Today on my blog I am delighted to be joined by Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr.
Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr, author of The Theurgy of the Gods series, is a French Canadian who studied Digital Video Production and Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal.
After working a few years as a counsellor at a youth centre, she somehow decided that writing on the sidelines would be as good a career (though her dream job would be sky pirate—a nice one obviously).
In the meantime, she reads and writes, walks her badass German Shepherd and plays video games (Team PlayStation). And playing swords is no childish affair, friends; grown-ass adults love it too. This one certainly does.
Netflix also happens.
Oh and tattoos. Lots of tattoos.
What made you decide to publish your book independently? What was your path to publication?
I’ve always had a passion for imagination. Brushing my teeth is boring, but doing it while inventing stories makes for a kick-ass brushing session.
I pretty much stumbled (literally) into writing. A few years back, I sprained my groin (see what I meant?) and was stuck at home for a couple of weeks. I decided to write my favorite story in order to pass time (I’d already imagined hundreds of them by then).
It took shape and became a 360 000+ words super novel. Naturally, there was a lot of editing done afterwards and I had to split the book in two.
I knew nothing about publishing.
I’m a curious person (and a perfectionist), you wouldn’t guess the number of researches I’ve made to self-educate myself in the last year.
After a couple of “traditional publishing vs self-publishing” intense search sessions, I knew enough to know which option suited me best.
*Copyright iz allll mine? Check
*Higher royalties? Check
*No waiting list or agent search? Check
*Immediate publishing vs a couple (if not more) years? Check
*Creative freedom? Check
OK that meant I had a ****load of marketing to do I’m my own.
Do you know what my first word ever was? (After mommy and daddy of course)
Able (“Capable” in french)
I’m a firm believer that when you put all of yourself into a project, something will come out of it.
I don’t know what exactly. But something will.
Good enough for me.
What made you decide to write in your specific genre rather than other genres? Have you ever written in other genres?
I love all things fantasy. There’s something about escaping into another world, a world where everything is possible. When I delve into those realms, I become a part of them.
Makes this one appear bland in comparison.
Sure, I can see myself writing in other genres. Sci-Fi maybe, or romance. I’ve a passion for impossible love stories. You know, the ones where everything gets in the way of the characters’ demonstration of love.
Do you only read the genre that you write?
I mostly read all things fantasy (though I’m also a sucker for F/F romance novel). I also like a good crime/adventure book once and a while.
What are you currently reading? Watching on TV? Is there a type of music you listen to for inspiration?
I’m currently about to begin “A Court of Thorn and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas on Audible. Seems terrific.
As for inspirational music, anything from Two Steps From Hell, Hans Zimmer, epic soundtracks and other movie composers.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
It’s a shark tank out there. If you’re willing to do the work, you can make it. Writing is the easy part, editing and marketing are the hardest (and take just as much time as writing, if not more).
Spend some time with character development. Make their actions coherent with their personalities.
Be passionate. Be in love with your story.
What are you working on right now and what can we look forward to seeing from you next?
The second instalment of “The Theurgy of the Gods” series.
In the future? Who knows. I’ve so many stories I could write about. Maybe I’ll ask my readers which one they’d like to read.
Thank you so much for taking part in the Indie Spotlight, Gabrielle! I wish you lots of luck with your duology!
A Flight in the Heavens (The Theurgy of the Gods Book 1)
A Flight in the Heavens is the first novel in an epic two tomes fantasy series from author, Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr.
“I see you my little moppets.”
The king is dead, long live his murderer.
After fifteen years of passive torment, Farrah and her implacable group of renegades endeavour to alter their fates by attempting to assassinate the man who stole everything from them, Daemon Daromas.
Alas, he who wields the theurgy of the gods has no rivals in the lands of Iscar but those foolish enough to challenge their wrath.
When confronted by this ancient and destructive force, the renegades have no choice but to flee the capital and embark on the airship of Iscar’s most notorious sky corsair Captain Feras Sadahl, daughter of the late pirate sovereign.
Their meeting with the corsair, however, might not have been as welcome as they would have hoped.
As Farrah and her allies set out on a journey to find the means to challenge their oppressor, they soon discover that the price of power is steep and the road to get one’s hands on it, perilous.
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Who is next on Indie Spotlight?
Simon Michael Prior insists on inflicting all aspects of life on himself so that his readers can enjoy learning about his latest trip/experience/disaster/emotional breakdown (insert phrase of your choice).
During his extended adolescence, now over forty years long, he has lived on two boats and sunk one of them; sold houses, street signs, Indian food and paper bags for a living; visited almost fifty countries and lived in three; qualified as a scuba diving instructor; nearly killed himself learning to wakeboard; trained as a search and rescue skipper with the Coast Guard, and built his own house without the benefit of an instruction manual.