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Interview with Author Ginger Solomon

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 happy to have Ginger Solomon, a fellow Inspy Romance contributor as my guest. I have long admired homeschooling moms who are able to write — I am the type of writer who has to be alone in the house to truly find productivity. Ginger homeschools five children, and still writes amazing romance novels. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest five, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for three blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, horses especially, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and ginger solomonsometimes cross-stitch), and loves to sing in the choir at church.

Tell us about your current release:

–Blurb for Love in Mistletoe Springs:

The Mistletoe Springs animal shelter loses their grant, endangering the lives of countless stray dogs, cats, even birds and turtles. The community attempts to save the shelter by running a Christmas in July fundraiser. Groups of volunteers scramble to get all the details together while managing their personal lives. For ten people, love gets in the way.

–Blurb for Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge:

Mitch Silverton agreed to be in charge of decorating for the fundraiser. And he needs his boss, Margaret Holberg, to donate her family’s vast array of decorations to make the day unforgettable. BUT…

She’s not sharing. Christmas is not a holiday she wants to celebrate in July, and saving the animal shelter is not high on her list of important things to do.

He wants her to share more than the decorations. He wants her heart. Will he succeed in changing Miss Scrooge into Mrs. Christmas?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely. I write because I can’t not write. Even if my story only ever helps my teenaged daughter, who reads all my books, then that’s enough for me. I aim to always glorify God in my life, which bleeds into my writing. While I don’t share the salvation message, I do write from a Christian worldview. Even when my characters are struggling with sin, I write them back into the fold of God byMistletoe Springs the end of the book.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? I think this ties in to the previous question, and my answer would be no. I don’t write for the monetary rewards. I write for the glory of One. If He’s not pleased, it doesn’t matter how many people like my book or how much money I’ve made, it was a failure. On the flipside, if He is pleased and glorified, then I’ve done what I’ve set out to do.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I have a fantasy novel that I play with. I’ve never intended for it to be published. It’s something that I’ve just had fun with. I don’t have to worry about believability, grammar, consistencies, etc. I just write and enjoy the characters as they come alive to me. Amazingly, it is one of my daughter’s favorites, and she often begs for a new chapter. Maybe someday I will publish it, but that wasn’t the goal when I started writing it.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I have a few things researched before I begin—location, weather, and moon phases. I also generate a calendar so I can make sure I keep the days straight. I’ve tried doing the plotline and character development in advance, but it backfired and I found the story stifled, so I deleted it all and started over. And even for my current work-in-progress, I tried to do a character worksheet, but as I wrote the story my heroine revealed herself differently than she did in the “interview.” I’ve decided I just need to write the story. That’s what works for me.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? With Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge, I had a predetermined length because it was going in the Love in Mistletoe Springs set, but otherwise I aim for 75,000-90,000 words. Typically my first draft finishes in the 65,000 word range, and with edits and extra description, I add the extra necessary words.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?This answer is not writing related, so I hope that’s okay. Believe it or not, when I was a teenager, I didn’t think I’d ever be a mom. I didn’t really care for children, though I babysat regularly. Maybe that’s why. 😀 Then after I got married, I thought two children would be a good number. My husband wanted five. And in God’s wonderful sense of humor, he sent us seven—five boys and two girls. Ironically enough, I still don’t care for other people’s children after more than a couple of hours.

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Interview with Ginger Solomon and a Giveaway!!

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.

OneChoice 453x680Tell 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*

Ginger picDo 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.

Find Ginger online!

A Bed of Roses…Thorns Included

Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My!

Inspy Romance Blog

Facebook Author Page

Twitter @GingerS219

Pinterest

Find One Choice Online!

Astraea Press

Smashwords

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