Author Spotlight: G.W. Gibson
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
The “Queen of Speed” is my first attempt at writing fiction. Even when I was at school writing didn’t feature as a favourite hobby or pass time. Until now all of my writing has been corporate, business or technical in the space of policy and procedure, training or workshop manuals. And I still can’t touch type. Perhaps this is a skill I might need to develop.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
My beautiful wife Eva Scott is a Harlequin Escape author with, I think her eighth title about to be published. It goes without saying I have read and act as a first cut editor for everything she writes. I would come to her with story ideas. One day she encouraged me to have go at writing myself and the Queen of Speed is the result.
Tell us a little more about Queen of Speed and what sparked this story for you?
Two types of people inspire me: those who follow their dreams and those who write the ultimate cheque to society without knowing if it will ever be cashed. I’m lucky to know people who sit in both camps. I wanted to tell a story which was also some social commentary on aspects of our society I do not find appealing.
Couple that with a lifelong love of motorcycling and a long career as a soldier and the “Queen” is born.
As we know, Queen of Speed focuses on central character, Penny McIntyre’s career in the male dominated motorcycle racing industry. What was your biggest challenge in writing Penny’s character?
Eva would read a segment in Penny’s POV and say, “That’s a male response, women wouldn’t respond that way. If we are confronted that situation we would respond like this…” Trying to get the feel or sense for how women think/act is a real challenge and one I still have a considerable way to go with.
What one character trait will most endear Penny to your readers?
Tough question. I think ultimately her very conscious choices to stand for what she believes in, even when they would appear to unpopular make her a figure everybody can look to.
Arguably the romance genre is dominated by female authors, what led you to writing inside the romance genre and have you faced any challenges in doing so?
There are two beautiful women out there: Eva Scott – it goes without saying, and Tea Cooper; both strongly encouraged me to try my hand at writing. We deliberately chose romance as start point because the readers are demanding and there are some very strict guidelines around how the genre is written. It’s a really good place to serve your apprenticeship and learn the craft. I have to refer back to an earlier answer, trying to walk a mile as a woman and be convincing about it when getting words down. There is nothing metro about me at all. I built and run a mining school, work with large equipment, ride an old Harley and can generally be found doing all sorts of very blokey things. That being said, my car is pink and Eva drives the 4WD – so go figure.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
I think the genre is growing in flexibility and what we call “romance”. The term romantic elements has opened up a whole range of story options and sub-genres we might have missed out on all together such as thriller storylines with romantic elements. Romance as a genre is, I think at least, becoming richer every day.
What’s next for you?
My current WIP is two stories, both feeding off the “Queen of Speed”. Once is a short story for inclusion as part of a military based anthology to raise funds for the support of returned veterans. The other a full length action thriller. You never know, there could be a combined Eva, G.W. story in the mix. Only time will tell.
What book is currently on your nightstand? An Accidental King by Mark Patton
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self? Be true to yourself and stand up for what you believe in.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Easiest – the stuff you know tacitly. Hardest – the stuff you know tacitly. It is so easy to miss the critical bits you take for granted.
Favourite travel experience?
Tough. There have been a few. Standing with a mate leaning on the first floor railing looking down onto the dance floor below in a bar in Shanghai. Two girls in cropped denim shorts and crop tops standing on the bar with microphones singing, one on each side of old mate on the guitar. You guessed it – there were doing ACDC’s Highway to Hell and doing a damn fine job of it.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Either see the Isle of Mann TT or salmon fishing in Alaska.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? Dark, no question
Red, white, bubbly? Can you get red margaritas?
Salty or sweet? Both are good.
Beach or mountains? Again both are good. I live near the beach but love riding through the mountains.
Give or receive? It’s always more fun to give.
About the Author:
After wandering over various parts of mother earth for more than twenty years as a soldier, I decided it was time to settle down and get on with what everybody else calls life.
My beautiful partner and author, Eva Scott and I nestled into a small coastal town north of Brisbane Australia after meeting in the wilds of Papua New Guinea some years ago. I spend a considerable amount of time editing Eva’s books for her before they make their way off the publisher. One day she suggested I try writing myself – so here we are. Until now all of my writing has been in the business space; expanding out from there is a challenge I am enjoying very much.
I have been lucky enough to combine a lifelong love of big machinery and education which culminated in building and operating a school, described a micro-open cut mine. So if the office gets too much, I can be found sitting on a bulldozer pushing dirt to help me clear my mind. The perfect “boy’s job”.
When I’m not spending time with our family enjoying living close to the beach, or working you will find me rattling my old Harley around the hills and highways just for the sheer pleasure of riding – warm balmy nights are the best; wrapped in a blanket of darkness with only the dash lights, vibration and exhaust for company, it is literally the closest thing to flying you will ever experience.
Ride safely, Write with passion
Queen of Speed
It’s not easy being a girl in an all-male world. Penny McIntyre has to fight every day to hold her place on the race track. Her lifelong dream of sponsorship is realised when she is offered the chance to ride as part of a Justin Byrne’s 600cc motorcycle team. At long last her dreams are in reach.
Her world is turned into upside down when her mechanic is injured and she discovers Bryce Huntington, her childhood sweetheart, is back in town. Even though he shattered her heart ten years ago she has no other choice but to enlist Bryce’s help in the pit. What she hasn’t counted on is the animosity between Justin and Bryce which threatens to throw her world into chaos. Everything she has worked for is in danger of disappearing.
She has to choose who to trust, who to protect and who to let go.