Today I am interviewing Alesha Escobar, a fellow time-travel enthusiast, and author of the paranormal fantasy series, The Gray Tower Trilogy, which is currently on sale for 0.99¢!
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DJ: Hey Alesha! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Alesha Escobar: Of course! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I’m an unrepentant caffeine addict, and when I’m not writing, I’m probably stalking other authors whom I adore. I enjoy reading the classics, as well as sci-fi and fantasy, and the Hellblazer comics. I’m married to an amazing geeky guy who storyboards for The Simpsons TV show.
DJ: What is the Gray Tower trilogy about?
Alesha: It’s about an alternate World War II, with a supernatural twist. The Nazis have recruited warlocks and vampires to help them win the war, and British intelligence has responded by hiring wizards trained by the benevolent yet aloof Gray Tower. There’s magic, espionage, heart-pounding action, with a dash of humor and romance thrown in.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Gray Tower trilogy?
Alesha: The historical research was a huge influence. There really was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) spy organization during WWII, comprised mostly of women who Winston Churchill believed would go unnoticed while infiltrating Nazi-occupied territory but could still deal a lot of damage. He called them “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” with good reason. In terms of the fantasy aspect, an important influence was Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time). I was fascinated by the structure of the Aes Sedai society and how they functioned at various levels in greater society. Readers who are familiar with that will pick up on the parallel structure presented with the Gray Tower and its wizards. Continue reading