Interview with fantasy author Gabrielle Mathieu

Author Gabrielle
Mathieu
is with me today. We’re kicking off a new month and a new week
talking about her fantasy thriller, The
Falcon Flies Alone
(Falcon Trilogy) (Vol.1).



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a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky
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Bio:
Gabrielle Mathieu lived on three continents by the age of
eight. She’d experienced the bustling bazaars of Pakistan, the serenity of
Swiss mountain lakes, and the chaos of the immigration desk at the JFK airport.
Perhaps that’s why she developed an appetite for the unusual and disorienting.
Her fantasy books are grounded in her experience of different cultures and
interest in altered states of consciousness (mostly white wine and yoga these
days). The Falcon Flies Alone is her debut novel.

Welcome, Gabrielle. Please share a little bit about your current release.
HIS EXPERIMENT. HER LIFE
As the sun rises on a quiet Swiss mountain village in
1957, runaway Peppa Mueller wakes up naked and stranded on the roof of her
employer’s manor, with no idea how she got there. As she waits for help, she
struggles to piece together fragmented memories of the previous night. Did she
really witness the brutal massacre of a local family? Did she kill them? Her
fear of sinister house guest Dr. Unruh fuels her panic—as do electrifying
flashes of a furious falcon, trapped inside her.
Wanted for murder, Peppa flees the police, intent on
finding out if there’s a scientific explanation or if she’s just going mad. Her
godfather, world-renowned chemist Dr. Kaufmann, risks his career to help her.
In the meantime, Peppa fights her attraction to the handsome priest from India
who offers her shelter. With their help, she not only finds Dr. Unruh but
places herself at his mercy. His experiments may hold the answer to Peppa’s
questions, but the revenge she plans could kill them both.

What inspired you to write this book?
I had a vivid nightmare when I was in my
twenties. The horror of the poisoning and the resultant madness, during which
people tore each other apart, was balanced by the sweet thrill of turning into
a spirit falcon and flying behind the world, into a place I couldn’t describe.




Excerpt
from The Falcon Flies Alone:

I thought talking would be a relief, but it wasn’t. When I finally
stopped, exhausted by the effort of reliving that dreadful night, I had a knot
in the pit of my stomach.
Da and I wanted to help troubled people with
Paxarbital. Now I’d become one of them, a murderer suffering under
hallucinations.
I raised my face to meet Stefan’s clear blue eyes. I
saw no condemnation. “I told you I killed Hans Wäspi. Isn’t confession supposed
to be good for the soul? I don’t feel any better.”
“Only God can forgive your sins. I can’t.”
Three dead. At least. “What about the woman who
brought us our drinks?”
“Anita Eugster? No one’s seen her. They’re looking
through the ruins of the kitchen for her bones.”
Despair descended over me, and I had to fight an urge
to scream. I splashed my face with cold water, biting my lip to fight the pain
inside.
“They found me on the roof this morning.” My voice
sounded hollow. “Did you hear?”
Stefan moved away from me a bit, rubbing his hands as
if he was cold. I understood. I’d like to get away from myself too, if I only
could.
I dug my nails in my palm. I would not be weak. “We
really were poisoned. I could prove it.”
“I saw your wings, Patrizia.”
“My name is Peppa.”
“You turned into an angel.”
I rubbed my eyes. What I needed was a lab.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’ve essentially finished the trilogy. The next book will
be released this July, so you won’t have to wait long to see what trouble Peppa
gets into next. I’m revisiting an epic fantasy series I wrote a while ago,
streamlining it. It concerns a brave young woman and her enemy, the oldest
living creature in her world, who is called the Water Dragon.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
True confession. When I was a young teen, I had a crush
on our snazzy art teacher, who looked like a young Sean Connery and played the
Rolling Stones in art class. I wrote lots of poems about this chaste, but
overwhelmingly emotional experience, and my English teacher took them to the copy
shop, bound them up, and put them in the library. Thank you, Mrs. Liberty. That
was really her name.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do
other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write in spurts and bursts. By the time, I’ve
experienced a routine day at my paying job, (aka: mental prison) I can’t wait
to get out and visit an alternate world. As I’m walking home, my mind starts
considering possibilities. Then I settle in with a glass of Prosecco. I really
do work in an attic garret of an old mansion, so the atmosphere fits.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m particular about the music. It serves as a prompt to
my brain that we can now lay mundane matters aside and create. I even put up a
play list. You can hear it on http://gabriellemathieu.com/inspirational-music/
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to take a galleon and sail the seven seas,
discover new continents. Obviously, I was historically confused when I was
five, and I didn’t know about scurvy.
Anything else you’d like to share
with the readers?
I invite you to look at the first chapter at http://gabriellemathieu.com/falcon-flies-alone/.
My Twitter page is https://twitter.com/GabrielleAuthor,
and you can find me on
Facebook.
I’ll also be running a podcast for the New Books Network, so come check out my
first interview April 7th with Aliette de Bodard on
NBN’s fantasy channel.

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