Chasing the Book Interview: Chanelle Gray

Chanelle Gray’s new novel, My Heart be Damned, was supposed to be released today, but hit the street a little early.  You can find out more about Chanelle and her new book at her website, her blog, or her twitter.  Welcome Chanelle!

First, tell us about the book.

If you’re a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about
the Damned. The Damned can’t lie, can’t live without a body, and can’t
leave you alone.

Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of
a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into
extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell
who take up residence in human bodies. It’s supposed to be her sweet
sixteen, but Amerie has never dreaded a day more, and her worst fears
are confirmed as the celebration turns tragic when her mother is

Grief-stricken, Amerie vows to never hunt a day in her life. She’s
determined to hide behind normalcy, attending school, hanging out with
her friends and working an after-school job at The Hut. All Amerie
wants is to be left alone. But try telling the Damned that. The harder
Amerie tries to ignore her powers, the more the Damned come looking
for her.

When an attack leaves one of Amerie’s friends in the hospital, and
endangers the lives of her fellow students, she knows she has no
choice: Hunt or Be Hunted. Thankfully, the gorgeous, secretive, and
so-off-limits Marshall offers to train Amerie to take out her
supernatural enemies. But training with Marshall means lying
to her friends, her family, and confronting the mysterious
circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.

Amerie soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide,
Marshall’s secrets might kill her before the Damned get the chance.

So many secrets.  Now I need to read the book to find the answers.  Speaking of Hunters, let’s say you’ve skipped bail, and a bounty hunter is looking for you.  (Thankfully not Amerie, though.)   What three things do you bring with you?

Oh…my Kindle, my phone and my hair straighteners – because believe me, you don’t want to see my hair without them!

Where does the bounty hunter find you?
In bed, probably! No, more than likely in a shopping mall somewhere.

Now you’re the bounty hunter.  When three things do you bring with you
while tracking your skip?
My laptop, my dog (company and sniffer skills!) and my kindle for
those long moments of waiting between tips.

  After all that waiting, you’ve found your skip, right where you thought they would be.  Describe your location and approach.

I would set my dog loose, pretend that he’d escaped and ask the
skipper to help me catch him. And while they’re chasing the dog, I’ll
be chasing them with handcuffs!! (All this talking about bounty
hunting makes me want to be one!)

Ah, playing on the charity of others.  Sounds like a great hunting technique.  Now you’ve just caught a skip, and you’re surprised to find them
attractive.  What three things make them irresistible to you?

Confidence, intellect, and the ability to get on with my dog!

Thanks for joining us, Chanelle.  Anything else you’d like to tell us?

I no longer want to be a writer. I now want to chase people who have
skipped out on bail. That is all.