With Kyra Dune; read the entire interview on her blog: the shadow portal.

ShadowPortal: What inspired you to write this book?

Nance: I wanted to write a fantasy/mystery meld. It went more fantasy on me, but I like to go with the flow. I love music but I can play only a little. Having characters that are minstrels lets me live vicariously.

ShadowPortal: Can you give us an interesting fact about your book that isn't in the blurb?

Nance: Although this was totally unintentional; the interaction between the main characters is very much like my husband and I. Write what you know, right?

ShadowPortal: How did you choose your title?

Nance: There are two definitions to the word, gambit: a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess or: something done or said in order to gain an advantage or to produce a desired result. My characters are in a game that needs them to make the right moves to gain a desired result, and they are minstrels; so Minstrels’ Gambit became the title.

ShadowPortal: Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.

Nance: In the end of the story my characters are separated. The woman is seeking a gate to hell all alone. In that quest she must cross a black river. At that point in the story she is near to giving up and feeling the depth of her loneliness. The cover is not an exact depiction, but more of a composition of events and emotions.

ShadowPortal: Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?

Nance: I self published. I am not opposed to traditional publishing, but I worked in the print industry all of my working life and as a graphic artist and writer I wanted to see what I could produce. I like the end result. I hope others do as well.

ShadowPortal: What do you consider the most important part of a good story?

Nance: Starting it.