Author Gillian O’Rourke Takes The Quick-Pitch Elevator Challenge

“I write fantasy because of the freedom and range of worlds that can be created. I am a fan of medieval worlds and technologies, but I like to throw a little adventure and romance into the mix.” ~ Gillian O’Rourke, author of The Reluctant Prophet (coming soon).

970204_10200865651797294_1725106329_nHi, I’m Dean Lombardo, author-extraordinaire. Whether it’s Hollywood or the more mundane world of everyday business, it’s paramount to get your proposition communicated and heard before the person who’s considering your pitch turns to something else. You’ve got to be able to quickly explain what you’ve got, why in the heck we should spend any of our hard-earned cash on this thing you’ve created, and why busy and impatient folk like us should read or listen to you a second longer?

To tease out this kind of quick pitch, I’ve rented an ALMOST certified elevator inside of which I’ll interview up-and-coming authors so they’ll stop throat-clearing and bullshitting us and get to the point. You see, my rented building is only five-stories high, so a thirty-second ride … the length of a round-trip … is all the time each guest is gonna have to tell us about their book. And if they start wandering I’m gonna snap my fingers and moan, “Come on, come on. Give us the gist of it!”

And entering the elevator car now is Gillian O’Rourke from Ireland. Her book is called “The Reluctant Prophet,” coming 1 September from Kristell Ink.

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Gillian: Imagine, Dean – author extraordinaire – that you had a gift that allowed you to see the future. You’d imagine an infinite amount of possibilities and maybe pick out the right lotto numbers or and have a ‘lucky’ and ‘fortunate’ life. But imagine you had that same ability, but were only able to see the destinies of the people around you and never your own. My protagonist, Esther, from “The Reluctant Prophet,” is one such soul. The story follows her through the trials of having such a gift (or curse) and how others will use it for their own benefit, and in many ways to Esther’s detriment. It’s about her trying to find her own path, the right path, even if it goes against everything she thought she believed in.

Dean: All right. We’ve reached the top floor. Now the elevator is headed back down, which I assure you is safe … um, probably … err, I think. How about a little on the genre, and why your writing approach or style of writing might hook finicky readers? You panicked before – snap, snap – so don’t choke on us now.

(Sweat starts to bead on the poor author’s brow … then a bit of Irish kicks in.)

Gillian: Give us a chance to answer!… Grumpy git.

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Gillian: Ha-ha! That’s better. I write fantasy because of the freedom and range of worlds that can be created. I am a fan of medieval worlds and technologies, but I like to throw a little adventure and romance into the mix, because isn’t it more like real life?

I think I am an emotive writer, I like exploring the depths of emotion and how certain situations are reacted to by the characters. It’s this development, understanding and fondness (or even hatred) of characters you hope readers also identify with. I think “The Reluctant Prophet” is a bittersweet book, but I guess that’s up to readers to ultimately decide. And you will have to read it to find out . . . Oh, we’ve reached the ground floor. Perfect timing. See you later! Bye. And thanks.”