Editor’s Note: This exchange is part of a series of brief interviews with emerging writers of recent or forthcoming books. If you enjoyed it, please visit other interviews in the I’ve Got Questions feature.
- What’s the title of your book? Fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? Who is the publisher and what’s the publication date?
Grape, Again! Fiction. Release on July 19, 2022, by Fitzroy books, an imprint of Regal House Publishing.
- In a couple of sentences, what’s the book about?
The continued misadventures of Grape, a sweetly troubled kid, as he moves into junior high, prepares for his bar mitzvah, and make a new wheelie-popping friend.
- What’s the book’s genre (for fiction and nonfiction) or primary style (for poetry)?
Upper middle-grade fiction.
- What’s the nicest thing anyone has said about the book so far?
“It’s quick and furious and impossible not to enjoy from beginning to end.” – Tonja Drecker, Bookworm for Kids.
- What book or books is yours comparable to or a cross between? [Is your book like Moby Dick or maybe it’s more like Frankenstein meets Peter Pan?]
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole meets “A&P”
- Other than writing this book, what’s the best job you’ve ever had?
- What do you want readers to take away from the book?
A lot of laughs, some tears, and greater understanding of the serious business of the preteen years. For any Boomers out there, a visit into the 1970s!
- What food and/or music do you associate with the book?
Early Black Sabbath, Elton John. For cultural spots, I would add Evel Knievel and Jack LaLanne.
- What book(s) are you reading currently?
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf. The Man Within My Head, by Pico Ayer.
Learn more about Gabriel on his website.