That is why when the lovely and prestigious author Gay Ingram texted me about coming over for a beverage and chat about her work, I welcomed her with much enthusiasm.
I just hoped that Gay would be okay with my little shed gang.
Hey, we use tree trunks as seats around our place so a milk crate will do just fine…for a little while, at least until my bum gets sore. I will never pass up a cup of coffee, black please.
Well, it’s about a recently widowed woman who has an accidental meeting with a man who she suspects is her first love of twenty-five years previously. The hitch is that he supposedly was killed in a train wreck on his way to propose.
I really enjoyed doing the research. I set the story in Dallas, Texas in the 50’s because I lived there at the time. Then I found a forum online where folks were posting their memories of Dallas in that time period which really gave my remembrances a kick-start.
Hey dude, tell us who your favourite characters are!
Hmmmm, favorite characters. Well, I really connect with authors rather than their characters. Madelyn L’Emgle is one of my favorites and so is Terry Brooks. I recently discovered Deborah Macomber and am really enjoying reading her stuff.
I don't know how I missed it, but a bundle of promotion posters lay rolled up in the middle of the shed floor. Terrance did not see them as he was heading to the cooler for another beer and tripped over them, spilling whatever contents was left in the beer bottle in his hand over Gay.
If I had a hole, I crawl in it. This embarrassment did not stop the yahoo from asking his tired question.
All of this sounds fascinating but I heard writing is a hell of a lot of work, why do you do it, what do you get out of it?
When you write, what is it that you hope your readers take away from your story?
My stories are about ordinary people who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances. The take-away I strive to deliver is that we as humans are stronger than we realize and that there is always hope to overcome.
Do you have any other stories you are currently writing or are planning to write?
Oh goody! I was hoping you’d ask that. I’m real excited about my latest work, Morgana’s Revenge, which has a release date of Oct. 1st. It’s about a young woman who loses her parents in a home fire then goes looking for answers. She goes undercover as a tutor to three precocious children…there are two men vying for her attention…lots of intrigue…and it was a pleasure to write.