MEET GERRY (ALAN) SOUTER!!!

Today, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to host a living icon upon my humble page: The one and only Gerry (Alan) Souter!

I’ll let him introduce himself in his bio, but let me tell you… you’ll never meet a funnier, wiser, or more accomplished person. I’m honored to call him my teammate at Black Velvet Seductions Publishing, and I’m beyond honored that he often makes time bestow both his wit and wisdom upon me.

So without any further ado, friends…

I give you GERRY!!!

Gerry (Alan) Souter Biography

“A Thread of Sand,” his debut novel, reflects his wealth of knowledge and empathy with the characters he has created as a professional author.

Gerry was an artist before he was an author, making his first clearly identifiable drawings of the steam trains that passed by his crib window at age three. From there, came a statewide-winning painting at age 13 sending him to the School of the Art Institute—his eventual alma mater along with the University of Chicago where he earned a bachelor of art education degree with graduate honors in photography.

A career as a photojournalist followed for thirty years traveling around the world on story-telling and award-winning assignments for newspapers: Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, magazines, world travel, and industrial collateral. He turned his story-telling to filmed documentaries, producing 14 award-winning video productions. With much of his photojournalism, he wrote the accompanying text, mentored by experienced editors.

His quality writing impressed a major publisher to request a non-fiction book: “The History of the America Firehouse.” It received rave reviews and went into four editions. More book requests were offered: American histories, military histories, biographies, fine arts, auto racing, a memoir. Gerry—and his Art Institute sweetheart, Janet, also an award-winning author—criss-crossed the United States and foreign locations doing research for their new company: www.avril1.com.

His world travels and experiences from the Arctic Circle to equatorial Venezuelan jungles and the desert sands of Egypt. Paris in the spring, sailing up the Nile, free ballooning over the Rocky Mountains, breaking the sound barrier in a jet fighter, astride horses over fences in competitions—all these experiences and many more are available to his fiction writing. “A Thread of Sand,” his 57th traditionally published book and debut novel, amzn.to/2L4WHHU  reflects his wealth of knowledge and empathy with the characters he has created as a professional author.

A Thread of Sand blurb –

In 1891, a young gifted British artist, Lady Julia Carstairs, travels to the Wild West. She learns more than a young lady should about life as she survives the rigors of a Texas brothel. Julia escapes and flees the US to find work as an artist in Egypt. Follow her journey as she avoids the clutches of sinister Dervish rebels. Feel the temperature rise, as she is passionately seduced by both men and women on the way, finding true love in the arms of a British Lieutenant.
A seductive erotic story that spans half the globe. Can Julia’s love survive the turmoil of these perilous times?

A Thread of Sand review, by Virginia Wallace –

‘Her terror froze her into immobility as her sanity dangled by a single thread of sand…’ – line from Gerry (Alan) Souter’s A Thread of Sand

A Thread of Sand is a major favorite in my household. It’s the first novel I read from Black Velvet Seductions when I was hired on, and I was pretty well blown away by the fast-paced, breath-taking narrative.

Now, let me be clear here: A Thread of Sand is not a romance novel. I think it’s important to clarify that, because I’ve learned that bad reviews don’t come from bad writing. Rather, they come from disappointed expectations. It’s best to be clear about what a story is—or isn’t—right out of the gate, so the readers know what to expect.

So no, A Thread of Sand isn’t a romance novel, in the sense that the story doesn’t revolve around the pursuit of a single relationship. Rather, it’s a rollicking action/adventure tale with heavily erotic overtones. I think it’s best compared to a lot of pulp-fiction novels that were published in the thirties and forties. And therein lies its utter genius; you just don’t run across many stories like that anymore.

The tale revolves around a well-bred, English Countess named Julia Carstairs. She’s intelligent, artistic, strong… and very, very damaged! She’s certainly one of the darkest heroines I’ve ever read. What’s brilliant about the tale is that we’re told right from the get-go that she was once sex-trafficked in a ‘Wild West’ brothel, so the reader immediately gets a firm grasp upon that side of her character. It also explains her wildly promiscuous behavior, which would otherwise have been very unusual for the turn of the twentieth century.

Julia’s story is one of internal conflict, with the talented, genteel Lady ever struggling to overcome the traumatized creature within. I think that’s very relatable, because—as I’m fond of saying—we’re all a bit of the Walking Wounded.

The action and historical details are both gripping and engaging, certainly on par with writings from the likes of Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs. I really enjoyed the fictitious portrayal of Winston Churchill. Some of us history buffs might view Churchill as an overweight lush with dubious leadership abilities, but he wasn’t always like that. It was fun to see him as the fit, competent soldier that he was as a younger man.

