Gabriella West


Gabriella West was born in Santa Barbara in 1967. In 1969, her parents moved to Dublin, Ireland, and she grew up in Ireland, studying English and Italian at Trinity College, Dublin. She graduated and left Ireland in 1988.

She earned an MA degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University in 1995.

Wolfhound Press in Dublin published her novel "Time of Grace" in 2002. It's the story of a young English governess who travels to Ireland in 1915 for work and falls in love with an Irish housemaid who is secretly caught up in plotting for the upcoming Easter Rising in 1916. "Time of Grace" is now available in e-book form (Amazon only; free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

"The Leaving" was first published as an ebook at Smashwords in 2011. In 2015, her third novel, "Elsie Street," was published. The sequel, "The Pull of Yesterday," was released June 2016.

Gabriella West lives in San Francisco, CA.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was stuck in my writing career. I had a book traditionally published in 2002, but the press declined the next novel I offered them. I had a novel sitting in a folder on my computer that I thought would NEVER get published, but I thought it deserved to because it had gotten so much positive attention years earlier, when I was going through the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State. So I read about Mark Coker and Smashwords in 2011 on SFGate, the online news site for the SF Chronicle. I thought.... hmm.

Something about the way Mark Coker talked about the process made sense to me. So I took the leap and published my novel "The Leaving" in May of 2011. I published it on Kindle a few months later. And then things took off for me when I started publishing shorts on both platforms.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Starting with Smashwords was a good choice for me. I got a bit sucked in by Amazon's platform when I started making quite a bit of money there (it didn't last, though!). I find that I have to carefully navigate through Amazon's constant changes, some of which don't seem to have indie authors' interests at heart. Smashwords is more like a fair parent, who says "this is what I will do for you" and then delivers.
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Where to find Gabriella West online

Where to buy in print


The Pull of Yesterday
Series: Elsie Street Trilogy. Price: $2.79 USD. Words: 58,300. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Dave Madden starts off the new year of 2011 with a haunting dream, which doesn't bode well for his and Aaron's relationship. While Dave clings to the stability he has found with Aaron, thoughts of his old flame Matt Cohen obsess him. A sudden trip back to Boston for a family emergency adds to Dave's angst and shakes his sense of identity further. In this sequel to Elsie Street, all bets are off.
Elsie Street
Series: Elsie Street Trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,220. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Dave Madden has just been fired from a bartending job in San Francisco. His long-suffering girlfriend helps him get a job at a nearby fine arts museum as a guard. But what Dave finds there will challenge his whole sense of identity. Despite a fling with a college roommate, he considers himself straight. Yet after his first encounter with Aaron, a young techie, Dave's life will completely change.
Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Psychology » ADHD
Most of us have heard of ADHD, so why is it so common for women not to be diagnosed until they are in midlife? Novelist Gabriella West is refreshingly candid about her journey towards a diagnosis of ADHD, which started a few years ago when she encouraged her partner to get a diagnosis. She uncovers a family history of the disorder, looking back at her own mother's life in Ireland in the 1970s.
That Lonely, Sinking Feeling: A Memoir of Love, Friendship, and Letting Go
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
San Francisco, mid-1990s. In this poignant short personal memoir, Gabriella West goes back to her twenties to explore a confusing friendship with a married couple that started promisingly, but became a painful and obsessive love. Readers who have found themselves lost in destructive and addictive relationships will find it compelling reading.
The Captain and Claire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
New York, 1930. Bubbly young blonde Betsy Parker is left a widow at only 25, after her older banker husband commits suicide in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Her family has sent her off on a voyage to England by ocean liner to recover. Innocent and curious to explore, Betsy attracts the attention of both the ship's captain and an experienced and exotic English artist, Claire.
10 Frightening New Facts About Sugar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & Healing / Diabetic & Sugar-Free, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & Healing / Weight Control
Want to know more about the toxic, destructive effects of sugar on your body? This special report presents the latest, cutting-edge info in 10 bulleted points. We now know that sugar is linked to obesity and diabetes, but there's more: Did you know that sugar has a pro-inflammatory effect on the body's cellular level, which causes aging--and perhaps Alzheimers, down the line?
Toward the Double Rainbow: An Hawaii Travel Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays
In this compelling short travel memoir, the author and her partner, Selena, travel to Kauai, Hawaii's garden island, in their first trip as a couple, staying at a new age-y women's guesthouse. The couple struggle with anger, misunderstandings, and a ghostly presence in the guesthouse that terrifies Selena. Will their trip to Hawaii end up tearing them apart?
Is ADHD Caused by Diet? The Food Dye Problem
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » ADHD, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Children’s health
Could our food actually be the main cause of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Did you know that the amount of allowable food dyes in our diet has increased FIVE times between 1955 and 2007? Food dyes have now been officially linked to hyperactivity in children with learning disabilities, but so far the FDA has not acted to warn consumers about their toxic effects.
Night Train to Florence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Italy, 1980s. The shy unnamed narrator and her tougher English friend, Liz, are booksmart but inexperienced 18-year-old students on a budget traveling around Northern Italy by train. As they share adventures, wine and conversation, their edgy friendship not surprisingly begins to deepen. But it's on their final nocturnal train trip back to Florence that they take it beyond friendship.
The Doge's Daughter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Regency, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Enter the dark and deceptive world of Venice in the 1600s. Piero is a young boy from a working-class family who is chosen by the priests of the royal court to be castrated and to sing in their choir. Several years pass. Androgynous and girlish, Piero is surprised to be singled out by the adolescent daughter of the Doge (ruler of Venice) for special favors...
The Truth About Jack and Ray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
English professor Jack, an embittered older man in 1990s San Francisco, has a vivid flashback to his turbulent, secret love affair in North Beach in the early 1950s with tormented young artist Ray, who cares only about ambition and his art. An intense, gripping story about a doomed relationship that changes the course of a man's entire life.
The Leaving: A Novel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,520. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Cathy is a conflicted teenager living in 1980s Dublin. She soon discovers that her charming older brother Stevie, who's gay, is falling in love with her classmate Ron, the one boy she likes. Cathy struggles with school, her dysfunctional family, coming to terms with her growing love for her best friend Jeanette, and leaving Ireland. The novel is a realistic look at adolescence and first love.

