Shrink Wrapped—Because I’m Still a Psychologist at Heart.
I return to the U.S. from over three weeks in Antarctica a couple of weeks before this post. My guess is I’ll be beat from long hours in an airplane, but my eyes, heart, and soul will be full of stars. Back when I worked a traditional job for a living, I never could have taken that kind of time away. Oh no, psychologists need to be front and center 24/7. It was hard to take any kind of vacation—for well over twenty years. For a while I was in a group practice with four other psychologists and we covered for one another, but that had its downsides too. When things aren’t going well, clients want their practitioner, not someone else, and I don’t blame them.
Life is indeed different now. I’ve traded clients for characters. While I always set my own schedule, I’m working longer hours now than I ever did when I was a therapist. In fact one of my current book dedications is to my husband. It reads something like: I’d like to raise a glass of fine old, Irish whiskey to my husband. He thought being married to a psychologist was hard, but that was before I became a writer.
There’s a lot of truth in that. I did a much better job leaving my clients at the office than I do leaving my characters in my study. Maybe it’s because they train you in school to develop and maintain appropriate client boundaries. Well, I never went to “author” school and so no one taught me how to walk away and leave my characters until my next writing session.
Characters aren’t like clients. They don’t behave nearly as well. Hell no, they don’t. They howl and wail piteously if I leave them in some untoward situation. They hassle me until I sit back down and write some more. And you should hear the ones I kill off. They may be dead in the book, but they never seem to die off in my head. Nope. They whine and complain about how the plot really should have gone a different direction.
Maybe when I’ve been an author for as long as I was a therapist, I’ll develop better socialized characters—assuming I live that long. Anyway, a girl can always dream!
Who have some of your favorite fictional characters been? Do you like the unpredictable ones? I’d love to know!
About the Author:
Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.
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The Witch Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Word count: 63,000 words
A demon-stalking witch teams up with a Sidhe, but their combined power, never mind their love, may be too late to make a difference.
One of only three remaining demon-stalking witches, Colleen is almost the last of her kind. Along with her familiar, a changeling spirit, she was hoping for a few months of quiet, running a small magicians’ supply store in Fairbanks, Alaska. Peace isn’t in the cards, though. Demons are raising hell in Seattle. She’s on her way out the door to help, when a Sidhe shows up and demands she accompany him to northern England to quell a demon uprising there.
Duncan swallowed uneasy feelings when the Sidhe foisted demon containment off onto the witches two hundred years before. He’s annoyed when the Sidhe leader sends him to haul a witch across the Atlantic to bail them out. Until he sees the witch in question. Colleen is unquestionably the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Strong and gutsy, too. When she refuses to come with him, because she’s needed in Seattle, he immediately offers his assistance. Anything to remain in her presence.
Colleen can’t believe how gorgeous the Sidhe is, but she doesn’t have time for such nonsense. She, Jenna, and Roz are the only hedge Earth has against being overrun by Hell’s minions. Even with help from a powerful magic wielder like Duncan, the odds aren’t good and the demons know it. Sensing victory is within their grasp, they close in for the kill.
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Book Review - Witch’s Bounty
The Witch Chronicles Book 1
Author: Ann Gimpel
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
First Sentence: Rain worsened from a steady drizzle to a pounding, punishing deluge of icy sleet.
Colleen Kelly, a demon stalking witch along with two others that are the last of their kind, must team up with Duncan Regis, a sidhe who is a wielder of magic, in order to get a stronghold on the Irichna Demons – the worse kind of demon that fear nothing, live to create pain and dissent, but feel no pain.
Somehow these evil demons of Hell are showing up all over and it’s high time to immobilize them and send them back to Hell before it’s too late.
What an exceptional world of witches, demons, and sidhe Ms. Gimpel has created. Romance buds and evolves from tight tension between Colleen and Duncan – it’s raw and snarly, until the two of them realize it as something much deeper going on between them. I love how naturally their relationship goes from one extreme to the other. That along with the graphic fight scenes between witches and demons and sidhe…and a cool side-kick of Colleen’s (her familiar) keeps this story moving at a page turning pace from beginning to end. I loved that changeling familiar, such a bonus to the story.
I’m so glad to know there’s another of these stories coming up as this is the introduction novel to The Witch Chronicles series, and I definitely want to know what’s coming next in line for Colleen and her two demon stalking witch friends, Jenna and Roz.
Ann Gimpel’s books are all packed with unique and strong story-stars, deeply developed worlds, and the best creative fight scenes ever: ) Plus…of course, romance.
If you like witches, demons, and sidhe…and long for a good romance that weaves throughout the entire story like a breath of fresh air…you’re going to love Ann’s newest series; )
Kay Dee Royal
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