October Spotlight on Author Elissa GabrielleThis month we have another wonder trailblazing author at A Writer's Dream. I'm so excited every time I spotlight an author here because I discover such a great variety of books with wonderful fresh voices. Author Elissa Gabrielle is no exception. A prolific author and poet, Elissa's current release is A Whisper to A Scream which is a blend of contemporary romance and suspense with a hint of IR, both of my favorite romance subgenres.
As a Literary Entrepreneur, Elissa is the founder of the greeting card line, Greetings from the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection, collaborator and creator of The Triumph of My Soul, and publisher of Peace In The Storm Publishing Company, a rising independent publishing company with an array of voices. Peace in The Storm recently was honored as Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards.
Elissa has also graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and has been nominated for the African Americans On the Move Book Club (AAMBC) Publisher of the Year award.
As a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Elissa holds a degree in Communications, a certificate in Business from Tulane University, and is a member of the NAACP, the NABFEME, and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment which is a professional empowerment, networking and support base for African American women in radio, recorded music, media and related entertainment industry fields. Elissa also serves as the media consultant to First Bethel Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.
Elissa took some time out of her busy schedule and gave some insights into her current release A Whisper to A Scream and her writing process.
Q: Which aspects of the work that you put into the book did you find most difficult?
A. A Whisper to a Scream is the story of Queen Thomas, a successful defense attorney who is very passionate about defending the African American male. She has seen that the justice system has not been so fair and kind to them, so it is her mission to save as many of these men as she possibly can. A speedbump comes along in the form of Dr. Quincy Hughes which makes her question everything she’s believed in and has fought for, for so long. The interracial element of the book was the most difficult part to write effectively. I had to do a lot of research, because I had no direct knowledge or experience with interracial relationships, so in order to make it authentic, I had to really work hard.
Q: Which did you enjoy most?
A. I challenged myself on so many levels with A Whisper to a Scream. Queen Thomas is an African American defense attorney, so I had to research to make sure that the courtroom drama was real. In addition to that, I needed to highlight the domestic violence parts of the book. Poetry is something that is laced throughout the book as well as the recurring theme of “whispers” and “screams” so this was the most technical book I’ve ever written. I enjoyed the challenge of having a book that was so well thought out and well written. That was my goal and I enjoyed reaching that goal.
Q: What sets the book apart from the other things you have written?
A. A Whisper to a Scream has many of the same things that my other books have, including romance, erotica, poetry. What sets this book apart is that it is interracial and some of the subject matter that I tackle in the book are very intense, including race, domestic violence, mental illness and the criminal justice system.
Q: In what way is it similar?
A. You’ll find Elissa Gabrielle’s signature style of writing in A Whisper to a Scream. The chapters alternate so that you can hear the perspective of the main characters. All of this is laced in a sexy, moving and emotionally charged ride. You’ll get that in all of my novels.
Q: What will your next book be about?
A. 1. My next book is Eye of the Beholder which comes in 2010. It is the story of two souls that find one another. They ultimately realize that beauty is skin deep and what truly matters when it comes to affairs of the heart, is what lies within the heart and in the soul. Very emotional tale of love and self-acceptance.
Thanks for stopping by AWD, Elissa!
A Whisper to A Scream will be available November 1st at the Peace in the Storm Publishing store and wherever books are sold!
Check out more of Elissa Gabrielle's books and other works on the web!