Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so thrilled to introduce to you fellow InspyRomance contributor, Ginger Solomon. Ginger is the homeschooling mother of seven (I know! I *love* that!) who is also writes for three blogs and is president of her writers group. She is truly a Proverbs 31 woman who writes with God in her mind and heart. I hope you enjoy this interview. AND – Ginger is giving away an ebook of her release, One Choice! Wait until you read about this book — you’ll definitely want to enter to win it! So, check out the Rafflecopter below with the entry instructions.
Thank you for joining me today, Ginger!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a mom to seven wonderful children (yep, they’re all mine). I’ve homeschooled them from the beginning and have two that have graduated and moved on to college. In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and playing video games with my children. We live on a 7-acre mini farm where we have a large garden, many different kinds of trees and berries, and free-range chickens.
Tell us about your current release.
My debut novel is titled One Choice. Here’s the blurb:
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?
Absolutely. If I can touch only one, I would still want to touch the one. There’s an old song we sang in youth when I was in high school called “It Only Takes a Spark.” If I’m able to be that spark in someone’s life, or even if I’m only planting a seed that is watered and brought to maturity by someone else, I am willing. My goal in my writing, and everything I do – though I’m far from perfect at it – is to bring glory to God.
Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful?
No. Success is relative. This leads back to the previous question. If I reach the one person that God wants my story to reach, whether published or not, then I am a success. I really try to write for an audience of One, and if He chooses to send my story out, it will reach who it needs to reach, when he/she needs to receive it. It’s not about me. And while this sounds really holy, it’s what’s in my heart. Do I want to reach a larger audience, or be more successful? Sure, who doesn’t? But I keep reminding myself over and over, and over and over that it’s not about me.
Have you always wanted to write a book?
No. I’ve only been writing for a few years. I’ve journaled for a long time and then it came to the point where the desire to write was so strong, but as I stared at my blank journal page, I didn’t know what to say. One night I had a dream and it stayed with me for days, so I started writing. That became my first book (which will never be published). To this date, all of my book ideas have started with a single scene coming to me in a dream. I write it down, put it aside and let it simmer, if you will, until I have a general idea of where I want the story to go. Only then do I sit down to write without plotting. I get to “read” the story as I write it. And sometimes my characters throw me a doozy of a plot twist. *smile*
Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?
Ah, oops. I basically answered that question above. I learn about my characters first. I search the internet for their faces, give them personalities based on the Jung theory, and decide their backstory. I create a calendar to keep my timeline straight. I also research or imagine the setting in great detail – going as far as using a computer program to design the house and the layout of the furniture. After that, I write and let the story lead me as it will.
What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?
I never, ever saw myself having and homeschooling seven children. Due to some things in my past, I got married thinking that I couldn’t have children, which was okay with me. I don’t really like kids much. There was also no such thing as homeschooling. After my first child was born (11 months after our wedding), God moved us to an area with large families who homeschooled. I learned A LOT during that time, and while I hated the area, I am so glad God took us there.
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