We’re thrilled to have here today Gabriel Diaz from Mayra Calvani’s supernatural thriller, Dark Lullaby. Gabriel is a 26-year old astrophysicist living in Baltimore, MD.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Gabriel. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Mayra did a pretty good job, but just for the record, I think she could have made me a little less sensitive and a little more alpha. Women say they want a sensitive guy, but when we act sensitive, then they say we’re weak.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I’m happy with the way she described me physically—slender like a cheetah, with the hair of a rock star (hey, her words, not mine! I’m a pretty humble kind of guy). She also made a big deal about me “having angel.” In Latin countries, having angel means irradiating kindness, generosity. I guess that’s true, which is why I had such a hard time trying to do the right thing in the story. It was quite a dilemma, having to choose between murder and the higher good.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I can be quite temperamental. All the hot Spanish blood in my veins, I guess. I’ve also been told I’m argumentative. This I don’t deny. I love a good debate!
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
A young Andy Garcia.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
More like a lust interest. I wish I had known then what Kamilah was doing to me, my mind, my body, my soul.
Let me give you one piece of advice: never go home with a beautiful girl you’ve just met at a Turkish tavern…you might end up regretting it. Big time.
My ex-girlfriend tried to warn me, several times, but I wouldn’t listen.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
As soon as we left the US and headed to Rize, Turkey, on the Black Sea. I wasn’t in my territory anymore. But Kamilah was in hers. It’s as if she gained power. Once there, bizarre things began to happen and my health started deteriorating, not only physically but mentally as well. I fell into a kind of psychosis. At one point, I didn’t know any more if what was happening was real or the product of a disturbed mind.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
That would be Haydar, the nice translator who tried to help me in the village. He ended up dying from thousands of bee stings.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I’m sorry, I can’t talk about it. I just can’t. I still get chills about it. Nightmares haunt my nights.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
How about a little less darkness, huh?
Thank you for this interview, Gabriel. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I think so! But probably I’ll be in a different story and with a different name. Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping for. I don’t want to live again the hell I lived in Dark Lullaby.
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.
She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary.
Visit her website at www.MayraCalvani.com.
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At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. After a while, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.
The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.
But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature…
In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.
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