Today I am interviewing Gabriel Madison, author of the new mystery novel, Now Introducing, The New Age.
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DJ: Hey Gabriel! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Gabriel Madison: Sure. I began writing to entertain my mother, but became quickly passionate about it. Although I’ve never entered a writing contest, I’ve written a few screenplays and short stories that have gotten me praises from several of my professors (including a short vampire film I wrote and directed for school called ‘Midnight Diner’). While attending film school, my love of the written word began to surpass my affinity for the ‘motional art’ (as a few of my friends and I call movie making). Over the last fifteen years of writing in almost every genre, I’ve had a few small press releases. One is still available, Dayling, my different take on the vampire mythology. Truthfully, all of the books I’ve had published over the years were either fantasy, urban fantasy or sci/fi fantasy. The New Age is the first book from me that has no fantasy elements in it. I’m excited about that. Also, I think of myself as a storyteller instead of a writer. My opinion on the difference between the two is a long conversation maybe best for another day! hahaha.
DJ: What is Now Introducing, The New Age about?
Gabriel:Now Introducing, The New Age is about four disadvantaged teens from different backgrounds and different ethnicities are accepted into an elite private college, only to be pulled into a mystery surrounding the expulsion and arrest of a previous student, and an escalating war between the scholarship kids in the Prodigy Program and the affluent students known as the Legacies. The teens team up with an outcast Legacy to find out what really happened, while trying to stop the war between the Prodigies and Legacies from exploding. They quickly realize the pretty exterior of the school is only hiding the ugly atmosphere inside.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Now Introducing, The New Age?
Gabriel:Really what influenced me to write this book is what’s going on in the world right now. How people are separating themselves into different groups and almost demanding that other people pick a side. My story deals with an incident that causes students to draw lines and pick sides, even though they have no idea of what truly happened. They side with the students that are like them, instead of seeking out the truth. Also, a theme in The Count of Monte Cristo I found interesting and wanted to explore a little.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Gabriel: Sure: Melanie Campbell: Black: Got into Westlake because of her writing ability. Comes from a poor household. Her mom is against her going to Westlake, but her father is all for it, because he is thinking about the money he can get from her in the future. She’s had behavior issues in the past mostly acting out against her dad. Although she can play classical music, she is more into playing rock.
Akiko Kimura: Japanese: Musical prodigy. She is the youngest student at Westlake and also has the highest IQ. She comes from a single mother household, and was offered a scholarship at the prestigious school because of her musical abilities. She’s from Nagoya Japan.
Patrick Anderson: :White: A very talented athlete who was offered a scholarship because of his athletic abilities. He’s the stereotypical good guy, always trying to do the right thing by his family. His older brother, who was also a star athlete died of a drug overdose before he made it big.
Drake Scott: black: talented painter. History of violence. Parents both died when he was younger, and he grew up in the foster care. He changed his ways after becoming a Rastafari. He believes weed is a holy sacrament, and not something that should be done for recreational reasons.
Tracy Carter: Rich girl who is assigned to show the Prodigies around. An outsider when it comes to her other wealthy classmates at Westlake. The girlfriend of the ex-Prodie expelled from Westlake. She doesn’t care about the politics of the school or actually the school itself.
Each of them are more than how they are perceived, which comes in handy with their quest to end the war between the Prodies and Legacies.
DJ: What is the world and setting of Now Introducing, The New Age like?
Gabriel: Now Introducing, The New Age takes place in an elite private college where wealthy students and the scholarship students (the best students and brightest students in the world) have to live amongst each other, even though each believe they’re better than the other. The story takes place during the high tension of a war building between the two groups.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Now Introducing, The New Age?
Gabriel: There are a lot of things I enjoyed about writing this book, but my favorite part about writing Now Introducing, The New Age has to be weaving in that theme from The Count of Monte Cristo.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Gabriel: That’s a good question. I hope readers will be talking about in today’s world, classism is at the center of racism and sexism and most of the isms in life today.
DJ: Did you have a particular goal when you began writing Now Introducing, The New Age? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Gabriel: Yes, there’s a particular message I’m hoping to get across when readers finish Now Introducing, The New Age. Racism is real, sexism is real, homophobia is real, religious intolerance is real, but at the center of most of everything wrong with the world today is classism… on both sides.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Now Introducing, The New Age that you can share with us?
Gabriel: I have a lot of quotes I love! Hahaha. I think I can share one quote from each main character:
Tracy: “Let’s go, kiddies, I have a lot to tell you and you have a lot to ignore. Welcome to the madness.”
Drake: “They’re all stuck in Babylon and don’t know it.”
Melanie: “So go and sod off before I show you how we deal with cows like you back in Whitehawk.”
Patrick: “You sly puppy, you.”
Akiko: “You can’t protect me, but we can protect each other.”
DJ: Now that Now Introducing, The New Age is released, what is next for you?
Gabriel: Now that Now Introducing, The New Age is released, I’m in promotion mode. After that I have eleven books on my desktop I’m working on! So, yeah, I’m going to be busy for a long time!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Now Introducing, The New Age that we haven’t talked about yet?
Gabriel: One thing I’d like readers to know about Now Introducing, The New Age that we didn’t talked about is that even if I’m writing about vampires or post apocalyptic futures or an elite private college, my main goal is to cause people to think.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Gabriel: Actually, no. This was a good interview. Thank you!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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Four disadvantaged teens from different backgrounds and different ethnicities are accepted into an elite private college, only to be pulled into a mystery surrounding the expulsion and arrest of a previous student, and an escalating war between the scholarship kids in the Prodigy Program and the affluent students known as the Legacies. The teens team up with an outcast Legacy to find out what really happened, while trying to stop the war between the Prodigies and Legacies from exploding.
About the Author:
Gabriel Madison started writing when he was in high school, mostly short stories and poetry, and then developed a passion for screenplays. He attended a private art University in Atlanta Georgia for Media Production. There he studied script writing and film making. He wrote a few screenplays, and made a few short movies, including a twelve-minute vampire movie, he adapted from a short story, called Midnight Diner. After leaving school, his passion shifted mainly towards writing stories, than shooting and directing them. He writes short stories, novellas, screenplays, graphic novels and full-length novels. He was once asked to define himself: he answered… ‘storyteller’.
Gabriel Madison now lives back home in Albany Georgia.