Featured Interview With Gabrielle Dahms
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Coastal fog appeals to me. I have lived in San Francisco, California for some thirty years. The city – like all cities – has changed throughout the years. There’s even less fog now. Temperatures have steadily increased over the last fifteen years. It almost feels like L.A.. Still, San Francisco is the city of choice for me in the United States. I grew up in Germany and love to travel the world. And yes, I have a toilet-trained cat. Her name is Sheba.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Pinpointing an age seems impossible. Books fascinated me before I could read. I loved the feel, the weight and the mystery. As a young child, any pictures inside books captivated me. Then, when I began to read, books were my steady companions. I dreamt about being surrounded by them and working in a bookstore.
Although it never occurred to me that I’d be writing books, I wrote journals daily since the time I could write. Then, in the last few years, writing books became a deep desire and reality. I’ve not looked back.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Good writing is more important to me than genre, though I gravitate toward non-fiction, history and art books. Sometimes I read novels and even a self-help book. I read books in English, German and Spanish, though the list of books to read is always longer than the time to read.
Isabel Allende, Eudora Welty, William Zinsser, Joseph Campbell, Carlos Fuentes are among writers who inspire me. Others exist.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I write a series of non-fiction books about real estate and real estate investing. The first book How Trends Make You A Smarter Investor is about nine big trends that affect real estate investment and how investors can gain from them. The second book Finding Profitable Deals spells out many real estate niches – some of which readers may never have thought about-, what makes them attractive, how to find great deals in them, and how to assess the niche, etc.
As a real estate broker and investor of twenty years the books aim to guide others through the vast body of knowledge about the field, to save those who are or want to become real estate investors time, money, and painful lessons. Having read many books on the subject, I realized that most other authors write their books as sales tools for their services, membership programs, and systems. While that is fine, the series I am writing wants to inform and educate and help people make good decisions instead. No hype. No sales pitch.
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