighteenth century, The Legend of the Gypsy Hawk is a tale of romance and adventure, but ultimately it’s a story of love and its power to redeem even the most broken of souls.  It moves from the exotic shores of Ile Sainte Anne to the frozen streets of a London winter and at its heart lies one question: how much would you sacrifice for duty?  Your life, your freedom – or the one you love?  

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Carole Rae said...

I would make a crappy pirate...bc I am lazy sometimes and a rough life is not a life for me. Now a gyspsy? Or a rogue on land that does not involve sinking? Yes.

Count me in!

Jenny said...

"The short answer is Zach. I love heroes with unexpected shadows, the ones who appear to be all glitter and gold on the surface but who, deep down, hide passions, doubts and hurt that only the heroine can uncover."

ME TOO!!!! I'm a little in love with Zach already:) Can't wait to meet him!

Sally Malcolm said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I'm glad to know you're a Stargate fan too. :) Let me know if you'd like to get hold of any Stargate books!

Sally Malcolm said...

Ooh I hope you love him as much as I do when you meet him! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)

Unknown said...

Sounds like a cool swashbuckling adventure!!

Blodeuedd said...

I have actually never read any of the books, but I have sen every single ep of Stargate, Atlantis and SU :)

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

That sounds like a very nice daily routine. I love cozy spots to work and oh so jealous of living in London and getting to check out all of the neat things there. Though maybe it becomes common like things do here when we see them all the time. lol

Unknown said...

I would also be a terrible pirate! I get seasick too. This sounds awesome, thanks for sharing!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

i would love this. I am always up for an exciting pirate adventure. I laugh that she gets seasick on a swing.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm a total nerd too and I loved Stargate! I would make a terrible real world pirate (I like to be clean) but a fantasy pirate? I'm totally there. LOL

Sally Malcolm said...

Fantastic! It's such a great show. We've published fifty titles now - including an 8 book series that continues where S5 of SGA ended.

I set up the publishing company with my husband ten years ago and have been publishing Stargate books ever since. I'm pretty proud of them! :)

Melliane said...

Oh it's nice, I haven't really read a fantasy pirate book but it sounds so much fun! thanks for the discovery and the interview!

Mary Preston said...

I love to watch pirates & read about them, but it would have been a terrible life.


Anachronist said...

*waves weakly*

Piecraft Bucharest said...

Pirates rock! But so does Stargate, dude!!! Great interview - methinks nerds are awesome :)

Sally Malcolm said...

I love a rogue of any type! Thanks for reading the post, and good luck in the giveaway! :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Thanks for reading the post! Swashbuckling indeed. :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Hi Anna - I love living in London, but you're right that most of the time I don't make the best use of it. Where you live is never quite so exciting as 'somewhere else'! Thanks for commenting on my post. :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Hi Lauren - thanks for commenting! If you get hold of the book, I hope you enjoy it. :)

Sally Malcolm said...

LOL - yes, it is a little pathetic to get seasick on a swing! Hope you enjoy the adventure if you read the book. Thanks for posting! :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Yay, another Stargate fan! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Hi Melliane - thanks for your comment! Really hope you enjoy the book if you get hold of it. :)

Sally Malcolm said...

Totally agree - pirates are best on screen or in books. The reality would have been a very hard, short life. Most of the famous pirates were dead before they reached 30! Thanks so much for your comment. Good luck in the giveaway!

Sally Malcolm said...

*waves back* Thanks for reading my post!

Sally Malcolm said...

Hi Ramona - totally with you there. Nerds are awesome, so is Stargate and so are pirates! Thanks for reading and for the comment. :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Arggg a pirate's life for the sound of this. Thanks for sharing and I enjoyed getting to know Sally

Blodeuedd said...

Cool :D

Blodeuedd said...

winner Mary preston


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