On great website that showcases amateur gamebooks is www.ffproject.com. This website not only has gamebooks in doc and pdf form but you can also play a lot of those gamebooks online. I put some questions up on the guestbook of ffproject and some of the authors were kind enough to give me answers.
Gaetano Abbondanza has written two brilliant horror themed Fighting Fantasy books - House of Horror and Soul Tracker: Day of the Supernaturals. Here's what makes Gaetano tick...
What was the first gamebook you read (that wasn't your own)?
THE CAVE OF TIME
What is your favourite gamebook?
HEART OF ICE by Dave Morris (Stuart - nice, mine too.)
What gamebooks/interactive fiction would you recommend to a newcomer to the genre?
LONE WOLF SERIES OR VIRTUAL REALITY SERIES
Summarise what a gamebook is to a newcomer in 100 characters or fewer.
INTERACTIVE FICTION: THE READER CONTROLS THE STORY BY MAKING DECISIONS THAT CONTROL THE FLOW OF EVENTS
Why are gamebooks great compared to games or books?
THEY'RE A COMBINATION OF A STORY AND A PUZZLE WITH AN ULTIMATE GOAL FOR THE READER TO STRIVE TOWARDS
Where did you come up with your ideas for gamebook stories?
GAMEBOOKS THAT I'VE READ; MYTHS, LEGENDS AND HISTORY
Where did you come up with your ideas for gamebook game systems (in this case additional rules for FF)?
INFLUENCED BY OTHER GAMEBOOK SYSTEMS AND ALSO THINKING ABOUT THINGS THAT THE READER WOULD FIND NOVEL OR FUN
When it comes to writing a gamebook, what's the most important thing that you do?
MAKE IT FUN; TRY TO PRODUCE SOMETHING THAT I WOULD WANT TO READ
What inspired you to write an amateur gamebook?
MY LOVE OF THE GENRE
What has writing a gamebook taught you?
WRITING CREATIVELY IS BOTH FUN AND CHALLENGING!
What have you got coming up in terms of your gamebook projects?
"DEVIL'S FLIGHT": 300 SECTION SPACE / HORROR ADVENTURE (THINK OF THE MOVIE "ALIENS"
Do you have any websites/blogs/Twitter feeds?
NOT AT THIS TIME
What do you think the future of gamebooks is?
ONLINE APPS SUCH AS WWW.GAMEBOOKADVENTURES.COM