Long Time No Blog

Hello friends!

My apologies for the delay in updating you all. My life as been even more wonderfully hectic than usual of late. My greatest news is that I got married on August 11th to an extraordinary woman. It turns out that it really does take quite a lot of energy to plan a wedding, but ours was totally worth it – it was perfect, and I am new a happily married man!

On to writing news. I am now halfway through my latest novel, a teen supernatural thriller which is coming along swimmingly. Being at the halfway point is like getting to the top of a mountain – it’s all downhill from here, and once you get to the last fifty pages or so, the book nearly writes itself (if you’re lucky). I’ve also begun pursuing my MFA degree from Spalding University, which has kept me busy as well. It is a wonderful program and I’ve met some great friends and teachers there, including my mentor for this semester, the highly talented and accomplished Leslea Newman. Staying at the lovely and historic Brown Hotel for residencies is also a plus.

Speaking of teachers, I’ll be teaching another workshop through Springfed Arts this fall, so if you’re in the Metro Detroit area and you’re interested in work-shopping your young adult fiction with me, please sign up soon before the slots fill up. Info is below.

Young Adult Fiction with J. Gabriel Gates: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #7, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 & 13, 7 pm – 9 pm. Writers of all levels are welcome to attend and explore the myriad genres and styles in the exploding area of YA / teen fiction. Workshop your existing YA manuscript or work-in-progress, or gain the tools and insight necessary to make your first foray into this field of writing a success. A Michigan native and Hollywood screenwriter, J. Gabriel Gates has had five novels published by HCI Books (publishers of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series) including teen horror novel The Sleepwalkers and teen urban fantasy / paranormal romance series The Tracks. (Dark Territory, Ghost Crown, and Shadow Train.) His most recent title is the acclaimed dystopian sci-fi thriller Blood Zero Sky. www.jgabrielgates.com REGISTER HERE

Thanks as always for your interest in my life and my work. Happy reading!

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