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Gail Gaymer Martin Answers the Age Old Question!

 

Meet Gail Gaymer Martin,  a multi-award-winning author of over fifty-five novels and 4 million books sold all over the world. We are so glad you are visiting us today Gail.

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Since the weather has turned a little damp and chilly, I thought we would enjoy some Chocolate Almond Coffee

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Chocolate Almond Coffee

¼ cup ground MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee, 2 Tbsp. sugar, ¼ tsp. almond extract, 2  1/cups of cold water, 2 oz.  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped, 1

cup half-and-half, ½ cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Put the coffee in the filter in brew basket of coffee maker. Place sugar and extract in empty coffee pot. Add cold water to coffee maker; brew. Microwave chocolate and half-and-half in medium microwaveable bowl on high 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after 1 min. Add to coffee; stir until blended. Serve topped with COOL WHIP. (Visit http://www.kraftrecipes.com/ for this recipe and more.)

Gail I know you love to share  with writers about the age question.

Yes, I’ve been asked if a person doesn’t start to write until they are 40 or 50 years old is it too late. My answer: Absolutely not. I worked at other careers before I started writing anything. I first sold hundreds of articles to Christian magazines that dealt with parenting and teen issues that stemmed from my counseling background. I had the credentials and experience to use that knowledge to help others, and I enjoyed it. I wrote short stories for adults and children that I sold to Christian periodicals and Sunday school materials, as well as devotionals and even some poetry. After selling most everything I wrote, I realized the Lord was telling me to reach out for my dream which was, as a child, to write books. I began writing fiction in 1997 and sold in 1998. I sold another novel in 1999 and the same year received a contract from New York with Steeple Hill Love Inspired. My career had taken off.  I’ve been blessed, and I am very grateful.

Some writers/authors/readers may not know this, but you were a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Originally it was planned by six of us who were romance writers as the christian version of Romance Writers of America and we incorporated as american Christian Romance Writers in 2000.  Within four years, we had many Christian novelists who wrote other genres and reincorporated to include all Christian fiction genre by becoming American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Today the organization has approximately 2600 members from around the world and is the major organization and premiere annual conference for all Christian fiction.

That’s amazing Gail. I know it is a wonderful organization and has so many avenues for writers. Tell me about your kindle release this month of Finding Christmas.

finding chris 2h_0373811233Three years ago, Joanna’s three-year-old daughter, Mandy, died in the icy waters of a Michigan lake, along with Greg, Joanna’s husband-or so she was told. But her daughter’s body was never found. Now, Joanna is receiving mysterious phone calls and email messages, reawakening her doubts. These messages she is getting may give her false hope or could it be someone is trying to reunite her with her daughter she thought was dead?

Okay, that’s the perfect stocking stuffer. It is a must get for me. I wanted to talk a little about what you did before becoming a writer.

I taught English, journalism and public speaking in a high school setting until I obtained my master’s degree in counseling, and though I loved teaching, I moved into that career. When I had enough years to retire, I was asked to teach English and public speaking as an adjunct instructor at a university. I stayed there for five years but when my fiction writing took off so quickly, I left the university to spend my time writing Christian fiction fulltime. My writing career opened doors to become an inspirational speaker for woman at churches, businesses and civic events and  teach writing fiction across the country. I’ve had the privilege of teaching in London, England as well. I was also pleased to be the author of the Writer’s Digest book, Writing the Christian Romance.

You are an incredible talented writer. I know you believe in honing your craft.

Everyone has weak spots in their writing and the more we study, practice, and polish, the better we will write.

Tell me about your hobbies.

upon a midnight clearth_0373871236 Music is my biggest hobby and then traveling. I have been a singer all my life. I studied piano as a child and later as a young woman. Though I was never great, I know music and am a member of our JuBellation Ringers at church where my husband is the director of our handbell ensemble. My music background also is helpful when I work on my solos or chorale music. I sing with my church choir and I’m also a member of a well-known Christian chorale in the metro-Detroit area which represents excellence in music. I have had music elements in a few of my novels. One that stands out in my mind is my first Love Inspired novel, Upon A Midnight Clear, which was a national award winner. I’m surprised I haven’t used music more than I do.

dreaming of castlesth_1577485556Traveling happens to be another of my hobbies. Readers can find a novel and a few novellas set in places such as: Germany, Italy and England. I love being given the opportunity to use my travel experiences to create special stories. Some of these have come to life again through my reissued copyrights, and I was able to self-publish them. One of my favorite novels is, Dreaming of Castles, filled with humorous situations and exciting adventures in the wonderful backdrop of Heidelberg and Rotenberg ob der Tauber, Germany.

I thought our readers might like to know your take on coincidence. Does it sometimes play a role in your books?

