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Elissa Gabrielle interview with John Wooden

From John Wooden, Crime Fiction Novelist…

If Wonder Woman were born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, her name would be Elissa Gabrielle. This Jersey girl is proof that women can do it all and have it all. Elissa is an author, publisher and screenwriter. She’s been writing since she was eight-years-old and shows no sign up slowing down. I enjoyed talking with this soon to be Naturopathic Doctor. And, yes, I said Naturopathic Doctor, which is just one part of her story.

Out of all her achievements, projects and life’s work, the one trait that is the most fascinating about Mrs. Gabrielle is her passion for people. She is always on a mission to improve lives and it shows in everything that she does. Currently, she is on a mission to help people live holistic and healthier lifestyles—spirit, mind and body.

Elissa is currently marketing her newest literary work, a joint venture with author Zach Tate, titled No Arms to Hold Me. It’s a thought provoking, coming of age story about a young woman, Zondra Johnson, who has dealt with her fair share of trials and tragedy. She ends up finding eventual triumph. The story is important for women because it chronicles the life of a woman who has made mistake after mistake, but once she learned to love herself first, her decision- making began to change.

Mrs. Gabrielle is no stranger to storytelling. She has authored six books: Eye of the Beholder, A Whisper to a Scream, Glowing Embers in a Dying Fire, Women Most Wanted, Good to the Last Drop and Point of No Return: and several short stories, anthology contribution and her non-fiction title, Testifyin’: The Rise to Grace.

In addition to being an author, this superwoman offers ghostwriting services, manages artists and speakers, and self-publishing services. She has worked with both celebrities and non-celebrities under her Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment Label.

After taking a breath, I asked the powerhouse how she was able to do all that she does and still manage to run a successful publishing company. She flashed that beautiful smile and proceeded to tell me about Peace in the Storm Publishing house.

The name Peace In The Storm Publishing came from a song, “Peace In The Storm” that was written and performed by my father, jazz musician Joe Thomas. He wrote that song when I was eight-years-old. The song, melody and words, had such a profound impact on me that I knew the title would be with me for the rest of my life. I had been rejected in so many ways, by so many publishers, and even authors, when I was trying to become published that I took matters into my own hands and decided to form the company to publish my works. Based on how good I was at publishing, and witnessing so many other great storytellers being rejected also, led me to take on others and ultimately, become an envoy by which dreams would come true. As time went on, my vision shifted to helping others realize their literary dreams. The goals have expanded to take our quality content to higher platforms such as television, film and stage.

When I asked Elissa for a bit of advice for aspiring authors this is what she said, Never give up. When you need something to believe in, start with yourself.

If you follow Elissa on social media, you’d know that she lives by self-affirmation and her faith in God. She pointed out that being a publisher meant carrying heavy burdens. You’re responsible for someone else’s intellectual property. There are those authors who want their publisher to do more for them than they are willing to do for themselves, and you have to steer them in the right direction, to the point that they want it more than anyone else. In life, you cannot demand more than you are willing to give.

Elissa admits that being a publisher means that you must deal with varying egos and personalities. Sometimes those egos outweigh a person’s talent. She also pointed out that publishers must deal with authors who become destructive because they are unappreciative of the opportunities they have been blessed with.

When discussing the rewards and benefits of Peace in the Storm Publishing, the publisher states, It is a beautiful and spiritually-satisfying feeling to know that I have taken someone from manuscript to masterpiece. That is a blessing. That is God. Peace In The Storm Publishing has been nominated and have won multiple literary awards and while those accolades are amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful, the true reward has been that I have taken the gifts God has blessed me with, used them for a glorious purpose and left situations and people better than how I found them.

One of the mottos that Elissa Gabrielle lives by is, Be you and the world will adjust. She explains how one has to walk in their own truth, while keeping their eye on the prize. If you’re looking to see what everyone else is doing, you’re not focusing on the direction of your dreams. You must stay focus to receive what it is that God has for you.

Honesty, integrity, authenticity and longevity are what make Peace In The Storm different from other publishing houses. This year, the publisher celebrates 10 years of drama-free and scandal-free publishing. Something she is extremely proud of.

Peace In The Storm has expanded with imprints that cater to different demographics and genres. These imprints include After the Storm Publishing, Imani Faith Publishing and ASP Kids, which is the house’s newest imprint. She recently formed Imprint Mass Media with co-founder Zach Tate. With this new venture, we serve as publishers, consultants, ghostwriters, screenwriters and content developers.

The conversation turned personal when I gave my condolences to the recent loss of her father. This comes after losing her mother and other family members, all of whom she helped nurse to Heaven. When I asked her how she managed to make it through and still be able to do what she does, she replied, Honoring your father and mother is being respectful in word and action. In every way, always and in all ways I give honor to my father for creating me, and my mother for giving me life. Being a caregiver and an advocate is not for the faint at heart. It is a task that requires insurmountable strength. It is daily heartbreak and heartache. It is anxiety, depression, sadness, grief, and physical, spiritual, emotional pain and anguish. It is life shattering and life changing. It is work. As a child, it is mandatory. It was an honor, even in the midst of the trials, to take care of my parents in as many ways as I could. I would trade nothing for the journey, except to have them back. The advice I would give to women is to make sure that in the process of taking care of everyone else that you don’t lose yourself in the process. You must eat properly, pray and meditate daily, and move daily. Above all things, you must go to God in prayer at all times to see you through.

When Elissa Gabrielle’s cape is in the cleaners, she spends her free time with her husband. Together, they love to travel and spend much needed time together. In addition, Elissa is studying and living a more holistic life and working to fulfill her personal health goals so that she will be a good doctor to those in need.

Gabrielle admits that she is good at fixing broken people and has helped countless people live more meaningful lives. Some have gone on to lower blood pressure, lose weight and even have better outlooks on life. She has helped others live who had otherwise thought about ending their lives and she says she is looking forward to doing more of God’s work. Less of me and more of him, she says.

And, if you thought that was enough for this superstar to handle, hold the phones. Gabrielle has her eyes planted on television and film, and travels to help others’ spirit, soul and body when she receives her degree and becomes Dr. Elissa Gabrielle.

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