I’ve spent a great deal of my life with a pack on my back traipsing through the world’s mountains. Stories always ran around in my head on those trips, since everyone hikes/climbs at their own pace, backcountry trips equate to long hours of solitude.
Toward the end of 2008, I came back from a Labor Day trip to climb Bear Creek Spire here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where I live and did something different. I sat down at the computer and gave form to the story du jour. Three months later, I had a 140,000 word novel. Heh! It wasn’t very good, but as they say, we all have to start somewhere. I wrote a sequel to Echo of Hope while hunting for first a literary agent, and then a publisher for it.
Of course, I didn’t have any takers. Some hard truths about the publishing industry came home to roost. Around that time a friend of mine suggested I start writing short stories. It only took three months before the first one, Epiphany, was published. Publication offers came round fairly regularly after that. Early in 2010, I was offered a contract for Psyche’s Prophecy, my third novel and the lead-off volume for a trilogy.
Since then, I’ve had three novels published with two more contracted and coming this summer and fall. I’ve also started writing paranormal romance novellas. Nine of them have been contracted. I suppose I’ve been fortunate to see so much of my writing in “print.”
In terms of the current story, Magic’s Daughter began its life as a much shorter tale which I ginned up in response to a contest for Gothic short fiction. Innsmouth Free Press didn’t take my story, so I tripled the length, added a strong romantic focus and turned it into its current form. Liquid Silver Books agreed to publish it. I’ve always enjoyed fiction with atypical elements. This story has the requisite creepy, old mansion. It also has a sentient African Gray parrot and a rather special black cat.
Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I’m always interested in reactions to my writing, so if anyone reads Magic’s Daughter, please be sure to tell me what you thought.
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Several paranormal romance novellas are available in e-format. Three novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche’s Promise are small press publications available in e-format and paperback. Look for two more urban fantasy novels coming this summer and fall: Fortune’s Scion and Earth’s Requiem.
A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.
Her latest books are Magic’s Daughter & Dancing in the Flame.