Today we release Mercury Rising by Gail and Tim Sattler. This speculative book is written well. Gail and Tim are new to us, but Gail has around forty books under her belt with various publishers. We are happy to have her and Tim as a member of Mantle Rock Publishing. You can purchase this book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mercury-Rising-Tim-Gail-Sattler-ebook/dp/B07G68C4LK/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536073212&sr=1-12&keywords=Mercury+Rising
I interviewed Gail about her new book and about writing. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
GS: I haven’t been a writer all my life. I wrote one book in my teens, then didn’t start again until after my 3rd child was born. My first book sold on my 40th birthday, and I haven’t looked back. I live in Vancouver BC Canada, where you don’t have to shovel rain. Besides writing, I am in 3 bands, playing bass. One is a community jazz band where I play bass www.goldenearsjazzband.com. One is a small learning jazz band where I play piano, and the other is an Elton John tribute band https://www.facebook.com/PTamEJ/. And of course my own website at www.gailsattler.com. Or visit me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3.
KC: Tell us about your new book that has just come out.
GS: MERCURY RISING is different than anything I’ve done before. First, I co-wrote it with my husband after about a year of plotting while we walked the dogs along the Alouette River after dropping our youngest son when he was in Grace 12 and attended a trade school across town. This one has four main characters, all of whom have a voice in the story, which was fun to do. It also has a surprise character we see for a few minutes of story-time, then he disappears until the next time. When he shows himself for who he really is, it’s quite a surprise to the characters, and I hope it’s a surprise to most readers, but not all. I wonder if you will be one of those?
KC: Who has inspired you the most to write?
GS: I don’t think any person has inspired me, although many helped and encouraged me, as I’ve worked full time with three kids while I did all my writing, at least until the kids grew up, and now we’re empty nesters. My husband helped the most, as he did all the housework and took care of things to give me time and space to write.
KC: Do you write each day?
GS: No. But if I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing, I don’t know if that counts.
KC: If you could write anyplace in the world, where would it be?
GS: I tend to get distracted easily, so I’d have to say I’d like to write right where I do right now. After my 3rd son moved out I took over one of the now-empty bedrooms and made it into an office. But if you asked me where in world I’d just like to go, just to see and experience it, I’d love to go up north to see the Aurora Borealis.
KC: Your next book releases today. Is it as exciting as the first one?
GS: I don’t think there’s anything more exciting than the releases of a first book. At the same time, this one is exciting in its own way because it’s the first co-written book with my husband, and it’s also not my usual genre. It’s also a different world since my first release. Then there was very little internet use yet – I submitted my first book typed out on paper (double spaced of course!) and it was snail-mailed. Also, back then, the author didn’t do much, if any, marketing. All we had to do was write the book. Now, the authors are much more involved with the readers, and I’ve become friends with a few online, which is a lot of fun.
KC: If you could have a “do over” in your life, what would it be?
GS: I had to think about this one, and it was hard to come up with an answer. What I really wish I’d done was started writing sooner.
KC: What time of day is the best time for you to write?
GSL In the evenings not on band practice days.
KC: Are you a morning person?
GS: Nope. Not even close.
KC: Are you working on another book? Can you tell us some about it?
GS: I’m always working on another book. What I’m working on now is a 6 book series on The Koslowski Family. I’m Polish by birth, so I picked a good solid Polish name. The series starts with Zac Koslowski, who is trapped in a tense relationship with his neighbor Cara because he can’t get away from her due to issues with the rest of his family, who have all moved in with him “temporarily”. Then there will be another book on each of them – his sister Terina and her dog, whose home burned down with no insurance – his cousin Jon, who moves for his job and has nowhere to stay – his cousin Matt who got evicted when his best friend took off with 3 months of rent money – and his eccentric Aunt Nettie (and her cat) who is a secret cozy-mystery author writing under a pen-name.
KC: What are your writing plans for the next five years?
GS: Nothing specific. Just to keep writing, because I can’t not write.
KC: Where is your favorite place to vacation?
GS: Tofino BC. Google it.
KC: Are you a plotter or a pantster?
GS: A plotter. I even teach workshops at writers conferences on how to plot.
KC: Do you have another book in her head?
GS: Funny you should ask. Can you tell I answered the questions before reading the list? See above. Haha.