Name: Avery Gale
Where are you from: Central USA – Kansas
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc.:
I don’t share a lot of personal information simply because I live in a small town and the genre I write doesn’t appeal to everyone. 😊 My educational background includes a combined degree – psychology-criminal justice-sociology and a teaching certificate for secondary education. Lots of various jobs, something common in rural communities because there isn’t much available, so you need to be flexible!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just started a new series….Mountain Mastery. The first book, Well Written, released February 22, 2017. It’s the longest book I’ve written and honestly, it’s probably one of the best. I’m thrilled to start off a new series with such a strong foundation and I’m already working hard on Book 2.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was texting with a cousin who is also one of my closest friends. During our conversation, she said, “I’m bored, tell me a story.” Twenty minutes later I sent her a short, erotic story. I’d done it as a joke, but she immediately called and asked why the heck I wasn’t writing. That short story became my first book, Katarina’s Return.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
LOL I’m still trying to wrap my head around that fact. Although sitting in the teacher’s lounge of a local school where I was substituting, listening to the teachers discuss Avery Gale’s new book…was a real AHA moment. Avery Gale is my pen-name so they had no idea I was sitting with them.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing would probably be considered casual, conversational. I write exactly the same way I talk.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I usually have the title before the book! There have only been a couple of books (out of 30+) were that wasn’t the case…and those tortured me for weeks! I’m grateful those challenges aren’t the norm.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All of my books have several of the same underlying messages. I always try to portray people as real…meaning they make mistakes. But those mistakes don’t mean they are inherently bad.
The importance of kindness is another thread you’ll see a lot. But the only thing I always try to do is empower women. I want them to know submission isn’t about weakness, and it’s important for them to know there are a lot of different ways strength can manifest itself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Hmmmm….how to answer this….LOL I’ll just say every writer draws on their personal experiences and those of acquaintances. Nothing comes to existence from “nothing”.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My immediate family wasn’t supportive in the beginning. I’d written two books before they found out I was writing and they teased me until they found out the books had already been accepted for publication!
The two women who have been with me through thick and thin are both cousins, but they’re also my best friends! I love and appreciate Karen and Cathy more than I can ever possibly tell you!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No…what’s done is done. If I can’t change something, there’s no point dwelling on it.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My work in progress is the second book in the Mountain Mastery series. And its Landon’s story. You’re going to find out about his mysterious business trips that were mentioned in the first book. His past is going to come back to haunt him in a very significant way.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m extremely ADD….scoring off-the-chart! So, staying on task is always my biggest challenge. Any interruption can send me off on a tangent for hours! I’m the little kids in the Family Circus cartoons who make loops through every room in the house on the way to tell their dad in the next room it’s time for dinner.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but I hope to change that. I don’t live in or near any major metropolitan areas, so traveling is always a big deal.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jess Buffet at Sinfully Sweet Designs is my go-to graphics artist…we have a wonderful working relationship. She knows what I like almost better than I do!!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The middle third is usually the hardest for me, but with this book, it was getting it to END! The characters kept talking! 😊
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’m always learning….I research details before I include them, including places, facts, etc.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Honestly? I have NO clue. I don’t keep up on current Hollywood stars anymore.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Ask questions before you sign anything…and don’t be afraid to demand accountability from your publisher!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Absolutely! Thank you!! You make it all worthwhile! Your encouragement and kind words are VERY MOTIVATING and appreciated far more than you probably realize!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m not reading anything right now…I’m just trying to work on book two of the Mountain Mastery series. If I start reading, I get lost in it!!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yikes! No…I’ve been reading FOREVER!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I cry a lot…but not because I’m unhappy. Anything that’s touching or sentimental makes me cry! But I also laugh just as much!
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to meet Will Rogers to ask him, “How did you know?” So much of his political commentary is still relevant today…and he died in 1935! He shared the truth with humor, making it easier to see how foolish politicians can be.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
She loved making people smile, because, it’s true.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love crafts…I can sew fairly well and I love glass etching. But all of those things take up time and I’m pretty focused on writing now.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much television because I’m hearing impaired.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Mexican! Color: Yellow or Blue (usually) Music: Oldies rock, country, anything on piano.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve done lots of things…but this is the best “job” I’ve ever had…by far!!!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?