Hello, welcome to Writer to Writer Wednesday, we are so very glad to have you with us. The Hellfire Herald would like to extend a warm welcome to Gary Starta.
How are you doing today?
Fine, pleased to meet you and excited to share news about my latest release.
Keira: You have a story coming out soon though Champagne Book Group entitled Demon Inhibitions. What is that about?
Gary: An FBI agent leaves her job when she discovers she has paranormal abilities but when she tries to change career direction an old friend requests her aid to hunt a fugitive. Unknown to most, the fugitive is a soul stealer. Things become more paranormal – so to speak – minute by minute including the agent herself, Caitlin Diggs.
Keira: What made you choose that title?
Gary: Demon Inhibitions came to me because I wanted to imagine a way demons could actually be inhibited from using their destructive powers. I created a girl whose singing voice inhibits demon vices.
Keira: Where did the idea for your story come from?
Gary: This is a continuation of my Caitlin Diggs series and the idea of a singer inhibiting demons came from a short story.
Keira: Please share a particular detail about one of characters, please.
Gary: Caitlin Diggs is late 30’s, struggling to come to grips with leaving her career where she lived, ate and breathed her job. She dresses conservatively and is athletic but also likes junk food. The idea of her battling to be pure – or at least free from junk food – comes into play when she enters a parallel universe and must face her ever growing paranormal abilities and possible connection to an Egyptian goddess.
Keira: Please tell us about any future projects you are planning.
Gary: Kindred Killers is also releasing soon. This is mystery/crime. Also trying to place several more novels and finish my latest.
Keira: Are you currently running any contests? What are they?
Gary: I love to reward visitors who like my FB page to a free ebook every now and then.
Keira: How many books have you written?
Gary: A total of 12 novels.
Keira: We have a special place for unpublished writers in our hearts, here at the Hellfire Herald.
Gary: So what advice would you give to an unpublished writer? Persistence is key!
Let’s get personal…
Keira: What’s your favorite thing to do?
Gary: Read or watch a story which immerses me.
Keira: Are you a reader?
Gary: Most definitely and I would say it’s how I learned to write rather than cite my background which includes a journalism/English degree.
Keira: Is writing your only talent?
Gary: I think so. Once upon a time I sang in bands. But the writing bug grew much stronger than the singing bug.
Keira: Where in the Hell did you find time to write?
Gary: Very good question! I dedicated weekends and over the past seven years I have 12 novels to show for it. My advice for those who feel they can’t find the time is to make consistent small allotments of time and you’ll be surprised how the word count rises.
Keira: Can you share your blurb with us?
Chasing a soul stealer in her reality, psychic investigator Caitlin Diggs inadvertently travels through a portal to another reality and witnesses her fugitive kill her alternate self in DEMON INHIBITIONS. Assuming her alternate's life as an agent of the FBI’s Preternatural Crime Division, Diggs believes... her position might help her capture the soul stealer until she finds he may be part of a sinister terrorist plot to keep humans and demons living in segregation. A girl, whose singing inhibits the evil urges of demons, is on the terrorist’s hit list and Diggs will ultimately learn her fugitive is neither supernatural nor demon, but a genetically engineered hit man incapable of being enthralled.
One lucky commenter will win a free e-copy of DEMON INHIBITIONS
Most people don’t travel to another universe to get a new job, house and boyfriend but psychic investigator Caitlin Diggs did. Now she’s living the life of her alternate self, working for the FBI’s Preternatural Division where her first case just happens to include chasing a genetically engineered man hell bent on stealing souls. Well, there had to be consequences.