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Monday, August 6, 2018

Gayla Hiss and Free Books!

Sparks fly when wildfire researcher Rachael Woodston clashes with firefighter Dylan Veracruz as an outbreak of wildfires threatens Rocky Mountain National Park.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of The Widow's Plight, by Mary Davis, is:


Congratulations! I'll contact you to ask whether you want the paper or e-book version, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Gayla Hiss, author of the Inspirational Romantic Suspense novel, Wildfire, book 3 of the Peril in the Park series (Mountain Brook Ink, August 2018).

Gayla’s writing journey began with her hobby painting landscapes. In her imagination, characters and scenes came to life as she painted beautiful natural settings. Her inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense, and mystery.

A common theme in her stories is getting back to the simple things in life like faith, family, and the land. A national park enthusiast, she wants future generations to value and enjoy them too. All of the books in her Peril in the Park series are set in national parks.

Gayla and her husband often tour the country in their RV. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I used to work for NASA—as a software engineer, not a rocket scientist.

How fascinating! I'm pretty sure you're the only NASA engineer I've ever featured here.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wildfire.

Wildfire is about a female wildfire scientist and a firefighter who team up to investigate wildfires in the Rockies. The hero, Dylan, was a teenager in my first book, Avalanche. Now he’s a firefighter in the national park. Rachael, the heroine, is a professor at a local college.

Rachael and Dylan soon discover that chasing fires isn’t all they have in common—they’re both survivors of deep loss. However, their difference of opinion about faith keeps them at arm’s length, despite a growing attraction. As the danger escalates, Rachael and Dylan soon find themselves in a firestorm they cannot escape.

All seems lost until Rachael has a profound encounter that restores her faith and gives her hope. The close call also fuels her determination to stop the fires for good, but as she and Dylan search for answers, they find themselves at the center of a mystery. Can they solve it before disaster strikes again?

What a timely setting, considering all of the West Coast fires we're witnessing right now.

What is it about Dylan and Rachel that will make your readers care about them?

Dylan had a troubled childhood and was a juvenile delinquent. He has since straightened up his life and is an engine captain on a firefighting crew, but the tragic death of his brother still haunts him, despite his deep faith and calling to become a pastor.

Rachael is a pastor’s daughter, but the painful loss she suffered as a child has caused her to look to science instead of God for answers. Through science, she believes she can find a way to prevent wildfires and ultimately rid the planet of their devastation—yet a part of her still wants to believe in a loving God who cares about His Creation.

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

I watched the Star Trek movies recently and rediscovered the compelling character of Captain James T. Kirk. He’s so daring and adventurous, and both a man’s man and a lady’s man. No matter what, he never gives up. He always thinks he can find a way out of the most impossible circumstances—and he does!

I definitely enjoy the Chris Pine version of Captain Kirk.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona by Miralee Ferrell It was very well written and captured my interest all the way through. I enjoy reading realistic novels about the Old West and this one addressed the hard choices young women were faced with. It also had a compelling romance.

What are you working on now?

It’s the fourth book in the series, set in Yellowstone National Park. The hero is Jake Mitchell, a young firefighter in Wildfire.

Where else can readers find you online?

I share about my books and related topics on my Facebook Readers Group:

My website is: www.gaylakhiss.com

I’m also active on these sites:

Amazon Author Page

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Which type of stories do you prefer, plot-driven or character-driven?

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Gail H. said...

I think you need both plot driven and character driven to make an interesting story.


Gayla K. Hiss said...

Hi, Gail, yes both are important. I remember the television show "Lost". That was definitely a character-driven drama. Sometimes you couldn't even follow the plot because it was following a character's back story, but it was still a compelling show. I think a lot of fast-paced action stories are more plot-driven because there isn't time in the story to go very deep with the characters. It's a balance, depending on whether you go for more emotion or action. Thanks for responding!

Patti Shene said...

I like plot-driven with great character development. A great plot with weak characters is a disappointment for the reader, as is a poor plot with strong characters, I believe.

Enjoyed the interview!

GrandaddyA said...

I enjoyed the interview. I like books with plot and character woven together and each supporting the other, like Wildfire and Gayla's other books.

Gayla K. Hiss said...

Thank you Patti and Edward! Great to hear from both of you!

Susanne said...

Definitely need both great characters and great plot to bring a story to life.

Robbye said...

Hi Gayla and Trish,

Thanks for the interview, it's fun to learn more about favorite authors!

(Please don't enter me as I already have the book.) I have read, and very much enjoyed the book you are offering.

Blessings to you both~

Gayla K. Hiss said...

Thanks for writing, Susanne and Robbye!

Caryl Kane said...

Hey Trish and Gayla, I believe both elements of plot-driven and character-driven are essential.

Wildfire sounds intense. Thank you for the opportunity.


Trish Perry said...

I tend to read more character-driven novels, which for me are more difficult reads, but GOOD difficult, if that makes sense. Still, I go through patches of time when I just want a good old-fashioned who-dunnit, and even though the characters still matter, the story is definitely more plot driven.

Gayla K. Hiss said...

Thanks, Trish and Caryl! For me, it's plot, characters, and setting, in that order. :) However, it's usually the setting that first draws me in.

Actuary Lady said...

Character-driven books are my favorite, but a good plot needs to be a part of the picture too.





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