Giveaway and Interview with C.A.Gray

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We were really lucky to have caught up with the fantastic author of

Intangible; Ms C.A. Gray!!

Not only was she gracious enough to answer a few questions for us but she has also arranged for you to

win a copy

of her fabulous first book in the Piercing the Veil series!!

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Peter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible.  But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.   Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else.  These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees... until she meets Peter and his father.     When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories… including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.

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If you could sum up Intangible in five words, which five would you choose?

Underdog hero faces ageless evil. (Of course that leaves a lot out. :))

 

What was it about the Arthurian legend that inspired you as an author?

Actually I had the plot already, and I thought, y'know, this would work best if I could tie it into a famous story... and then the Arthurian legends seemed like the obvious choice. I actually knew nothing about them when I started working on Intangible (had a LOT of research to do!)

 

You splice together the magical with the scientific in Intangible, Why?

I had the basic plot before I added in science as well. I wanted to throw in a twist that I hadn't seen before, and I'd begun to research quantum physics on my own anyway. I suppose it occurred to me because it was in my head at the time, and I wanted an excuse to research it more. That said -- I've always loved the idea of taking a concept that's real and using it to explain something fantastical. I had a lot of fun doing that!

 

The penumbra are pretty freaky creatures and a fantastic concept. Where did you get the idea for them?

Good question! The penumbra and the nimbi are demons and angels, of course... but I didn't want to call them that outright because it would have given the book a religious feel that I didn't necessarily want. That said, it did come from a religious idea: biblically Satan is described as the Father of Lies, "prowling about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour"... but he and his minions do it by lying to us and getting us to destroy ourselves. If I had a message with the penumbra it would be, "What lies are you believing?"

 

If you had a penumbra what would it look like and why?

I wouldn't have one. I'd be Lily. ;)

 

The rainbow of ultimate possibilities is an incredible power to be able to manipulate. Where did the idea come from?

From the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics (Peter explains this to Lily on the way to Carlion the first time, but I also go into it further in "Invincible," the second book). In the instants before an event occurs, there is a range of possible locations for each individual particle (represented by a bell curve of probability). But once the observer makes a choice and selects one of them, or once random chance selects one of them, the wave function of possible locations collapses to a single point. In "Invincible," I go into what this collapse looks like in-depth, and the implications of it. It becomes a key plot point.

 

If there was one thing you wanted your readers to walk away thinking after reading Intangible, what would it be and why?

Aside from the "What lies are you believing" idea, it would be this: just like every citizen of Carlion has a "gift" (and I was trying to imply that everyone has a gift, everywhere - they just don't know about it), there's potential inside of you to do something great, something only you can do, something everyone else desperately needs. Is it possible you can do far more than you ever gave yourself credit for?

 

Are there any hints or sneaky pre-release info that you can give us about the sequel?

Well, I'll avoid spoilers *too* much, but I will say there's some romance in "Invincible". I'll let you guess between who and who... but I'll bet you can. :)

 

As an author, what inspires you to write?

I try to consume as many books as possible because I know reading fiction inspires me to write better fiction. I also read lots of nonfiction genres, though... sometimes I pick them up just because I think they're interesting, and it's only later that I decide to throw them into a book. (For instance, I read a lot on Egyptology around the time I was working out the plot for "Invincible," so that factors in heavily, even though I don't think that was originally my plan.) It's all about the influences around me at the time.

 

What are your top three reads of all time?

"Harry Potter" of course; probably "Pride and Prejudice," and at the moment I'm inclined to go with "The Hunger Games" too. All super mainstream, but they're popular for a reason!

 
 
 
 

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Image of C.A. GrayC.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other. Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much… or at least that’s why she does. She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), writes weekly medical articles for a local paper, writes white papers for a supplement company, does theater when she gets the chance, and sings at her church. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!

 

 

 

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