About Gabrielle Faust: Faust’s diverse talents have allowed her to pursue an eclectic career as an illustrator, technohorror author and leading industry entertainment critic. 2005 marked the release of her first published collection of poetry, Before Icarus, After Achilles, which was received by the public with a great enthusiasm. Faust partnered with Immanion Press in August of 2007 for the publishing of her cross-genre technohorror trilogy Eternal Vigilance, a post-apocalyptic vampire saga of epic proportions, the first of which, From Deep Within the Earth, was released in April of 2008. The second installment, The Death of Illusions is currently scheduled to hit shelves in March of 2009. Faust is also currently awaiting the release of her new collection of poetry entitled Crossroads in March of 2009 from Seraphemera Books.

Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourself?

I am the author of the vampire series ETERNAL VIGILANCE. I am also an author of horror, dark fantasy and science fiction short fiction, as well as an entertainment journalist for the horror and science fiction industries. My work, as both an author and illustrator, has appeared in publications such as The Lightning Journal, GUD Magazine, Doorways Magazine, The Open Vein, Darkened Horizons, Ladies of Horror and The Bloodied Quill, as well as the websites Fear Zone, SCI FI Wire and Fatally Yours. My poetry has been published in two collections, thus far, entitled BEFORE ICARUS, AFTER ACHILLES and CROSSROADS. I am currently at work on the third installment of the ETERNAL VIGILANCE series, a screenplay adaptation and graphic novel…

When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

The passion writing runs thick in my family’s blood. When I was a small child my grandparents on my father’s side, who were both poets and playwrights, began to encourage my creative writing pursuits. I have been enamored with writing for my entire life; novels, short stories, poetry…it was all completely entrancing to me. However, it was about five years ago when I realized that becoming a published author was what I was truly meant to do with my life. It was then that I began focusing my creative energies entirely upon that single pursuit.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

Yes, I was an avid reader. When I was very little I would read pretty much anything my parents handed to me. In elementary school is when I began to delve deep into the horror genre. I would steal my mother’s copies of Dean Koontz and Stephen King novels and read them during recess. It was in elementary school that my mother also introduced me to the world of vampire literature, giving to me her copies of Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. I was also heavily into fantasy and science fiction and consumed every novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Storm Constantine, C.S. Lewis, William Gibson and Katherine Kerr that I could get my hands on.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

My latest novel is the second installment of the ETERNAL VIGILANCE series entitled, THE DEATH OF ILLUSIONS. Here is the synopsis:

“In the year 2111 Tynan Llywelyn, the forsaken philosophical leader of the Immortal vampire race, awoke after a century’s Sleep to a world decimated by war. Drawn into a new societal structure bitterly divided between ancient magic and a cruel new technology known as the Chronous, Tynan has found himself at the heart of an epic battle to bring down the Tyst Empire, a merciless international dictatorship. The Tyst crave more than global domination; they desire true Immortality and have made a pact with an ancient vampiric god called the Vicinus who has promised them eternal life in exchange for freeing him from his otherworldly prison. Tynan would have liked nothing more than to simply turn his back on the war, but his vampire Elders and the Phuree, a cunning human rebel uprising, had other plans in store for him. He was not only to join in the fight, but he was to be the vampire to take down the Tyst Empire and bring the Vicinus to his knees. A year later, struggling against the ironclad orders of his Elders and his own vicious moral demons, Tynan has relented and agreed to complete the mission the Phuree and Immortals have devised for him. Amidst a crumbling Immortal legacy and a divided human world suffocating from fear and bloodshed, he will lead the way towards the front lines of a war against a colossal empire he has barely begun to comprehend and a primordial force hell-bent on destroying the world. Tynan can only pray now that the Immortals and Phuree have chosen in him wisely.”

In the first ETERNAL VIGILANCE book the reader was introduced to the main cast of characters and the overall plotline of the series. Book 2 dives deep into the heart of the action and Tynan’s growing involvement with the Phuree’s plot to overthrow the Tyst Empire and bring a halt to their designs to resurrect a vampiric god known as the Vicinus.

Did your book require a lot of research?

Actually, yes. The entire series has taken quite a bit of research and it seems that, with each novel, the necessary research is growing. With the first novel it was primarily the backgrounds of the vampire characters; I wanted my characters to be as believable as possible and, thus, their histories, at times spanning centuries, needed to be as accurate as possible. With the second novel I found myself researching engineering, nanotechnology, biomechanics and quantum physics in a much higher degree than I had ever delved into before. I consulted with many of my engineer and programmer friends to get their opinions on the technology I was building in my novels in order to make sure that it would be as believable and embraceable by the science fiction and dark fantasy communities as my characters were. With the third novel, which I am in the process of writing at the moment, I am finding myself doing quite a bit of research on war and the evolution of civilizations. It is always an interesting process…

What was your goal when writing this book?

My goal was to, in a way, reinvent the vampire genre in a way that had not been approached before. I was tired of seeing the same plotlines developed in the vampire genre and was longing to create a series which would take a fresh look at the lore and legend of vampires and place them in a unique, but fully believable setting. I also wanted to create a series which vampire enthusiasts and science fiction lovers alike could embrace and fall in love with. Hopefully, I have achieved this…

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

I would say that it is 50/50 for me. Obviously, because my novels are horror/science fiction, and set in a futuristic setting, there is a great degree of daydreaming and pure imagination that goes into the creation of the story. However, the characters and their personal emotional or moral struggles are all based, in some way, on either personal experiences or observations of other people whom I have crossed paths with over the years.

Do you get along with your muse? What do you do to placate her when she refuses to inspire you?

I have a love-hate relationship with my muse and at times I think he might actually have a split personality. On the good days he is a genuine gift, but then there are those days when we are at each other’s throats constantly. However, usually a nice glass of wine or whiskey will placate him enough to make him more easily persuaded for whatever project I am working on at the time.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

The best writing advice would have to be to learn how to “kill your darlings”. This means that you have to become comfortable enough with the editing process to realize that sometimes the pieces of your writing that you are absolutely in love with might fall victim to the almighty red pen. You have to be at peace with this and realize that editors are there to make your work stronger. It’s a hard lesson to learn, sometimes even excruciatingly painful, but one which is absolutely necessary if you are going to make it as a published author.

As an author, what is your greatest reward?

I would have to say that the greatest reward as an author comes when I hear the feedback from my readers and realize that they are living in the world I have spent so many hours of my life creating. When I read their emails, when I talk to them at book signings and hear how they have fallen in love with my characters and are passionately embracing their struggles in a way I had only dreamed of as the author, I realize that my vision is coming to life. I can ask for nothing else.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

www.gabriellefaust.com

—Mayra Calvani blogs is the National Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com.

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