About the Story:
“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.
“May I see?” he purred, extending his hand towards the letter.
Bronwen clutched the envelope to her chest. “It’s for Felix.”
“I am Felix,” he said. “Congratulations, you’ve found me.”
Bronwen took a step backwards. “You’re Felix? That’s not what you said a minute ago,” she challenged. Actually, she’d expected Felix to be… well, older.
“Yes, but that was when I was trying to get rid of you. Now I want my letter.” He held out his palm steadily.
Bronwen tensed. What choice did she have? Grudgingly, she handed over the letter.
Without missing a beat, Felix tore the envelope and tossed it over his shoulder. He hastily unfolded the note and began reading. At first his expression was one of mild interest, but then he paused and looked up at Bronwen with a smirk.
“You are Bronwen Snow?” he asked, waving the letter at her.
“Yes,” she replied.
“And you want me to protect you?”
“I…” So that was what the letter had said? “I don’t know.”
Felix laughed. “Are you quite mad?” His eyes twinkled in amusement, glowing as red as the oil lamps’ flames.
“I’m starting to think so,” Bronwen muttered.
“In all my years I’ve never seen anything so…” he grinned down at the letter, “absurd.”
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
I live in the leafy suburbs of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, UK. I’m lucky enough to be within walking distance of woods, coast, mountains, and castles – all great places for book inspiration! Evanescent is set at my favorite local castle, Castell Coch (translated ‘red castle’). I’d be happy to spend all my time exploring, daydreaming and writing – with a few tea breaks in between!
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
I can’t pinpoint one exact moment, but over the past few years I believe I’ve become a stronger person. I’ve learnt to look for the positive in things, and to focus on the bigger picture when times seem challenging. Writing has been a blessing in my life; it’s my passion, my drive, and a great source of fun!
Who are your favorite authors?
W J Corbett is one. He wrote the Pentecost trilogy in the 80s. His writing is clever, witty and heartfelt.
What are you passionate about?
Writing! Of course, my wonderful family and friends. Also, anything supernatural (especially witches) and I’m fascinated by the concept of the soul and past lives.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Pennies, pens, and magazine clippings that I desperately needed then completely forgot about two minutes later!
What’s your biggest fear?
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Either catching up with friends or catching up on writing.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I think all writers have a unique voice and a unique story to share. Although I’m sure something all authors can relate to is the passion and dedication to their craft. Those crazy moments when you suddenly wake up at 3am, fumble around in the dark for a notebook, just so you can scribble down an idea that popped into your head.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
Vodka, tonic water and fresh lime please!
What are you currently reading?
Fire, Walk With Me by SJ Davis
How do you deal with rejection?
Feel upset for a minute, then move on. If the manuscript wasn’t right for the publisher or agent, trust that the world has another plan for you. A better plan.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
I was inspired by Castell Coch and wrote most of the story in the grounds. It’s such a magical place, tastefully restored and surrounded by hills and forest. The idea for the characters came from a daydream I had while I was there. I imagined my main character, Felix, to be a quirky anti-hero type, who most definitely did not suffer his curse in silence! I wanted him to be dramatic but also light-hearted. He was one of my favorite characters to write.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Write because you love to. In such a competitive and tough market, you may face some rejections along the way. Don’t let that hold you back. If you truly love writing, let that be the force that drives you.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
I suppose the toughest criticisms are those which aren’t constructive. It’s great to get reviews, but sometimes you’ll see reviews for books, movies, paintings, that seem a little unnecessarily negative. All art is subjective, if it’s not right for one person, it may be right for another.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
They tolerate me! They know I love them…despite the turmoil I put them through! I think they’d hang around with me, but they’re much braver than I am, so if I was in one of my books, I’d be hiding in a corner while they picked up the slack!
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
Umm… Maybe someone like Jonathan Groff for Felix and Mila Kunis for Bronwen.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
Weak – Skunk Anansie
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse -- immortality.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Hope you enjoy the book! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
At the start of the day make a note of everything you need to do, that way it’s clear in your mind. Take things one step at a time. And, if you don’t manage to get everything done, try again tomorrow!
Thank you for reading, and thanks to Sarah for the interview!
You're very welcome, Gabriella! Please, come back again...any time! :)
Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural. Evanescent is her third young adult novel and she is currently working on her next book, Tarantula.
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