Gabi Tarantino

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I am the proud mother of three grown children and a new son in law. They are my strongest supporters and critics. Family are the people a person turns to when asking for an opinion—they can be brutal. When you combine that with a strict Catholic up bringing it can get a whole lot worse.

At the tender age of eight, when watching my mother crochet a sweater, I learned to love creating with my hands all things needle crafts. At the age of thirteen I read my first romance novel that I purchased at a second hand shop. I fell in love with not only reading but writing about romance with a happy ending.

As I got older I started my family and took life’s little detours gaining a wealth of experience I draw on for my stories. I have been the school bus driver, the craft sales person who started a craft business, and the worker in a rail company. All the while I was reading romance and writing about it. I loved the western themed novels as much I loved the sheiks of the dessert and the business tycoon.

My reading experience changed when, a few years ago, I purchased my first e-reader and was introduced to the world of BDSM and erotica. It was a place where lovers explored dreams that could come true within the pages of the author's mind. No matter what was sent my way I now had another segment of the romance world to explore with my characters.

Happy reading everyone.

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Q: Where do you find inspiration for the stories you write?

A: I look at my life with the many people that have crossed my path. Ideas can pop up when I watch the news or the read the newspaper. I can get ideas when on the beach or in the car driving. I may be shopping when something triggers an idea or even when walking my dogs. So it is safe to say that I get my ideas from just about anything and everywhere.

Q: How does a regular day for you start and end?

A: I wish I had a regular day. I like to spend at least eight to ten hours writing but that does not always work out as planned. The only regular part of my day is getting up around seven thirty taking my dogs out and getting first their breakfast ready and then mine. At about nine thirty is when I start going over the day's writing before I start working. Throughout the day I’ll go for a walk with the dogs to clear my head – especially if I have written myself into a corner. I’ll start dinner in the early afternoon so I can continue with my work while that cooks. In between everything I’ll be on the phone with friends and family. There are never two days alike in my life.

Q: Would you say your writing is ethically correct?

A: I do not push my views onto anyone. What I find to be ethically correct I am sure would be questioned by some. I would like to believe that everyone has an open mind and that the world is full of diverse relationships. I do not believe that any one person should hold another accountable for what that person’s believes. As long as it does not hurt anyone and all involved are consenting adults. I would not be writing about ménage if I did not believe that it could work.

Q: What would you say to anyone who questions your ideas on what is ethically correct?

A: I would have to question them on what they think is ethically correct. I strongly believe that one person’s views should not be pushed onto another that does not share those views. As long as all actions/behaviour are between consenting adults no one person should stand in judgement of another.

Q: Do all your characters start as heroes or villains and remain the same throughout the whole story?

A: I would have to say yes. I usually make notes on all my characters and they remain the same. There is one story that I have been making notes on where I think I will be changing one of the good guys to bad. That story is still in the first stages of planning, I may change my mind when I actually write it.

Q: What would your parents and family say about your stories?

A: Well my parents have always been very supportive of my writing. My son does not want to read my stories because as he says he does not "want to know about my mother’s fantasies.” As for my daughter’s, their only comment was “Mom you have to have lots of sex and describe it all, don’t miss anything”. The rest of the family find it hard to believe that I am actually writing and being published.

Q: What would you say to a person who asks for advice on becoming a writer?

A: Write down all your ideas. There is no such thing as a bad idea because you can always interconnect them. Save everything and anything that sparks the creative side of your mind. I sometimes like taking pictures of things that trigger an idea. I may not remember what had activated the idea so if I have a picture or some object it usually lets me remember what it was that I wanted to write about.

Q: Would you encourage one of your children to become a writer?

A: Yes in a heartbeat. As long as they would love to do it. I don’t think writing is for everyone. I think that a person has to be very disciplined to write. You cannot treat it like any other job; it is not a nine to five job. It’s a passion that grows and develops with each and every story.

Q: If you were not writing what do you think you would be doing?

A: I am not sure. I have driven a school bus, taught high school, ran my own craft business, designed needle work pieces, and have worked in the transportation industry and the railroad. I am not sure what I would be doing that gives me the same pleasure and challenge as writing does.

Q: You mentioned that you love to read. Who are some of your favourite authors?

A: There are too many to mention all of them. I love Tymber Dalton, Cara Adams, Diane Leyne, Melody Snow Monroe, Marla Monroe, Lora Leigh, Janet Chapman, Anna Campbell, Rachel Clark, Lou Lou Winters, Tara Rose, Lynsay Sands, Terry Spear, Clair de Lune, Fiona Archer, Abby Blake, Leah Brooke, Avery Gale, Zara Chase these are just to mention a few.

Q: What do you see yourself doing in ten years from now?

A: Writing, there are just too many stories that I want to share with others.

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