Author Interview – Denice Garrou

Here is the interview that I did with author Denice Garrou who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 27th 3-6pm EASTERN! Thank you Denice for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
I have been writing since I learned how.  I remember my first award; it was for writing a short essay in grade school on “Why are we here”.  Little did I know way back then that my first books were going to be on the same subject.  I was born to be a visionary author, and I know was a writer, among other things, in my past lives.  It took until my late 40’s that I changed my inner voice from saying, ‘I just don’t want to be an author I am an author’.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
I have two books out for my Dragonhorse saga; the third is in the works. This is a visionary/paranormal work with magical realism mixed in based on my life experiences in the metaphysical world.

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
The 1st of my saga, It was inspired by my journey into Shamanism, and to become a true Shaman you must first experience and survive the ‘little deaths’.  This journey involved learning from my greatest teachers, horses and how they teach us about life, death and rebirth. The Universe is a much bigger place than you know. I know what it is like to go places where most people have never thought existed. I know how heart wrenching it is, and how brave one must be to venture into the realm of self-discovery and growth.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
Doing what I was meant to come here and do. I just don’t write nice little stories I write to inspire and make people ask questions and hopefully grow from it. In essence I write to teach that all things in life are possible.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
It is okay to have a life of your own when raising the kids and husband. You should have not been so bent on sacrificing your own wants and needs over the family. Families need to find balance and allow everyone their own space and time and know that it is okay. In the end we all have come here for our own agenda’s and living for others never was the plan.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible.
I think rejection and criticism is tough unless you have a tough skin.  I would say, write what you know and what you are passionate about because not everyone knows all there is to know in this world.  When they criticize remember that books are like art, they are subjective.  Just make sure you have an excellent editor before you put anything out. Investing money in an editor is investing in yourself.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present author and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
Marion Zimmer Bradley, best known for her Mist of Avalon books and Her Arthurian Saga. I would ask her if she thought the Goddess would ever return and what it would take. I already know the answer…

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I guess since you are only talking about our 3rd dimensional world so I will answer according to that.  I have always wanted to go to New Zealand.  They just don’t let anyone become a citizen which I like. And the landscape is amazing!

If you were to guess how your readers would describe you in three words what would it be?
Interesting,  wise,  giving.

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
Book 3 to the Dragonhorse Saga, Talion is only at about 100 pages, needed a break. Had this other book in my head and I have learned to trust this process and go with the flow. So I started working on a new one; Candlelight and Cobwebs (Pending) is a new mature women’s paranormal adventure. A woman in her late 50’s mother dies and she inherits a huge estate in Colorado Rockies, an estate and family she never knew she had. But, the only thing living in this estate is a blue-eyed cat two horses and a raven. She finds her great grandmothers diary and it brings her into worlds she never knew existed. In reading this diary she learns about one of the greatest love stories she has ever heard and about ancient women’s mysteries especially the Oracles of Delphi. In Colorado, namely Manitou Springs, one of the most haunted little mountain cities ever (I love this town), she makes friend with some very interesting ladies. Think about the aunt’s from Practical Magic but a tad edgier. We will be whisked back to 1918, the time of the Spanish Flu and the ending of WWI and even further back to Delphi, Greece 350BCE.  This one promises to have, plenty of romance, magic, ghosts and a few surprises.