Wednesday, May 02, 2012

THE LOOM - Shella Gillus - Free Book

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I can find myself in all of my characters. Obviously, some more than others. There’s not a character I don’t like for that reason.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hmm…quirky? Let me think about that and get back to you J

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I discovered I was a writer when I refused to conform and draw pictures like my third grade classmates and opted to pen my first mystery chapter book instead. I wrote my first play in the sixth grade. The fever of the thing pulsed through me early on and I fell in love with the power to create.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
From the historical writings of the Bible to urban culture, I enjoy books of many different genres. I have found the type of book is much less important than the writer’s style. A skilled writer can pull me in and take me anywhere.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I think of others. This consideration, a “getting out of my own self” usually results in prayer. Prayer centers me. It grounds me in the midst of chaos. Also reading has the ability to take me out of my present “busyness.”

How do you choose your characters’ names?
In The Loom, the majority of my character’s names were chosen because of their biblical meaning and/or reference to the man or woman in the Word with the same name.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
The half marathon I ran last December. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because I’m not a runner but mostly because I have had 4 knee surgeries, two of them reconstructive. Nothing is impossible…

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
If I were an animal I would be a bird.  A bird is a petite yet powerful creature. Also, I love the idea of soaring. It’s a feeling I want to experience in every area of my life.

What is your favorite food?
I love Mexican food. I grew up in Arizona and along with Soul Food, it was mostly what my mother made.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Writer’s block, that frustrating time when the brain freezes and the creative thoughts stop flowing and you have nothing. I think the key is to keep writing even if you think it’s garbage. Most of the time you’re right, it is, but I found that if I keep writing, I can get back to that place where everything feels like magic again.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Loom is a suspenseful love story about a light-complexioned house slave who is torn between the love she has and the life she doesn’t.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Every push for life pulled her closer to death.

With tears, Lydia pressed her way forward through the black night, through the maze of oak and hickory, through the path of pines, over stubble, patches of worn blue grass, fallen twigs, moss. The beauty of the things that bred around her, these natural wonders she had first come to recognize as a child, now as familiar as her own scent, she could not see. Through the wiry thicket, she ran, her breath catching in her chest until it rose to her lips in a desperate pant.

With every step toward freedom, Lydia was bound. She knew it, even now, in the midst of her flight, she knew there would be no unleashing from all she left behind. Every mumbled rainbow wish, every broken branch she rose, stretched out over the creek she demanded to part, every Black-eyed Susan she plucked and bunched into a bouquet for a brown boy she longed to marry, for every dried, white crusted tear she’d rubbed clean from her eyes in the cold water of the river, shivering when she discovered not one dream of them would come true. Every crinkled brown sack hand she’d clung to, squeezed, soothed, Daddy’s right-cocked smile, Grandma Lou’s feathery touch, all would remain, reside in her until they smothered her to death.

Lydia swatted past oak limbs and evergreen branches, scratching her arms against them and the coarse wool of her cloak. Push! She pushed against the cool April air whistling in her ears until it chilled her, caused her to dip lower into the hood that slipped from her head when she whipped around every few feet. Sweat slipped down the nape of her neck, slithered down the bumpy road of her spine. Hot in this cold. She pushed for life.
Bondage could not hold her.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me at Thanks!

And thank you, Shella, for sharing your book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Loom - paperback
The Loom - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Katie said...

Sounds interesting! Please enter me. I would love to win this. I'm from NC.

Unknown said...

This novel sounds like a new angle of the slave history. it sounds intriguing. Thank you, Shella and Lena for the great opportunity to win!
Marianne from northern Alberta

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rubynreba said...

Thanks for the chance to win this.
Beth from Iowa

Anonymous said...

This sounds interesting!

JoyAnne in TN

Patty said...

Sounds very interesting! Always love to find new authors, thanks for bringing them to us.

Patty in SC

Nancee said...

"The Loom" sounds so good! I would love to win a copy of this new book. Thank you for the giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Mary Preston said...

THE LOOM Looks like such a powerful read. Yes please!!

Mary P


CarlybirdK said...

This book sounds very interesting. I would love to give a read. Thank you!
Carly in Burlington, NC

Karen G. said...

Books sounds interesting. Would love a chance to win.

Karen Gervais from Troy, NY.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Krista said...

Sounds interesting. Please enter me!

Krista in Oregon

Diana Gardner said...

Please include me in the drawing. Portsmouth, VA

Abigail Mitchell said...

Sounds interesting! Please enter me in the drawing.
Blanch, N.C.

Alicia said...

Looks good! I would love to win!
Ali from NY

Faith said...

I always love your interviews, Lena, and how you switch up the questions regularly :)
Thanks so much for the interview today and the opportunity today :)

Faye from SD

Jean said...

I am an avid reader and would love to win this book. Thank You!

Unknown said...

I am living at Camp Lejeune, NC.

And, I think your books sounds very interesting. I like the title too. :)

thanks, gahome2mom/gmail/com

Mama Cat said...

Congratulations on the half marathon - that is an outstanding accomplishment! Your book sounds very interesting; I would like to read it. Please enter me in your contest. I live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tina Pinson said...

Hi, Mama Cat,
How lovely to hear from another klutz and Arizonan. Thanks for visiting.