March 1, 2022

Interview with Gabrielle Ash, author of FOR THE MURDER

For the Murder
Gabrielle Ash

(The Murder, #1)
Published by: City Owl Press
Publication date: February 22nd, 2022
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

A lone crow is a dead crow.

That’s what Diana Van Doren, exiled crow shifter, has always believed. The last murder of crow shifters known to exist wouldn’t accept her into the flock, leaving her vulnerable. Worse, her kleptomaniacal father’s schemes put them in a demon’s crosshairs. Without the support of the murder, Diana fears death will come all too quickly. So when an opportunity to steal a rare blade that can kill anything—even demons—crosses their path, she decides to play her father’s games one last time.

However, she isn’t the only one hoping to take the blade. Sasha Sokolov, a clairvoyant, has been forced from childhood to serve the very demon hunting Diana and her family. After two decades of service, his boss finally offers him what he can’t refuse: freedom. All he has to do is bring in the knife and the Van Dorens, and his bloodline will be free from serving the demon forever.

When Diana and Sasha meet at the auction, they strike an uneasy alliance. Diana sees a way to finally be welcomed into the murder. Sasha sees an opportunity to get his freedom. To get what they want, only one of them can walk away with the blade. But when their magic inexplicably links as they reluctantly work together to steal the knife, betraying each other for their own ends may no longer be an option.

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Interview with the Author

  • As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    • When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. I actually wanted to be a teacher from childhood through my teenage years, and I even went to college for it. I’m not entirely sure why teaching, exactly.  I loved to write, and I think at that point, I thought teaching writing was the closest I would get to being a writer. Getting an agent? Selling a manuscript? I thought there was absolutely no way that I, specifically, could ever achieve that. However, I soon found out that teaching was not for me, and I was able to pursue my real dream of being a published author.
  • What do you hope readers will take away from FOR THE MURDER?
    • That the family you find along the way can be just as meaningful, or more so, than the one you’re born into.
  • What was the hardest scene to write in the book?
    • The scene on the tarmac. That’s all I can say without spoiling anything.
  • What came first for you in FOR THE MURDER - the plot or the characters?
    • The characters, for sure. Sasha was the one who appeared fully formed in my brain first, and he is probably my favorite character I’ve written so far.
  • What other writers are you friends with, and how did they help you become a better writer?
    • I think my favorite part of this whole author journey is all the friends I’ve made. My critique partner, S.L. Choi, gets my writing more than I think anyone else ever has, and having that sort of support is just amazing. Since she gets my writing, from concepts to line level, her feedback really does elevate my books. Her debut, Bad Girls Drink Blood, releases May 17th, 2022! It is *fantastic*.
  • If readers love FOR THE MURDER, what other books do you recommend they check out?
    • Cambion’s Law by Erin Fulmer, Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner, White Trash Warlock by David Slayton
  • Can you tell readers something about your next project?
    • When I’m not working on contracted books for the Murder series or the Circle Seven series, I’m working on a second-world fantasy romance. I can’t really say anything about it right now, but I’m having a lot of fun writing it.
  • What authors inspired your writing style?
    • Charlaine Harris and Patricia Briggs are the ones who made me fall in love with urban fantasy. As for my writing style, I’m not entirely sure. But I do know that I am a product of all the media I consume, so I guess that means all of my favorite authors inspired me in some way. ☺

Author Bio:

Gabrielle Ash is an author and perpetually tired mom of four from the great state of Texas. Born into a family of mischievous storytellers, she grew up listening to tales of the chupacabra, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night, never entirely confident that she wouldn’t get eaten if she went out to the creek after sunset.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, which ultimately landed her in a high school classroom to teach writing and coach the debate team. Dismayed at her inability to wear sweatpants to work, she left the classroom and now dedicates her brain power to books and taking care of her daughters.

When not writing, she spends time with her husband, four daughters, and their dog. The Family Cross is her debut novel.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

    1. Of course! It was my pleasure :) I love getting to know authors, so coming up with questions for interviews is always super fun.

  2. Thanks for the great author interview. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, pippirose. It was my pleasure to feature the book and the interview with Gabrielle Ash :)


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