#AuthorInTheSpotlight AB Gibson author of The Dead of Winter @ABGibson1 #LoveBooksTours

I’m joined today by AB Gibson who is taking part in my Author in the Spotlight feature. I’m featuring his first book, The Dead of Winter, which sounds suitably spooky for this time of year! He is also talking about his soon to be released novel, Summer Thunder

What inspired you to start writing?

Until the last four years, my writing was limited to scholarly papers about Linguistics during a few years in graduate school, and thirty and sixty-second television and radio commercials during my life-long career in advertising. I have to admit, though, that as a frequent traveller, the idea of seeing my paperback in an airport kiosk was a dream.

Tell me about your journey to publication

The Dead of Winter: An Appalachian Trail Murder Mystery (Appalachian Trail Murder Mysteries) by [Gibson, A. B.]

My first book, The Dead of Winter, began as a screenplay. My partner and I owned a destination farm, with a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, and a scary corn maze. On a flight to LA one day, I decided to write a horror movie script based on our Moonlight Hayride going terribly wrong for some unsuspecting guests. It didn’t make it to the screen then, but I’d had so much fun creating the story, I decided to write the paperback, which was backwards, I realize. It took much longer to write than I imagined, and the process was fraught with missteps, poor decisions and a scam or two. In the end, I was thrilled to see The Dead of Winter in print, and I immediately set out to write High Voltage and Tracked to Kill.  Incidentally, The Dead of Winter is back in film development again, and we expect to shoot in spring of 2020.

In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?

SUMMER THUNDER by A. B. Gibson

Summer Thunder is a romance that began as a dare from an author friend while we sipped whiskey around a fireplace in Scotland. I accepted the challenge and came up with the storyline on the spot. As the author of mystery, suspense, and thrillers, the romance genre was completely out of my wheelhouse. Turns out I am crazy about the book, which will publish on October 20 this year, and I’ve already outlined the next two in the series.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

I anguish over selecting titles, partly because it’s so hard to find something that is searchable. And names are important. As you might imagine, the appearance and disappearance of the hunk in the story is related to the occurrences of thunder and lightning.

How do you plan to celebrate publication day?

I’m launching Summer Thunder with the Queen of Romance herself, Nora Roberts, at a book signing in her store on October 26, 2019.

Do you have a work in progress just now?

No, and I plan to take a month off to give my partner and the rest of my friends a rest.

What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months? Or favourite three if you really can’t choose!

Since I hadn’t read a romance since Scruples, (wasn’t that even called a romance back then?), I’ve read a bunch of Nora’s books to prepare me for writing Summer Thunder.  I try to read as many books by my friends, too

What are you reading just now?

Now that I’ve hit SUBMIT, I’m about to begin reading a memoir entitled The Distance Between by a friend, Tim Hillegonds.

The Distance Between: A Memoir (American Lives) by [Hillegonds, Timothy J.]

If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?

I’ve not heard of Desert Island Discs, but if it has a nice beach, I’d like to visit.

Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?

I now have two films in development, so I shouldn’t speak about casting. Might upset a few people.

How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?

I’m all over the usual places. (Twitter) @abgibson1 (Instagram) @alanbgibson (Facebook) ABGibsonAuthor

Of course, I have a webpage.  http://www.abgibson.me

And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?

Two, actually. The first would be Alain de la Pomme, from Tracked to Kill, but since I based him loosely on me, it probably doesn’t count.  The second would be the hunk in Summer Thunder, because he’s young and gorgeous, a kitesurfing champion, and a bit magical.

My thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to take part in the tour. The Dead of Winter is available now in all formats. You can order a copy online here: The Dead of Winter

From the back of the book

Four young professionals pick the wrong weekend to visit a popular Pumpkin Patch Bed and Breakfast.It’s the last day of the season, and the weather and the farm are picture perfect. Ma and Pa Winter are the consummate hosts, and they immediately win over Dillon, Tara, Josh and Julia with their homespun authenticity.Like the thousands of other visitors to Winters Farm and Orchard, the four are eager to pick apples and pumpkins and take the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze. But Ma Winter has other plans.A scary moonlight hayride spirals into a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, and the group find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition.


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