"The writing style of Gabriel Lea reminded me a lot of Tahereh Mafi – really poetic and beautiful."
— Lianne, 4 Stars
Miracles are happening on the rush hour train.
Nobody pays much attention to the old man shuffling through the crowded carriage. He's just one more stranger in a sea of strangers, but little do they know that his bright, timeless eyes can see into each and every person he passes and read all the stories hiding behind their blank stares.
As he leans on the gleaming brass head of his walking stick and pauses to sense the air, his eyes are drawn to a nervous woman, fidgeting with a string of pearls at her throat. A soft smile plays at his lips; he has found his mark and she has no idea that a miracle is about to happen.
He drifts forward and sets his battered suitcase at her feet. Safe inside its scarred leather walls and nestled on a bed of midnight velvet, is a cargo more precious than any jewel and that no amount of money could ever buy. The suitcase holds the one thing that everybody wants… and tonight… a lucky few will get.
'I want to write books that make you come alive, that inspire, and spark questions, and remind you that life really is magical. I want to write stories that grab you by the hand and say, "Come on! Dig deep and find your own magic. The world is waiting to see how unique and brilliant you are."'
Gabriel has a fearless and colourful history. She has been a singer, clothing designer, a massage therapist, copywriter, meditation instructor and even a fry cook! (And that's not the complete list.) She has studied past life regression therapy, reads tarot cards, is addicted to all forms of sugar, withers if she doesn't get enough sunshine and has never been afraid to learn something new and chase a new dream. Writing, however, has been a lifelong constant - whether she was writing song lyrics, or poetry, or ad campaigns for big corporations. Her love of the written word and dedication to her craft has culminated in her debut young adult book series, The Lost Souls.
'Listening to stories is humankind's most ancient way of learning. Stories touch us in a way that nothing else can. I write because I love it with every cell in my body and because I want to help young people to explore their own hearts and minds and encourage them to grow into whoever they were born to be – to test the status quo. We're all here to be our best, brilliant selves and if I can help to nurture that, I will.'