Guest Author Interview: Genie Gabriel by Susan Lute
We are so glad to have Genie Gabriel with us today. For years she’s been fascinated by the puzzle of why some people collapse under life’s traumas and others emerge triumphantly stronger. Her dramatic action stories explore the lives of heroes and heroines who overcome those traumas, often using touches of humor. However, sometimes humor demands its own vehicle, such as the romantic comedy novellas she has written as Genene Valleau.
Welcome, Genie, to SJP!
Tell us about your publishing journey.
I started seriously writing my first manuscript 1992. One minor detail: I didn’t sell that manuscript until 14 years later. In the intervening years, I spent many hours learning the craft of writing. I had the good fortune to read about a local RWA chapter, went to a meeting and decided I had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There were real writers at the meeting! Not only had they finished a manuscript, they had books in print! And they were willing to share their expertise with writers like me who were just starting out. I was so excited I joined that night. Soon after, I went to a three-day conference. Once again, I was in heaven. More writers sharing their knowledge. However, I quickly crashed into the reality of how little I really knew about writing a manuscript.
This set up a pattern I repeated several times over the next few years. I went to a conference, took copious notes, had a major AHA! experience, and rewrote my manuscript. Again and again–probably six or eight times. Fourteen years and a number of rejections later, this book sold to an e-book publisher. Less than two months later, they bought a second manuscript, and then a third. Since then, I’ve switched publishers, written two novellas for anthologies, and am celebrating the re-issue of my Rock and Romance trilogy with new titles, new covers I designed, and a new author name: Genie Gabriel.
THE ROCK STAR was released November 1, THE BODYGUARD comes next on November 15, and THE LEADER OF THE BAND will wrap up the series when it’s released on December 1.
What’s the funniest thing to happen to you along your road to publication and what was the most exciting?
This isn’t the funniest, but my most ironic experience was writing a romantic comedy at one of the darkest times of my life. I was wallowing and getting very tired of my own whining. I wanted to laugh again, so drafted the story that became CHASING RAINBOWS, a romantic comedy novella printed in A VALENTINE’S ANTHOLOGY. The most exciting times have been when my books are released. And I’m as excited about the re-issues of my Rock and Romance trilogy as I was when they were first released.
My own doubts about being able to write a novel and that someone would want to publish it. Who is your favorite author, and what are you currently reading? I have many “favorite” authors, and love discovering authors with great stories I haven’t read before. When I’m writing, I don’t read much except to write and edit my own work, which leads into the next question…
What’s coming up next for you?
My next project is a family drama/action romance series of at least nine books. The LEGACY series is set in a small town and centers on a family of eight adopted children and a policeman’s widow with secrets of her own. After Bernie O’Shea is shot on the job, his children are determined to continue his legacy. The series follows each of the siblings as they find their true loves, and forces them to choose between honor and family as they move closer and closer to the truth that killed their father. The first book of the series is PICTURE PERFECT LEGACY, which will be released in March 2012 by Rogue Phoenix Press, with another book following every two months.
THE ROCK STAR is available now for the special price of 99 cents. This book is also available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. However, due to technical difficulties, readers can only get the special 99-cent price at Rogue Phoenix Press right now. THE BODYGUARD will be available on Nov. 15; and THE LEADER OF THE BAND will be released Dec. 1.
Posted on November 8, 2011, in Auth: Special Guest and tagged Genene Valleau, Genie Gabriel, journey, Leader of the Band, publishing, Rock Star, Rogue Phoenix, Susan Lute, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.