Teresa Gabelman Interview
April 17th, 2012
Hello Teresa! Welcome to VRB! We are very excited to have you as our featured Indie author for today!
Thank you so much. So excited!!!
I know you are married to your high school sweetheart. Can you tell us more about your family?
I’m so lucky to have such a great family. My husband is a 4th degree black belt, I’m a 3rd degree black belt and our son is a 2nd degree black belt. It gets pretty crazy around here on garbage night. If you lose a sparring match you get garbage detail. You have to be careful walking around a corner, you never know if you’re going to get kicked in the head or taken down. It’s great and keeps me young. After years of teaching Taekwondo my husband now coaches a MMA team. So if you ever go to a cage fight listen for Team G-Force, that’s us. My son, who is turning 18, will be fighting in the cage this year. Freaks me out, but he has been doing martial arts since he was 3 years old so I know he’s ready. We stand behind each other in our dreams and goals no matter what they are. It’s nice to have a family who has your back.
What does the family think about your writing?
They are very supportive. They laugh at me a lot. I seem to get so into my writing that I say what I’m writing when someone asks me a question. I have called my husband different names. Thank God he understands and hasn’t left me yet. He also does my book covers because he is a master on the computer. My son just went on a midnight hike with me in our woods so I could get the feel of being in the dark in the woods at night. My mom has always told me to go for it and she reads everything I write, though I get frowns when the f-word pops up. HA!
What ever happened to the story you wrote 18 years ago? Was it anything like The Protectors?
It was nothing like The Protectors and I do mean nothing. I actually wrote ‘Answered Dreams’ on a notebook at work sitting in my little dark room. It was a historical romance with hunky cowboys, no vampires. I still have it in my room sitting on my closet shelf waiting to be retyped. The computer I typed it on crashed and yeah, no backup. Learned my lesson many years ago about backup, but at least I got the hardcopy of it.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family, laughing with my son which we do a lot, reading and fishing for the big one while writing.
Who are your favorite authors? Do they influence you in your writing?
Stephanie Rowe is one of my favorites. Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the best. I think all authors that put their books out there for others to read influence me. Anyone who has ever written something has had that first scary moment of sitting in front of a computer or with a blank piece of paper to write the first words that someone may read and enjoy one day. It’s such a wonderful feeling when the words actually come.
Can you tell us a little about The Protectors series?
When I first started writing Damon I wanted to do something a little different. So I added the children’s aspect into the story. I hadn’t read anything like that and thought it would be different. The Vampire Council Warriors are sent to help the social service departments around the world protect not only human children, but children who are being turned into vampires to supply the drug market with vampire blood, Crimson Rush. The second book stays close to that, but is traveling in a little different direction which I think everyone will enjoy.
Most books portraying vampires keep them in the shadows. The human race as a whole do not know they exist. What gave you the idea to write books where humans and vampires co-exist?
I really wanted the vampires in the story to be able to interact with a lot of people. It seemed to me it would be hard if I kept it where they were suppose to be hidden. That was actually one of the first decisions I made when I started writing. They would be out in the open, part of the community with support from some, fear and hatred from others.
Damon, Duncan, and Jared are super sexy Vampire Council Warriors. I admit I have developed a soft spot for Jared. Which one of them is your favorite and why?
I really like Jared, but it’s hard because I really like them all for different reasons. I did enjoy the way Jared gave Damon a hard time though. Damon was so opposite of Jared. I love a good sense of humor so I would have to say Jared is my favorite. I mean funny, sexy and good looking who can pass that up? But then Damon is the sexy, silent alpha with those glaring eyes and protective instincts just curl you toes….Ugh…..I love them all.
I really liked Nicole’s character as well. She is smart, tough, and compassionate. Do you ever see parts of yourself or those around you in your characters?
I do kind of see myself in Nicole because of her comebacks mostly. I grew up pretty much being raised by my brother who is probably one of the funniest people I know. To be able to hang with him and his friends who were all crazy you had to be able to hang tough with comebacks. If you had a funny, clever comeback to what they dished out then you were okay in their book, even a little girl. They didn’t mind me hanging out because I was as big of a smartass as they were.
I know you are currently at work on Jared’s book. Will Duncan have a book as well? Do you see the series going further than the three main warriors?
Duncan will be the third in the series and I can’t wait to start that one. Right now I don’t see it going any further than a third, but it’s hard to say. When I write, things change so much sometimes I’m surprised and wonder where in the heck that just came from. I don’t do outlines for my books because it freaks me out. I want the story to go where the story goes as it’s flying out my fingertips. I don’t want the pressure of an outline telling me I have to stay with a certain thing even though I’m the one who did the outline. Crazy I know, but I tried it and so didn’t like it. If I did do a fourth it would have to be Sid, he makes more of an appearance in Jared’s book so maybe…..
Can you tell us what the publishing process was like for you? What made you decide to go the Indie Author route?
I did send my work in years ago, but always got rejections. This time with The Protectors I decided I would send it to one publisher and if I received a rejection I would do it myself. It was actually my husband and son who pushed me into publishing it myself. They both have been behind my dream and passion. I ask my mom what she thought and she said, “What do you have to lose? Do it!” It was the best advice I’ve gotten.
Have you written anything that you are really fond but decided not to published?
Actually there is. I wrote a children’s book called, ‘Cody The Catfish Hunter’ for my son Cody when he was six. He loved it because it was about him and his friends. It’s a really funny story about a boy who gets his friends together in a catfish club. They go fishing and find out that the owner of the lake had a dog who has been missing and they think Big Bertha, the monster catfish, may have gotten hold of the little dog. It’s a happy ending though….
What methods do you use to promote your books?
I do whatever I can to get my book out there. Keeping the price low, word of mouth, review blogs for anyone who would like to review my books, my website and all social sites that I can. The one thing I try not to do is shove my book down reader’s throats. I am new to this and still learning, but one thing I do know is I don’t want anyone to say, “Oh, God not her again.” I feel word of mouth is the best promotion you can have. From reader to reader is where it’s at.
Do you read reviews about your books? Do they influence the way you write in any way?
Yes, I do read my reviews. I’ve actually learned a lot from them. I try to keep an open mind and read between the lines. I write to be read. I want readers to be happy so I try to learn what they have to say. Everyone has their opinion and I want to hear it. It does influence me in a way that will make my writing better. For example, one reader said I was using a word way too much and she was right. I would have never realized that without someone pointing it out. It may sound minimal, but if it annoyed one reader it may annoy others. So yeah, sometimes reviews influence me to make me better.
Any advice for the other authors out there that are thinking of becoming an Indie Author?
Do it! Have confidence in yourself. If you plan on making tons of money right off the bat or ever actually, then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. I try to stay focused on my goal of writing a good story, not how much money and fame I may or may not get. Would I love to be a writer full time, heck yeah, but I don’t expect it any time soon. If it happens wonderful. If it doesn’t I will not stop writing. Right now I’m unknown and have a long road to travel with tons to learn. Develop thick skin, listen to your readers and have fun with it.
Thank you for stopping in and answering our questions. Is there anything else you’d like to add or anything special you’d like to say to your current/future fans?
I would just like to thank you for allowing me to reach people. This has been awesome. Indie authors get a bad wrap sometimes, but VRB and people like you all make it worthwhile to keep on writing because we have people like you behind us. For anyone who takes a chance on The Protectors Series I hope you enjoy. I truly appreciate your support in my dream and passion. Keep on reading!!!