Ginger Solomon has graciously offered to spend time with me while we get to know her better! Thank you, Ginger!!
GS: I had a dream. <chuckle> I know that sounds weird, but I did. It kept nagging me. I thought about the dream for days, and I finally decided to write it down, and *bang* I caught the writing bug.
PM: I see you write both contemporary and historical fiction – do you have a preference of the two? I think I’d get lost trying to be an author of both…hahaha…oh, wait there are no cell phones in the 1700’s? LOL
GS: Many of my contemporary characters have “old-fashioned” morals that I’ve been told don’t fit into the 21st Century lifestyle. I enjoy both, but I think I prefer historical. Life was far less complicated, though not easy, back then.
And to add more confusion to the mix, I plan to release a non-fiction devotional next year, and I have a fantasy romance in progress (no release date on that one).
PM: Who was your greatest influence when you decided to become an author?
GS: <biting lip> I sent the first story I wrote to a number of agents, publishers. I received a number of rejections, though not all responded. Now that I look back on it, I realize just how bad that story probably was—it has since been lost due to computer issues. I then took to searching the internet for help. ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) was the most helpful in guiding me on my writing journey. The authors who taught the monthly courses available to members taught me more than they understood.
As for the answer to your question, no particular person influenced me more than another.
PM: What would be the first book you would want a new reader to start with of yours, and why?
GS: Hmm… I’m sort of biased toward my debut novel, One Choice. Even after all this time, I love the story—the series, really. I enjoyed writing it.
The story that has touched me the most, however, is Broken Freedom. It is the third novella in my Broken Holidays Series, but they are all stand-alone stories. God helped me heal from some things in my past through that story, though my circumstances weren’t as severe as my heroine’s.
And Christmas Reflections. Another novella that helped me take the next step in faith walk. I guess I love all of my books.
A new reader could probably start with any of them; though, Second Choice and Love’s Choice would be harder to follow. They are stand alone novels, but the series is about a family, so certain information is carried from one to the next.
PM: If you had the chance to go back in time, historically, what era would you like to visit?
GS: Victorian, I think, though I really do like my modern conveniences. 😀
PM: What’s your favorite flower?
GS: Roses – tea roses, specifically. They have to smell nice. Sadly, most roses sold these days have no fragrance.
PM: What was your favorite subject in school?
GS: I didn’t have one. I hated school. I preferred reading to anything, and I wasn’t much of a writer back then. I remember staying up WAY later than I should have to finish a book.
PM: What was the first book you read that had you thinking “I can do this!”?
GS: I’m not sure I’ve gotten to that point yet. LOL I still wonder regularly if I can do this.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
GS: Depends on their preferences. I’m an equal-opportunity author. LOL
www.gingersolomon.com is my website. From there you can receive my blog posts or sign-up for my newsletter, which I’d love to say comes out on a regular basis, but it does not.
I can also be found at the following places:
PM: Finally – Coffee or tea? Cream? Sugar?
GS: Tea, cold or hot. Hot I can handle plain (it was a hard transition when I quit adding sugar). Cold needs sugar (before it’s cooled). I am a Southerner, after all.
Ginger is so kind to offer a free ebook of her Can’t Live Without You to one commenter on this post! Just tell us what your favorite subject in school was to enter! Contest will run for one week and winner will be notified via emai!