Word-Slingers – Guest Gabi Stevens

First, some old business – winners from last week (yeah, I’m bad and late).  The winner for a copy of Lisa Sanchez’s Cursing Athena is bn100! The winner for a copy of Vera Jane Cook’s book, Annabel Horton Lost Witch of Salem is JerryR!

Now, on for today’s special guest, Gabi Stevens.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Gabi at RomCon 2010 while I was living in Denver. Her first book (I believe) had just come out, and she was giving away little bottles of fairy dust. I still have it somewhere and was absolutely enchanted by the lovely lady.  So, take it away with the questions! (There’s a special contest – you have to answer a question!).

1) How long have you been writing?

Twenty-years, if you don’t count all the essays and such I did in college. I had no idea I was a writer until I finally picked up a pen (yes, a pen) and wrote down one of the stories whirling around in my head. And then I only did it to keep my brain from liquefying after having children. Writing was my own personal way to stay sane. Ha ha. Little did I know what writing entailed.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

You mean I’m supposed to have all those things moving at once? I’m luckier now than I have been in the past. Right now it’s writing, promo for the writing, and family. I used to have a day job, but the need for that has ended (no more tuition payments!). My youngest has special needs and she requires a little extra attention, but all in all, I’m in a really good place right now juggling-wise.
 Oh wait. I have two dogs too, and one is a boxer mix puppy with way too much energy. As I’m typing this, it’s raining/snowing, and the dogs just finished playing outside (poor things have been inside for two days) and just tracked mud through my entire kitchen. Excuse me while I get the mop and clean up.

3) Your next book, Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition #3), just came out on 4/24. Can you tell the audience about it?

WISHFUL THINKING is the third book in my trilogy about fairy godmothers, but they’re not the ones you remember from Disney. Their role is more one of protection, although they do also grant wishes.

In Wishful Thinking, free-spirit Stormy Jones-Smythe lives in a loving community of artists, but when she is chosen as the third fairy godmother, the Arcani world forces its boundaries and expectations on her. The first two godmothers have gone rogue, and the Council assigns her a full time guard to prevent her from doing the same. Luckily even a rigid and strict bodyguard can’t contain her exuberance. Hunter Merrick doesn’t appreciate the babysitting job he’s been given, especially when Stormy proves as chaotic as her name implies. But a threat forces Hunter to choose which side deserves his loyalty and both choices have 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.

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

I love the freedom paranormal stories give you. You can make up your own rules, like vampires that sparkle (What? That’s been done?). Oh sure, there are established tropes, but you don’t have to adhere to them. You can make up your own world. You just have to be consistent within that world.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre (I know you had a self-pubbed book, Temptation’s Warrior), and if yes, what to and when?

My first love has always been paranormal, but I was first published in historical. I had seven books come out under a different name. Temptation’s Warrior was one of those seven. I’m working now on getting the rights back for the others and hope to re-release them all electronically soon. And currently I’ve a manuscript in progress that’s a historical paranormal, which combines my two favorite genres.

6) Sweet or sour?

Why not both? I love Sweet Tarts and Pixie Stix, sweet and sour pork, hot and sour soup. Now, if you’d given me the choice of sweet or salty, I’d pick salty.

7) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla (I’m not a huge chocolate fan—don’t throw rocks. If I eat chocolate it has to be Swiss or German chocolate with nuts in it. Or Twix or Butterfingers.)

Hrmph, I’m not sure about you any more, Gabi! Not a huge chocolate fan………..

Readers can reach me at GabiStevens505@gmail.com. I also have a website: www.GabiStevens.com; a blog site: www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com; Facebook: facebook.com/gabi.stevens; or Twitter: twitter.com/GabiStevens.

Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Discover the magic:
For a chance to win a copy of one of the first two books in the Time of Transition series, you need to answer the following question from Ms. Stevens (and leave your email address – and follow the blog if you want to [not required]).

Which book have you re-read the most (not counting the Bible or other religious text)?

Look forward to hearing from everyone!  Winner to be announced after I get back in town on Sunday (May 6).



  1. Great interview! I love Gabi Stevens! Wishful Thinking just came in the mail Saturday, and as soon as I finish a few review books, I am so diving in! I have all three books, so don't enter me in the contest, I just wanted to drop by and show some love 🙂


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