Friday, March 9, 2012

Please Welcome Gail Sattler

Is there a story behind Seattle Cinderella?
I’ve wanted to rewrite the story of Cinderella for a long time. It’s such a timeless tale – no matter how many authors retell it, it always makes an enjoyable story. When Barbour opened up their novella line for a broader market again this was something I wanted to do, and with there being four novellas in an anthology set, this was a perfect opportunity to continue the story of Cinderella into a series of short, easy-to-read novellas. I’ve often wondered what became of the rest of Cinderella’s extended family, so this mini-series under one cover does let me explore – it goes on to tell the stories of Cinderella’s step-sister Anastasia (Annie) and Drizella (Zella). Since this is a Christian novel, there can’t be a “fairy” godmother, so therefore we have Farrah the godmother, and a story is born. 

What started you on your writing journey?
I was reading a book a friend had loaned me, and it was what I now would call a wall-banger. I won’t say the publisher, and I don’t remember the author’s name, but my thoughts at the time were that even I could do better than that. Since I wasn’t working at the time, I went to the computer, opened up the word processor program, and started writing a story of my own. It wasn’t any better, but it got me started, and after a lot of writing classes, workshops, and critique groups, I haven’t looked back.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Email and the internet. It’s too easy and just a mouseclick away. I get my best writing done when I put my current book on my laptop, go up to the kitchen, and turn off the WiFi.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I enjoy a variety, but the bottom line theme is always the same. I love to read romances – ordinary genre romances, romantic suspense, romantic comedy; as long as it guarantees me that happy ending, it’s got me.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The hero of the 3rd story. (Please don’t skip the 1st and 2nd stories, this series works best if read in order!) The reason is because… he’s a writer and I just had such fun with his personality and what he would do to get his mind where it needed to be to write a scene.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
That’s a hard question, because I am a musician and I’m in 3 bands. I play a variety of music from classical to contemporary to jazz, large and small bands. I enjoy everything except country and rap. If I had to “be” a style of music, I’d say Bach. He’s more than a composer, he is a style because the music is very complicated, and has so many melodies and countermelodies all going at the same time. When playing Bach on the piano, in order to master it for my piano exams, I had to first practice the parts separately. As you learn each part you recognize the style and melody, and you wouldn’t think that such different melodies would go together, because when you use both hands, you’re playing both of them at the same time. But instead of being disorganized or disjointed, when it goes together it’s absolutely magnificent, and you have to ask ‘how did that happen?” You don’t know how it works, it just does, proving that Bach was the ultimate multitasker, centuries ahead of his time. Since a good writer has to be proficient at multitasking, that’s what I’m going to say that is my style.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I had a hard time answering this question. I asked some of my friends, and they had a lot of different answers. A close second was adopting a lizard from the reptile rescue (most people rescue dogs and cats). The most quirkiest, according to my friends, is was learning to play the acoustic double bass and joining an orchestra. 

What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. Because when the time change happens I get an extra hour to sleep.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Costco’s butter chicken. All you have to do is follow the directions to heat it up, and cook the rice. Since the cooking is easy, and it doesn’t require a cupboard full of dishes and utensils, that means you can spend more time with the family and friends sharing the food, and less time in the kitchen making up and cleaning up afterward.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Most of the time, I center my themes around trust. Trust is the basis to any relationship, including our relationship with God.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Most people know and/or have Proverbs 3:5 and 6 memorized. Trust I the Lord with all your heart. But I challenge you to read the next 2 verses. Proverbs 3:7 and 8.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
How often do we do exactly that, think of how smart we are? While it’s not wrong to occasionally give ourselves a pat on the back for a good decision, the point is wisdom, which is much more than just being smart, and in being wise, don’t be wise in your own eyes. In other words, don’t think more of yourself than you ought. It’s special to me because it’s so easy to let our accomplishments go to our heads, without giving credit to God who not only gives us our talents, and our intelligence, but He also gives us opportunity to use them. If you keep that in perspective, that will, keep us well.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
After this one comes Take The Tropy and Run, which is the first in B&H’s new Bloomfield series. Besides myself launching the series, the first books in the series will also be written by Debby Mayne, Kathi Macias, and Martha Rogers.
Bloomfield is a town full of Christian folks who love their neighbors enough to annoy the daylights out of them. They attend church, go to work, attend festivals with their families, and stick their noses into everyone else's business (with the best of intentions, of course). The Bloomfield Garden Club isn't just a garden club – it’s a well-oiled social/civic/political machine that runs the town, but then again, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and there are a lot of squeaky wheels.
Of course Take the Trophy and Run is a comedy, loaded with quirky characters, including a garden gnome named Gnorman. 

Gail Slater is giving away a copy of Seattle Cinderella. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Untill next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Jennifer said...

I've always enjoyed Cinderella. Ever After is my favorite movie and so was the Disney cartoon version. Reading Cinderella as a girl helped me to dream and it's a story I could read again and again!

Marianne said...

My mom (85) LOVES the Barbour novella line, so am glad this one is there. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway

Marianne said...

oops, forgot to give my email address

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

cjajsmommy said...

This sounds like a fun book. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Nancee said...

This sounds like a great light read. Something uplifting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Anne Payne said...

Cinderella never gets old! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your new book.

Nice guitar. Both my sons and husband play bass, classical & electric :) And they all love Bach!


tomynate said...

Nice interview. Thanks for sharing.


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Night of the Cossack

apple blossom said...

love to be entered Cinderella stories are always fun

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Laura J said...

This looks like a great read!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Bethany said...

I 'd love to be entered! Seattle is a gorgeous area of the US :)

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karenk said...

i love 'cinderella' stories...thanks for the chance to read this one :)

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Teela said...

just the word Cinderella conjures up something in our imagination! I would love to be entered in this drawing for Seattle Cinderella! Thanks, TeelaYoung at hotmail dot com

Jo said...

This sounds like a fun book. Thank you for the opportunity.


Amy said...

If it is not too late, I would like to be entered for this book. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

Being a reader and writer of romance, I've always loved that happily-ever-after ending, so this mini-series was so much fun to do. After all, who doesn't love Cinderella?
Gail Sattler

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