Book 1 in the Wolf’s Mark series
paranormal erotic romance
About Gabrielle and Animal Behavior
Q: Do you have a favorite quote or line from Animal Behavior? If so, please share.
A: His attraction to her was ferocious and fighting it was exhausting.
Q: Who is your favorite main character from Animal Behavior? Why?
A: That’s kind of like asking someone to choose her favorite child! I love my heroine, Gwen and my hero, Alex. I find Alex especially interesting. I’m drawn to stories about the duality of human nature and Alex personifies that. Alex starts out as a painfully shy guy who—through a botched magic spell—becomes an uber-confident, sexually-driven werewolf. He is at his core a decent man, but struggling to control the beast within.
Q: Who is your favorite secondary character? Why?
A: Sergei Markov- the werewolf pack alpha. He’s a former professional basketball player and speaks with a heavy Russian accent. He’s seven feet of tall, dark and raw sexuality.
Q: What question do you wish that someone would ask about Animal Behavior?
A: What’s with all the unique character and location names? A: I’m a big fan of old monster movies and have a particular soft spot for The Wolf Man (1941) starring the incredible Lon Chaney, Jr. Names of the film’s cast, crew and characters are scattered throughout the book (and the next two in the series) as my homage to the movie that inspired so many of my nightmares… and fantasies.
On Writing and Writing Erotica
Q: Why did you choose to write in this genre/subgenre?
A: I dig the tall, dark and animalist type ;-)
Q: Do you outline or do you start with a basic idea and let it flow? (plotter or pantser)
A: I’m a pantser with a plan. I know who my characters are and where they’re going before I type the first word. That said, if—after we get started—my characters want to lead me down a different path, I usually follow.
Q: Do your family and friends know what you write? If so, what do they think about it?
A: They do. None of them are surprised. I’ve been hearing “She’s gonna do what she’s gonna do” my entire life J
Q: In erotica/erotic romance, the sex is depicted graphically. Are there any specific words or phrases you aren't comfortable using in your stories? Word or phrase that makes you say “ick”?
A: I’ve gotten over it! In fact, when my husband comes home and asks, “What did you do today?” I’ll often answer, “You know, same old, same old—I wrote about cocks and pussies.”
Jocelyn says... LOVE this answer. Cracked me up.
Q: How long ago was your first story accepted by a publisher and did you pee your pants? J
A: Almost exactly two years ago. I was working a 9-to-5 job and read the email at work. I stared at the screen in disbelief for… I don’t know how long. The place could have burned down around me and I wouldn’t have noticed.
Jocelyn says... Since you didn't answer, I'm going to pretend that yes, you peed your pants. :-)
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the publishing process?
A: I love the feeling of anticipation what I start working on a new book. It’s like a first kiss. I also really enjoy doing the research before I start writing.
I’ve worked for three different publishers and have had several wonderful editors, but the editing process itself is my least favorite. However, in all cases it has resulted in an improved final product. I think of editors like midwives. Their goal is to deliver the healthiest, most perfect little bundle of joy possible.
Q: Wine, Beer or Liquor?
A: Canadian Whiskey – specifically Windsor mixed with Diet Coke over lots of ice.
Q: Dogs, cats or other?
A: Dogs! I have two: A rough collie (like Lassie)—named Riley—he’s sweet but neurotic; and a golden retriever—Maggie—she’s a big couch potato. I also volunteer at our local shelter socializing (playing with) the pooches and working with them in shelter-dog obedience class.
Q: What is the meaning of life?
A: I’ve been a student of the Law of Attraction and The Secret for many years and I think I’ve finally got it. For me, the secret of The Secret is that I already have everything I need. Once I stopped waiting for good things to happen and started appreciating the good things I have, everything just fell into place.
Final thoughts: I have a sign tacked to my bulletin board: “Don’t get it right. Get it written.” It’s a reminder to turn off my self-editor during the initial writing phase and just get the damned words on paper. There will be plenty of time for editing later.
Thanks for having me Jocelyn! ;-) ♥ Gabby
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Animal Behavior Excerpt
Gabrielle Holly lives in the Midwest with her husband and two enormous, world-class-shedding dogs. She has worked as a freelance journalist, newspaper humor columnist, magazine editor, stand-up comic and morning radio show host. She has a short attention span and enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, hunting for antiques, attending live theater, spending time outdoors, watching movies, and coercing her husband into being her “research assistant."
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