What’s a woman to do when she has nowhere to turn? Romance suspense author Sylvia Hubbard explores this topic in her upcoming release, The Trouble with Gabrielle.
Tell me about your upcoming release.
Alone… Pregnant… and About to Be Murdered…
Enjoying a one-night stand too much with a mysterious man and four months later Gabrielle Payne is financially strapped and pregnant.
When things are at the worst, she finds out her mysterious man, Oliver Farnsworth, was murdered, very wealthy with no heir to claim the fortune his mother left solely to him.
Gabrielle decides to reveal her secret to his family to ask for just “a little help.” She is taken in by Oliver’s step-mother, Nareen Farnsworth.
The old house of Oliver Farnsworth is larger than any place Gabrielle has ever been, but she starts to see things are not what they seem. And she realizes several things in the two short weeks that she stays there:
Oliver Farnsworth was murdered by poison, but his murderer was never found.
He has a twin brother, who lives outside of the country and is on the outs with his family.
The family is greedy and is lying about how happy they are about Gabrielle’s pregnancy.
The family plans to kill her to gain the fortune Oliver Farnsworth left.
WITH NO PLACE TO GO, WHAT’S A WOMAN TO DO?
What inspired you to write it?
The idea came when I was initially pregnant with my son and I met my baby’s father, mother. I was shocked by her animosity towards me and of course with my wild imagination, it started to come up with these ideas of what could possibly happen to me – she could kill me.
I really wasn’t close to my family because I was going through so much on my own. I really felt alone and desperate in my decision to be around the baby’s family and friends, but a growing sense of dread was building
Then during the rest of the pregnancy, I went through total depression about people who just wanted to use me and then drop me like a bad habit.
My main protagonist Gabrielle gets both of these underlining stories.
When did you fall in love with the written word?
I loved to read since I was three. My father taught us how to read as early as possible, and my mother introduced us to the most wonderful stories by various authors. Plus, she was a lover of history and voraciously introduced her children to the real side of where we came from and made us read stories of our ancestors—kings, queens, battles and wealth. My dad was a scientist, which required us to read more about the world, God’s creation and everything in between.
As years passed, the love of the written word just increased, and now as I’m about to hit fifty I feel my brain holds a world of its own, and I hope before I die, I can hold a universe and beyond.
From my mother, I know knowledge is power, and it’s a power to defeat evil, wrongs and unjustified. If I can do a little in my writing, I do try.
What’s the best part of being an author?
You get the honor of someone’s time and take them to a place only you created.
In that place, you can change opinion, get the reader mad, make them happy and show them things they would have never thought about.
I think writers have superpowers, and I try to indulge in my super power every day.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Giving up writing to publish and market, but it must be done, so I can keep being an author. There’s also this thing called eating and washing up that’s required to live, but I’d much rather be writing.
What books have you read lately and loved?
Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
Amazon keywords for books by Dale Roberts.
What’s next for you?
Now that I have The Trouble with Gabrielle off my brain, I’m going to focus on The Heart of Detroit Series. I started a war in their family in companion books (back catalog) and now I have to face the fact that I have to kill off important characters and that will be my 2021—killing people and creating happily-ever-afters. Making my readers hate me because I have to make those tough decisions and be true to the story is a hard job but someone’s gotta do it.
Do you have anything you would like to add?
Word to the wise: The secret to staying young is to continue to read and write. The brain will thank you later.
For those struggling, never give up even when it looks like the chips are down. Fight for your happiness 24/7
And also, my legacy I hope to leave in the world is an infectious spirit to love reading and writing.
Lastly, you can find out more about me on my website, SylviaHubbard.com and I’ve written over 52 stories, so you can spend the rest of 2021 reading a story by me every week. In addition to that, I’ll start a new story on my podcast at anchor.fm/sylviahubbard1. You’re welcome.
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