Alex: For my first Author Spotlight I would like to introduce Gabrielle Begnac. Gabrielle, tell us a little about yourself.
Garbrielle: I’m a French paramedic, concerned about the borderline personnality disorder. That’s why I decided to write about it.
Alex: What genre or genres do you like to write in?
Garbrielle: This a psychological novel.
Alex: Are you traditionally published, independently published, or both?
Gabrielle: I’m traditionally published at Le lys bleu édition.
Alex: What made you choose the publishing path you’re on?
Gabrielle: I wanted a professionnal review on my writing style.
Alex: I think we can all relate to that! It’s nice to have extra sets of professional eyes are your work because they are the ones who know what works and what doesn’t in the book world. Why did you choose to write in the psychological genre?
Gabrielle: I thought it was the best to transmit the feelings I wanted to share. It’s a really emotional book at the limit between novel and autobiographie.
Alex: That’s interesting. I think a lot of us authors put our own truths and experiences from our lives in our work. I know I do! When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Gabrielle: Since I know how to write! I loved to write little texts, shorts stories… I even tried to write a song but it was really really bad hahaha. It’s my way to share my feelings.
Alex: I know how you feel. I couldn’t stop writing if I tried either. It’s my release. Stories are pent up in my head and I have to get them out and they always seem to coincide with events going on in my life I feel others can relate too, even if I put supernatural twists into them. Can you tell us a little about your writing processes?
Gabrielle: This book took almost two years to write. I wrote it like I would do for a personal journal, sharing what goes on in my mind day to day.
Alex: That’s a fascinating writing style which I can imagine makes it a very personal read for your audience. What are some of your favorite books to read?
Gabrielle: I love classics! Especially Dostoieski (my favorite writer ever). I also enjoy Verne, Hugo…
Alex: I enjoy a good classic every now and then too. I think as authors it’s good to read books that are considered classics and timeless to give us something to aspire to, something that can stand the tests of time. Moving onto a not so popular subject for authors; what does marketing look like for you?
Gabrielle: I’m more of a social media type of person. I do it all by myself on my Instagram. I don’t believe in paid advertising, but it’s really a personal feeling!
Alex: I hear you and I agree. Authors double as marketing agents now more than they ever did before! I think once you find what you’re comfortable with you can excel at it. There’s so many different avenues for marketing, paid and unpaid. I tend to lean more toward the unpaid as well. If you have to do any research for your books, how do you like to accomplish this? What is your organization of research like? How long do you usually spend on research?
Gabrielle: For my book about borderline disorder, I searched in my psychology courses and on scientific articles. I did it all along the two years when I felt the need.
Alex: Two years is a long time to research but I bet it shows in the writing and how real the book feels to your audience because of it. Awesome job! Which of your books is your bestseller and why do you think it is?
Gabrielle: I only have one book out now. But according to the readers’ reviews the book really helped them understand people who suffer mental illness better and to imagine what it’s like.
Alex: It’s such an interesting subject that a lot of people out there can relate to, whether they are struggling or know someone else who is. Is there any more you can tell us a little about your book?
Gabrielle: It’s already available at Amazon, Barnes and noble, and the usual book sales avenues. It’s a psychological novel close to autobiography about borderline personality disorders.
Alex: Sounds like an interesting read. I’ll have to check it out. It’s out of the norm from what I usually choose to read but it can be good to venture out of the usual and into subjects you don’t normally read about. Who is your favorite character you’ve ever developed?
Gabrielle: It only has only been one and it’s me!
Alex: (haha) that one made me laugh. Usually when I’m writing a story where the character is closely based on myself they are my least favorite, not favorite, but I can see why in this case it would be different for you. Well, it’s been wonderful getting to know you and learn more about your book! Where can my readers find you if they want more information?
Gabrielle: They can follow me on Instagram at @frenchbookworm34 I’m so thankful to be given this opportunity,
Alex: I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say we’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and your book. If you’re interested in checking out Gabrielle’s psychological book based loosely off her own life experiences you can check it out by clicking the button below!
Gabrielle is a French author and her book is only available in French through Amazon France.