In Stone by Louise D. Gornall – Interview & Giveaway





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In Stone

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.

Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.

Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them.



Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. She is also an avid collector of book boyfriends.


 Author Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d go back to the past, right a few wrongs and meet a few exceptional folks…


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

A packet of Oreos, my Kindle and Ben Barnes.


What is one book everyone should read?

Everyone should read Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

It’s a tossup between flying and manipulating/creating fire.


What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?




If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Freddie Mercury. I love him, and his music is my favourite.


One food you would never eat?

Lamb…I can’t because baby lambs, joyfully jumping around in fields.



Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

My book has got gargoyles, demons, kick-ass, a little bit of kissing, and reviewers tell me it’s pretty funny.



Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

A couple of ladies reviewed my book and called it their top read of 2013…I cried — ugly-cried.



What is your dream cast for your book?

My gargoyle, Jack, would be played by the absolutely gorgeous Douglas Booth. Beau would be played by a British actress, Charley Webb — providing she could nail an American accent. Juno Temple would be my perfect Leah, and Rach would be played by the awesome Amber Tamblyn.



What was your favourite book when you were a child/teen?

When I was child I absolutely loved the Mr Pink-Whistle stories by Enid Blyton and Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Don’t stop, even when your soul is bleeding…being published kills all the miserable memories that come from querying. Focus on that. It’ll be totally worth it when your book goes on sale.



If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

America!! Because I love you guys. You’re excited about the creative arts and you have Hollywood and Disneyland, and you do some awesome things with food and you don’t know how to think small.


What is your favourite Quote?

It has to be this one because it inspired In Stone: “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche.





My nickname is Wesey — pronounced wheezy — for absolutely no reason in particular, other than my sister thinks she’s funny.



How do you react to a bad review?

I don’t. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I hate it when people me tell what I should or shouldn’t like and therefore I wouldn’t presume it was okay to tell someone else.


Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

With music. Music inspires me.


What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?

I’m agoraphobic, but I really want to go to some writer’s conferences and book fairs. Right now I’m working on fixing that with therapy. I think writing a book is only a small portion of being an author. It would be so cool to be able to get out there, meet readers, visit a panel, learn some stuff and bump into authors I admire. I would love to chat face to face with some fellow reading and writing enthusiasts.



What is next on your to read list?

I can’t wait to read All The Rage by Courtney Summers and Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary.


140 characters tweet about your book.

A girl & a gargoyle must take a risky trip across Europe & plumb the murky depths of the Underworld to save the world from a demon invasion.




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