A Thread of Sand is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, action/adventure, and erotica. The tale just roars along from beginning to end, relentlessly dragging the reader pell-mell toward a thrilling climax and satisfying ending.

When you’ve finished reading, you can almost close your eyes and feel the desert wind on your face…

AN INTERVIEW WITH GERRY (ALAN)!!!

(All opinions and statements contained in this interview are solely those of the author providing them, and may not necessarily reflect my own. – Virginia)

When did you start writing? What made you first decide to try your hand at it?

Age 4. I did a drawing of a locomotive – three cars and a caboose-underneath it, I wrote  “Train”

What was your first published work? What do you think of it now?

“The DISConnection” 1990  About all manner of discs from Videodiscs to CDRs and their hardware. Very good—In print for 10 years

How do you balance writing with your personal life?

I don’t. I have no personal life. My wife has a life. I tag along with her. She’s also a prize winning author.

Do people you actually know make appearances in your stories?

Pieces of them. A bit of bone and a hank of hair

Do family members or friends help with your writing? Your marketing?

They flee when they see me coming

Do you have stories you want to write that you haven’t yet?

Yes, but they sit in my head and scream to be set free

Is there a story you’re afraid to write for some reason? Why?

No, I’ll embarrass anyone and I don’t owe anyone money

Do you ever target differing age groups or demographics with your writing?

All the time. YA, Veterans, women… I’m an all-purpose author. No one is safe.

Have you ever written non-fiction? If so, what?

I’ve written 56 non-fiction traditionally published books, almost all histories, biographies, or one memoir

Are you a ‘normal’ person who likes to write, or do you consider yourself more of the tormented/driven ‘artist’ type?

I left “normal” when I graduated grammar school. I am a complete story-telling loon. I have a beat-box mouth, I shoot all manner of weapons, I used to jump horses over fences for ribbons. I write books and magazine articles about everything I’ve done. I paint and draw every week for four hours. I’ve broken the sound barrier in a jet fighter. I’ve traveled all over the world as a photojournalist. I love popcicles. Driven? I’ve driven an Indy race car an average of 111 mph at the Joliet Speedway.

Do you drink? Why or why not?

I drink about four ounces of Rye whisky every two weeks. I would drink more, but my kids will only buy me so many bottles a month. Same goes for pot. My wife’s a wine junky.

Are you married? How does being a writer affect that? Has your marriage affected the way you write love stories?

Yes, No and No

If you could see one of your stories made into a movie, which one would you pick and why?

“Thread of Sand”. It has everything in it a good movie in today’s market requires Second would be “Kilgore’s Colt”

How does your life experience influence your writing?

My life experience is my writing. I’ve experienced great bags of life experience. I once drank snake blood for Christ’s sake!

Do you try to keep your stories within their pre-determined genres, or do you just tell the story your way regardless of genre expectations?

I write for the reader

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kinds? Does music influence your stories?

I need dead silence. I used to play the viola.

Have you ever written a story based on a personal experience you had? If so, what was it about?

Virtually all my stories reflect in part my personal experiences (except biographies of course.)

Do you let real-life events influence your work, or is there a ‘disconnect’ between your stories and world/national/local events?

The closest I’ve come to world events was the “Troubles” in Ireland when I was arrested for being a suspected terrorist.

Is your writing time planned out or structured? Do you go on writing ‘benders’?

I always start out with a plan and structure and I am always surprised.

What to you is the most rewarding aspect of being a writer?

The look on people’s face when I say I am ”an author.”

Who is your favorite author, and why?

Ernest Hemingway . He had basketball-size cojones in his life and writing until he eventually let all the air out.

If you could pick anyone to narrate one of your books, who would it be?

Anyone without a lisp

Which character of yours is your favorite? Why? Whom would you pick to play him/her/it in a movie?

Lady Julia Carstairs OBE Countess of Ashford I would pick any good actress under 30

Do you write when you take a vacation, or do you prefer to simply relax?

I dissolve on vacation and usually write poetry.

Do you prefer to read fiction that’s similar to what you write, or do you pick different types of stories?

Different types. Who wants to read better fiction then I can write?

What’s one quirky thing about you that your readers might not know?

I have a crush on Virginia Wallace

What’s your favorite movie? Why?

Citizen Kane. I identify with Kane.

Do you set up events to meet your readers, or is your interaction with them strictly online?

