How did you get the idea for your current series "Sister to Sister"?
Thank you! Since Just As I Am was my first novel, it will always be a very special book. The inspiration for that story was a visiting singer in my church. She had a pierced lip, and this was several years before facial jewelry became a common sight in churches. I wanted to explore how a contemporary young woman like her lived out her faith, but I really didn’t want to pierce my lip to find out personally. So I created a character who did! Just As I Am is the story of a purple-haired young woman who becomes a Christian in her mama’s country church. She doesn’t change her hair color, or remove her nose ring or lip stud, even though the conservative congregation thinks she should. Instead, God’s changes happen on the inside, and soon they overflow into the world around her.
Is being an author everything you thought it woudl be? If not, what has surprised you?
Out of all the characters you've written about which one is most like you? Why?
Every character I’ve written has a piece of me, some to a greater extent than others. I don’t know how other writers do it, but I find putting something of myself into a character is the only way I can make her realistic enough to resonate with readers.
You've written more for the adult crowd now with books like, Murder by Mushroom, Age Before Beauty, Third Times a Charm, A Taste of Murder etc.? Was it easy or hard to make that change? Please explain.
It wasn’t difficult at all, because I didn’t set out to write Just As I Am for a younger audience. The reason teens embraced the book is because of the issues Mayla deals with. They’re contemporary issues that teenagers deal with today -- but so do people of all ages. Actually, most of the emails and letters I’ve received from readers of Just As I Am are from older people who tell me the book gave them a different perspective to consider about some of those issues.
Did you come up with the title of this book Just As I am? If not what was the working title?
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? Do Tell!!
I just received a contract for my thirteenth novel, a romantic suspense book about a young woman who gets pulled into a deadly game of wits between ten wealthy businessmen. That book (which doesn’t have a title yet) will be out in February 2011.
But between now and then, I have two more books coming out. A Daughter’s Legacy will hit bookstores in May. That’s a romance novel set in a zoo, and it was a lot of fun to write – and to research! And then in October of 2010, Into the Deep will be released. That’s a romantic suspense book with a scuba diving theme – complete with sharks!
QUESTIONS I JUST KNEW YOU WANTED TO ASK GINNY BUT WERE AFRAID TO SO I DID!! :D
1. You have a chance to hang out with TWO people alive or dead in the history of the world, (NOT including Jesus) who would you pick and what would you do?
2. You find yourself in a life threatening situation and you need someone to save you, who would you pick and why? You can be creative and pick anyone from books, movies, TV etc. the sky is the limit.
Aslan, the lion from C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. I’d ask him to take me away to Narnia, the world of my fantasies and dreams as a child.
3. What movie impacted you as a child? Why?
4. You have a chance to use a time machine and go back and witness TWO events in the history of the world, what would you pick and why
6. What T.V. shows were you most passionate about growing up? You know the ones that you couldn't miss each week? If you didn't watch T.V. but read please name 4 of your favorite books you read as a kid!
7. What is the last movie you saw in a threatre? Did you like it and if you had snacks what did you have?
Avatar, and I loved it! Amazing visuals, and a story of hope and social conscience. I had chocolate covered peanuts, which is my staple when going to the movie theater. I would have had popcorn too, except I ate lunch right before the movie started so I was full. But there’s always room for chocolate!
FINAL COMMENTS YOU'D LIKE TO LEAVE MY READERS WITH!????
Thanks for having me as a guest. It’s been a fun interview! I hope you’ll let me know what you think of the Sister-to-Sister series.
Virginia (Ginny) Smith
I'll tell you right now Ginny--I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH!! CONGRATS GINNY on WINNING the ACFW BOOK PICK for MAY 2010. I look forward to our discussion time and the "Live" on line author chat we will have with you JUNE 7th. ALL MY READERS ARE WELCOME to join us for the discussion and "live" chat with Ginny. It's FREE and EASY!! JOIN US by going to www.acfw.com go under ACFW BOOK CLUB. You can easily join the book club and then join the chat.
I have TWO GIVE AWAYS. Ginny is giving away her new book THIRD TIMES A CHARM. I'm giving away STUCK IN THE MIDDLE--the FIRST book in this really fun, funny, thought provoking, honest series about sisters. I've enjoyed these books emensley.
LEAVE A COMMENT about the interview to be ENTERED into the contest. PLEASE leave CONTACT INFORMATION so that I can contact you if you win.
DRAWING WILL BE MARCH 10th.
CONGRATS GOES TO Jane Maritz who won Stuck in the Middle
and Wyndy Callahan who won Third Times A Charm
Thanks to everyone that stopped by and encouraged Virginia. This is really a fun but heart felt series I really enjoyed. Hope you all can join us for the ACFW discussion of Virginia's book next month!!!
Thanks Virginia for letting us get to know you and your books. I'm looking forward to discussion your book THIRD TIMES A CHARM for ACFW book Club. I'd Like EVERYONE that can JOIN US for the chat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A four-time winner of the prestigious American Christian Romance Writers/American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award, Christine recently signed a new six-book contract with Barbour Publishing bringing her total of contracted books to twenty. Besides, Along Came a Cowboy, her latest novels include Promise Me Always and Forever Christmas. She also writes mysteries with two of her sisters, Sandy Gaskin and Jan Reynolds. Their book, Alibis in Arkansas, is currently available nationwide, as well as in many bookstores. The first book in Christine's new McCord Sisters series, The Reluctant Cowgirl released in April, 2009 and was a TOP PICK in Romantic Times Magazine.
