Interview with Gabriella Ibrahim

When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of at least, 8 years old, when my teacher began introducing us all to 'Fictional Narratives'. Wrote my first story, based on a girl at the age of 11, who being bullied, then ended up with a happy ending.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Story behind it? Well there is a theme. It is a theme of acceptance. A boy learning acceptance from another, but because he isn't so used to it, it's so confusing, and he cannot understand why. Why this new boy, would accept him, for him. It's something we all wonder, and I find it easy to relate to, as we all search for acceptance. Especially in the stage of high school, even if we find, that it does not help us much in the real world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just the feeling I get, when I finally at last finish a book. But then there is also the sadness of it..
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world. But they also mean little for me. I do not write for them, I write for myself. They are just another add on I get, because apparently my writing is good, and means something to them.
What are you working on next?
Not so sure of what exactly, but hopefully something good. Only the future can tell though.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Green, and I believe that's it!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. And quite possibly my dog, Simon. Little ol' Simon.. Always coming up onto the bed, just to give me a good lick.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sketching, drawing, many things I tell you.. Many things..
What is your writing process?
I usually get inspired first, and then motivated by Simon.. Surprisingly. So I from there, plan out what my story shall be based around, and what the theme may be, because I always seem to need one to help continue it, so I know where it's going, and what I'm supposed to be teaching to the readers, or showing in the writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach it confidently, as I've done it myself before.
Published 2014-04-23.
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