Saturday, July 21, 2012

Interview ~ T.G. Ayer author of Dead Radiance

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie, #1)

Title: Dead Radiance
Series: The Valkyrie series  
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: Feb. 25th 2012
Formats: Paperback & E-book
Publisher: Evolved Publishing

That day I knew for sure. I'd lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.

I finally knew what the glow meant.

I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves - it works wonderfully...

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

T.G. Ayer was kind enough to let me interview her! :D Here is what she had to say. 

T.G. what do you find most challenging or most enjoyable about writing?

Well, its confession time. I love the research, playing with ideas, mind-mapping and daydreaming. I also do mock-up covers which use as a goal reminder, and basic character profiles which help me keep on track with my characters. The writing part is actually the hardest to get started. That's why I usually do Word Wars with my dear friends Patti Larsen and Cassie Hart, and also my FB writing group. Once I do get the words flowing I feel a lot better about my manuscript and usually keep the flow for up to about five thousand words on a good day :)

In what scenario do you do your best work?

Peaceful, quiet, silent solitude. LOL. I know, that's nearly impossible. I do as much as I can in terms of editing, writing, researching and social networking during the day while the family are all out, but after dinner gets a bit distracting. Usually the girls would start a conversation and I'd nod and smile, and then halfway through they notice the blank look in my eyes and say 'But you haven't heard a word I've said!'

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner which is your favorite meal?

Dinner. Even though I have to cook it most days, its definitely dinner, and not only because of the food, its the conversation. As a family we always eat our meals together and we usually chat about our day. Oh and any day now they will all give up asking me how my day was. It's apparently always the same - writing, editing and 'very busy'.

What is your favorite season? favorite holiday?

Christmastime. I love Christmas, and I seem to have passed the bug to my kids. We are Southern Hemisphere people having grown up in Africa and now living in the South Pacific, I've never had a White Christmas. It's on my bucket list!
I have to say that there is nothing like a white Christmas! I really that hope you get to experience it. I can't imagine having a warm and sunny Christmas. :D 

Hardback, paperback, or e-book?

Paperback for daytime and e-book for night-time. Most days I hardly get a chance to read much, but I do like the odd day curling up on the couch with a good book after lunch. But very often I have a problem falling asleep and so that last two hours I'd much rather prefer reading an e-book under the covers than fussing with a nightlight. Only one rule though - do not disturb DH while he sleeps. ;)

What is your favorite genre to read? favorite author? Horror. I grew up on a steady diet of Dean Koontz, John Saul and Stephen King. At the moment I adore Alexandra Sokoloff, so I guess anything that has an almost realistic paranormal element. I mean, we all know vampires and werewolves, and Valkyries ;) , don't exist, but ghosts? A lot of people have had some sort of supernatural experience so yeah, I like a story that can scare me silly, and make me afraid to close my eyes in the shower. LOL 
 Horror is the one genre I don't read. I am a fraidy cat. lol!
Do you prefer quiet or loud?

Quiet. I always said I wanted to live out in the country where I wouldn't hear cars or trucks going by. So definitely quiet unless I am listening to Linkin Park- then it has to be LOUD. :)

Home cooked or ordered out?

Ooh, that's a hard one. I love take-out only because I have to cook every day, but seriously my most favourite meals are when my hubby cooks. He makes the most fabulous paella, and to-die-for BBQ mussels.

What is your least favorite chore?

Washing the dishes. I'd rather clean the shower! And the toilet. And pull weeds, and take out the garbage! Doesn't take much to make me happy- just do my dishes ;)

What is your favorite TV show or sport?

TV show at the moment is Revenge- I'm hoping Season 2 lives up to the suspense of the first season. Favourite sport is baseball. Don't ask me why. I come from a country that is cricket and rugby mad. I live in a country that is cricket and rugby mad. But I love baseball. I totally need to move to the US...

T.G., thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and for everything! You are awesome! :D  I am really enjoying Dead Radiance and I can't wait to read Dead Embers.
I am currently on vacation and will post my review in a few days when I return. I can say that I started reading it before I left and I was totally enthralled.

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. I'm really glad to read your interview Brenda because we always learn so much about the authors that we can start to relate more to them^^

    i do love white christmas too but it's quite rare in my country ^^ yes there is snow but so little and this year for example we had some before and then after but nothing on christmas like often ( now i do say we have little snow but this week was the excepted.... 25cm in a day so eveything closed, couldn't go out etc..; last time so much snow happened was in 1975...not practical at all but on christmas it would have been a dream!)

    i do want a paperback of this book since i don't like ebooks

    thank you for sharing with us

    1. You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      It does come in paperback! :-)

      I hope you get to read it.