I am so honored to announce our guest Blogger today, Ms. Ginger Simpson. Many of you know her but for those that don’t, you’re in for a great treat.
Katrina: Great to have you today, Ginger. I’ve been learning so much from you on thewe’re both a part of and it’s a pleasure to have you here. I noticed that you did a live interview on BlogTalkRadio. Tell us about it.
Ginger: I couldn’t believe how nervous I was the few hours before the radiocast. You’d think I was having major surgery instead of being featured on Kim Smith’s program. But once I realized I was simply talking on the phone to Kim, it became a friendly conversation about books, writing and promoting. It was fun.
Katrina: I bet it was. You’ll have to stop in one day on Kat Logic Out Loud (podcast) now that you’re an old pro. Tell us a bit about your short story, Amazing Grace. It seems to be doing quite well in reviews.
Ginger: Actually, I stole the title from another work-in-progress. 🙂 Amazing Grace began as a young adult story, but when I started writing novellas for my Stages of Love series, the title fit well with the others I’d completed. AG is a contemporary story about a young woman who lives under her father’s roof and abides by his white-collar rules until she meets a blue-collar hunk. I think you can see the conflict. By the way, the others in the series are: Chastity’s Charms, Forever Faith, Amazing Grace, of course, and coming soon,. Never pass up a promotional moment, I always say.
Katrina: Well I have to agree with you there. When it’s finished, I’d love to be able to post a review on Kat Logic Talk. Amazing Grace sounds like a wonderful read and based on the reviews, it certainly is. Do any of the characters resemble you?
Ginger: I think there is a little of every author in their characters whether it be personality or features. My heroines are either part of me, or who I aspire to be. For example: Faith battles weight like me, Sarah stands up against unfair tactics and racial bias, and Hope makes her decisions based on what is best for everyone but her. I always hope to have Sarah’s courage, and like Hope, I’m always the one to put a bandaid on everyone’s boo boos.
Katrina: Where did you get your inspiration for Amazing Grace?
Ginger: The same place I get the inspiration for all my stories: a character jumps into my head and starts telling me her story. Until now, all have been heroines, but recently, some guy named, Clarence O’Day, showed up. He’s insistent that I write The Locket.
Katrina: Oh, I can’t wait to hear more about that one. Tell us a bit about your family. I read that your grandson was diagnosed with developmental delays that prompted you to make a move across the country. How is he doing now?
Ginger: Spencer is doing well. It’s hard to believe that two years ago he couldn’t converse with us at all. We were all frustrated, so I can imagine how difficult it was for him. With the help of his speech and other specialized therapists at school, he is talking, learning to read, and can actually write his name. I’m happy if my being here is in any way responsible for the progress he’s made. I know if you’ve read anything about me, I always mention he’s the light of my life. Thanks for asking about him.
Katrina: What is your greatest challenge in writing?