August 18, 2014

Character Interview: Gabriel Nicholetti from Blind Sight @Pam_Moran #RLFblog #amwriting

Blind Sight 

About the Book

Title Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm)
Genre Paranormal/Romantic Suspense
Author Pamela Moran
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gabe Nicholetti, reclusive PSI agent, would rather stay on his sailboat, surrounded by water – moored off a remote island in the British Virgin Islands – than deal with the ramifications of the dead woman in his visions.
That woman, Rily Carrigan – a very much alive, for the moment, police detective in Eagle Crest, Oregon – makes it clear she has less than the time of day for the likes of him. Not that it matters.
He has only one purpose.
Bring her murderer to justice.
Rily has neither time nor patience for what she calls the woo-woo. But she's about to tumble neck deep into that waiting chasm as a murky past she thought long buried rises up to swamp her present life.
Will Gabe, PSI agent with a dark secret, be able to keep her alive? Or does his own past condemn Rily to a death she can't avoid?

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Interview with Gabriel Nicholetti

Tell us about yourself, please.
What's to tell?
I'm in my mid-thirties. Single and going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
My earliest memories are of the Institute. That's the Institute of Psychic Studies (IPS), where I was raised. The Agency is what you might call an offshoot organization of IPS, and is where I've worked my entire adult life.
Sailing is my passion, my salvation. I'd rather be on my boat than just about anywhere.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
A way to stop the visions.
That's why I spend so much time on my boat. Water is supposed to offer relief, form a barrier. Usually it does. But with these last visions, all that Caribbean water hasn't done a damn bit of good.
I still see her, the green-eyed blonde, staring at me from dead eyes.
These visions are always of murdered people whose deaths I can't prevent. No matter how hard I try.
Maybe that's what I want more than peace – to be able to stop the murder from happening. To actually save a life.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
 I started to say I don't have time for doubts. But then I thought more about the question.
Some call psychic abilities a gift. I call it a curse.
To see someone dead, to know, at that moment, the person is still alive and there's not a damn thing I can do to prevent the murder, how is that anything but a curse?
So, yeah, I have doubts. Doubts about why the hell I've been saddled with this curse.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Finding the blonde in my vision, having to watch her die and not being able to bring her killer to justice. That's my fear.
If I can't find justice for the dead, then what's the damn purpose of the visions?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
I don't have a significant anything. Been there, still have the literal scars to prove it.
Alone suits me fine. I don't play well with others. Life is better that way.
What is your family like?
Never knew my father. My mother left me at the Institute when I was young. Ben Garrett, head of both the Institute and the Agency, took me in, raised me. While he's the closest thing I have to family, right now our relationship is a bit strained.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Talia Garrett. She's Ben's daughter and the reason he and I have that strained relationship.
I get it. She's his daughter. He loves her in spite of the past. Hell, at one time I thought I loved her myself. That delusion ended when she tried to kill me.
So yeah, her showing up would be bad. For her.
What special skills do you rely on?
I see Spirit Totems. You might be surprised at how useful that can be. Every person has one, a mammal that is right at a person's spiritual core.
A person whose totem is a Wolf is a lot different than say a rabbit.
Or a jackal.
Being able to see the totem is like having a short hand to the inner workings of their mind.
I'm also good at blocking, which comes in handy for turning the tables on a stalker, even if she happens to be an ex-lover.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
Gabe appeared on his boat, so resigned to the fact of his visions, knowing he couldn't save the beautiful blonde but determined to try. How could I not fall in love with him?
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
What surprised me most was how grounded he was, especially with what he has to deal with. Then there's his sense of humor. Although his thoughts might be dark, he kept his tone on the lighter side and avoided that pit of negativity.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
I'm thrilled I was able to translate Gabe to the page – he's a man with a huge weight on his shoulders but he approaches his world in a balanced way, with humor and understanding. He doesn't like his lot but takes life head on, accepting it for what it is and what it means.
All that said, I am sad about the conviction he can't save Rily. That she's destined to die. It's heartbreaking to watch him struggle with all of that.
Why do you write?
So many stories to tell – so many voices in my head!
What do you want to write next?
Right now I'm working on Gavin's Woman and after that the edits for Darkwater Echoes. I don't have a title yet for Ramon Ortega's story, but his will be the next one.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Ramon Ortega. He first appeared in Stolen Spirit and has been pushing for his own story ever since. He tries to take over every scene he's in and believes he can keep a lid on his burgeoning psychic abilities. Essentially he's disavowing their existence.
I've got news for him. He wanted his own story and I'll give him that, just not sure he realizes how much I love to torture my heroes!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Lots of them! The series is called PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, but each is written as a stand-alone story and can be read separately.

Author Bio

Whether painting, out on a photo shoot or writing, Pam has always had a bend toward the creative side of life. Her favorite is when she can combine any of those with travel! Places get into her blood and she loves to explore the possibilities, always with characters and a story in mind.
An astrologer for most of her adult life, Pam has been known to see auras and the occasional ghost. Considering she lives in a haunted house in the mountains of Southern California, this keeps life interesting.

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  1. Thank you, Kayelle, for having me here today. I've enjoyed putting Gabe through his paces!


  2. Character interviews ARE fun, aren't they? Thanks for sharing him with us.

    1. And you ask some great questions that really make you think.

  3. Sounds like a good one. I'm already in suspense over how the hero will save the heroine.

    1. Hi Allie, so glad to hear that! I do love making it difficult for the hero to accomplish his goals.

  4. And we wonder why our own lives are so complicated. Ever get the feeling there's a cosmic author going, "Hmm... now to throw in a little more conflict..."

  5. Pam,

    Looks like you know your character inside and out. Hey, wait a minute, I think I've met Gabe. That's probably how real you made him.


    1. And you made my day, Susan! Thank you so much for dropping by.

  6. Gabe sounds like a real he-man and a good catch for any lucky lady. I also paint and enjoy traveling. Good luck with the book.

  7. Thank you, JoAnne! I love Gabe and it's so heartwarming to hear that. It's so great 'meeting' a fellow author who also enjoys traveling and is a painter.


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