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Gabriella West's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Gabriella West

  • An Expanded Love on July 02, 2011

    This book gets four stars because of its originality and daring and because it's a wonderful picture of alternative life in London: pubs, dances, cold flats, buses and all. I loved the way the narrator, Nadia, is so uncomfortable in her own skin at the beginning of the book and could really relate to it. When Nadia is taking her first tentative steps into poly life with her first girlfriend, Christine, An Expanded Love shone. In the end it's a bit of a rambling story with perhaps too many characters, but still a rewarding read.
  • Storm of Passion on Aug. 17, 2011

    What makes this story special is that it's a love story between two young men, lifelong friends, set in the South. It's a love story, but Dustin Rhodes sometimes veers into erotic territory--there's an explicit sex scene in the middle of the story. I loved the buildup of sexual tension between the two men, especially as Parker realizes he's falling for Jaime. STORM OF PASSION veered between romance and erotica and then at the end, almost into soap opera territory. I actually would have liked a love scene that included full-on anal sex between them, just because I would have liked to experience that from Parker's viewpoint (!), but what I kept thinking as I read the book was how much a gay adolescent would LOVE this. (And maybe that's why the author kept it a little less explicit.) The two men are believably horny and lusty, though. I read through this piece at great speed, and hope to see more from Mr. Rhodes.
  • Remnant on Aug. 21, 2011

    Remnant is not the type of book I usually read--I'm not much for the paranormal, though I remember reading "The Shining" with rapt attention when I was a kid. Remnant is a powerful novel, though, and Kate Genet is an unusual new talent. The book starts with Cass, a young New Zealander on summer vacation from university, visiting her Maori boyfriend's family. She has a sensual, warm relationship with her lover--this part of the book is fun to read. Then the mood abruptly shifts and Cass finds herself completely alone one morning as she wakes up from sleeping outside under the stars. She tries to convince herself that her lover's family have had an emergency but soon realizes that no human being is around anywhere. As she says, "I was suddenly convinced I was the only person left in the world." Cass finds a horse (an engaging presence in the book) and ventures back towards the city. In chapter after chapter, she realizes that the familiar world of civilization around her is disappearing. The early chapters gave me goosebumps, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the exotic New Zealand "bush," although the fear and emotional isolation Cass endures for most of this novel is gruelling and traumatic. I was never sure what was going to happen next, but when Cass finally meets another person, a young woman, and they then quickly develop a deep friendship and chemistry, Remnant became gripping for me, and I raced through the final chapters. There is one more ordeal that the two women must go through, and although it's built up throughout the book, it is still eerie and unexpected. Despite Remnant's paranormal elements, this is an earthy book, filled with realistic dialogue and believable situations; it doesn't romanticize nature, as the natural world is seen as both beautiful and potentially deadly. My only quibble is that the chapters where Cass faces adversity alone could have been shortened a bit. But I loved the book, and am very glad I stumbled upon Ms. Genet's work at Smashwords, otherwise I would never have had the chance to read it!
  • The Blue Ticket on Nov. 06, 2011

    This book was a surprise. I expected an erotic novel, but what I got seemed like so much more than that. Of course the book is filled with explicit male-male sexual encounters, but we are locked inside the head of the likeable young narrator, Harley, who is reluctantly coming home for the summer to help out at his Aunt Bird's farm. The small-town Southern setting is authentic and the boredom of the youthful characters is deeply felt. Harley and his childhood pal Tavor enter into an obsessive sexual affair with increasingly disturbing overtones, as Tavor is closeted and violent when challenged. Then, towards the end, a twist throws the earlier action into doubt. But this steamy novel is one of the best ebooks I've yet read. Totally entertaining, but not mindlessly so, it will draw you into its seductive world.
  • Unencumbered Love on April 21, 2016

    A page-turner! Stays true to the gay male experience without skimping on romance or drama.
  • Rival Poet on July 31, 2016

    I enjoyed this fresh fictional look at the intertwining lives of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. It never lost my interest. I was prepared to believe the love affair and I enjoyed the scenes of the two wordsmiths slowly falling into intimacy and passion against the backdrop of ragged and tawdry Elizabethan London. There were some flaws in the story too: I felt that there were too many minor characters. Some of them were actors and they never came alive for me, even though their names were constantly mentioned. I also found it hard to believe that Shakespeare would have written many of his subsequent works for Marlowe, after Marlowe's death, since I know the plays well and I don't see or sense Marlowe in them. But I'm willing to at least entertain the idea. The final plot twist was extremely difficult for me to believe, sadly. Also, there was a sprinkling of anachronistic language: the "huh"'s and "okay"s were jarring. But since Bohm is an excellent writer and captures the time period well, it wasn't as painful as it could have been :) Enjoyable look at a forbidden relationship, with some intense gay love scenes. I also liked Bohm's take on Shakespeare's troubled marriage and conflicted sexuality—it seems pretty right on.