Featured Interview With Susan Louise Gabriel
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in a small town in northern Colorado in the fifties and sixties.
I was introverted and always felt a little insecure around people. But I loved books. I spent much of my free time in the library, searching for a book I hadn't already read.
I also wrote stories at an early age and still have some of them tucked away in my closet.
My parents always took me to church, and my goal now is to inspire others to live a life that’s present and active in this world, yet shaped by forces that lie beyond it.
My books and poetry detail my struggles and triumphs as I try to walk by faith and not by sight, leaning on the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration in living and writing.
I lived in big cities throughout my business development career. My husband and I now live in the country outside a small town in Texas.
We have been blessed with two children, three grandchildren, four chihuahuas, and toads too numerous to count.
From my office window, I enjoy watching baby sparrows growing up, horses grazing in my neighbors' front lawns, and crows fighting over the pecans that drop from our trees.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I always loved books, and I talked my mother and the school principal into enrolling me in kindergarten a year early because I wanted to learn to read so much. I started writing stories when I was about seven. I still have some of my early stories, and some of them aren't half-bad—for a seven-year-old.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Some of my favorite novels were written by Tom Clancy amd Mark Greaney, David Rosenfelt, Kendra Elliot, and Lee Child—I especially love the Jack Reacher series. The author that inspired me the most, however, was C.S. Lewis—I love both his fiction and non-fiction books.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I started writing Wheels of Injustice back in the late eighties, and it's taken more than thiry years for the book to come to life. I started out with the idea of writing the story of how the justice system abused my family in the mid-eighties and how we worked to change the laws so it wouldn't happen to other families. But my emotions were still too raw and I found it too painful to write about, so I put it away.
When my husband and I moved into our country house three years ago, we had several boxes moved over from storage so I could finally get rid of them as they contained mostly old bills and old tax returns.
When I got to one box, though, I decided to look at it more carefully, and I found that it contained my old manuscript (back then I had called it "A Position of Trust") and all the supporting documentation, court paperwork, psychologist reports, trial transcripts, etc.
I made the decision to bring it all into the house and put it in my file drawer.
So there it sat, by the grace of God, waiting for me to pick it up and finish it, which took another two years.
One friend in particular encouraged me to write the book, and his name is Drew. Without Drew's support, nagging, and editorial assistance, the book would not have been published.
I enjoy hearing from fans, so please feel free to write me at email@example.com.
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