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Monday, October 15, 2012

Interview with Author James Gough

We're so excited to feature an interview with James Gough, author of Cloak, a fantastic novel that we recently reviewed.  You can find our review here.  Here's what he shared with us.

The plot of Cloak is absolutely original.  What inspires you to write?

My biggest writing inspiration comes from observation. But not just your run-of-mill people watching. I love to look for the weird things that everyone might see, but that don’t seem to have an explanation. For example, I’ve always wondered why talking animals and animal people were such a huge theme in so many of our legends, myths and fables. Then I noticed there were a lot of people that looked like animals themselves. The concept behind Cloak was born by connecting the dots.

Your characters have such fun and distinctive personalities.  Is there one that's your favorite?

The characters are a lot like friends and family. I love them all, but there are some who I prefer to hang out with all day and some who are better in small doses. Will is probably the character I relate to the most, but sometime that means he can frustrate me. I really love Mars and Berko. Rizz has a great personality, but there’s a little sadness there. Kaya is awesome, but intimidating. I really respect Agent Manning, but I wouldn’t want to mess with her. Dr. Noctua is great, but he can also be tough to be around for too long just because he’s so smart and constantly teaching. I also have a real soft spot of Stripe—there is something so genuine about that little guy.

Are there more books on the way?

Absolutely. I’ve always intended Cloak to be a series and right now I’m coming down the homestretch on finishing of book two. I’m not sure how many books will play in the series, but I hope there will be a minimum of three.

Do you have a favorite author or book?

I like a lot of genres and authors—YA, middlegrade, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction. One of my favorites books is Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. But I also love the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Hunger Games and Fablehaven—anything with a great story and rich characters.

What is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?

Traveling is one of by biggest passions, so that’s a tough question. I tend to like to go off the beaten path, so my first answer would probably be a small fishing village in Crete or a hidden town in the highlands of Scotland—anywhere I can see real life that doesn’t get caught up in tourism.

What would YOU like your readers to know about Cloak, your writing or you in general? 

When I read, I’m most impressed when an author can bring something to life in my head and make me start to believe the impossible. That’s what I say when I talk to readers—keep believing the impossible, seeing the invisible, and searching for the inexplicable.

Where can your readers stalk you?  (website, blog, goodreads author page, etc.)

I try to be all over the place. My website at, or on facebook at CLOAK ( I’m also on twitter

Thanks again to Mr. Gough for spending some time with us!  We can't wait to read more of your work!

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