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Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Meet the author Vivian Zabel


Meet Vivian Zabel

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Vivian Gilbert was born to Raymond and Dolly Gilbert, July 28, 1943, on Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The base for years was outside the city of San Antonio, but now the city surrounds the base.

With a military father who was transferred around the world, Vivian often changed schools, in fact when she graduated from high school in Limestone, Maine, she had changed schools twenty-two times.

After graduating from high school in 1961, Vivian returned to Oklahoma where she enrolled in Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Oklahoma). During the one semester she could afford to attend, Robert Zabel visited his sister, and Vivian and Robert met. They married February 18, 1962 and are still together.

During the next few years, Robert and Vivian had four children, three of whom lived. A story that shows the love and closeness between the couple is found in the short story “Romance Midst Tragedy,” published in Hidden Lies and Other Stories (http://tinyurl.com/8xrz2p).

As she reared her children and was a stay-at-home-mother, with spells of working in the business world, Vivian wrote short stories, poetry, and articles, which were published. Once her children were in school, Vivian returned to college and, in two and a half years, earned her BA with two majors (English and speech).

Vivian attended workshops, clinics, conferences, and classes about writing during her twenty-seven years of teaching. The further education helped her better teach her students and helped her hone her own writing skills. Finally in 2001 she was able to write full time and write longer works, after she retired from teaching.

At present, Vivian has six books to her credit, two co-authored. Her latest books are Prairie Dog Cowboy (written under the name V. Gilbert Zabel) and Midnight Hours (written under the name Vivian Gilbert Zabel).

Her interests besides writing include her family (husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren), reading, helping other people publish their books (through 4RV Publishing), and traveling (which she can’t do much any more).

Links:

4RV Publishing http://4rvpublishingllc.com

Vivian Gilbert Zabel http://viviangilbertzabel.com

Midnight Hours http://midnight-hours.weebly.com

to order http://4rvpublsihingllc.com/Store_Books.html or Amazon.com

Prairie Dog Cowboy http://prairiedogcowboy.weebly.com

to order http://4rvpublishingllc.com/Store_Books.html or Amazon. Com

10 comments:

Harry Gilleland said...

You did a good job with this, your first VBT post.
You gave a lot of information about Vivian and her accomplishments, of which there are many. Vivian is a quite active and excellent writer/editor/publisher.

Cheers!
Harry

Donna M. McDine said...

Vivian...do you ever sleep? You certainly wear many hats and you wear them well.

Best wishes,
Donna
www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Vivian Zabel said...

Thank you, Liana. I guess it takes a bit to know what we're doing -- hey, I'm still learning.

Thanks, Harry. You're hired as my official publicist. *laugh*

Sleep? Donna, what is that? I thought it might be a four letter word, but it has too many letters.

Nancy Famolari said...

Good post. I enjoy learning more about Vivian. She's a very special lady

Liana said...

Thank you Harry-you've encouraged me! I did mess it up with my delay-but now I know I'll do it properly next time!
Thanks!

Liana said...

Vivian, I hope everything will go on smoothly...there's a lot to learn and so little time left in each day!
I guess you are working too much too...
Liana

Liana said...

Donna and Nancy, thank you for stopping by...Have a productive week!
Liana

Vivian Zabel said...

I appreciate the kind words, and the encouragement for Liana.

Thank you, Liana, for coming through. Newbies always have to play catchup, which I understand.

Vivian

kathy stemke said...

Good post, Liana, welcome aboard.

Great lady, Vivian, we all admire you!

Liana said...

Thank you Kathy; I am now publishing part 2.
Liana