Interview with D.L. Gabriel

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My annoying alarm clock, and the three cute munkys jumping on the bed (my daughters). Lately, we can add the excitement of finally getting to live my dream of being a writer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Chasing children, reading, dreaming up new stories, bugging my husband... and chasing children!!
What is your writing process?
A story, or character usually crystallizes in my head, sometimes triggered by something someone says, or something the girls do, or who-knows-what... believe it or not, some come from dreams. After I churn the idea in my head, details become clearer. I try to write down the thoughts before they disappear. Not always possible, but the ones that develop are ones that I manage to write down. Then I hop up and down on three feet, turn upside-down and drink twelve cups of coffee before sitting my butt down and starting. Once I get into it, I do as Stephen King wrote in his book "On Writing", and I uncover the fossil. It's more obvious when I get stuck, I ask the characters to tell me what happens next. I know it sounds crazy, but I gave up on sanity a long time ago. And I hope it shows.... I mean, I hope people like my stories despite the insanity that goes into it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" when I was four or five. I can't say what impact it had on me, except that I was excited that I could actually read it on my own.
How do you approach cover design?
Carefully and with much trepidation. I am also an artist and I love to paint. Ink and watercolour paintings are my specialties. So it's super hard for me to resist the temptation to design the covers myself and go spend hours painting something for it. For my first published work, Dane's Lair, I did the cover from beginning to end with my graphic designer friend's feedback. In the future, I plan to bring the pros in, but for now, I'll have fun with it and hope for the best!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:
(1) "On Writing" by Stephen King - I love this man's writing style and even when he writes an instructional book, it's chock-full of imagery that brings everything to life.
(2) "The Stand" by Stephen King - so vivid... and the possibility of a superbug almost wiping out humanity is closer to reality than I'd care to think of right now (shudder).
(3) "Holocaust" by Gerald Green - probably the book I've reread the most. I thought it was real, and in a way, I suppose it is, even if the names change.
(4) The book of "Tobit" - in the old testament. Fantastic story of the archangel Rafael who delivers a woman from a demon and brings her and Tobiah together.
(5) "Homecoming" by John Bradshaw - book about reclaiming the inner child and finding healing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on, but lately, that's paranormal romance. Mostly.

I'm also an obsessive consumer of information so I go through self-help and financial books at an insane pace and hope that some of it sticks
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am fiercely independent and impatient. I hate the idea of having to wait months to get my work out there, not knowing if it will even get out there. And I hate not having control over the traditional publishing process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing. That's it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having fans means I'm actually reaching people with my work. In a way, it validates my existence as a writer. There's nothing more satisfying than having someone say: "I love your work." or "I identified with [x-y-z] in your story."
What are you working on next?
I'm writing book 2 of my first trilogy. So far, book 1 is done, in rough form and I'll be editing it soon. I'm also working on short stories to send to people who sign up for my updates. The plan is to send them one short story a month, or maybe even more often than that.
Published 2014-02-25.
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Books by This Author

Abby's Darkness (A Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
While on training to join the World Space Agency, Abby’s demons threaten to undermine her efforts. A saviour appears just when she’s about to collapse under the intensity of her fear, stirring emotions deep within. But can she keep relying on him to rescue her from herself? Or can she come through to save him when the tables turn?
Dane's Lair
Price: Free! Words: 14,950. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Dane must make the ultimate decision: Kill to retain his immortal dragon form, losing the woman he loves in the process... or face a powerful foe as a weakened mortal.