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Once Upon a Time with Gail Sattler

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I had the amazing opportunity to meet Gail Sattler at the ACFW Conference this past year. She met with me for a one-on-one appointment and graciously critiqued my work (go ahead, we might as well call her a saint).

Welcome to the Love Worth Waiting For blog Gail! I’m excited to have you here today.

Jess: For those reading who are new to your writing, tell us more about Gail Sattler? How long have you been writing and who do readers enjoy about your stories the most?

I’ve been writing for about 15 years, starting when my children were in diapers. I think what readers enjoy most about my stories is the touch of humor in stories that are easy to read about characters that are easy to like.

Jess: Your new release Seattle Cinderella is a modern retelling of the fairy tale, were you nervous to take on a beloved storyline?

No, not at all. I’ve stated very close to the fairy tale storyline, and had a lot of fun changing the main elements of the story to a modern and believable setting.

Jess: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters and the journey they’ll go on in their stories (without spoiling the good bits, of course)?

Sure! Instead of being a scullery maid, Cinderella, aka Cindy, works in a job where she does get quite dirty, right down to her steel-toed workboots. While the Prince isn’t royalty, he is moderately well off, and is just a prince of a guy. For the rest of the stories, it was a lot of fun to imagine what the step-sisters would be like, and what they would do for a living in a modern-day setting. They had to move forward without dwelling too much on the past, but they did want to make their past wrongs right.




Jess: If we’re going with the Disney versions, my favorite hero would be a toss-up between Beast and Flynn Rider. How about you, which fairy tale hero is your favorite, why?

I can’t say it’s a fairy tale, buy my favorite Disney hero is… the Tramp from Lady and the Tramp. Now there’s a romantic tale! Or is that Tail?

Jess: Authors are also known for being voracious readers, what books are on your nightstand right now?

With ebooks now so prevalent, all my Love Inspired novels are available, as well as my last recent full length novel, The Narrow Path.

Jess: Can you let us in on what you’re working on right now, when can we look for your next book to be released?

I’m working on a new series, which is by a team of 9 authors. It’s centered around the Bloomfield Garden Club, although there isn’t much mention of gardening in the stories, it’s mostly about the trouble all the members of the garden club get into as they go about their lives, and the lives of others.

There are links to it on my website on, as well as some fun photos and other stuff.

Thanks for having me, it’s been fun answering your questions.

-Gail Sattler


Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC with her husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs, and a lizard named Bub who is quite cuddly for a reptile when he isn’t eating her houseplants. When Gail isn’t writing she plays piano for the worship team at her Mennonite Brethren church, or electric bass for a local jazz band, and in the new year she’s going to try out a community orchestra with her acoustic double bass. When Gail is writing, she writes tales of love, always faithful to the happily-ever-after ending readers of romance have come to know and love.


More information about Seattle Cinderella:

Cinderella lives—except her name is Cindy and she resides in Seattle!

Cindy is forced to run her late father’s muffler shop. Will her step-sisters’ shenanigans and Luke Princeton’s charms only make her life even more unbearable?

Cindy’s step-sister Annie has reformed her ways. But how will she prove it to the man she loves?

Step-sister Zella is writing her own love story. But is she using a poison pen?

Cindy’s godmother, Farrah, has caught the attentions of a younger man. Does she have the courage to love again?

How far will God go to give these women a happy-ever-after?