Crystal Marable has had a love for writing since she was a young teenager writing poetry and keeping a daily journal. She also has a heart and a desire to encourage and motivate girls to succeed in their lives. She encourages the development of positive thinking, positive knowing and positive doing. Crystal created the Graceful Girlz children’s book series to inspire our next generation of girls to develop in integrity, character and self-esteem. Also, to teach Christian values that will last a lifetime and inspire them to live as girls of grace, continually growing into graceful young ladies. It is her vision that these books will inspire our girls to display in their own lives, as well as share with others, the Fruit of the Spirit that God gives us: love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, patience, goodness, faithfulness and self-control; changing the world by celebrating the gifts within.
About The Book
Graceful Gabby is excited about her new room, but she’s disappointed that everything in her new room is not “pinky” perfect. Come along with Graceful Gabby as she learns about the Fruit of the Spirit. With the help of her Grand Ma-Ma, Graceful Gabby learns to recognize and share the special gift of love with others and to appreciate the love of family.
Behind the Scenes With Crystal Marable
If readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
Readers would see a dedicated, strong, yet gentle mom who has a sincere desire to empower and inspire our African American girls to succeed in their lives and to provide a platform for mothers and daughters to build strong, healthy relationships.
What has helped or shaped you as a writer?
Reading books, magazines, articles and poetry have shaped me as a writer. My own life experiences have also shaped me as a writer allowing me to express myself in ways that are more intimate and personal while also providing a platform for creativity and imaginative thinking.
Do you often compare your work to that of other writers, namely those that you admire in the industry?
No, I really don’t. However, in order to become a better writer and stay in tune with different writing styles, I enjoy reading a variety of works by other writers. I write about what I feel and about subject matters that are near and dear to my heart. I
Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
It really wasn’t my goal to become a writer. I attended a book fair at my daughter’s camp and I was just taken aback that there were not any books there that featured an African American girl or boy. I know that there are books like that out there, they are just not always made accessible for our children. So, I was inspired to write books that featured African American children that would also provide a positive, uplifting message.
What matters most to you as a writer?
Being able to reach and impact my audience matters most to me as a writer. When parents read my book to their children or if children read it for themselves, I want them to be inspired, empowered and entertained. I want children to be able to relate and identify with the characters and to receive and share the intended message.
How did you know this genre was right for you?
I knew this genre was right for me because I wanted to reach little girls. I wanted our girls to be able to have more choices with regard to books and products that are designed for them, look like them and provide messages that they can relate to and identify with.
What are you some of your future literary goals?
My future literary goals are to complete the Graceful Gabby children’s book series and to use my books to promote literacy and empower our children to become leaders in their homes, schools and communities.
Tell us about your latest book and what inspired you to write it?
Graceful Gabby Finds Love In Blue is a bright and cheerful children’s book purposed to inspire children to love God and inspire them to daily practice and share the Fruit of the Spirit with others. In this first book of the series, Graceful Gabby is excited about her new room but she’s disappointed that everything in her room is not “pinky” perfect. With the help of her grand ma-ma, Graceful Gabby learns to recognize and share the special gift of love with others and to appreciate the love of family.
What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
My words of wisdom would be to write about things that bring them joy, that they are passionate about and that could make a difference in someone’s life. I would also say to never give up. I have learned that writing is a process and there are times when they will have to write and re-write many times. Don’t let that be a discouragement. If I had allowed the process to stop me, I would not be holding and appreciating Graceful Gabby right now.
How can you be contacted?
I can be contacted through my website www.gracefulgirlz.com or by email at email@example.com
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