When Christine isn't at her computer, you'll often find her, with her husband, co-coaching their daughters' softball team, kayaking down beautiful Spring River with her family, or getting together with friends from church.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Reporter Andrew Stone has been fearless since the day his wife was shot and killed three years ago. He has one mission─use hid Texas Ranger upbringing to find her murderer and clear his own name of any involvement. When he sees a beautiful brunette in the hands of a pistol-welding maniac, he’s forced to abandon his covert surveillance and go to the rescue. The danger surrounding Andrew doesn’t scare him at all, but the awakening of his dormant heart terrifies him.
When painful pasts collide, the explosion is deafening. Can Andrew and Elyse pick up the pieces and go forward together? Or will they forever live with haunting memories, unable to forgive, unable to love?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Cowgirl at Heart , go HERE.
Posted by Nora StLaurent at 2:07 PM
Here's What I thought!
This is a fun movie that the whole family can enjoy. It has Jackie Chan international spy, doing the action moves he's best known for. He is in love with the neighbor next store, Gillian. When his girlfriend suddenly has to leave town Jackie steps in to help with the kids. Jackie Chan tries to relate to the kids and maybe get in better with Gillian who he really likes.
Don't look for an amazing story here or think of Jackie Chan as a handsome leading man trying to win the love of his life, but think of this as just fun. Definately a family movie you all can enjoy as a movie rental. Jackie does have some creative moves in fighting the bad buys and protecting the children. This does help them bond. They also have some other actors in this movie that make it fun to watch for your Friday night family time.
Bob Ho is an undercover CIA super spy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But, Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to baby sit the children so he can earn their approval. But, when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob's archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!
Details Runtime:1 hr 32 min
January 15, 2010
MPAA: Rated PG
Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Magnus Scheving, Katherine Boecher, Lucas Till, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez
Director: Brian Levant
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Posted by Nora StLaurent at 5:45 AM
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In February of 2009, Love Finds You in Last Chance, California was published by Summerside Press
And Finding Jeena will release in April 2010 from Kregel Publications.
Miralee Ferrell lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, ans has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church ans is actively involved in ministry to women.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey had given her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she's giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, Nathaniel suddenly returns. He steams back into Bridal Veil on a riverboat to work at the nearby sawmill to town with a devastating secret.
While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man.
When disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, go HERE
Posted by Nora StLaurent at 5:17 AM
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.
One of Sandie's passions revolves around the rights of animals. She's been involved in fundraising for Lost Angels Animal Rescue for several years now; in fact, a portion of the proceeds of Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida will go to help the non-profit group with their expenses. And Lost Angels paid her back in a big way: They brought a free-spirited Collie named Sophie into her life after the loss of her 15-year companion Caleb.
It was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer.
In Sandie's words: "I guess most people would see my career as a publicist as a sort of dream job. But giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!" she declares. "Not only was I given the gift of getting to know my mother as an adult woman before she passed away, but I was also afforded the blessing of being able to focus completely on my dream of a writing career. I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost, so it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch their new Love Finds You line."
ABOUT THE BOOK
Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks. It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack. Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple more to follow and, on the morning of her 48th birthday, she received the call she’d dreaded ever since losing her mom so many years ago…she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer. The doctors didn’t hold out a lot of hope, but Liv survived and maintained her faith. Months of surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed.
But now, as her 50th birthday creeps up the icy Ohio path toward her, her hair has grown back, her energy level is up, and she is officially cancer free. It makes her nervous. After everything she’s gone through, Liv hates the idea of driving on icy roads and returning to work as an O.R. nurse in a local Cincinnati hospital.
Her best friend Hallie knows just the thing to break Liv out of the winter doldrums, while providing a safe haven of warmth, sunshine, and a time to regroup: a holiday in the Florida sunshine!
If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Big 5-Oh!, go HERE
Watch the trailer:
Posted by Nora StLaurent at 6:16 AM
Oh, definitely live! I love connecting with readers in person, and I think they get a much truer picture of who I am in the flesh -- a true drama queen who is VERY emotional and yes ... maybe just a little bit crazy!
(Nora: I LOVE "LIVE" book clubs too, You get to see the authors expressing themselves. Yours expressions are priceless!! I couldn't have experienced all of you without seeing your face :D )
Please describe a book club experience that really moved you, encouraged you. Why did it touch you?
(Nora: I loved having you too. I'm sorry you visited the week my dad passed so I didn't make my own meeting. I had Gail Mundy fill in as my back up while I went to the funeral. I'm glad that I was able to catch your talk at another book club meeting. You are so much fun!! I LOVE how you shared your heart and passion for Jesus!!)
What surprised you most about doing a live book club event?
