Thursday, February 14, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Gail Sattler!

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Gail Sattler!

Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on your latest release The Other Neighbor. Where did you find your inspiration for the story?

GAIL: The Other Neighbor is actually based on a true story. Back in the prelude to Y2K (who remembers that?) my husband found out the hard way that a customer of his  - he owned and operated a web design business - planned to bomb part of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline at midnight December 31, 1999. The FBI caught him in time, and he is I believe still in jail. But his company, with the arrest and conviction of the owners, went into bankruptcy owing my husband’s company a lot of money. I, of course, changed the story to make it a romantic suspense, but the antagonist and his plan was real.

LM: Wow! Truth really is stranger than fiction! You are a prolific writer – are you a planner or a “pantster,” and what is your favorite part of the writing process?

GAIL: Definitely a plotter/planner. I outline everything. My favorite part of the process is when I write a scene that just works, and when it’s done, I think, wow, I loved that.

LM: Research is an important part of the writing process. Have you ever stumbled on a tidbit you just knew had to be included in your story?

GAIL: That actually happened on this book. When it happened, I thought the premise would make a good book. And here it is.

LM:  In addition to being a full-time writer, you are also an active musician. How do you balance the two activities in addition to your roles as wife and mother?

GAIL: I don’t do housework. That’s my husband’s job, and it has been for a couple of decades. Gotta love the man. We own a vacuum cleaner. I just haven’t touched it for 20 years. 

LM: What a wonderful gift! J What advice do you have for fledgling writers?

GAIL: Study the craft and join a critique group. Learn the basics about POV and Show vs Tell. I have read a lot of books that people write and put on Amazon themselves without having done that. There are a lot of very terrible books out there.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite food: Butter Chicken
Favorite vacation spot: Tofino, BC
Favorite actor or actress: Sandra Bullock

LM: What are you currently working on?

GAIL? I’m rewriting an old book, Secret Admirer, that’s gone out of print and I got the rights back. I’m redoing it for a more general market to reach more people, and I’m also making it longer.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Blog - What Goes On In The Mind Of A Writer:

Book Blurb:
Cheryl Richardson doesn't know that her landlord who owns the other half of the duplex where she lives is plotting to build a bomb-but the FBI does. In order to discover what her landlord is planning to blow up, agent Steve Gableman moves next door to get closer to Cheryl to learn what she knows, namely the target and motive, so they can stop it. But when Steve involves himself in every area of her life, including her dog, will Cheryl be the one to explode?

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