Today on Reade and Write I welcome D.H. Gibbs, author of the new sweet romance short story A Touch of Kindness. Like other authors I have interviewed recently, D.H and I are in a Facebook group together. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I typically interview mystery authors, but I enjoyed D.H.’s children’s book, Don’t Go Mango Picking, so much that I thought it would be fun to learn more about her. Welcome, D.H.!
Tell me about your new book.
My new book is called A Touch of Kindness. It’s a sweet romance story about a woman named Mali who grew up thinking that everyone needs a little kindness to help them find their way. When she meets Quin this is what she does. She helps him out of a sticky situation. Of course Quin has secrets that has her wondering what she got herself into.
Who is the audience for the book?
This book is for anyone who likes romance, sweet stories and Cinderella.
Tell me about the setting of your book—how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?
I chose the setting because it reminded me of New York City, where everyone is so busy they hardly see each other as they pass by.
What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
Finding the time. I was literally writing the story using pen and paper every moment I got.
If your book were made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?
Meghan Markle would be Mali and Patrick J. Adams would be Quin. I think they have great onscreen chemistry.
Have you written any other books?
Yes I have. I have two children’s’ books: Danny the Firefly and Don’t go Mango Picking. I also have a YA fantasy called Nika. The second installment for that book will be released this October, following an August cover reveal.
Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?
I have joined one or two critique groups but I have not actively participated due to time constraints. But I have a group of awesome friends who do not hesitate to pull my story apart if need be (LOL).
Do you write every day?
I try to but it does not always happen. I think I write more in bursts.
What authors do you like best? What genres do you like best?
Currently my favorite authors are Sarah J. Mass, Kresley Cole and JR Ward. I like fantasy, paranormal, romance and mysteries best. But I usually ready anything that’s fiction.
Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?
Italy, Spain, Greece and of course Japan.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you really want it never give up. If someone had told me 15 years ago I would be doing this I would have told them they were drunk. But here I am taking these steps, climbing the hurdles, and enjoying the satisfaction I get when I complete a story.
What is your favorite movie and why?
Pride and Prejudice. I like the old mannerisms of the characters. The traditions and the entire pomp and air of everyone in the story.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, Creative, Passionate.
Is there anything I haven’t asked that you wanted me to?
Not that I can think of (LOL).
Where can readers connect with you?
They can find me online at the following places:
Newsletter, where readers can find out about upcoming releases: http://newsletter.dhgibbs.com/subscribe
Where can readers find your books?
All my books are on Amazon but Nika is also on Google Play, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks.
Thanks for visiting today, D.H.!
Until next time,