About Gabriel Constans:
Gabriel is a screenwriter, novelist and journalist, whose latest works of fiction include Saint Catherine’s Baby, Buddha’s Wife, Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba: The illustrious and delusional abbess of satire, The Last Conception, and Loving Annalise. His non-fiction books are about loss, grief, trauma, gender, sex, health and marriage. Some titles – Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something! Grief’s Wake Up Call; Good Grief: Love, Loss & Laughter; The Penis Dialogues: Handle With Care; Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights; and 101 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage. Screenplays produced, optioned or seeking production are – Stellina Blue, Buddha’s Wife, The Last Conception, Down On Earth, and Sorrow’s Embrace.
What inspires you to write?
The incredible differences, nuances and experiences in people’s lives, inspires my writing. There is never a dull moment. Life is filled with drama, change, transformation, humor and unpredictable circumstances and reactions.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve outlined one or two of my books, most notably Buddha’s Wife, since much of the story is based on historical names and events. It also was helpful to bring out the conclusion I hoped to convey. Some of my nonfiction is also outlined and fact-checked before writing. The majority of my fiction goes where the story and characters take me, as it progresses. I usually have an overall concept, theme or storyline, but the beginning, middle and end of the story can come out of nowhere, or changed dramatically, while it unfolds.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t so much “talk to” or “listen” to my characters, as become, or inhabit them. Letting my self-image and life go, I let myself transform into the heart, mind and environment of the primary character, and the supporting cast. The dialogue, conversations and story, come from observations and experiences with similar people in the past and present.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t take any advice from other writers. I’ve found that creating time to read good books, reflect on story ideas, and write my own, need to be balanced and other distractions of daily living be completed first.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My books have been published by a variety of small, medium and large publishers, and I’ve published 3-4 on my own. The decision as to who to publish with, has come down to the books a specific publisher specializes in, whether they are open to my work, and whether they provide good marketing. Self-publishing is a choice when I want to have a larger portion of the royalty, or a more direct connection with readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is bright, challenging and unpredictable. There are so many platforms and avenues to now publish, as well as traditional publishers. The drawbacks are the quantity and quality of self-published books being produced, and the limited access to large and medium-sized publishers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, romance, contemporary, historical fiction, LGBT,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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