This interview was originally published on Authors & Readers Book Corner by Teresa Beasley as part of the Changes (Family Portrait Book 1) tour.

How did you become a writer? 

I have always written. As a kid creative writing was one of my favorite subjects. I got my highest marks in that subject. Growing up I was told you have to “get a real job”. I’ve had ‘real’ jobs and it always brought me back to writing. I worked at a television studio writing Prime time news, it was fun at first but then it got depressing. I tried to put a positive spin on the stories but that’s not what ‘news’ is about.

How did you come up with your title? 

Family Portrait is the series title, it seemed fitting because the series is about family and their relationships. Under all the drama and mayhem at the end of the day it’s about family. Changes (the first novel in the series) is the pilot episode of the television series which the book was originally.

They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it? 

Changes 2nd book cover design

Designed by Kendell Clarke

This is the 2nd cover, the first one was a black background with shattered glass. I figured it was too dark for the first book which is really introductions to the characters. Both concepts came from my sister the story editor Sherrian Felix and designed by Kendell Clarke. The second was lighter and added some mystery to the Haze character. His love interest finds his picture on the floor of a photo shoot and that’s what keeps her going. Both concepts are very simple, I’m not about being complicated or cryptic when it comes to the cover. 

What are you hoping readers take from your book?

I hope they will enjoy it, and stick around for the ride. These character’s lives are not perfect and we get to see their flaws and grow with them, I know I have.

What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I love to write any chapter with the lead character Adriana or ‘the Stoners’— Chellon, Kai and Jason. Adriana is a minx, her mind is so warped and devious. The Stoners are the comic relief. 

Why did you feel you had to write this book? 

There was a knot in my stomach that twisted every time I tried to talk myself out of writing it. I’ve had the story for so long. It really started to come into fruition 3 years ago when I wrote the first draft. It was a television series that I knew I had to turn into a book.  

Are you an avid or occasional reader? If so, what is your favorite genre of books?

I am an avid reader. I’ll read almost anything that catches my attention within the first 20 pages.

If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why? 

I am proud to say I have interviewed one on my favorite authors, Gavin Weston. He wrote the book that changed my life called Harmattan. Harmattan is a story of an 11 year old girl who was forced into marriage to a 60 year old man. It was heartbreaking, I cried for days. Since then I have been involved in raising awareness of child marriage. The story was based on true events that he as an NGO witnessed. 

If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be?

I have a book that is called You Sang to Me. It is a romance. I haven’t released it yet. I started with this series first because for some reason there was this strong desire to do it first. Even though You Sang to Me was written years before this.

What new projects are you working on?

I am working on book 2 in the Family Portrait series. It will be called The Banovic Siblings and will be released mid November – December 2013.

Where can readers find you? 

I love connecting with readers! I think I’m their fan.

View book trailer: http://youtu.be/EiBdwhT74NA

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPortraitNovels

Website: (Read the first chapter)

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gillianfx

Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EADYMCA