Spotlight Author Interview and New Release: Asylum Harbor by Isla Grey


Please make welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Isla Grey! We’re celebrating her new release, Asylum Harbor. So thrilled to have Isla joining me today, and I’m looking forward to reading her new book.

But as you all know by now, I like to chit-chat before we take a peek at the book. Get comfy, grab your favorite beverage, and let’s visit with Isla…

MM: Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?

IG: I’m usually up early—about 4 a.m.—during the week.  Since my brain doesn’t start to function until caffeine and daylight, my writing mornings are spent either typing what I’ve written the day before or doing edits.  The afternoon and evenings are when I get most of my new writing done.  I write my first draft by hand so a pen and paper usually accompany me everywhere.  That includes the car pool lane at my daughter’s school where I wrote most of Asylum Harbor.  I’ve also been known to cut a light on after going to bed to jot down an idea.

MM: I love the early mornings, too. Also, each of my books always started in a journal, so I totally understand. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?

IG: It’s the next book in the Salty Dog series.  The funny thing is the title was the last thing I came up with for Asylum Harbor.  I had called it three or four different things while I was working on it.  But the one I’m working on now is called “Adrift” and I’m still causing trouble for the people of Shell Island.  Yes, the ones who make it out of the first book will be back again.

MM: I love the name, Salty Dog! So happy to hear what you’re working on next. What inspires you when you’re writing?

IG: I think it depends on what’s happening around me.  I’ve lived in Central Virginia all my life and there are still new things to discover.  The scenery shows up in certain places in a story.  A conversation could end up being a line a character says.  Sometimes a character on TV or in a movie or a song could trigger that “aha” or “what if” moment.  In Asylum Harbor, the description of the Salty Dog is actually a combination of two local restaurants—sans stripper pole!

MM: Oh my goodness! I knew there was a reason I liked the name so much! What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?

IG: My desk is so cluttered at the moment that I can’t see the top of it!  It’s used to store my growing collection of pens, post-its and paper clips.  Even my cat, Daryl, uses the chair for his afternoon nap.  But I have to say, my favorite thing is on the wall above the desk.  It’s a picture of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that my little girl drew when she was going through her turtle phase.  She’s moved on to Avengers now but I still have that picture up.

MM: What a treasured picture, Isla. The Turtles were a favorite of my son when he was five–now he’s thirty-one! Your story brought back fond memories. Now for some fun questions. Do you prefer…

Champagne or Beer? Sorry, neither.  I have a bad sweet iced tea addiction.

Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Now that’s a hard one.  There’s something sexy to be found in both.  At this very moment, I’d have to say Scottish burr.

Kilt or Leather pants? I’d have to pick a nice fitting pair of leather pants.

Print book or e-reader? I’m old school—print book.  I still haunt the local bookstores.

MM: Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Isla! I’m wishing you all the best with your new release!

Asylum Harbor by Isla Grey ~ 


Trouble is the last thing Devon Brown needs when she leaves the painful memories of her past behind and heads to Shell Island.  As the Salty Dog’s new bartender, she finds herself drawn to Kerr, the Shell Island harbormaster.  But finding her happily-ever-after is difficult when dealing with an obnoxious bootlegger who supplies the bar with illegal liquor and a jealous coworker.

A standoffish loner with damaged emotions, Kerr avoids relationships like the plague.  Things change when Devon catches his eye.  As a simple flirtation grows serious, the coworker and bootlegger quickly become obstacles to any future Kerr and Devon may have together.  As the situation worsens, Devon realizes that even the still waters of Asylum Harbor are no refuge during a storm.


“You already got dibs on this one Kerr?”

Porter shot an evil glare at the opposite end of the bar and looked back toward her.  “I’ll see you tonight.”  He flicked his tongue.  “After work.”  He raised his glass in a mock toast and chugged it in one gulp.

The lights dimmed for Victoria’s dance of the night.  Devon watched Kerr, who was usually headed for the exit by now, and breathed a sigh of relief when he remained glued to his seat with his back to the stage.  He wasn’t staying for Victoria’s peep show.  There must have been something about this Porter character that got under his skin in a bad way.

Devon was eager for the quick break.  She hustled to the back as the chords to “Simply Irresistible” began to pelt over the speakers and ran some cold water over her forearm.  A red welt was beginning to show where Porter had held onto it.  She hoped he would be gone by the time she got back.

Making it out before mid-song, Devon rounded the bar when someone snagged her wrist and thrust her hard against the bar, knocking the wind out of her.  She could smell Porter’s alcohol-laced breath as his weight pinned her under him.  One of his grubby hands shot under her shirt while the other wrestled with the button on her pants.  “Let’s give them a real show.”

She struggled to reach the Equalizer, but it remained hidden, out of her grasp.  Devon hoisted her knee toward his crotch, but Porter lost his balance and fell backward before she could make contact.

Kerr towered over him.  “Get your hands off her.”


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Author Bio: 

Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and still lives in the same small town she grew up in. She developed a love of writing at an early age and over the years has tried her hand at penning poetry (some good, some not so good), screenwriting, newspaper articles and historical stories. She’s “old school” when it comes to writing and is a hoarder of more pens, post-it notes and writing journals than she’ll ever need. Isla likes to write different types of stories from romance to mystery and anything in between and loves a “happy for now but there could be some bad things coming” feel. When Isla’s not writing, she spends her time being called “Mom, Mama, Mommy” (well, you get the picture) by her daughter who is forever active, even in her sleep. She considers herself an unofficial “cat whisperer” and is a pet human to a plethora of cats that have taken up residence at her home over the years. Isla also enjoys reading a good biography or ghost story, traveling even though “there’s no place like home”, good music played loud and walking.

Isla loves movies and is the movie mistakes editor at where she talks about…well…movies.  Her novella, “A Voice in the Dark”, is available now and her book, “Asylum Harbor”, will be released September 16th, 2015 through Wild Rose Press.

You can connect with Isla at:







Asylum Harbor Book Trailor ~ 

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  1. Liz Evans

    Good morning…Great interview !!! And blurb, not usually a contemporary reader but this is one I will get….love the name, SALTY DOG lol…great meeting you Isla

  2. Dianne

    This sounds like a fun read. Porter sounds like a person I would love to hate, and Kerr – I can’t wait to get to know him. I am definitely adding this to my reading list.

  3. Your interviews are so great, Mary. Isla sounds like a fun person to know, and they way she writes hearkens back to how I wrote my first novel on yellow legal pads. I wish her luck with Asylum Harbor, a great title by the say. And so is Salty Dog.

    • Aww…thanks, Raymona. I so enjoy getting to know all my fellow “Roses”. I love getting to know the author behind the story and being able to share it with everyone.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Great interview, ladies! There’s a famous Salty Dog pub in Hilton Head where I spent a lot of time on my honeymoon – but no stripper pole, and no characters like in your book, Isla! Loved the story and can’t wait for the next one! Best of luck with this series!

  5. Loved the book video. It was more powerful for its length and the serene water with the boat. Also enjoyed the excerpt and interview.

  6. Jonnie Crowe

    Mary Morgan, another great interview that peaks my interest with a new author. You do this well and too often!

  7. Isla, loved your interview. Amazing you’re still living in the same small town you grew up in. That’s awesome! Like everyone else, I also love the name of your bar, Salty Dog, and hey, it wouldn’t have been a bad title, either. Way cool! And what a great excerpt! Really drops you into the action. Best of luck with big sales on this one!

  8. Thanks so much for letting me stop by today. I hope everyone enjoys reading about Devon, Kerr and Shell Island.

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