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Feature Friday with Author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

14 Sep

Feature Friday with author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Eternal optimist—lover of life—sets goals & gets them done! Ignores “you can’t do that because!”

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

First but foremost it’s a work of fiction! First word hit the parchment last October 1, 2011.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The legendary fog (cloud deck) that settles in over Fancy Gap on a regular basis is mystical and the notion that a book could be crafted from that planted the seed.

How often do you get out into the woods, to just walk around and enjoy the mountain air. 

Run at noontime just about every day and ride my road bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway on weekends.

How have the folks of Fancy Gap and the surrounding area taken to this book?

Actually much better than I anticipated. The majority, especially the younger set sees it as a very exciting moment. Yet there are a few…but that is simply expected with any novel. I also have a Billboard on Highway 52 halfway between Fancy Gap & Hillsville. So the locals know all about it! 

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

When I write it usually is before breakfast. I knock out a 1,000 words at a time. I also write on long flights to Europe or Hawaii.

Which of your characters would you like to solve a mystery with?

Quinn & Louisa are the obvious answers. Yet Levi the Carroll County detective would be a hoot to work with.

Who would be the lead detective?

Levi Blackburn.

This is one of five novels, so how do you know that there will only be five?

Orchard Gap is the next Gap going down the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be an agro-terrorism mystery/thriller.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Listen…this isn’t easy. Any author must be committed to the project. Know your audience. Know what will keep them glued to your novel. Keep throwing out bait and reel them into the next chapter. Through in a surprise or two throughout the novel. In Fancy Gap the search was for the little girl. I included a dwarf into the mix. Readers loved it!

I wanted to finish my questions regarding your poem “The Clock of Life”, which of course, is not part of your book, but once I read it I enjoyed it.  Plus these are my questions, so I can deviate.

Do you think that a clock can be wound more than once, if you look at from the standpoint of either new found love or if in the sense of repair?

The clock of love can be wound more than once. The clock of life but once.

"The Clock of Life" 

The Clock of Life is wound but once 
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop 
At late or early hour. 
Now is the only time we own 
Love, live, toil with will, 
Do not wait until tomorrow, 
For the Clock may then be still.

 

Much thanks!!! I have included an interview that was recently published.

 

Fog shrouds mountain in mystery

Fancy Gap’s mist inspired an author to set his thriller in the Carroll community.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: August 10, 6:00 am)

FANCY GAP  — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.
He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.
Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.
To write “Fancy Gap,” Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”

“On the bucket list: I said one day I want to write this novel,” he explained.
Staples of Carroll County and Blue Ridge Mountain living appear in the piece, including the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and the Hillsville Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market, Buffalo Mountain, the Beaver Dam Trail and vintages from a well-known local winery.
“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”
The inspiration came to him in October to write this story. After that, Gelly got up at 4 a.m. each Saturday and sat in his chateau with its panoramic views through the bay windows of the Piedmont. He continues typing until there were 1,000 more words on the page.
“It was a great use of my time instead of going to the bar,” he joked.

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While the places have their basis in fact, few characters in the book do, Gelly stressed. Any similarity to real people is a coincidence.
Quinn McSpain, the novel’s hero, is a 60-something widower, living like a hermit in his adopted mountain home and still mourning the loss of his spouse.
He meets workaholic FBI agent Louisa Hawke at a retirement party in Arlington, but the couple’s budding romance gets interrupted by a crime that horrifies the mountain community.
Gelly’s previous writing flowed in the non-fiction vein, as the author of many articles for the Twin City Track Club monthly newsletter.
Gelly has directed considerable energy over the years to his running, participating in 50 marathons. His outdoor activities continue, only now he’s hiking, biking and kayaking in the mountains.
Gelly provided security during his time in the U.S. Army, before going on to work for the IRS and then entering the private sector, including working for Sara Lee while it still manufactured clothing in Hillsville and Galax.
That meant he would travel here on occasion to talk about security matters. “I always thought Carroll County was a pretty place.”
No case he investigated in corporate security resembled the plot in the book. However, Gelly did help resolve a prominent scheme where a cotton buyer working to fill Sara Lee’s demand for the textile fiber took kickbacks from suppliers. David H. Mauney III was found guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in federal court in Greensboro.
An estimated $1.2 million was involved and the ringleader went to prison for 6.5 years.
Gelly stands on the verge of retirement himself, at which time he plans to fully immerse himself in the continuing adventures of McSpain and Hawke in the other five planned novels in the “Gap series.”
“Next year, when I retire, I won’t be bound by work,” he explained.

This is the first in a series of six “Gap” novels by David Gelly. Others planned for the series include Orchard Gap, Volunteer Gap, Willis Gap, Squirrel Gap and Low Gap. Fancy Gap is available on Amazon.com and comes in paperback for $14.99 plus shipping or $5.99 for a downloadable version. For more, see Gelly’s blog, www.makedustoreatdust.com.

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