Monday, May 23, 2016

Interview With Author Janelle Gabay

                   Author of YA Thriller, First Born

1.      What inspired you to write your book? Writing a novel series has always been a dream, but it was my children that ultimately inspired me.  My kids play highly competitive tournament tennis.  They give a hundred percent on the court.  Granted there is no coaching in junior tennis, so they are alone out there.  When they lose it hurts, they're vulnerable, and they're criticized.  No teammates to blame, it's all on them.  I figured if they can put themselves out there then so can I.  If they can work tirelessly for their dream then so can I.  

2.      What is it about? First Born is 19-year-old Tarian's thrilling journey after he discovers he's the first immortal to be born in over 500 years.  His DNA is valuable so while Audrey fights to save him, someone attempts to kill him.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? Everlasting is a long time so I guess I want them wanting more.  :) I want them surprised at every new turn of event and furious with me when certain characters die.  I want them ecstatic at my clff-hanger to find out someone is alive, sort of, and the story will live on.  And I want them rooting for Audrey and Tarian to fall in love.      

4.      What advice do you have for writers? Join a writer's critique group and then only take about half of the advice they give you.  

5.      Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I hope that traditional and indie can exist together.  I'm thankful for self-publishing, or my book may not be on the market right now.  I've met and spoke with several agents and publishers, and everyone had different advice that in some cases contradicted each other.  What I gained from those interactions is that everyone has an opinion and getting my foot in the door of such a sealed industry would take a lot of luck and persistence.  Or I could self-publish and let the readers voice their opinions.  

6.      What challenges did you have in writing your book? My challenges are mainly life getting in the way.  I have three children and three dogs.  I have to get up at 4 am to write and write in all different places like the car or at a tennis tournament.  It's hard to keep your flow when your window of writing time is short snippets of time thrown here and there.

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? My characters are diverse and complicated.  They are not the same people at the end of the story.  Some of them will survive, and others will die, some will fall in love and others will break hearts, and all of it will be unexpected. First Born has several layers that I could sell you on like deeper thought provoking subplots, exciting action scenes, a charming magical village, but it's the characters that drive the story and steal your heart.      

For more information, please consult: or find her on Twitter  @JanelleGabay.

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