Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Fling - Arabell's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

It's spring!!  For this giveaway I am welcoming deceptively light story about modeling... but what is it really about?

Arabelle's ShadowsArabelle's Shadows
by Fleur Gaskin

Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

* $3.99 * 
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords * iTunes * Kobo Books

Please welcome Fleur Gaskin, herself, to share about her book!

Please share about why you decided to write Arabelle's Shadows?

You know, when I first decided to write Arabelle's Shadows my plan was to write a simple, fluffy novel about what it's really like to be a model. My plan was to use this book as practise to workout how exactly to write a book so that I could write a much more complicated science fiction novel. However, as I began to write Arabelle's Shadows I found that there were many things I wanted to say. Modelling dropped into the background and the novel became much more about happiness, or rather what makes us unhappy. The darkness that comes with depression became the main theme and my mission changed. I found that when I had depression no one around really understood what I was going through, so I tried to express these emotions and thoughts in Arabelle's Shadows. I also tried to show that, even when you're at rock bottom, with a lot of hard work things eventually start to get better. 

What moment or scene was the most difficult to write?

Can I say most of the book? It was the scenes about depression. Bringing my imagination back to a such a terrible space was incredibly difficult and many times whilst writing the book I had to work very hard to keep my past depression at bay.

I also had great difficulty trying to keep the truth within the book (it's based on my life) without including my family or friends - it's my story that I want to share and they deserve their privacy. 

Share something personal! Are you writing now? What are your hobbies? Favorite passtime?

I am not writing just now, I am planning. My next novel is quietly formulating in my mind. I have the theme and the characters but it needs a strong plot to pull the whole thing together. 

At the moment a fair chunk of my free time is going into planning my wedding. I'm from New Zealand, my fiancé's from Malaysia, we live in Shanghai and our wedding is in Thailand. So there's lots to co-ordinate!  

Fleur, I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful wedding!!  Thank you for sharing your book - such a personal story of modeling and depression. It has been an honor to have you "visit" Colorimetry. Thank you!!

Fleur Gaskin Fleur Gaskin is from New Zealand. She was an international model for six years, working in over ten countries, mainly in Asia and Europe. She has been in TV commercials, walked on runways and done many print jobs including Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue magazines. 

She presently lives in Shanghai, China with her fiancé.

Fighting the Shadows * Facebook * Goodreads


Enter to WIN one of three eBooks of Arabell's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin. International giveaway. Must be 18 to enter, able to download winning book, etc. All my rules under the About tab apply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway