Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and still lives in the same small town she grew up in. She developed a love of writing at an early age and over the years has tried her hand at penning poetry (some good, some not so good), screenwriting, newspaper articles and historical stories. She’s “old school” when it comes to writing and is a hoarder of more pens, post-it notes and writing journals than she’ll ever need. Isla likes to write different types of stories from romance to mystery and anything in between and loves a “happy for now but there could be some bad things coming” feel. When Isla’s not writing, she spends her time being called “Mom, Mama, Mommy” (well, you get the picture) by her daughter who is forever active, even in her sleep. She considers herself an unofficial “cat whisperer” and is a pet human to a plethora of cats that have taken up residence at her home over the years. Isla also enjoys reading a good biography or ghost story, traveling even though “there’s no place like home”, good music played loud and walking.
Isla loves movies and is the movie mistakes editor at Bellaonline.com where she talks about…well…movies. Her novella, “A Voice in the Dark”, is available now and her book, “Asylum Harbor”, will be released September 16th, 2015 through Wild Rose Press.
1. Please tell us about the bookyou have written—title, genre, and storyline. Asylum Harbor is a contemporary romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. It tells the story of Devon Brown who moves to Shell Island to take a new job as the bartender of the Salty Dog. Once there, she meets Kerr, the island’s renowned loner and harbormaster. When the two become an unlikely pair, trouble arrives in the form of a jealous co-worker and Kerr’s nemesis.
2. Is this book part of a series, or is it a stand-alone story? At the moment Asylum Harbor is a stand-alone. It’s the first book of the Salty Dog series.
3. What made you decide to write a love story? I was on a beach vacation a few years ago and we visited Shell Island. Yes, this place actually exists but there’s no one living there—you can go there during low tide to find seashells.
4. When you are not writing, what do you do to recharge? I have a seven-year-old so she keeps me pretty busy! That also means I rarely sleep and I’ve seen every episode of Teen Titans Go. I love to travel to different places—Williamsburg, VA, Pigeon Forge, TN and the beach are some of my favorites. One of my favorite things is to walk or hike with my Ipod playing—it brings out my inner, imaginary rock star! I also watch movies and write movie mistakes articles for Bellaonline.
5. Are you an Indie Author or are you part of a publishing house? My book is being published through the Wild Rose Press.
6. Do you read books within the genres you write? Sometimes. But I have to admit I usually prefer a good biography. I’m going through a “golden age of Hollywood” phase with bios on Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. I loved the Harry Potter books and most books by Stephen King, so it usually depends on what kind of mood I’m in that determines what I read. Sometimes I’ll pick up a book on a whim just from looking at the cover. That’s how I found the Miss Peregrine books by Ransom Riggs. I’m anxiously awaiting Library of Souls, the third book in that series.
7. What character traits do you love to include when you write about your male protagonist? He’s usually the strong, silent, brooding type with that tough exterior that only the heroine can break through. He’s good…but not TOO good!
8. Are the female protagonists in your stories like you or the person you wish you could be? I think it’s more of a mix. They might say something that I might say in that situation. But, I think for the most part, they have some traits that I might wish I had but they also have those that I’m glad I don’t have.
9. If you could pick anyone to be the cover model on your latest release, who would it be? When I first started writing Asylum Harbor, my all-time favorite soap, One Life To Live, was still on the air. Can I pick Michael Easton and Melissa Archer who played one of my favorite couples on there?
10. How would you define a happily ever after ending? Happily Ever After to me means a resolution to the story that the characters find satisfying. I always say that I write “happy for now but bad things could be lurking around the corner” stories.
11. Is there another book in the making? Yes! I’m working on the follow-up to Asylum Harbor. That will be the second of three stories. I also work on two other stories when the characters from Asylum Harbor aren’t talking to me or when I’m having trouble making a scene work.
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