Jen: It’s day two of our week with Entangled Publishing and today one of our guests is Gaby Triana. Gaby, will you share a short bio with us?
Gaby: Gaby Triana is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow, Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as seventeen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. A former 4th grade teacher, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time writing romance, obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing jewelry, making whimsical cakes, and planning her next costume contest. When not writing, she might be watching movies with her boys, posting food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Gaby: Wake the Hollow was born from my love for Halloween and all things Sleepy Hollow. In 2008, I went to Tarrytown with my mother and learned about the region, the historic homes, and more about a story I already loved—The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As I usually do, I wanted to include a Cuban character in my book, but I wasn’t sure how to integrate that with a retelling of an American classic. Once I delved into my research, I found my answer pretty quick. ☺
Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Gaby: In 2015, a year after my split with my ex-husband, I was sitting around on 4th of July, sad because my children were with their father, and I was alone. My friend in Orlando (4 hours away from Miami) knew how I was feeling and drove down to Miami to pick me up, drive me back to Orlando, so I could watch the best 4th of July fireworks ever at Epcot in Disney World, then drove me back home to Miami (then drove himself back to Orlando again). All so a girl could smile. ☺
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Gaby: Dulce de leche if I’m feeling Cuban, vanilla bean if I’m feeling American
Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Gaby: Ballroom dancing
Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Gaby: The discovery that she was my long-lost little cousin living in CA
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Gaby: Watching ghost shows; they never find a full body apparition, but I keep watching anyway. ‘Cause one day, they will, you know.
Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Gaby: Ghostbusters. Of course.
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Gaby: I always felt like I was part of the Family Ties family. Doesn’t everyone want Michael J. Fox as their older brother? A close second would be the Facts of Life girls. Yes, I’m an ‘80’s child.
Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Gaby: I’ve never had a writing teacher. Instead, I’ve had a collection of friends/peers who’ve been with me along the way, and they make up a good 50% of the SCBWI of Florida.
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Gaby: Hotel, unless it’s Fort Wilderness in Disney World, then fake camping.
Jen: iPhone or android?
Gaby: iPhone. And iPad, and MacBook Pro. I converted to the Apple religion in 2010.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Gaby: Right now, I’m working on an adult romance series, but I would love to write the sequel to Wake the Hollow, so we can see what Micaela does next.