Alex Fiano


I am a New York-based author and teacher and a strong LGBTQ+ advocate, particularly for youth. I grew up in poverty, dropped out of school and was sometimes homeless, but eventually was able to complete graduate school. I have worked in civil rights advocacy and taught philosophy, law, and eastern religions. I'm available for readings and public speaking and writing workshops with youth.

I created the Gabriel's World Mystery/Thriller/Queer Fiction series -- It's Time for New Heroes. The series has four books--The Hanged Man, Two-Faced Woman, The Book of Joel, and Dead for Now.

Gabriel Ross is the main character in the series. Gabriel is a brilliant and intuitive private investigator in his thirties, a strong and compassionate advocate with his clients. He is Buddhist, intellectual, strong-minded, and skilled in boxing and Baguazhang. The other main character is Joel McFadden, a bisexual artist, Gabriel's boyfriend. The stories involve Gabriel's dangerous cases and Gabriel and Joel's relationship.

Gabriel's World offers a compelling community of characters, in stories that explore the extremes and complexity of good and evil. The stories feature strong LGBTQ+ characters and mature, adult themes. An expanded reader experience with recaps and more is on the author's Gabriel's World website (

You're invited to read more at the official website, The site features short fiction with the Gabriel's World characters, interactive elements, and background on the characters and stories. You can subscribe to the blog and the newsletter. Gabriel's World is also on Facebook and Twitter (@GabrielsWorld).

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Years of trying to publish through traditional means. I had some vague favorable responses but no one wanted to take a chance on the series, especially as publishers began to disappear (in particular LGBT publishers). With the advent of channels like Smashwords, I realized I could try another way. I could take on the design and editing aspects myself, and learn about marketing. Most of all, I could ensure that my characters and stories stay true to my vision, rather than be altered for a different agenda. This series is more than just a set of books, and I'm good with the stories and characters standing or falling on their own. The response I've had has been incredible--when people just get it, and get into Gabriel's World. I made the right decision.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Both in providing an outlet to different retailers to carry and sell the book, and also in providing really good advice on marketing and preparation of materials.
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Gabriel's World
The Gabriel's World Series is about Gabriel Ross, a brilliant and intuitive New York City private investigator, and fearless, tenacious artist Joel McFadden. Gabriel’s cases take him and Joel to dangerous places internally and in the real world. On behalf of his clients, Gabriel seeks justice while risking his license, freedom, and life. The Gabriel’s World Series features a gay protagonist, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer characters, and conspiracy, thriller, and dark psychological themes--exploration of the extremes and complexity of good and evil. Each story features the same characters in different but often interrelated cases, and in continuing development of personality and relationships. Each has a stand-alone theme and style, and each story builds upon the previous story and lays the groundwork for the next. Gabriel’s World – It’s Time for New Heroes. Welcome to our World. NOTE: The Gabriel's World series contains adult content including explicit physical and psychological violence, intense situations, strong language, and sexual situations.
The Hanged Man (Gabriel's World)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Two-Faced Woman (Gabriel's World)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
The Book of Joel (Gabriel's World)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Dead For Now (Gabriel's World)
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!)


Dead For Now (Gabriel's World)
Series: Gabriel's World, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 112,980. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
NYC private eye Gabriel Ross has justified paranoia--a rogue faction from the sinister Tertullian Society is stalking him. Psyops master Damon Clement has dangerous plans for Gabriel. Gabriel tries to protect his loved ones while still secretly exposing the Society's misdeeds. His actions spawn a viral protest movement even as he heads for a showdown with the Society.
The Book of Joel (Gabriel's World)
Series: Gabriel's World, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 143,180. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
NYC private eye Gabriel Ross's boyfriend Joel finds his initial success as an artist is shadowed by his need to confront his estranged parents and overcome his past. After discovering Joel's father is involved in a corruption scheme, a shocking turn of events follows. As Gabriel and Joel investigate further, they are pitted against a notorious hitman and the malevolent cop who first abused Joel.
Two-Faced Woman (Gabriel's World)
Series: Gabriel's World, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 145,400. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Gabriel Ross, still suffering mental trauma from previous events, takes on two new clients with unique problems, and finds himself tracking two evil men. But Gabriel's personal relationships are suddenly exploding around him, as he desperately tries to reconnect with his spirituality. And now Gabriel must face human monsters who strike with a level of brutality that threatens to destroy him.
The Hanged Man (Gabriel's World)
Series: Gabriel's World, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 113,090. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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Raymond Booth hires New York City P.I. Gabriel Ross to probe a disturbing incident at Raymond's charitable foundation and then disappears. His sister Toni wants Gabriel to find the missing man. Gabriel turns up evidence of abduction, but Raymond turns up dead. Pulled into the mystery Raymond wanted him to solve, Gabriel unravels a sinister secret connected to the foundation.

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