How engaged the attendees were. It seemed as if their eyes were riveted on me and every word I said, which was kind of freaky. But heck, give me an audience, and I'll talk forever ... :)
(Nora : You crack me up!! I love your honesty and how you shared your testimony!! You have a powerful one! I loved hearing how the Lord got you into writing books for Him!! Way neat ,only a story He could write!)
What surprised you about doing a phone chat with a club?
What surprised you most about doing the on-line book club chat?
How fast-paced it was, which was a bit unnerving at first, but then I actually got to love it.
(Nora: I agree about unnervng, when I first started I couldn't read or type fast enough to keep up with the "live" chat. I'm still getting used to all that!)
What do you like most about the book club experience?
Getting to know readers in person and how God touched them through my books.
Did you get an unexpected reaction to a book your read? Didn't expect your audience to find something on one of your books or react they way they did?
HERE IS THE COVER OF MY NEW BOOK!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!
(Nora: OHMYGOSH Julie. I LOVE This cover. I can't wait to read about the adventure you take us on next. This cover is very eye catching)
“Passion with a Purpose"
You can FIND JULIE at her website and check out the exact dates her new book will be available. http://www.julielessman.com/
You'll Also find Julie on the web at Seekerville Blog Check it out. http://seekerville.blogspot.com/
DAUGHTERS OF BOSTONG SERIES
A Passion Most Pure — ACFW Debut Book of the Year / Holt Medallion Award of Merit
A Passion Redeemed — Inspirational Reader’s Choice Finalist
A Passion Denied — Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction, http://www.borders.com/online/store/ListView_best2009favefiction
THANKS JULIE for stopping by and letting us get to know you and talk about book clubs. I ENJOYED meeting you and talking how you got into writing and how God has used your books. It's amazing. When God uses you in unexpected ways. I'm EXCITED about your NEW SERIES. Thanks for taking a picture with me. You are a blessing!!
All the BEST to you, Who knows maybe we'll meet again at book club. You are the BEST!! Many blessings to you my friend.
NOTE AUTHORS AND BOOK CLUB MEMBERS: I would love to hear about your book club experiences as an author speaking to a book club on the phone or in person or on-line.
As a book club member - What do you like most about the book club experiences and other questions I'd like to know about your group. If you have a book club leader that I could interview for the Christian Fiction On-Line Magazine I'd love to know about your group.
This is going to be an exciting feature for everyone to read about. I can’t wait to hear from you. PLEASE Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Drawing will be MARCH 2nd. PLEASE leave a way to contact you if you win.
CONGRATS TO Sharon Stone who has won A Passion Most Pure.
THANKS to everyone else that stopped by to encourage Juilie Lessman. She's a sweetie. I LOVE her heart and her books.
THANKS JULIE for all the comments you made. You are the BEST!! I can't wait until we do book club again with you!! I'm also excited about your NEW BOOK!! I have my calendar marked!! :D
Blessings to you!!
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By Jill Eileen Smith
Published by: Revell
Back Cover: Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams; Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?
REVIEW: Once again Jill Eileen Smith whisked me into bible times introducing a tender, young Abigail who loves the Lord and anxiously awaits her arranged marriage with Nabal. This author’s illustration of Abigail’s loss of innocence, heartbreak, agony and struggle is so powerful I could feel her pain, her sorrow. Nabal is a brash, deceitful, selfish man who will do whatever it takes to satisfy his flesh.
Abigail would not let Nabal break her spirit nor turn her back on God, instead she sought Adonai (God). Abigail lets Him mold her and give her strength. Adonai gives Abigail the courage to seek out David in order to avoid blood shed on her household because of Nabals foolish behavior.
David seeks to marry Abigail when he learns of her husband’s death. I was intrigued by this union and how it might have taken place. Jill paints an exciting picture of how these two beautiful people get together. She also describes their inner turmoil and desire David and Abigail both had to do God’s will in the middle of uncertain times. I hadn’t realized how long David lived in the forest as a fugitive and how many men, women and children were with him; makes it hard to hide, not only that David had crazy King Saul trying to kill him. I found it amazing how David refused to kill God’s anointed, Saul, no matter how frustrating things got.
I liked how Jill had the book broken into five parts and before each part she had the complete verse and reference for you to read before she started to describe a new part of the book. I found it most helpful and handy for me to go back to the bible and read the complete account later.
This author has a keen insight into the hearts and minds of two strong, passionate people; David and Abigail, showing their love for Adonai, each other, and the struggle each had to do the right thing in the eyes of God, not people. It was an eye opener to read what demands there were for a King and the life Abigail might have had as his wife. It was quite different than living with him as a fugitive. I now have a deeper appreciation and understanding of culture, the times and why they called David, a man after God’s own heart. I think Abigail felt the same way about Adonai. I could see how they received comfort, wisdom and strength from one another. There was a unity they had that David didn’t have with his other wives. I was encourage as I read about David and Abigail and their life’s’ struggle, how they sought peace in the middle of their trials and their love. They humbled themselves before Adonai (God) and sought him with all their heart, soul and strength. It’s a love story you’ll want to read and experience for yourself.
ACFW Book Club Coordinator
Posted by Nora StLaurent at 7:39 AM