International Women's Month Collection: Kaylyn Gabbert

This year I invited women to ask me whatever they wanted. I interviewed them. It was their turn to get to know me in any way they wanted. They sent me these questions in February and March. So I gave them my answers right away. Now you guys can get to know me as well.  Kaylyn Gabbert : Do you have anything you want to know about me? Any questions you've wanted to ask? (Asked to all women) Kimmie Cooper : I already know everything about you!! Lol!! Cheyanne B .: What inspires you the most when writing? KG : I'm inspired by a lot of things when writing like shows and movies on TV, interesting/insane conversations with friends and family, listening to music, and things I read. I also get inspired by real life events such as what I learn in documentaries or personal experiences. It depends on what scene I'm writing, and that will dictate what's inspiring me the most at the moment.  CB : How do you truly focus on keeping any story idea straight enough and detailed enough to

International Women's Month Collection: Rachel B.

I met the creative, energetic, loving Rachel on my birthday a few years ago. But she cemented her spot in my life by attending my wedding as a plus-one and taking so many wonderful pictures that I was able to make a wedding album. She's an amazing female friend.  Kaylyn Gabbert : You're always so outgoing. Where's your favorite place to go?  Rachel B.: My favorite place to go is to nature. I enjoy walking at Long Beach LI on the boardwalk. As I look out on the ocean and horizon I feel hopeful. I also love walking in Central park and getting lost among the trees. Sometimes I forget I am in the middle of NYC. KG : I've seen Central Park. It is absolutely amazing, although I haven't seen it like you have. I was there for a concert. Is there a time of year you would recommend me checking it out? RB : It's cherry blossom time now In Central park. I just walked around the Jackie O reservoir and took photos of the beautiful cherry blossom trees.  KG : When did you join

International Women's Month Collection: Cheyanne B.

Cheyanne and I met as tutor and mentor, and now we're close friends with the absolute best nicknames for one another. Cheyanne is loving, caring, creative, and the best multitasker I have ever met. 😊 Kaylyn Gabbert : When we first met, I was helping you with a creative writing course. Do you still use those tips when writing? Cheyanne B .: Some of it I still use and some of it I forgot. And that's true for everybody.  KG : How many open projects are you writing these days? CB : I had seventy. I had ten a day until [Wattpad] said this user doesn't have an account, this user doesn't exist. It sucks because I didn't have any of them saved. I knew some people were stealing my stories but it still sucks. I emailed them, but I'll work on twenty-four new story ideas until I hear back from them.  KG : Were you able to get your Wattpad account back CB : No, they said that there was no issue with my account. I tried to reset password and it told me user didn't exist.

International Women's Month Collection: Kimmie Cooper

This interview was initially supposed to go up on 4/9, but due to a rough anniversary and some severe weather craziness. So now it's time to get reacquainted with my amazing friend since college, Kimmie. Now we're each other's beta readers, and we look out for each other more. She is amazing. ^-^  Kaylyn Gabbert : Since we spoke last year, we've established a better and more personal working relationship. Because of this I felt the need to interview again. First, what did you think of last year's interview? Kimmie Cooper : I liked it.  Kimmie's son : Especially because I was in it.  *Son dubbed me Interview Lady; he's 14* KG : Over the last year you became my beta reader. My second one, and the first one who I met with regularly. I appreciate everything you've given me as a beta reader. Do you beta read for anyone else? KC : Every once in a while I beta read with the literary agency I'm working with. It's not as often as I meet with you.  KG : If

International Women's Month Collection: Shaneeza A.

I met Shaneeza in the Brooklyn's Women's Writing Group, and she caught my attention by always sharing inspirational reading and putting her writing out there. She and I are now Accountability partners in the writing world.  Kaylyn Gabbert : How did you meet the Brooklyn Women's Writing Group?  Shaneeza A .: Um… I was looking for writing groups on MeetUp, and I originally found a writing group for men and women. I found the men to be chauvinistic. If you were writing romance or teen they always seemed to think that their writing was more important than yours whereas the women were always supportive.  KG : You tell the group about amazing, inspirational books for women. How do you come across them? SA : I find them by word of of mouth or by what I'm experiencing. Right now I'm going through a spiritual phase and R.L. Stine. Last year, I was into women's empowerment.  KG : What got you into writing? SA :  I went back to college to study geology. I wanted to be a pr

International Women's Month Collection: Betsy C.

Meet Betsy. She's a wonderful mom, who I may have met as a client, but she's a great friend. 😄 Kaylyn Gabbert : When we first met you had just got back from a three-day weekend with your family. I think you said there camping, ATVs, fireworks. I definitely remember being jealous. Do you and your family often go camping? Betsy C .:We used to go a lot more before the toddler but toddler and tents don't mix. We go at least once a year around labor day.  KG : We met for a writing job. Have you hired people for writing jobs before? BC : I've never hired anyone for a writing job before, but I've considered commissioning art. I haven't done it yet though. … I couldn't get the art how I wanted for the shirt I wanted. I also couldn't find an artist that could work in my price range, so my price range. Right now the project is on hold until I can draw better and probably do the project myself.  KG : I'm still working on your story, but during one of our video

International Women's Month Collection: Irene Lyla Lee

Meet Irene, she's one of my writing mentors and beta readers. But mostly, she's a mentor and accountability partner outside the group I started. I love it.  Kaylyn Gabbert : We met when I joined the Brooklyn Women's Writing Group that you host via Zoom that I joined last year. I heard you guys started meeting in person first. When was the group founded? Irene Lyla Lee : Oh gosh. I think the group was founded in 2017, but I joined in the summer of 2019. The leaders have changed over the years.  KG : When did you first fall in love with writing? ILL : Oh my God. That is such a sweet question. I'm an only, so I've, like, always been making up stories. I don't know when I started to write my dreams at the age of nine. Then I started to write every day. I think it helped me ground myself to the world. Without my seventh grade teacher seeing me as a writer I probably would not have seen myself as a writer.  KG : What started your love affair with in-home gardening? IL