Interview: Roberta Gately

by kelly on November 13, 2012

Roberta Gately’s The Bracelet has an intriguing premise: Boston nurse Abby Monroe and New York Times reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves entrenched in the middle of a human trafficking ring overseas. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed the murder of a Pakistani woman by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes the next casualty. I can’t wait to read it. Welcome, Roberta!

What is your favorite quality in a person?

Sense of humor. Laughter is the antidote for almost everything in life.

What is your least favorite?

Dishonesty, and that nagging feeling that someone is just insincere.

What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

Who is your greatest love?

As an optimist, I’m hoping I haven’t met him yet.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

My dream day is working in humanitarian aid, setting up a clinic in a remote region, and knowing I’ve
made a difference. There is no other feeling quite like it in the world.

What place do you love?

I can’t choose one–I love two places, as dissimilar as places can be, but both offer unique and simple
pleasure to me. Cape Cod–for the sheer pleasure of the ocean lapping at my feet, and Afghanistan–for the opportunity to provide aid in a place as desolate and desperate as you can imagine.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I am lucky enough to still be a nurse, a role that’s taken me around the world and allowed me an
abundance of opportunities.

Which person, living or dead, do you most admire?

It’s actually a group–the staff of the International Rescue Committee–they quietly
devote their lives to rescuing the world’s forgotten.

What are the words you live by?

Treat people as you want to be treated.


For more information on Roberta’s books, visit


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