Gabi Stevens is visiting the virtual offices today to discuss her new book Wishful Thinking. Wishful Thinking wraps up her Time of Transition series, and it will be in stores next week. Check out what Gabi has to say!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Gabi Stevens] Gabi loves sushi, blue drinks, Bob, reading, writing, volleyball, Disneyland, travel, and Plants vs. Zombies, in no particular order.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Wishful Thinking?
[Gabi Stevens] WT is the third and final book in my series about three women who find themselves fairy godmothers. In Wishful Thinking, free-spirit Stormy Jones-Smythe faces great difficulties when she discovers she’s been chosen, including controlling her magic. Because the first two godmothers have gone rogue, the magical Council assigns a Guard to prevent her from going the same route. The magical world forces its boundaries and expectations on her, but luckily even a rigid and strict bodyguard can’t contain her exuberance.
Hunter Merrick has sworn allegiance to the Council and is determined to carry out his duty and keep Stormy under control. Unfortunately, Stormy proves as chaotic as her name implies.
But a threat forces Hunter to choose which side deserves his loyalty, and either choice has dire consequences. And if Stormy can defeat the greatest enemy the Arcani have seen since the time of Merlin, maybe she can rescue a bit of happiness for herself too. If she survives.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Gabi Stevens] I have always loved the Grimm fairy tales. I even studied them in college. So when the time came for me to write a paranormal novel, I wanted something new and different. Fairy godmothers were just the right subject. Of course, these aren’t the fairy godmothers you think they are. Their role is protection more than wish granting, although they do that too. I knew I wanted to use the magic number of three, so I had three women as my heroines, and I love stories about doing the right thing no matter what the cost, so I had my plot. Okay, it wasn’t quite that easy, but I had fun with it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the Time of Transition series?
[Gabi Stevens] Writing three individual stories that (I hope) stand alone, yet have a cohesive story for three novels. But as I wrote all kinds of neat things started to tie together. I know you’re supposed to plan all these things out, but I don’t plot. And when I needed something to happen in book three, I was surprised to find that I had laid the groundwork in books one and two. I call that real magic.
And then saying goodbye at the end. I love this world and I love these characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Stormy?
[Gabi Stevens] Free-spirited, talented, and determined. She was such fun to write because I consider her the character furthest from my own personality (okay, hopefully not the talented part), so exploring her many facets were so educational for me, I admire so much in her and would love to tap those strengths in myself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Hunter would never have in his bedroom?
[Gabi Stevens] Any stuffed animals (Stormy has a bunch), ruffles, or flower prints. But I’d bet that he’d have all three if the woman he loved wanted them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Gabi Stevens] Night hours. I love writing at night. For whatever reason, I can focus harder when it’s dark and the world seems more quiet. I don’t need quiet; in fact I enjoy listening to music while I write, but knowing the world is calm and sleepy outside my window, that there aren’t things to do or see, helps me focus. I just wish I didn’t have to get up in the morning to get my daughter on the bus.
Mostly I just need the focus to see what’s going on in my head, because I just write down what I see and hear.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Gabi Stevens] Bubble gum (the semi-hard, old-fashioned, pink kind), sunflower seeds still in the shell, and my computer, although sometimes I just want pen and paper.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Gabi Stevens] A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Loved the intricate story, the history, the voice. I also loved A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James–exactly my kind of fun, frivolous fairy tale.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Gabi Stevens] I’m going to cheat on this on by picking a series. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I distinctly remember riding my bike to library to get the next book in the series. That and the Oz books by L Frank Baum. I remember reading Glinda of Oz with my best friend on a camping trip. We’d lie in the tent and read by flashlight. It’s the last book in the series and I remember being so sad it was over, but so loving the ending.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Gabi Stevens] I love, love, love to read. I never have much of a TBR pile because I read too fast. When I run out of things to read I have been known to pick up my husband’s engineering journals, not that I understand a word of them. I also love to play games, but watch out. I play to win.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Gabi Stevens] I’m always thrilled when readers find me. They can find my email at www.GabiStevens.com, read my blog at www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com, reach me through Facebook at http://facebook.com/gabi.stevens, or Twitter at https://twitter.com/GabiStevens
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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