Interview with Jackie Gamber featured in Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy

by | May 17, 2013 | Author Interview

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Author Interview~ Jackie Gamber

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I’ve been soldier, a secretary, and a stay-at-home mom at various points of my life, but through it all I have always been a reader and a lover of books!

Do you write full time?
I do write full time; short stories, novels, and screenplays. I’m a genre girl, writing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, although sometimes my screenplay writing takes me to non-fiction adventures, too.

What are 5 fun/interesting facts about you?
I was a sergeant in the Air Force (people tend to be surprised at this).
I have almost waist-length dreadlocks (this might be one reason people tend to be surprised at factoid #1).
I homeschooled my two kids. My son just finished studies for an Associate’s Degree, and my daughter just graduated high school.
I have webbed toes! Apparently it’s a Native American genetic trait I’ve passed on to my son.
I have a rusted, yellow Volkswagen Beetle in my garage, just waiting to be turned into something drive-able some day.

What are the “must haves” for you when you sit down to write a book?
Must have: cup of tea. Soft music, no lyrics.

What made you decide to become a writer and how old were you?
I’ve always “written” without realizing that’s what I was doing. I remember deciding to be become a professional writer about 15 years ago, when it dawned on me, suddenly, that there wasn’t anything stopping me from trying!

Who or what was your inspiration for authoring your article “Ann VanderMeer Talks about Weird Fiction”?
I’m such a fan of weird fiction! I think it’s something I spend a lot of time writing as a kid, and brought with me into my adult writing. At the time, I didn’t know what to call it! But it’s such an important sub-genre of science fiction, I felt it was really important to have in Writer’s Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy. And I have so much respect for Ann VanderMeer and her expertise in the genre, I couldn’t think of anyone better to interview!

What do you love most about writing?
Writing stories is the way my brain works. I observe, I wonder, and I create from that place. I think we all wonder about things, in our own ways, and our answers come out in our own creativity, too. My creativity uses words.

What is your biggest challenge when you write?
My biggest challenge to writing is keeping my butt in the chair. I have many demands on my time, and I have to adapt to my family’s needs and my outside obligations. Thankfully, I’m an early bird type of person, and can take advantage of early morning, quiet hours.

Do you have any advice for any other aspiring writers out there?
Keep writing, keep practicing! And read Writer’s Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy for terrific tips and inspiration, no matter what your genre!

What do you do when you are not writing?
As spring finally decides to stick around, I’m looking forward to long, winding motorcycle rides. I also knit occasionally!

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?
I read a lot of non-fiction, plus, of course, anything in my favorite genre! I even pair up books with a perfect tea companion to drink. You can visit my website to find out more.

If you can, tell us what is up next for you?
The third and final book of my Leland Dragon Series is in final editing stages, and due out shortly. I also have a time travel/historical novel in the queue, and a gently science fiction screenplay in the works. Exciting stuff!

Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of many short stories, screenplays, and novels, including “Redheart” and “Sela”, Books One and Two of the Leland Dragon Series. 


Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Editor: Michael Knost
Page Count: 210 pages
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Published: April 18th, 2013
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.

This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that’s one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.

Featuring essays and interviews with:
Neil Gaiman
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Tim Powers
Harry Turtledove
Larry Niven
Joe Haldeman
Kevin J. Anderson
Elizabeth Bear
Jay Lake
Nancy Kress
George Zebrowski
Pamela Sargent
Mike Resnick
Ellen Datlow
James Patrick Kelly
Jo Fletcher
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Lou Anders
Peter Crowther
Ann VanderMeer
John Joseph Adams
Nick Mamatas
Lucy A. Snyder
Alethea Kontis
Nisi Shawl
Jude-Marie Green
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
Jackie Gamber
Amanda DeBord
Max Miller
Jason Sizemore
This edition also includes several full page illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson.

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Author Jackie Gamber

As an award winning author, Jackie Gamber writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion. Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie was signed to Seventh Star Press in September of 2010, to publish her full Leland Dragon Series.  Book One, Redheart, was reissued in March of 2011, with Book Two, Sela, to follow in the beginning of 2012, and the third book of the series in early 2013. For more information on Jackie, please visit her official website at


Author Editor Michael KnostMichael Knost is an award-winning author, editor, and columnist in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Supernatural Thriller genres.

He has written several books and dozens of short stories, edited a number of anthologies, including the Legends of the Mountain State series, and he currently writes a column for Shroud Magazine.

He recently won the Bram Stoker Award in the United Kingdom for his book Writers Workshop of Horror, a collection of articles and interviews on the craft of writing.

He is currently working on a Mothman novel due to hit bookshelves later this year.

Michael has worked in the radio, television, and newspaper industries, and currently lives in Chapmanville, West Virginia with his beautiful wife and daughter.


Seventh Star Press

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher located in Lexington, KY.  SSP specializes in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and horror).  The company was established in October of 2008.

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Disclosure: This Information was provided by Seventh Star Press through FMB Book Tours. This is NOT a compensated post.

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Zimmer

    Thank you very much for having Jackie aboard! 🙂


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