You mean face to face?  Jan and I are always at book fairs. We see them then and are always pleased with their good taste

Have you ever had to exhaustively research something (say, history) for any of your books?

All the time. That’s what history writers do

What’s a question I haven’t asked that you’d like to answer?

My shoe size is 11-1/2

THANK you, Gerry, for gracing the pages of virginiawallace.com! Here’s to your success thus far, and may you find more in the future!

A Thread of Sand is available on Amazon.com. (Sorry no link, but a title search pulls it right up. Amazon’s links are CRAZY invasive, and play hell with my page!)

Gerry’s impressive career in both fiction and non-fiction can be viewed here: www.avril1.com

To see more of Gerry on virginiawallace.com : https://virginiawallace.com/2020/08/23/eating-bugs-and-drinking-lava-by-gerry-souter/

Meet Author K. Rose!!!

Blurb for The Prophecy of the Water Sprite:

Our kind has been enslaved by the Fae for as long as this kingdom remembers. They need us to keep water in their kingdom flowing, without it, their kind would surely all perish, as not even the powerful Fae have control over the waters that feed life to everything. Somewhere along the line, they all lost that ability, as if that element revolted against them.

For over twenty-one years I’ve been kept in the dark about my true heritage, being raised as a witch, like my auntie, that can wield water with spells. Soon I would be old enough to leave my childhood home and go beyond the protection spell that has kept me safe all these years to seek out my destiny.

A vision—perhaps even a prophecy, in the castle where I was born caused my parents to secret me away under the cover of darkness. I was saved by an unlikely partnership.

For the first time in thousands of years, the elements are set to combine into the greatest power ever known, and somehow I am the center of it all.

The power of the elements are told to bring about peace in the lands and restore life in the realm to a greatness more than it has ever been before.

No more struggles for food, no more starvation. No more taxation with penalties of death. No more hatred and fear of the rulers of the kingdom. Only prosperity, health, and maybe even something more?

And now for an AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!!

(All opinions and statements contained in this interview are solely those of the author providing them, and may not necessarily reflect my own. – Virginia)

When did you start writing? What made you first decide to try your hand at it?
I started writing April 2021. I wrote a blurb for what was supposed to be a fake book and
an April Fools Day joke.


What was your first published work? What do you think of it now?
The Prophecy of the Water Sprite is my only published novel, and I think I did really well
for a debut novel… and really a first story ever written. Even in high school I drew a picture instead of writing a 1000 word short story in English class.


How do you balance writing with your personal life?
I don’t really balance it well, I go all in on the writing when the muse is working. I
remember I had a 14 hour day during the first drafting of The Prophecy of the Water Sprite.


Do people you actually know make appearances in your stories?
No, I didn’t make anyone I know into the fictional characters, though I think there are
traits that I pull from them.


Do family members or friends help with your writing? Your marketing?
No, I wish I had even friends that helped. But I currently just have a few acquaintances—
that are working their way to friends I hope— that I have met from being on ARC and Beta teams, they help with random questions that I don’t seem to be able to find answers for on my own.


Do you have stories you want to write that you haven’t yet?
Yes. I currently have ideas jotted down for at least 5 stories. One of which I have already
started writing! And two that are not ‘in my lane’ but I will write them anyway!


Is there a story you’re afraid to write for some reason? Why?
The 3rd story I had an idea form for is contemporary, and I am a bit afraid of not hitting
the mark with it. Without having magic and fantastical things to keep from painting myself into a corner, I might have a hard time with the realism of it all.


Do you ever target differing age groups or demographics with your writing?
I am not targeting anything. I figure there are enough other writers already doing that, if
I keep mine the way my brain produces them, I hope the originality will win over everything else.


Have you ever written non-fiction? If so, what?
No. Never actually wrote a story—at all—prior to The Prophecy of the Water Sprite.


Are you a ‘normal’ person who likes to write, or do you consider yourself more of the tormented/driven ‘artist’ type?
Pretty sure I am not normal, but I don’t feel like I am the latter of that either.


Do you drink? Why or why not?
Rarely. I have too many alcoholics in my life, and I see the damage it causes.


Are you married? How does being a writer affect that? Has your marriage affected the way you write love stories?
I am not married, but I have been with my guy for almost 20 years. He is constantly
jealous of the time I spend writing and promoting the book with the social media community.


If you could see one of your stories made into a movie, which one would you pick and why?
Well of Course I would choose The Prophecy of the Water Sprite, but not just because it
is my only story. But because it would make a great movie! It is written in multiple POV so it would be easy to change over to a screenplay script.


