Author Interview: Denice Garrou
Can you tell us a little bit about your books?
My Dragonhorse Saga has two books with one more on the way. I call it a paranormal fairytale with a little romance. This tale is based on my knowledge and experience with Celtic and Gypsy magic and folklore. This is not your usual fairytale and each book is full of fresh new ideas and characters. Nothing you have read before. I tried to write them in a manner that made the magic and story something very believable.
My paranormal romance that just released, starts present day. Through a very special, old book of secrets you are taken to the past, beginning with 1918 then off to 334 BCE Delphi Greece. We learn a lot about women’s mysteries and what happened to Goddess worship as it waned and why it waned throughout our history. I love to incorporate history into all my stories, especially if they are teetering on conspiracy theory. This one is my babyboomer story. All my characters are late 50’s and early 60’s. The paranormal aspect of the story is a talking skull, a gift bearing raven, and very special black cat (or his he something else) and a whole lot of mystery, bumps in the night, apparitions and visions. I also incorporate the feeling the reincarnation is nothing more than immortality. This is the 1st book of this series which I call Avyon Book of Secrets. Candlelight & Cobwebs is the 1st book with book 2, City of Stone forming in the netherworld as we speak. The romance part is the trials and tragedies that endlessly follow my star-crossed and cursed couple.
Do you remember the title of the first story you wrote?
I think it was in 5th grade, called “Empty Bowl”. It was something about why we are here. I got a special award for it too.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I try to write in the early morning up until about 2 or 3 pm. In between, I have to do bookwork for husband’s home building company, take care of the horses and the chickens and the dogs. If it is summer I then am busy gardening. I love to grow herbs since I am an herbalist among other things. I also am a Reiki Master Teacher, artist, crystal healer etc.
Where do you find inspiration?
In our distant past. I love to explore our forbidden and forgotten ‘true’ history of our planet. Also, studying earth based religions. Back in the 90’s when I ‘awoke’, I began to take any and every metaphysical course, workshop and class I could afford. I incorporate all that I learned and experienced in my books. I also incorporate my visions and views.
Dragonhorse was about, reconnecting the people back to Earth, that we are not separate from nature. We are part of Earth as long as we choose to incarnate on her, die and leave our bones behind. Just imagine looking up at the full moon every month and wonder how many lifetimes you have done this. It really puts things in perspective.
What have you learned about publishing that you didn’t know about when you first started writing?
How much work it is. It is a fulltime job and then some. I also learned how little I know about my computer.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Oh well who does not love to read! That’s the hardest part. I want to read but the more books I publish the less time I have to read. I love being in nature, walking in the woods hugging trees, talking to the wildlife etc. Yes I am one of those.
Can you tell us about your future projects?
I am working on the third book of my Dragonhorse Saga, Talion. This one is going to be so much fun. There is even going to be pirates! Pirates in a paranormal fairytale, intriguing isn’t it? Then I must get researching on the second book of my Avyon Book of Secrets series, The City of Stone. The city of stone actually refers to the lost Jordanian city of Petra. This is pre Christian times, when Goddess worship was still being practiced. I have always wanted to visit this historical site and so in the meantime I will just visit it in my imagination.
My books are available as paperback and Ebook format.
You can buy a signed copy of my books on my website
I play around on my Youtube channel