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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2nd Annual Historical Romance Event - Interview & Giveaway with Gaelen Foley

Picture"Official" Author Bio
Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weeklybestselling author of eighteen historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in fifteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the Holt Medallion. 
A Pennsylvania native, Gaelen holds a B.A. in English literature with a minor in Philosophy from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, a quaint lakeside village where Mark Twain once owned a home. It was here, while studying the Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth, Byron, and Keats that she first fell in love with the Regency period in which her novels are set. Gaelen lives in western Pennyslvania with her college-sweetheart husband, Eric, and a mischievous bichon frise named Bingley (Mr. Darcy's sidekick in Pride & Prejudice). She is hard at work on her next book.

Summer’s at an end, unfortunately.  Did you have a great summer?

Frankly, NO! I worked my butt off the whole time! I didn’t get to have the vacation I had been hoping for at all—so, boo-hoo and harrumph! Ah, well.

The highlight of my summer was that I got to spend time with my adorable niece and my little nephew. They live on the other end of the country so I don’t get to see them much. They’re a joy—3rd grade and kindergarten.

My Scandalous Viscount will be released September 25, are you excited with this release?

I’m very excited about this release! One of the things I most excited about is that it’s probably my funniest book since Prince Charming. The humor is all due to the characters. They’re a couple of wiseacres. To me, there’s nothing sexier than a guy with a good sense of humor.

Can you sum up Sebastian and Carissa (My childhood best friend’s name, by the way. Very original!) in three words each?

I’d be delighted to, but I have to warn you, he hates to be called Sebastian. We have to call him Beau or he’ll ignore us. Just to be clear! Ha, ha. Three words for Beau would be: Flashy, sexy, guarded.

Carissa (I love that name too! How cool that your friend was named that! There are so many pretty, romantic names from the Regency period.) Anyway–three words for Carissa, let’s see: Sassy, secretive, nosy.

Another beautiful cover to the series. Who is  your cover designer?

I believe the man that Avon hired for this cover is named John Griffon.

How many novels are planned for the Inferno Club series?

A total of seven, and this is book five.

After the Inferno Club series is finished, what will you be starting or continuing on?

Ah, my dear, if I told you, I’d have to kill you…Allright, no details yet, but I will say it’s another Regency series that I am dying to start!!! Been planning it for a couple of years now. Can’t wait! I hope my publisher goes for it! I haven’t even told them about it yet.

What are you currently reading?

Nothing, sadly, because I’m on deadline. Book Six of the Inferno Club series (no title yet) is due October 1, so I’m in the homestretch, and all my concentration is on getting this one finished and turned in.

When you’re not reading or writing, what do you like to do with your spare time?

What’s that? Ha, ha. Well, gosh, it seems like whatever free time I have involves taking care of my dog! You know these little lap dogs. Super cuddly, but what divas! They are high maintenance. The aristocracy, nay, the royals of the canine world. I try to take my little white fluffy princeling to the park a few times a week with my husband, walk around the lake, that sort of thing. I also like cooking nice meals (Bingley always insists on getting a small taste after dinner of whatever we’re making. He loves salmon, but steak is his favorite. Go figure!) I find cooking very relaxing. And I like going to the farmer’s market to pick out the freshest things to make. I live in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA so we are on the edge of the beautiful, green, hilly countryside here. Occasionally, I like to go horseback riding, too.

The Lost Heir was released this past June. How many novels are planned for the Gryphon Chronicles series?

If all goes well, there will be at total of ten Gryphon Chronicles books. For those who haven’t heard about this, it’s a kids’ series in the same general field as Harry Potter – it’s a fantasy adventure series set in Victorian England, (thus the shadings of steampunk). The main character is an orphaned pickpocket named Jake who discovers he is the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers. Lots of action/adventure and magical creatures like ghosts, fairies, water nymphs, and of course, the Gryphon who is central to the stories.

Right now, we’re just concentrating on the first five books so we don’t get overwhelmed, because that’s at least two years’ work right there. The next one releases in February. That’s The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 2: Jake & The Giant. These books are suggested for ages 10 & up, but lots of my adult romance readers are loving it, and I’m hearing that kids as young as 8 have no trouble getting through it. If they can read Harry, this is a little easier that that was (Lexile Score-wise). It’s family-friendly, no curse words, no gore—spooky, but not too scary for the younger set.

(Congratulations on 24 years! Wow!) 

This will be your first step into children’s literature. Will you be writing more after this series? Or are you going to see how this goes first?

I expect that Eric and I will be writing a lot of kids’ books together in the future simply because it’s so much fun! Sometimes writing can be a little draining, but writing these books energizes me. The pages just fly out.

You co-write the Gryphon Chronicles with your husband as E.G. Foley. How is it writing with someone so close to you? Is this your first co-write?

This is my first time co-writing with anyone, and I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather do it with! It’s a joy. We laugh hysterically while we are plotting, and build off each other’s ideas. We’ve been together for 24 years (in fact, it’s our wedding anniversary TODAY!) but after all this time, in the immortal words of Puss In Boots from Shreck 2: “Already our minds are like one!”

It’s funny that you should ask how it is writing together, because Eric just made a hilarious video on this very topic to explain our process to our kid readers. Take a look! Yep, he’s a teacher, all right—the zany kind. (He teaches 7th & 8th grades.)




Pepsi are Coke?  Diet Pepsi.

Light or dark chocolate? Dark!

Summer, fall, winter, or spring? Fall.

Light spooky feel or horror? Light spooky! (Lots of this in the Gryphon Chronicles, actually!)

Favorite alcoholic beverage? A good merlot.

Time travel option: Past! Sign me up.

Swimming or tanning? Neither.

Cats are dogs? Little dogs.

Thank you so much, Tasha! This was fun! You guys are welcome to come over and read Chapter One of My Scandalous Viscount on my website at You can also visit to learn more about the Gryphon Chronicles. Thanks for spending time with me, and have a great day!

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Barbara E. said...

Hi Galen, I think it's awesome that you're able to work with your husband on the Gryphon Chronicles, it sounds like it's a lot of fun.

Beebs said...

Feels like I've been waiting a long, long time for Beau and Carissa's story. Cannot wait. :)

Natalie Valdes said...

Hey Natasha. Havent spoken to you n awhile!! Love this interview. Nice to be back =]

miki said...

you are the third author who works with their husband/wife that i learn of ^^ since i really enjoyed the result of the first two i would be very happy to discover your work too

Na said...

I think it's very cool that you are trying your hand at co-writing with your husband. The experience must be challenging and fun!

gamistress66 said...

I agree humor is very sexy in a guy. enjoy a good book with wiseacre characters :) so am looking forward to reading this one :)

Annwitch said...

Wow! I don't think my husband and I could work together. The book sounds wonderful .

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