Gabrielle Steele is a former software developer who often stares into the distance as if she’s plotting something (she’s actually quite harmless). Gabrielle writes epic fantasy and speculative shorts, pitting the poor souls she creates against dragons, gods, and the occasional squirrel. She lives in Essex, UK with her husband and is a stay-at-home parent to two mischievous younglings.

The Origin of Thellian

When I was a teenager, I was super into Lord of the Rings, thanks to Peter Jackson’s masterpiece movies coming out at that time. As with many other Tolkien fans, I dreamt of creating a rich world of my own. I even planned to invent several languages, despite the fact I’m useless with languages. In 2003, aged 14, I spent Valentine’s Day with a friend. We were both single, so it was a depressing day for two teenage girls, but we made the most of it. She happened to have an interest in Latin and was kind enough to spend…

Read more about my early writing journey.