Cole Gibsen is visiting the virtual offices today. I loved Katana, so I’m delighted that she could drop by to answer a few questions about Senshi, the next book in the series. Check out what she has to say!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Cole Gibsen] I’m a wannabe superhero who loves sewing, comic books, and Chinese food. My nail polish is always chipped.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Senshi?
[Cole Gibsen] Senshi is the sequel to my debut novel and ohmigosh, did I have fun writing it. Not only does Rileigh accept the role as a warrior, but Quentin gets a chance to prove his worth, too!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Cole Gibsen] It was my love of martial arts and Bruce Lee movies that inspired me to write the first KATANA.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rileigh?
[Cole Gibsen] Fearless, snarky, and stubborn. So I guess that would be fenarkorn. You know, I think we’re on to something here. I’m calling the people at Webster to get this recognized as a word!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Rileigh had a theme song, what would it be?
[Cole Gibsen] When I wrote the first book I had Rebirth by Skillet playing on loop. There couldn’t be a more perfect song for Rileigh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Quentin won’t leave the house without.
[Cole Gibsen] His sunglasses. I always imagined him to be very much like me in that respect. My eyes are super sensitive to light so I have to wear my sunglasses at all times or else I have to do the squinty eye thing while I drive which is really no fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Kim’s pockets?
[Cole Gibsen] 1. A pocketknife—really, why bother with anything less than a sword?
2. Gum—Rileigh makes him clench his jaw enough, no need to add to the strain.
3. Fast food receipt—As focused as Kim is with training, I don’t think he’d eat anything that wouldn’t keep him in optimum condition. Rileigh on the other hand…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Cole Gibsen] Stan Lee. Comic books were my life growing up. And I’m not ashamed to admit I still read them. My goal when writing KATANA was to see if I could take a comic book concept and put it into book form.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Cole Gibsen] 1. A mug of hot tea.
2. My kitty thinks I need her on my lap.
3. NO INTERNET
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Cole Gibsen] Does comic book count? I just read Amazing Spiderman #700 and the ending, I won’t go into it because it’s a major spoiler alert, made me cry. When you invest so much time into a character, they become almost like family. So when they die, it makes an impact.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Cole Gibsen] When I was seventeen I found myself homeless and living out of my car. Back in those days there were no cell phones so my only source of entertainment were the books I checked out from the library that I read in my car with a flashlight. I remember the first book I ever read that really transported me to another world so viscerally was Deerskin by Robin McKinley. I’d loved how this poor girl who suffered and was abused terribly by her father, was able to rise above her past and become so much more than she’d ever dreamed. To this day, that book still haunts and inspires me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Cole Gibsen] So many things! I like to sew and craft things out of felt. I also play the harmonica and sing in an eighties –themed rock band.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Cole Gibsen] My website: www.colegibsen.com
My twitter: www.twitter.com/colegibsen
My facebook: www.facebook.com/colegibsen
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Is Rileigh’s only hope for salvation to team up with her sworn enemy?
Rileigh Martin just wants to do normal teenage things, like go on romantic dates with Kim, her boyfriend and past life soul mate. Although that seems impossible when she’s the reincarnation of Senshi, a fifteenth century samurai warrior. After a ninja ambush leaves her unable to control her ki powers, Rileigh vows to get them under control before her friends lose more than their eyebrows. But when Kim leaves her for his past life betrothed and the other samurai stop talking to her, Rileigh realizes she doesn’t have any friends left to worry about.
As the ninja attacks increase, Rileigh learns that the reincarnated kunoichi, a powerful female ninja, wants to kill her in order to reclaim her destructive powers. Alone and with increasingly unstable powers, Rileigh’s only offer of help comes from Whitley, her sworn past life enemy. Rileigh knows she doesn’t stand a chance against the kunoichi by herself, but Whitley’s sudden allegiance might be hiding a much deadlier agenda.