I am not the only one flying to the United States next month. My dear friend (she has become a really good friend) Gabi Plumm is also going to America with her partner Peter Marsh. Why? Because they have been invited to showcase two of their films at the Friday Harbour Festival on St Juan Island Washington state. Cousins across the sea and the first Skeletons in the Cupboard have been chosen to be screened. (You can check them out below).
Not sure how I first connected with Gabi, through social media of course as we’ve never met (she is in Cairns Australia and I’m in Spain) – but it’s on the cards. I count her as one of my most supportive friends.
A little bit about Gabi.
Born in the UK, Gabi spent many years in France and Spain before emigrating to Australia, in 1987.
Gabi’s history is marked by the astonishing discovery, aged 34, that she’d been adopted and obviously, never told. The ensuing quest for her birth parents lead Gabi into unexpected waters, and finding her mother, a sister and two brothers, gave her a sense of identity and place, she’d never had before. With the understanding of the source of her talents, abilities, and leanings, she set about writing her memoir —rather badly as she now admits— but once written, the catharsis of the autobiography Registered Under Another Name (2007) sparked an ongoing interest in writing and editing. She has also written a series of eight children’s stories entitled The Two Jays of Dribblepit which languishes like so many others, in Amazon’s darkest corners.
I have read these and they are great, so check them out! Perfect for kids aged around 9. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OUSZC4W
With two grown sons who are Professional Tennis Coaches living in America, and a partner, Peter, with whom she makes documentary films, Gabi has found time to consolidate her talents by achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, specialising in Editing. These talents she put towards scriptwriting for their films (details below), in which she also performs as narrator and presenter, as well as editing a variety of manuscripts and websites.
In her spare time, she runs a small B & B and teaches Pickleball to ex-tennis players who, like her, can no longer charge about a tennis court or handle over-arm serving.
This is Gabi’s author page. https://www.amazon.com/Gabi-Plumm/e/B00NO7B0CS
The growing list of authors she loves to work for is small but special, and her documentary films about the early people of the Pacific continue to glean thousands of views and comments daily.
Aboriginal Pride (2012)
Cousins Across the Sea, The Director’s Cut (2013)
New Zealand: Skeletons in the Cupboard. Episode 1: The Redheads (2015)
Skeletons in the Cupboard, Episode 2: Under the Carpet (2016)
So we also have a filming background in common, and she understands my strange use of commas in all the wrong places! For every edit she has gone the extra mile, and is currently recording book trailers for all my books – and I never even asked her!
Sadly, we’ll miss each other in America – miles apart and the wrong dayes, but one day Gabi …!