It's always interesting to know what writers like to read. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
I loved reading. Many nights I could be found in my room reading until the wee hours of the morning then getting up at 6am to go to school. Even now it is incredibly hard for me to put down a good book even if I’m exhausted. As a child I loved mysteries – Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the like. Now I prefer romance in almost any genre.
Let's talk about your writing. Why do you write?
Such an easy question and yet difficult to answer. I write because I can’t NOT write. Even before the notion came to me to write novel-length fiction, I wrote in a journal. The desire to write hounded me for years before a dream instigated the vision of writing books.
Congratulations on your new book. Tell us about it.
One Choice is about a missionary kid whose parents were murdered for doing the work they loved. Cahri blames God for their deaths. When she is summoned to participate in the Bridal March, she feels it’s just another example of how God has abandoned her. Throughout her time at the palace, she sees God in everything, including the lives of the royal family. Their faith renews her own — just in time. To learn the rest, you’ll just have to read the book.
That sounds like a wonderful story. Where do you get ideas for your books?
Dreams. I know sounds cliché almost, but it’s the truth. So far every single manuscript I’ve written has come from a dream. I get a scene and work from there. I don’t remember the dream that started One Choice, but it must have been a doozy.
LOL. Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer ALL THE WAY. For my latest WIP (work-in-progress), I tried to plot out each of the first few chapters. When I sat down to write, I couldn’t. There was nothing. Absolutely nothing. So I chucked the “plan” and let the words flow.
I can do some preliminary work on my characters, make a calendar, figure out my setting, but I cannot plan what happens. It’s just not how it works for me. I find it really ironic because EVERYTHING else in my life is organized. My spiritual gift is administration and I find that I am quite good at it. In my previous life (before children) I was a secretary. *shrug* Another glimpse into God’s humorous side.
That's interesting. Thanks for sharing. Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
Absolutely. How can it not? My whole goal in life is to glorify God, and I hope that comes through not only in my writing, but in my speech and actions.
My characters may struggle, and they even sin (gasp), but they always repent and make their lives right with God. No one is perfect, especially not me. I mean if Paul an apostle could write in Romans 7:15 about doing that which he did not wish to do, and not doing what he wanted, how much more so do I?
Every day I struggle with doing the right thing. Just last week, I felt in my spirit that I should quit reading the book I was in the middle of. I didn’t and had to repent later because it had stuff in it that was not appropriate (for me). *sigh* I started another book last night by another unfamiliar author (you know it’s sometimes hard to tell what kind of book it will be from the description). As I got through the first few chapters, I felt that same nudging. This time I listened, but I had to beat down my flesh. I deleted the book off of my kindle, and will go into my Amazon account and delete it from there as well, so I don’t accidentally click on it again.
One thing I know though – God is faithful. When I repent and ask for forgiveness, He is there and wipes away the filthiness and washes me as white as snow. He’s there for you too, just waiting for you to ask.
Thanks for spending time with us, Ginger.
About One Choice:
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?
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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 sometimes cross-stitch), and loves to sing in the choir at church.
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