Friday, March 4, 2016

Feature Friday Author Ginger Solomon and Her Book Broken Valentine

Welcome everyone to Feature Friday where I’m pleased to interview Author Ginger Solomon.

Before we get started, Ginger is offering Broken Valentine as a giveaway eBook. Please leave a comment at the end with your email address for where to send the book. The contest will close on Friday, March 11th. At midnight and on the 12th. a name will be drawn and the winner contacted.

Now a little about Ginger Solomon. She is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, 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 two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

All right, Ginger, what keeps you the most humble as a writer?
The knowledge that there are a multitude of talented writers, both traditionally and non-traditionally published, who have books for sale. Mine is but one of many.

What gives you the most satisfaction in your writing—besides "The End," that is?
My books do not delve into deep subjects for the most part, but I’d like to think there’s one person (or more than one) who is touched by my words, that God is taking the story He gave me and using it for His glory. Knowing He can use my words for his glory gives me all the satisfaction I need, but I don’t turn down the paychecks. :)

What types of books do you like to read?
I’m an eclectic reader of romance (mostly). I will read almost anything—Amish, fantasy, supernatural, contemporary, historical, suspense, mystery etc.—as long as there is a romantic thread, and it doesn’t have to be a strong thread. But I only read Christian novels. I like supernatural fiction without the romantic thread, but I’m a little more picky about which ones I choose. I’m not a big fan of non-fiction. I feel like I have to pay more attention to learn stuff from them. :D

Who was the greatest influence for you as a writer? 
First a little history…I wrote my first novel about six or eight years ago. I sent it to agents and received many rejections. I knew NOTHING about the rules. Then I found ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and several authors lived close to me, but there wasn’t a group formed yet. So we started meeting. Those ladies—Melanie Dickerson, Suzy Parish, and Amy Norris—offered me the encouragement and instruction I needed to get started. I went on to learn much from others, and continue to do so, but I will always be thankful to those three ladies for their patience and friendship.

Ginger, I too have found supportive critique groups valuable. So tell us, how did your writing career begin and how long did it take to publish your first book?
As I stated above, I started writing around 2010. My first book was published in 2014.

How would you rate this book: G, PG, or PG 13? And tell us why.
While I do let my teen daughters read my books (if they want), I would categorize this novel as a PG 13. There is a scene in the beginning of the book when my characters are in bed together and my hero is not dressed, but NOTHING happens. He is just unclothed. I can’t say much more without spoilers, but I NEVER describe body parts that are covered by regular clothes (or a bathing suit), and even not some of those. However, consequences occur because of their actions, even though they’re completely innocent of any wrong doing.

How did you come up with the title for Broken Valentine?
This book didn’t actually have a title until it was completed and had gone through a proofreader. I was stuck. I asked my street team for suggestions, and somehow nothing seemed right. Then one morning, I woke up and knew what it would be called, and near about slapped myself in the head because it was SO obvious.

Ah, ha, Ginger, my title was obvious, also, but I couldn’t see it until right before I sent it to the publisher. So, what do you have in store for the year of 2016?
I have another book, Second Choice, releasing at the end of April. It is Book 2 in my Belikarian Weddings Series (Book 1 is One Choice). I hope to have Book 3, Love’s Choice, in this series to my publisher around this time so it can release toward the end of the year. I also plan to publish the next book in the Broken Holiday Series at the end of June. It is tentative titled Broken Freedom. If time allows, I’d like to edit and release at least one of the Scottish historical romances that I have finished. That series will be the Scottish Castle Series.

Sounds great! 

You may find Ginger at the links given below:
Where can readers purchase Broken Valentine?
Broken Valentine Blurb:
Being stood up on Valentine’s Day is not how Sarah Sawyer wanted the evening to go. It only gets worse when she discovers her boyfriend’s betrayal. Accepting a ride home from her attractive waiter goes against everything she’s been taught, but her choices are limited.

Michael Richmond can’t let his beautiful, yet heart-broken customer walk home, no matter how tired he is after working fourteen hour days all week.
It might be either the best decision of his life or the worst. Only time will tell if their broken hearts can become one, or if they will tear each other apart.

Broken Valentine is the second book in the Broken Holidays Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Thank you, Ginger Solomon, for being my guest today on Feature Friday.

Until next time . . . let’s all read.