Gabriela Cabezut is a Mexican author who has been inclined to write ever since she was little. Being a creative person has always been one of her major traits. When she was a child, she used to type short stories for her family and friends. Then, she created and directed a school newspaper for her Elementary School.
Reading has always been an important part of her life. Distinctively, she loves to read in English. Therefore, after being a silent reader for most of her life, she started to write romance stories on a writer’s community website, where she has succeeded by having thousands of readers from around the globe reading her stories.
She manages her time between her family and friends, as well as her own cake-decorating business and as of lately, writing romance stories.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I always wanted to write, ever since I was little, but always in English. One day, after reading stories on Wattpad, I decided to write something of my own. I didn’t have anything to lose, so I went for it. That’s the moment my life changed forever.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
I usually write all morning. If the story is sort of calling to me, I’ll even write in the afternoon…but that’s rare. I try not to write when my kids are home.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
When I feel tired from writing or that I’m not making any sense, I take a break. I usually watch a movie or I start reading a book. Sometimes, reading, getting involved with someone else’s story, does the trick.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?
I’m a total punster, I let the story flow from whatever comes to mind. I do have a general idea of the story or how it ends, but other than that, I keep plotting in my mind and try to get a feel of it inside of me. If it feels right, I write it. However, I’ve had to rewrite more than a few times because after I read it, it doesn’t feel right.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?Traditionally, with my first book and now I’m indie-publishing. Although, I’m considering self-publishing later on.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?
I started to write on Wattpad, without the whole “I’ll get published one day.” It was just for fun and I think that’s why my story did good in there, I enjoyed writing it. I laughed and cried with it and my readers felt connected to that. My advice is to always write for you, without the whole reads, votes, or even publishing in mind. Write for yourself, enjoy what you do. Everything else will come later on. Trust me.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?First, getting paid for something that you’re truly passionate is the best thing in the world. I’ve also met wonderful people (readers or writers alike) and that has been amazing too. And holding your book in your hands is exhilarating. I still have to read my name twice to believe I wrote that.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? I just queried the second book to my publisher and I’m waiting for their response. It’s the story about a girl that comes back home after a year in college, to find out that she’s not completely over her ex-boyfriend (she thought she was). Everything is different, even her room and her family. She has to discover for herself if going back to the other side of the country is what she really wants. Sometimes, your dreams can change.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)Again, write for yourself is step one (the most important step, for me). I’d say, read others stories, vote, comment, review. Leave honest and meaningful reviews, because as an author, those are the ones that stand out. People might like them and they’ll even go your profile and see what you’ve been up to. Always be thankful to your readers and try to get them to subscribe or join a group you host (so you can have direct contact with them).
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?Four months, at least. But I’ve taken up to three years.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. With my first published book, I didn’t have input. They pretty much designed everything and just let me see the final result. For Hopelessly Imperfect, I told them what I’d like to see, what colours I loved, but after the first book, I didn’t expect much, to be honest. Yet, Limitless Publishing followed my every request and I loved the cover.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?I bake cakes and cookies J (actual job) and I love to read. And I sometimes binge on Netflix, too.
FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/ShyGabs