The Gripped Characters: Q&A with Bella Gill on “Taylor’s Story”

| Written by Bella Gill, Pembroke, Massachusetts |

Meet Bella Gill

Bella is a junior at Pembroke High School in Pembroke, Massachusetts.  She is a midfielder for the South Shore Select 2006 Girls Academy Soccer Team and is headed to the National Finals in St. Louis this summer.  She is also a midfielder for the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity soccer team.  Additionally, Bella is the vice-president of her class, a member of the Pembroke High School Yearbook staff and assistant coaches a U10 girls soccer team. Bella enjoys traveling with her family and friends, skiing, reading, babysitting, and working in the local office of a gastroenterologist. Bella’s favorite subjects include English, History, and Model UN.  She hopes to study abroad in Europe in college. 

After reading Gripped Parts 1-5, Bella Gill was asked to share her honest opinion of some of the series’ main characters.

Q. What do you hope happens to….

I hope that Taylor helps to bring down the crime ring, while keeping himself safe. I hope that he can completely distance himself away from drugs and continue his college career academically and athletically. 

Cathy & Chantal
I hope that the sisters completely repair their relationship and go back to being best friends. I believe this will help Cathy’s depression and improve both of their health and mental states. 

Cathy & Jason
I think that Cathy and Jason should not be together due to the risks of unhealthy and addictive behaviors with drugs. Both of them are not in the right headspace to be with one another and I think it will bring nothing but harm. 

Luke & Missy
I am kind of distraught about my feelings surrounding this relationship. Although it may be fun and joyful for them, I think this relationship is difficult since Missy loves to party and Luke prefers to stay away from substances, but has dealt with them in the past.

Q. How has your opinion of the characters evolved overtime?

My opinion on Taylor has not changed. I am still hoping he can pull his life together and stay away from drugs all together. 

My opinion on Jordan has completely changed in that he is now one of my favorite characters and at the start of the series I disliked him because of how irresponsible and risky he was. He has become a mature and caring person, and I enjoy reading about him. 

I used to really like Marc because I believed he was one of the more mature and passionate characters, but now I think he needs to resolve his issue with Jordan. It is annoying that he will not let go of this anger and fix things with his brother. 

I have never really had that much of an opinion over Missy. I just dislike her relationship with Luke and how she uses him for drugs so she can party. 

I am starting to like Luke more now since he has realized the negative effect that selling drugs to his friends has had on everyone. Since he has recognized his wrong doings, he has become a more appealing character. 


Now being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman!

Taylor Dunkin is missing.
The last message Jordan Dunkin receives from Taylor leads him to Taylor’s abandoned Jeep. Each of Taylor’s family members holds a piece of the puzzle, and as the Dunkins begin putting the details together, they are awakened to the possibility they may never see Taylor again.No one can find Missy Kent.
Missy’s boyfriend Luke Davids last saw her dancing with their friends at a nightclub, but she hasn’t responded to anyone’s texts or calls for hours.

Everything is connected.
Taylor and Missy’s friends are dangerously close to learning the truth, but their ignorance might be the only thing keeping them safe. Every clue is leading them closer to peril.

The fifth book in the Gripped series moves through details at a thrilling pace. Secrets are revealed and lives are at stake. Taylor, Missy, their friends, and their families must figure out who they can trust before it’s too late.

Published by Author Stacy A. Padula

Stacy Padula has spent the last 14 years working daily with teenagers as a college counselor, mentor, and life coach. She was named "Top Inspirational Author of the Year" for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (New York, NY). In 2021, she was broadcast on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as "Empowered Woman of the Year." Her Gripped book series is currently being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman. She is the founder and CEO of Briley & Baxter Publications: a publishing company that donates a portion of its proceeds to animal rescues each month. She has edited and published a variety of titles, including Boston Bruins Anthem Singer Todd Angilly and Rachel Goguen's The Adventures of Owen & the Anthem Singer, LaTonya Pinkard of Netflix's Last Chance U's Nate & His Magic Lion, and former NHL player Norm Beaudin's memoir The Original: Living Life Through Hockey. Stacy resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts with her husband Tim and two miniature dachshunds, Briley and Baxter.