Nov 2, 2011

New Author Gail Roughton Branan's Unruly Interview

Today we welcome new author, Gail Roughton Branan, who is ready to introduce us to her characters from her upcoming book, Miami Days & Truscan (K)nights. Welcome, Gail! I see you’re brought some people with to explain who they are?

Hello, folks!  I’m Gail Roughton Branan and I’m thrilled to be here with you today to introduce you to my heroine Tess Ames and my hero Dalph appearing directly from the pages of  Miami Days & Truscan (K)nights, coming April, 2012 from MuseItUp Publishing.  First up, …

Flowers On The Wall
Tess:  Okay, enough.  First you have me on a plane flying through a door in the Bermuda Triangle and crash landing in this weird parallel world where I have to be rescued from cannibal pigs by some dude built like Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Conan the Barbarian – and dressed like him too –

Dalph:  Green Eyes!  Manners!  We are guests here.  Wherever here is.  And who exactly is this Arnold Schwarzenegger?  You never mentioned him before.  I thought Carlos Ramos back in Miami was the only man in your past I had to worry about.
Tess:  Exactly!  Where’s here? I think this lady’s got some problems. Where does she come up with all this?  And why does she think she’s got the right to just move us around and plop us down like this? Don’t talk to me about manners! 
Gail:  Hold on!  I didn’t mean to plop you here, there, or anywhere!  Well, okay, I did plop you down in Trusca.  And that’s where you’re supposed to be, so why are you here?
Dalph:  Tess? This Arnold?
Tess:  Oh, give it up already!  I was only trying to let everybody know you’re a hunk, for cryin’ out loud!
Gail:  I’ll say. 
Tess:  Excuse me.  I’m not sure I appreciate the tone those words were uttered in.  You don’t have a life?  You’ve got your eyes on my hero?
Gail:  Well, duh!  I had my eyes on him, my hands on him – okay, let’s back up and not go there.  Let me rephrase that.  I created that man.  You said he was a hunk.  I agreed.  Of course he is.  Why would I make up a hero who wasn’t?
Dalph:  If I might intervene – you also created my Tess.  Might I inquire if it ever occurred to you that she could be a bit less headstrong and impulsive?
Gail:  Look here, your majesty, I don’t know about other writers, but my heroines are always some aspect of me so let’s not get insulting here.  I wrote you into existence, I can write you out of it. 
Dalph:  Though I hasten to add she has the really annoying habit of usually being right.  As well as always beautiful. 
Gail:  Much better, discretion being the better part of valor and all that.  Now, where did Tess go? Oh, Lord!  She’s gone!  Tess!  Come back here!  Honestly, characters are worse than kids, you just can’t take ‘em anywhere!  Hey, Dalph!  Your Majesty!  Randalph of Trusca! Yeah, I’m talking to you!  Come back here!  Where are you goin’ now?
And with that, gentle readers – Gail Roughton Branan has left the building in pursuit of fleeing characters.  So if anyone should see them – could you call BR 549?
Gail and Grandson
Gail Roughton Branan is a native of small town Georgia who grew up on the banks of Stone Creek Swamp, immersing herself in imaginary worlds fueled by whichever book was in her hand at the moment including, but definitely not limited to, Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and Ray Bradbury. She has spent over thirty years in a law office as a paralegal, having decided during the course of her first work experience that while she was as fascinated by the legal world as the imaginary worlds of her childhood, she never wanted to be a lawyer. Sharpening her technical legal writing abilities all day, every day while working full-time and raising her three children, her “spare” time has been devoted to writing because “I couldn’t have this much fun for free doing anything else.”

Please check out Gail's Blog, Flowers On The Fence, for a special tribute to a friend and much more at


  1. Very unique....what a great way to introduce characters!!!!

  2. Gail, that was priceless. I so love character blogs. I just might have to do one. Oh, wait, I've done several. One on your blog, I believe where the characters from all my books ganged up on me.

  3. I love it. LOL! Judging from Penny's comment, this is a good idea. I thought about doing the same thing until I got to Roseanne's comment, and thought better of it. =^_^= I think I'll just read Gail's book, instead. Good article.

  4. That was a lot of fun! I love the way Gail presents herself and her characters - this book is going to be a HUGE hit!

    Jane x

  5. Simply adorable darling Gail. Your characters are certainly the kind I'd like to know more about. Love the humor, love the sarcasm. Congrats. Sounds like a fab book and I can't wait for the release.

  6. Fantastic Dear Gail. Love your ingenuity, your humor, and your ability to make us all feel like we are a part of the worlds you create.

    Love Ya Sweetie...looking forward to April...oh and guess what, we BOTH have books coming out in April...maybe we'll share the same release date. How cool would that be?

  7. Oh guys! You make me cry! I had more fun with this book, hands down, than any other to date though I'm having just as much fun with an urban fantasy I'm working on presently. I can't take credit for what Dalph and Tess do they just do it! I love 'em both. And all of you!

  8. I know where they are... nd that's all I'm saying... except that I loved this exchange and wish it had been far longer.

  9. I loved this! I have always told you that you are the smartest person I know! LOVE!

  10. I love character blogs! And you did a great job. Very entertaining. :o)

    Author of Concilium, available July 2012
    Concilium: The Departure, November 2012

  11. What a hoot! Thanks for the smile of the day, Gail. Good luck with this gang and their upcoming release!

  12. Hey, I think I just saw them racing around in a golf cart here at the retirement community. Does Dalph play golf??? Young people like them are certainly noticeable in Citrus Ridge. Oh yep, there they go back the other way. Speeding in that golf cart! Don't they know our neighborhood snoop is going to report them now? So much fun, Gail!

    Best wishes on your new release from Gloria and me!

  13. Great post Gail, So brave confronting your characters. I wouldn't dare!!
    Can't wait till April. Congratulations... and thanks for an entertaining introduction.
    BTW I saw a golf cart with a Conan look-alike driving erratically, heading toward the harbour.

  14. Gail! Your characters are delightful! Thank you for introducing them to us! I really enjoyed meeting them. Great interview!!

  15. Great title for your book and a fun interview. All the best for your new release :)

  16. Janet! Rosalie! You couldn't stop them?! Dalph can't drive!!! He rides a Falton!

    Oh, my, girls! You have overwhelmed me. Truly. Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop in and comment.

    And to MFRW Author Blog -- thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of being here today. I'm truly, truly, grateful.



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