Interview with Gillian Felix

Published 2014-02-25.
What is your writing process?
I write at a little desk in a corner in my bedroom most of the time. However I can write anywhere inspiration takes me. Usually I write the story arc or jot ideas in my 5 subject notebook, and then I hit the computer for the manuscript. When I’m outlining I have a white board that I do scene breakdowns on like you would see in the writer’s room of a television series.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe it was a story about Dick and Dora. That was a long time ago. My mom used to read stories to me when I as really little and I was always curious about words and all that.
How do you approach cover design?
My sister who is an excellent cover designer and story editor and I usually shoot around ideas. We always strive for something different, not the usual skin and nudity you'd see on most books in my genre.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harmattan by Gavin Weston, because it was a really heart wrenching story about child marriage and the rights of girls in Nigeria.
Lady Boss by Jackie Collins, I love stories about strong, independent women who can rival a man in business or the bedroom.
Come As You Are by Theresa Weir. The characters are so beautifully flawed and damaged I loved it. I was hooked!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, who doesn't love a good romantic story? Plus Heathcliff was such a beast yet you love him. It's a story about seeing the beauty in people despite the outer appearance.
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jefferies. I read this anytime I need a kick in the ass.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh yes definitely. I wish I had more time to read. I love the outdoors so if I can't get out I read, or if I am waiting for someone I usually have a book or Kindle with me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire baby! Love it!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still experimenting, I am fairly new to book marketing and publishing. I'll let you know when I find out. I feel like it is the combination of things that makes a difference.
Describe your desk
I have my 5 subject notebook within reach, a container filled with pencils and pens (I love collecting those), my computer, a white board, markers and eraser close by. Nothing fancy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Caribbean, it has definitely influenced my writing because it has taught me to be very detail oriented and observant.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written, I was always excited to learn. I remember my mom holding my hand and teaching me how to write letters, and I used to spend time tracing letters before I could spell. I guess I've always written for as long as I can remember I've always had a pencil and notebook with me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love my latest series. It was written as a television series. I loved the characters so much and they were so interesting I had to get it out to the world. My books are very character driven, it's a great mixture of different characters with opposite personalities forced to interact with each other in everyday situations.
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Books by This Author

Bastard's Brew (Family Portrait Vol. 3)
Series: Family Portrait, Vol. 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,460. Language: American English. Published: April 13, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her.
The Banovic Siblings (Family Portrait vol. 2)
Series: Family Portrait, Vol. 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,370. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving.