Author Q & A, Interviews

Lightning Round w/ Gillian French

Hello fellow readers and welcome to my newest segment, Lightning Round! I’ve realized with the growing community of book reviews and related content posts that it’s difficult to fit in reading all of the things we want to. After brainstorming in an effort to connect readers with authors in a more personal way, I came up with the idea for these “bullet interviews”-think more of a get to know the person who’s writing the book rather than us trying to sell you a piece of merchandise. It’s a fun, fast segment, similar to the templates you currently see in Instagram stories. Today’s guest is Gillian French, author of Grit, The Door To January, and The Lies They Tell. (In case you missed my review and mood board of The Lies They Tell you can find it HERE.) Please join me in giving Gillian a warm welcome and come chuckle along with me at her fabulous answers to my ridiculous questions. 😉



Name: Gillian French
Birthday: 2/13/1983
Birthplace: Rockland, ME
Current Location: Hermon, ME


Job: Breakfast attendant/housekeeping at Comfort Inn
Car: Hyundai Excel
Pet: Dog
Crush: Ted Danson (I can’t believe I just admitted that)


Color: Red
Food: Dark chocolate
TV Show: The X-Files
Song: This is tough! Going with “Nightrain” by Guns N’ Roses.

Memories/Best Of-

Vacation: Honeymoon in the Adirondacks
High School Prom Theme: OMG—I can’t remember! I think there were stars…?
Award/Honor: 2017 Lupine Award for Best Young Adult Novel from the Maine Library Association for GRIT
Beloved Indie Book Store: Tie between The Briar Patch and Bookstacks

Bookish Favorites:

Book: The Shining
Author: Barbara Michaels
Genre: Mystery
Book to Movie Adaption: Dolores Claiborne

This or That:

Reading During the Day or Night: Both/any/all!
Comedy or Drama: Drama
Physical Book or E-Reader: Physical
Road Trip or Plane: Road trip!
Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings: HP
Wine or Beer: Wine
Sushi or Tacos: Tacos
Early Riser or Night Owl: I always get the worm!
Introvert or Extrovert: Total introvert
Breakfast or Dinner: Breakfast FOR dinner


Edgar Award Nominee Gillian French’s debut novel, Grit, was an Indie Next List pick, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine and lives in Hermon, Maine, with her husband and sons. To learn more about Gillian, visit her online at

4 thoughts on “Lightning Round w/ Gillian French”

  1. Love this–a lighting round is a great idea…and it was fun to see all these quick facts/preferences of Gillian. We share some things in common that’s for sure!

    One suggestion if you’re looking for any would be to add a “what you’re reading now,” or “the best book you read in the last 3 months” type question. I love learning that about writers in particular. 🙂 Thanks for another great post, Chelsea.

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