Welcome back, owlnerds. This week, I interviewed Gabriella Slade.
Bio: Gabriella Slade grew up as the eldest of seven, two of her sisters were adopted from West Africa. As a homeschooled student, Gabriella spent her free time reading novels and scribbling down stories from a young age, where she discovered her love for fantasy. As a teen, she wrote and edited her debut novel over a period of 3 years. Gabriella has been blogging since 2015. Her blog won the Liebster award in 2017. You can connect with her online at gabriellaslade.com
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Kade has always been different. Unknowingly, there are magic, and dangers in the world he has never known of. All he knows of is his tiny village and his ability to feel the emotions of others. After he is saved by a mysterious man from a creature known as a kaminza, Kade is thrust into a world of Soul Questers–elves who have the ability to not only feel emotions but also hear thoughts. Kade can do what they can, but he is not one of them. He must train to use his powers in secret. If he is discovered by the elven government, he could be killed. That is if his powers don’t kill him first. And that isn’t the only problem. Kade’s adopted father, Axel, has apparently hidden more than Soul Questers from Kade, and now those secrets could also be dangerous enough to get Kade killed. If he’s going to survive, Kade himself might have to learn to keep a few secrets, and they’re not just about him…
What was your first idea of a story? Or your earliest memory of it? The first story I ever wrote was set in Egypt, and it was about a girl who was chosen to be Princess after the Pharoah’s daughter dies. The girl doesn’t accept who is until a handsome prince tells her that she is a good princess. I still have that book. I drew my own illustrations and stapled it in construction paper.
Music or no music while writing? Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. Depends on what mood I’m in. If yes, I listen to instrumental or movie soundtracks. If I listen to music with words, I might start typing the lyrics
If you weren’t writing full time, what would you be doing? I would be teaching competitive dance, which I would still like to be able to do after college.
What color aesthetic would you be your WIP? Grey with a bit of color: maybe blue
Where do most of your ideas come from? Reading other people’s books. I like to pull inspiration from my favorite books and turn them into my own ideas. Also, Pinterest because why not?
What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process? Favorite: Watching all my different ideas come together, especially when editing. Least Favorite: Writer’s block and sometimes drafting. I find that it’s easier to work with something that is already there rather than a blank page.
How long did take you write Show Me? Roughly two years from idea to publication.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Ok this honestly a hard one. I would love to meet JK Rowling (Queen) but also I want to meet Nadine Brandes! (Does she count as famous. (lol)
What are your writing dreams? To be a best selling author, and to create a fan base of people who love Soul Quester books and all my characters. Like the HP or Cassandra Clare fandoms.
What is your spirit animal? I don’t really have a spirit animal, but do Patronus count? Mine is a black mare.
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