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I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Gabrielle G. through mutual author friends of ours on Instagram and was super excited to read Gab’s debut novel, Always & Only after it came out in March because it sounded unique and different. After the emotional rollercoaster that was this book left me craving more, I knew I wanted to interview Gabrielle and ask her about what inspired her to write this novel. (Read my review here)
(*To note- I just grabbed up book 2 in her Angels and Sunshine series- Never & Forever- SQQUEEE and guess what?! It’s on sale for ONLY $0.99 from now Thursday 6/6 until Sunday 6/9, so be sure to get your copy too!!! **Link at the bottom.
Here’s what she had to say:
Me: Hi Gabrielle, tell me a little about yourself? When did you know you were going to be a writer?
Gabrielle: Hi! Thanks for having me. So I’m French and Canadian, lived in Switzerland for thirteen years and now reside in Montreal with my husband, my three kids and a cat who hates me.
I always loved writing. I started when I was twelve to manage my teenage turmoil, but never published anything until this year except articles in magazine as I was a freelance writer for many years.
Me: What inspired you to write Always & Only?
Gabrielle: I was feeling very courageous reading romance about young adults when I was coming closer to forty. I remember thinking, what if the heroine was single again and totally freaking lost and if the Hero was the one sure of where their story goes? What if they were forty and didn’t have their shit together? What if she was the girl we all hate to be, but sometimes are anyways?
Me: Ha ha, yes, loved to hate Julia but that’s what made it unique. So, which character in your series is your favorite? Why?
Gabrielle: In the series Angels and Sunshine: Ryan. I loved to break him in Always & Only and write his story in Never & Forever. He’s sweet and savage at the same time. He has a lot of me in him.
In all my books: Dex. He’s in every book, every series, everywhere and he has such a big personality, I can make him say anything I don’t dare to mutter out loud.
Me: Nice! Loved Ryan...and Dex. Now, did anyone in real life inspire your characters? Julie? Ian? Ryan?
Gabrielle: Julie is inspired by a few of my friends who went through a separation or a divorce these past years and just lost their confidence and their way, wanting to refocus on themselves and went a little boy crazy.
Ian and Ryan are just pieces of all the men I know. Nobody in particular, everybody in general.
Me: Gotcha! So what are you working on now?
Gabrielle: Right now, I’m working on Asher’s story. He’s the nephew of Ian, the son of Virginia. His book won’t be in the Angels and Sunshine series, but there will be references of it of course.
I’m also editing Often & Suddenly, book 3 of the Angels and Sunshine series, m/m romance.
Me: Great! How many books are there going to be in the Angels and Sunshine series?
Always & Only released March 12th
Never & Forever released May 15th
Often & Suddenly which is planned for a summer release.
Me: So, what’s your writing process like?
Gabrielle: I don’t really have a process. I research a lot before and sometimes during. I plan every chapter, but sometimes my characters lead me in another direction. I complain a lot and listen to the playlist I create for the book. I write better in the morning and need to drink gallons of teas to go through the day.
Me: Tell me a bit about book 2, Never and Forever, that just debuted on May 15th? I can’t wait to read it!
Gabrielle: Never & Forever is a love story, but it’s also a story about moving forward, going over your addiction and finding peace. What I loved to do in this series was to play with the point of views the reader can experience. In book 2, you see the heroes of book 1 through another lens. And what you think happened in book 1, might be a different story in book 2… and then there is book 3. They are all standalone but interconnected.
Me: Sounds great! Now, what drew you to the romance genre?
Gabrielle: I’m the kind of person who peeks at the end of a book to know how it ends up. What I like is to see how we get from A to B, not what is B. Romance is perfect for that. You know the heroes will have a Happily Ever After, otherwise it isn’t romance. So, I always know where I need to go, I mainly never know how I’m bringing my readers there except through a lot of emotions.
Me: Got ya! I don’t ever peek. I like surprises. LOL! My cousin always did that, but I can’t bring myself to do it, ha ha!! Who are your favorite authors/books?
Gabrielle: My favorite book is a French book named If I was God by Barjavel. I read it many times.
In the romance genre, I’ll one-click J. Daniels, Melanie Harlow, LJ Shen without thinking twice.
I’ve read every book by Camilla Läckberg or Fred Vargas too (suspense) and love biographies and poetry.
Me: What do you love about writing?
Gabrielle: I didn’t think I would enjoy it so much, but talking with people about what they got from my book is really interesting. Each reader has another point of view depending what they have experienced in their life, and it’s amazing to see what I intended to create and how it has been interpreted.
Me: What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Gabrielle: Releasing 2 more books, writing some more, spending time with my family and turning 40. I love my birthday, and I know this year is going to be extra awesome. If anyone knows my husband, let him know my expectations are high.
Me: Haha, Nice. I hope it’s great! Thank you for being my guest. I wish you all the best!
You can find both of Gabrielle’s books on Amazon now.
Never and Forever is just $0.99 from now until Sunday-
Get your copy here
Who am I?
A question I haven't found the answer to yet...
I don't like coffee, I have a fluffy cat and a computer, that's all you need to know, right? Do you need more details about me?
I have a great heart but a dirty mouth.
I looooove my birthday, and I still celebrate my half-birthdays.
I have a dry, sarcastic, dirty sense of humor.
I'm a mom, and mostly I like it. (see above)
My cat hates me. (Not a joke)
My mother tongue isn't English, but I speak it very well with a slight French accent.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart...she also enjoys supporting her fellow indie authors, like Gab :-)