Gabrielle Black is a licensed physician living outside Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a degree in English Literature. This is her first work of fiction. She loves to spend time with her family, friends and pet goat Gilligan.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. I look around and the crazy things that go on in my life, and think, man, this would make a great story. After 20+ years in medicine, I have seen and heard it all.
Tell us about your writing process.
I snuggle up on the couch to type stuff in, but I have to print out the pages and handwrite the edits. The first book I ever wrote started in a spiral notebook on an airplane traveling across the continent. Other than that notebook, there has never been an outline. Boy, would an outline make things easier, but I just can’t do it. I freeze. :-O Right now, I’m trying to master scrivener, which does help organization. We’ll see.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have to watch my characters talk to each other. Then, sometimes, I have to get them to move back to the topic at hand. They just get to chatting, or arguing.
What advice would you give other writers?
You don’t have to be schizophrenic to do this. No really, the voices in your head? They’re all you anyway.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went to a conference in which I learned about the explosion of indie publishing. I thought, that’s for me. If you’re trying to get into this business, it may be easier to do it with an established name behind you, but the American spirit is independent. It’s what we do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We’re living in a brave new world. Major paradigm shift. Publishing has changed more since the Kindle than it has since Gutenberg invented the printing press, and the monks found themselves out of a job hand-copying books. I love saying that: Paradigm shift. Paradigm shift. Say it with me. jk.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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