Interview with Gina Gabrielle

What do your fans mean to you?
A source of strength.

Very often the struggle (not to mention self-doubt!) to complete a work overwhelms me as a writer. During those perilous times, kind words of support from my readers really provide the strength to write on.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, with just enough space to put everything I need, ie. laptop, books, notes, pens, drinking mugs, snacks.

I might clean everything up once in a while, but then things will start piling up again on my desk. Especially near deadlines.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't exactly remember the first story I read, but I grew up reading fairytales.
Andersen, Perrault, Grimm.

Not to mention watching every Disney animation there ever was (and I still wait for every new Disney animation to come out!)

I guess I'm addicted to fairytales. They teach us moral lessons (even the grim Grimm's tales--sorry, can't help the pun), they tell us nothing is impossible, and my favourite kind of fairytales tell us the good will prevail.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was a story about a pet stone.

I might come back later to it as I've got an idea on how to finish it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Re-tellings! I'm addicted to them. It's amazing how short fairytales could get fleshed out into three dimensional stories with deeper plot and characters.

I also love good regency romance, and contemporary romance. And fantasy books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write fairytales for grown-ups.

Let's be honest--that's not in the revenue-making category yet, and no one I know (or ever heard of) is doing it.
Even most fantasy writers in Indonesia struggle to land a contract with major traditional publishers.

I forced myself to enter an online writing competition, and from 7,000ish entries I succeeded to go through the top 30. Taking that as confirmation of my skills, added with supports from loved ones and Wattpad readers, I braced myself and here I am.
What is your writing process?
I daydream a lot, and I take notes like crazy. Then I daydream again.
I jot down things at my smartphone, usually.
Then I imagine the characters, the settings, the major plotpoints.
After that, I do some research (if, and usually they are, necessary).
With my beginning, middle, end, and plotpoints at hand, I'd then flesh out a first draft.

By the end of my first draft, usually a lot of things change. I might add or remove characters. Even the ending changes.
So it's on to the second draft we go. And third. And fourth.

Then I force myself to do something else or to write another story.
After about a month, I come back to the story. Then it's revision+editing time.

Before my final proofread, I usually let the manuscript "simmer" for about two weeks.
How do you approach cover design?
I always dream of doing my own cover, but one should be realistic (haha!).

I usually envision in my mind what I want to have in my cover. Then, I talk to a professional (or more like, I blabbed on and on) about my dream cover. My story's mood. Maybe sending out a few chapters. Then, we'll have a discussion on how best to design the cover.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a fairy tale for grown-ups.

I love reading fairy tales, but there seems to be no new ones in the past decade. Everything is retold, or remade (even the superhero stories!).

This is a fairy tale, but with a more mature ambience in the sense of the themes I bring up. It's about an aching heart that wants to be healed. It's a bildungsroman. It's a love story. And it has my favourite element of fairy tale: poems and rhymes.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a hybrid between epic fantasy and the concept of "spirited-away". The working title is "Onsra". It deals with the people of Mahin and Arevik, a long-won battle, an unavoidable death, words that cannot be translated, and an impossible love story. Still a fairytale of some sort, but in a different style than my previous book.
Published 2016-04-08.
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Books by This Author

Gadis Penenun Mimpi & Pria yang Melipat Kertas Terbang
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 33,190. Language: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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