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Monday, February 1, 2016
**AUTHOR FEATURE** CL Gaber
Our next author feature is on the lovely CL Gaber! Her latest book "Ascenders" is a fab YA/NA paranormal about a high school for the recently deceased. You don't want to miss this one! Enjoy the feature!
1) Why did you decide to start writing?
I’ve always been a writer. When I was young, I’d write at home and my Dad was my editor. I’ve been a journalist covering Hollywood for many years. I’ve interviewed the authors of all the books turned into movies. They inspired me to try writing a book. One night, I had a crazy dream that played out like a movie in my mind. I saw the beginning, middle and end, plus the characters were very detailed. That became ASCENDERS.
2) Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?
I think authors can write in any genre. You just need to create a great story and within that story there can be fantasy, love, adventure, etc. Ascenders blends an epic love story with high adventure and fantasy. I love it because it’s fun to write in all of those worlds.
3) What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?
You’re asking someone who just did the last chapter of the Ascenders sequel coming out this spring. It’s an amazing feeling to finish a book, but even more fun to live inside your characters. I’m constantly writing myself little notes on scraps of paper about what Walker would say or Daniel would do. The other great reward is talking to readers. You guys have embraced Ascenders in such a loving way and can’t wait until book two. That makes me crazy happy!
4) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?
Love, love, love Stephen King. He writes in a way that’s very real, but with amazing plotlines and stories.
5) What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?
I love the writing, cover design, editing, etc. That part is fun. I think the biggest hurdle is dealing with getting your book out there. You really have to work at it and it’s crucial to have someone amazing like Vicki helping. You can just write the book and not keep your finger on getting it out there. But this is also the fun part where you meet readers and make new friends. There are people I talk to on Facebook all the time now that feel like old friends. It’s really amazing to say I have friends in every state now.
6) Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?
Write. Find time to write. Make the hub take the kids. Get the dog a new bone. Make time for you. I interviewed Twilight author Stephenie Meyers many times. She had little kids when she wrote that book and made her hub for a certain period of time each day take the kids so she could lock herself in the den. Even if you just write a few paragraphs each day, keep on track.
7) Tell us a few random personal things about yourself personal & professional!
Well, I’ve been an entertainment journalist for forever. Each week I go to LA for two days and interview movie stars. The other day, I was in an elevator in Bev Hills with Sly Stallone and Harrison Ford. Come on! That was really exciting! Other stuff about me: After 30 years of not seeing each other, I married my high school boyfriend Ron and now I have an amazing bonus daughter Sabrina. I’m also crazy about my two dogs, Colt and Georgie. I’m also sitting her in PJs typing this thinking about cleaning the house. My life is pretty normal. So let’s crank up the Adele and get out the Windex! Also, I love to hear from everyone. Write me at CLGaber@yahoo.com.