Interview with Gianna Gabriela, Author of Then There Was You
12 Aug 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Then There Was You?
Then There Was You is a collection of Single Parent stories. It features single moms and single dads who undergo struggles and ultimately find love. The collection has novels and novellas and the proceeds will be going to a non-profit that fights against family homelessness.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My inspiration for becoming an author arose from my inability to find myself in the characters I read. I’m a Latina with a first name, middle, and two last names, I have dark skin and curly hair and didn’t grow up reading characters that reminded me of me.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
The best books I’ve ever read are all the ones Sarah Dessen has written. She’s my unicorn author. Aside from her, Tijan’s Antistepbrother and Natasha Preston’s Silence are my favorites.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest would be Tijan and I’d ask if we’re getting more Caden Banks! He’s my forever book boyfriend.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is that I get to escape. I get to write the happily ever afters we constantly wait for in real life.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m a full-time law student and when I’m not in school, during the summer, I’m a summer associate at a law firm. The days are pretty much researching, reading, and answering legal questions. Then, I get home and Netflix comes on. I write whenever I feel the desire to.
What scene in Then There Was You was your favorite to write?
I actually wrote a novella for Then There Was You and my favorite scene is the final one. Jointly though, the authors take us in a journey of emotions!
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I have a motto but it’s unrelated to books. It’s about food. If I can’t eat what I want then what’s the point.
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