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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Interview with Gwen Perkins, author of The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire #2)!

Please help me welcome author Gwen Perkins to Full Moon Bites today in honor of her book newest book The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire #2)!

Holly: Hi Gwen! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gwen Perkins: Sure!  I'm Gwen Perkins, author of the Artifacts of Empire series, famed to none and enjoyed by a couple.  I have an odd sense of humor, come from the land of Sasquatch, and like to take up odd hobbies like the learning of how to bottle anomalies.  (Though that last, I won't be doing until 2013, sadly enough.)

Holly: How long have you been writing?

Gwen Perkins: I don't remember ever not writing.  From the time I first learned how to scribble on a piece of paper, I think I was writing my own stories and poetry.  When I was younger, there were a lot more orphans and aliens as I remember but who's to say I won't go back to that!  I wrote mostly science-fiction and horror when I was younger, however, and that tends to be where I find my home a lot of the time as a reader.

Fantasy is a relatively new genre for me and I do think you can see
a hint of my love of horror in books like The Universal Mirror.  I tend to go more medieval than mythological and I definitely like to stress the subtleties in interaction and try to build suspense throughout the book.  I'm perhaps a little more influenced by Poe than Tolkien even now.

Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just can not?

Gwen Perkins: Memoirs.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Gwen Perkins: Most definitely.  I do write nonfiction from time to time.  I'm sliding out of epic fantasy and toward something better characterized (if one must characterize) as steampunk.  I do love to challenge genres, however, and it seems natural to me to do so.

Holly: Have you ever read a book that made you so mad, sad, happy, and excited and so many other emotions that even though you loved it, you might not ever read it again? If so, what book?

Gwen Perkins: The book that evokes these feelings in me the most is The Brothers K by David James Duncan.  Every time I read that novel, I feel a lot of different emotions and my attitude is different about the characters involved depending on where I am at that moment in my life.  Another book that hits me just about as hard is The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.  There's a beauty and a power to his sparse and delicate language that hurts my heart.

I tend to race toward those books rather than avoid them, however.  Sometimes, you need that rush of  violent emotion in your life.


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Gwen Perkins: Thank you to all my readers for everything!  Your kind words, your talking about the book on the internet and to people you know, sharing your opinions… you are a big part of why I do this.  And it's for you that I hope to improve with every book and write wonderful stories for you to enjoy.

And for those who haven't yet read my novels, I hope that you'll consider giving one of them a try.  Both The Universal Mirror and The Jealousy Glass are available on Amazon.com.  You can also find links for all of my work gathered at my website, http://artifactsofempire.com

Random Quickies!

Holly: Pepsi or Coke? 

Gwen Perkins: Pepsi

Holly: Night or day? 

Gwen Perkins: Night

Holly: TV Shows or Movies? 

Gwen Perkins: Movies

Holly: Fast-food or home cooked meal? 

Gwen Perkins: Home cooked

Holly: Reading or writing? 

Gwen Perkins: Both!  Though I seem to do more of the latter than the former.


Purchase: 

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"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia. And it seems the war has come to us."

Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia's new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur. Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.

Will they be able to uncover an assassin's plot before it's too late? Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission? Will Cercia survive its own revolution? In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.


Book 1: The Universal Mirror




Gwen Perkins is a museum curator with a MA in Military History from Norwich University. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications. Her interest in history fueled the creation of the world of The Universal Mirror, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods. She lives with her partner and three children in Tacoma, WA.

The Universal Mirror is the first novel of the Artifacts of Empire series. Gwen is presently at work on the second volume, entitled The Jealousy Glass.

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