Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with her husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs, and a lizard named Bub, who is quite cuddly for a reptile, except when he is eating her houseplants. When she’s not writing, Gail plays piano for the worship team at her church, electric bass for a community jazz band, and acoustic double bass for a local orchestra.
Congratulations on the release of the novella collection Seattle Cinderella. Please tell us a bit about this set and how it came to be.
This is a story that has been in my heart for a long time, and when Barbour announced that they were launching the Romancing America line, I felt this was a story that would fit. I’ve also wondered what became of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters… did they reform? Well, in this set, I’ve continued the saga beyond where the fairy tale ends, and told the stories of the two step-sisters (yes, they reformed!). For the fourth story in the anthology set, I’ve also included the fairy godmother, except in a Christian story, there won’t be fairies, so therefore instead of the Fairy Godmother, she’s Farrah the godmother.
Is this your first/only release? If not, what has released recently or about to be released that our readers would like to know about?
I’ve had over 30 books and/or novellas out. After this one, I’m in a new series called the Bloomfield Series – which is about a bunch of quirky but loveable people who base their association in the Bloomfield Garden Club in the small town of Bloomfield. The set doesn’t involve much gardening, but this is the place where they meet and greet each other, including those who don’t know much about gardening – they just love being a part of the club and all the events surrounding it and the band of quirky people that belong.
What special something do you try to bring to every story you write?
First, I want to provide a place where the reader can escape their busy lives, sit and smile for a while, and enjoy a wholesome tale with a happily-ever-after ending. That one special theme or concept that I try to show in every story is that most Christians aren’t religious fanatics, but live a normal life in a normal world. Just we know where we’ll end up when it’s over.
Have you ever been to the setting of your novella? Do you have photos and a little story you’d like to share?
I’ve been to Seattle many times. It’s a busy and beautiful city, and of course they have a fantastic airport. Since it’s so much cheaper to fly from Seattle than Vancouver, BC, most of the time when I travel I drive to Seattle and fly from there.
If I’m going to tell a story, it’s probably the last time my friend Dawn Kinzer and I went to the Pike Place Market. It’s such a fun place, busy, and with so much to see and do. When I travel, I very much look and act like a tacky tourist, and this was no exception. I embarrassed her often, making her pose and taking photos of her in action, and inaction. I personify the phrase “tack tourist”, and I’m proud of it.
Provide a photo of your workspace and explain why it works for you.
I can’t do this on the grounds of embarrassment. It’s a disaster, piled with papers, computer paraphernalia, extra mouses (mice?), and more paper. However, my writing computer is in a room in the basement that is reserved for an office space, and it has the one important thing as described in Stephen King’s book On Writing – it has a door that I can shut, and I do.
How do you deal with the stress of being an author?
I make my family do the housework.
What’s the best part about writing for you? The hardest?
The best part is that my family does the housework.
The hardest is definitely juggling time. It takes much more time than people think to write a book, and that time involves a lot of thinking. For me, that thinking is best done in quiet, and in today’s lifestyles, that’s not always possible. But my family respects that, and I appreciate everything they do. I couldn’t be where I am in my writing career without their help and support.
What do you to do keep going when you want to give up?
I sit back and read a book written by someone else who has written far more books than I have. And then I think, if they can do it, then so can I.
Where or how do you like to connect with your readers?
I’ve recently updated my personal website but I’ve also got a website just for Seattle Cinderella, which I plan to keep changing and updating as time goes on, including a little surprise concerning the hero of the 3rd story in the set.
Thanks so much for introducing yourself to our readers, Gail!
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