Please help me welcome author Gail Martin to my blog today. Gail has graciously answered some questions for us today and also let us know a little about her Christmas release. I can’t wait to read it!
1. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I think all writers’ work reflects personal elements such as: values, interests, sense of humor, human outlook and, in the case of Christian writers, their faith. Some personal experiences and expressions of emotion are also pulled and molded from my life journey, but I never use characters that are like me in my novels.
2.What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I have a horrible fear of heights, and I went on a hot air balloon ride for the sake of research, but sadly the idea was rejected by my editor. Maybe one day it will work. I hope so. Having a fear of heights and sailing in a wicker basket one mile above the earth connected to a balloon is amazing and a bit weird for an acrophobic.
3. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My third grade teacher wrote “Gail is a good writer” on my report card. Writing a book was a childhood dream, but I took the talent for granted. In 1994 I considered submitting my work for publication. I took four Christmas programs I’d written for my church and put them in book format. I sold the book in three months and continued to write articles for magazines on parenting and teen issues using my credentials as a counselor. I began writing fiction in 1997 and sold in 1998. It was then that I discovered I was a writer.
4. What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
My favorite novels are suspense and mainstream fiction with authors such as Anne Tyler, Maeve Binchy, Roseamund Pilcher, Kristin Hannah, and in Christian fiction, Lisa Samson. I write romance but have never been a romance reader.
5. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My work as an educator and counselor allowed me to touch hundreds of teens where I provided learning and guidance. I still hear from numerous students who continue to thank me for my caring and for my inspiration to learning. They said I made it fun and interesting. Writing fiction and teaching writing has continued my journey to impact people in a positive way.
6. What is your favorite food?
Goodness, I like food, especially so many wonderful dishes from countries all over the world, but if I had to pick one food that I crave on occasion, it would be pizza. Give me a Buddy’s or Green Lantern pizza (both known in the Detroit area) and I’m about as close to heaven as I can get on earth.
7. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I’ve escaped most road blocks. I sold my first novel in a year after starting to write fiction, and today I’ve contracted 49 novels (a few are novellas). Recently I’ve made a decision to write more single titles (trade books). I’ve sold three single title trade books in the past, but most of my work has been category romances. Being a mid-list author makes the change more difficult. I hope to overcome it with persistence and writing the best stories I can.
8. Tell us about the featured book?
Christmas Gifts is a 2-in-1 release that features my novel, Small Town Christmas, and Her Christmas Cowboy by Brenda Minton. My novel is the story of precocious twin seven year old girls, their widowed father, and their second grade teacher who happens to live on their street. Set in delightful Harrisville, Michigan, I had a great time researching and learning things about the town that made the story special.
The back cover blurb says:
When the new second grade teacher, Amy Carroll, meets the precocious twin sisters, she knows she has her hands full, but when she learns they live on the street where she is staying with her grandmother and they have a single father who is handsome and needs help, Amy’s hands are beyond full. But Amy’s from Chicago and falling in love with a small town man is not part of her plan. Can God waylay Amy’s desire to return to the big city? Can Mike Russett open his heart to love?
Thanks for sharing with us, Gail!
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