How does your life experience influence your writing?
I enjoy nature and animals, and I feel like that is conveyed in the story. I also have a deep
sense of empathy, which I feel is a strong character trait, that I shared with the fictional characters in the book.


Do you try to keep your stories within their pre-determined genres, or do you just tell the story your way regardless of genre expectations?
I have only been reading for fun for a bit over two years, so I am sure I have some things
that aren’t exactly to genre expectations. I would have to say due to this fact, I write my way.


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kinds? Does music influence your stories?
No. I find it hard to concentrate with more than the sounds of nature and my pets.


Have you ever written a story based on a personal experience you had? If so, what was it about?
Not yet. Though it does sound like a good idea to use personal experiences while
writing.


Do you let real-life events influence your work, or is there a ‘disconnect’ between your stories and world/national/local events?
My story is set in Earth of another dimension, so I would have to say there is a
disconnect in that aspect.


Is your writing time planned out or structured? Do you go on writing ‘benders’?
Definitely Benders. When the words flow, I get them out as best I can.


What to you is the most rewarding aspect of being a writer?
The most rewarding aspect is the finished story. If people read and like it even better,
but I don’t expect the praise of it for myself. i would much rather they not know who wrote it specifically and just like the story itself for what it is.


Who is your favorite author, and why?
I don’t have a favorite author. I read a lot of different authors and they each have
different styles which I like. I would get very bored if I only read one all of the time. That being said I do enjoy the way Shel Silverstein has creativity in his poetry, the graphic descriptions of Steven King, and all of the Amazing Indie authors that write in the Reverse Harem Genre, there are such diverse stories and styles there is no way I could choose just one.


If you could pick anyone to narrate one of your books, who would it be?
I would have to choose two to cover the male and female voices. But aside from that I
really don’t know. I personally would give it a try if I could get the right program and microphone.


Which character of yours is your favorite? Why? Whom would you pick to play him/her/it in a movie?
Oh, well…that is like picking a favorite pet. They are all my favorite for different reasons.
Skyy because she is so Kind and innocent. Vale because he is intimidating in size, but that just means his heart is equally as big. Elio because of his determination and overbearing nature. Enlil for his playful attitude, and deep feelings. Morfran, because he is so good at being bad. Lastly Araminta because she is like every mother, aunt, and grandmother in a way.


Do you write when you take a vacation, or do you prefer to simply relax?
I only have staycations! But if I were to take an actual Vacation I would not write, I might
read … or I might not even do that.


Do you prefer to read fiction that’s similar to what you write, or do you pick different types of stories?
I personally have a very eclectic reading selection. I am a member of so many ARC Alpha
and Beta teams that I rarely choose a book to read anymore. I don’t mind that one bit either, since half the battle is choosing what to read next!


What’s one quirky thing about you that your readers might not know?
I am sure they haven’t had the chance to get to know me too well just yet. But anyone
who has a question for me is welcomed to ask. I don’t bite, unless you want me to.


What’s your favorite movie? Why?
My Favorites are The Princess Bride and The Labyrinth. I can recite them from memory
and word for word while watching. They are just what I grew up watching, and absolutely loved the story they portrayed. A third place runner up would be Spaceballs, because it is absolutely ridiculously hilarious! (V’s note: K. Rose has impeccable taste in movies!)


Do you set up events to meet your readers, or is your interaction with them strictly online?
I have attempted one live book signing, and I plan on doing more in the future. I just
don’t know where to start with signing up for them and all of that hot mess. Plus I should probably have more than one book published before I commit to them.


Have you ever had to exhaustively research something (say, history) for any of your books?
Not as of yet. But I have the type of personality that I would want to make sure there are
more things at one hundred percent correct than not.


What’s a question I haven’t asked that you’d like to answer?
I always find it fascinating that the majority of authors I ask say they do in fact talk in
their sleep. I personally didn’t start doing this until I started writing, and I haven’t figure out why either. But I think it is pretty cool that I share that affliction with other authors.
My Next project is already under way and will be a mash-up of Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and
Paranormal Reverse Harem. I hope the originality of the characters and the story line will be a breath of fresh air so to speak.

THANK you, K. Rose, for appearing today! It was an honor to host you!

K. Rose’s novel The Prophecy of the Water Sprite is available on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback. (Sorry, no link. Amazon’s links hijack my page, and then cause my computer to freeze due to fist-fighting with my security programs.)

You can also join her FaceBook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/174766784549375