Writing Superheroes: Mariana Gabrielle

It is all about the flexibility for this superhero sequel. Read on and find out more…

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All good superhero stories, have a sequel–something else happens after the first foe is vanquished.  How does your sequel begin (after the publication of you first/most recent book….)

I have now published two regency romances, Royal Regard and La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, and I have three Royal Regard prequel novellas upcoming, so I am starting to feel less like a fiction novice. I have a pipeline, a schedule, writing and marketing commitments.


Mariana GabrielleAll super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity.  How has yours grown and changed since you started life as a superhero? 

Since I have been published and started marketing in earnest, I have become both more, and less, mild-mannered. I have had to be louder about promoting myself (while trying to find ways that aren’t spammy or invasive). And since I am now working with the Bluestocking Belles now for marketing, there is a group dynamic that has to be addressed. I’ve had to become more flexible than I typically enjoy.


Do you have any sidekicks or a new superhero team member? What are their superpowers?

The Bluestocking Belles, but since we are all appearing here one after another, I will let each describe her own superpower. However, it must be noted that Jude Knight and I share a brain. With two such great minds, that has to be a superpower, just on the face of it.


Have your superpowers grown and changed since your last adventure?

My writing and marketing powers continue to grow and evolve, as I hope they will until the end of my life. I have recently been especially focused on the intricacies of developing a series, so more backstory, more questions of continuity, with characters I thought I knew, but now have seen in their younger years, too. With Royal Regard’s hero and heroine also featured in the ongoing Bluestocking Bookshop storytelling game, I can now say I have worked with these characters as young as their teen years and as old as their 50s, and I know the basic story of this family inside and out. There is something very complete about it.


What new supervillian have you faced on your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

Distraction. I am lacking concentration recently. I am… vanquishing. Most days. 😉


What new lessons have you learned during this new adventure?

With La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess, I learned about the issues surrounding diversity in publishing, specifically romance, and how it feels to write characters of color as a white person. That was the most interesting lesson this year.


What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

We keep having milestones with the Bluestocking Belles, and so I would say, for me, March 15, 2015, the day of our Housewarming Party, when we officially announced ourselves to the world.


If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

I would have started twenty years ago and not wasted time thinking fiction was scarier than other forms of writing.


MMM Box-Set-3D-Square-WebTell us about your new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

I usually don’t like this question, because I think it is truly rare that anyone needs to drop everything to buy anything. That said, go buy Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem right now, because of the 99c price, 35c goes to the Malala Fund, and we aim to donate thousands of dollars for global girls’ education this holiday season. (You can track our progress on our website.)


What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?

Once the Royal Regard series is complete, I will be shifting gears and putting out a mainstream historical, Blind Tribute, about a newspaper reporter who experiences conflicted loyalties during the American Civil War.




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