Coincidence isn’t a conscious element in my books. Usually I think of it as God’s leading. I have had characters say something in dialogue or thought, and when it happens I pause in surprise as I wonder where that came from. It wasn’t a line I can remember typing, but as I study the words, I realize the dialogue foreshadows something that could happen later or it opens a door that hadn’t entered my mind. Those moments are always gifts as I see how they can deepen my purpose or the message within the novel. Each novel is like a modern-day parable that helps answer a question or concern most people have asked sometime in their lives as Christians. Even to know that we are not alone is an amazing finding for some who feel lost and empty.

Irene Cover 8620211You were showcased in the September/October Southern Writers Magazine where you talked about honing your craft and being a late boomer.

I was a late bloomer and didn’t begin writing fiction for publication until in my fifties. When I was in the third grade, my teacher wrote a prophetic message on my report card, ‘Gail is an excellent writer.’ Today I realize she recognized a talent that took me fifty years to recognize. Beginning writing at a later age has allowed me to encourage others to never give up their dream. (To read Gail’s interview go to www.southernwritersmagazine.com/subscribe.html and get this issue.)

A love for safe keepingYour book, A Love for Safe Keeping,  is about Jane Conroy’s  being stalked.

Yes she is a feisty schoolteacher more angered than frightened by her shadowy adversary’s pranks. Thanks to him, she reluctantly found herself under the watchful deep blue gaze of a handsome lawman bent on keeping her safe — and restoring her lost faith….will she fall for Kyle Manning? He’s the preacher’s son and police officer. Jane makes it clear she doesn’t trust cops or religion — and that she could take care of herself. But Kyle wasn’t just determined to guard her life…he was hoping to share it!

BettertoSeeYou2 Your newest release is Better to See You. Tell us about this one.

Visiting her ailing grandmother in the fairytale-like German town, Lucy Blair plans to be a caregiver during her grandma’s illness and attend the world-renowned theater production of the Passion of Christ. What Lucy did not plan was to run into her old college boyfriend, Ron Woodson, who is in Germany to learn woodcarving for his furniture making business. She also didn’t plan to get caught up in a mystery involving her grandmother. Will Lucy and Ron find the answer to her grandmother’s predicament? Will Lucy’s meeting with Ron rekindle the old flame or will the past smother the new spark?  

Gail, thank you so much for visiting with us today. By the way, I was visiting your website, and saw your recipe tab. Have to tell you, I tried your Oatmeal-Banana cookies. They were delicious. Over the weekend I am going to try your Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.

Thank you Susan for having me, I’ve enjoyed. I’m glad you liked the cookies, let me know how you like the Zucchini.

To learn more about Gail and when her new books are releasing, go to her website www.gailgaymermartin.com and sign up for her newsletter and her blog. Send her an email, she loves to connect with her readers. Be sure and visit her and connect on

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Check out her blog http://www.gailgaymermartin.com/category/writing-fiction/

 

 

 

 

Robin Lee Hatcher “That Savvy Author”

 

Today “Best-selling novelist ” Robin Lee Hatcher is visiting with me today. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love is visiting with me today. Robin is a Christy award winner, RITA award,  Carol award, Inspirational reader’s Choice, and other awards. Robin and her husband make their home in Idaho.

robin lee hatcher photoRobin is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of America (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Author of over 70 novels. 

After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values. Her ability to introduce her characters in her stories and the characters become real people to her readers is uncanny.

To welcome her and make her feel at home, I have prepared a Creamy Mocha drink for us today. If you would like to join us, the recipe is below.

creamy mocha Sugar substitute equivalent to 6 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup 2% milk, 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, 1-1/2 cups no-sugar-added reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, 4 tablespoons whipped topping, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the sugar substitute, cocoa and coffee. Add boiling water; stir until coffee and cocoa are dissolved. Stir in milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Place the coffee mixture in a blender; add ice cream. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into mugs or glasses; garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon. Yield: 4 servings. (recipe and picture from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-mocha-drink, be sure and check out their website.)

Hi Robin, we are so delighted to have you visit with us on Authors Visits.

Thank you for having me.

I know you spend a lot of time researching. I was curious if you had some interesting stories about that.

Yes, every book requires lots of research, whether it’s an historical or a contemporary setting. For the first book in the Kings Meadow Romance series, Love Without End (November 2014), my favorite research was the history and development of the American Quarter Horse. For the second book in the series, Whenever You Come Around (May 2015), the research wasn’t as much fun. Fractured bones were at the top of my list. But the most fun I’ve had for research was for a Year of Weddings novella that is also set in Kings Meadow, I Hope You Dance (July 2015). In this story, my heroine is a dance instructor and my hero is a student with two left feet. I cranked up the country tunes (for a waltz and a two-step, specifically) and danced around my office, picturing those scenes in my mind.

Love-Without-End  (Love Without End  quarter horse  softpedia.com  Whenever You Come Around Whenever You Come Around   I Hope You DanceI Hope You Dance

They all sound great. Your 15  is all planned out. Which means your readers are going to be happy fans.

I’ve wondered if coincidence sometimes plays a role in your books?

I try to avoid using coincidence in my books. Truth is often stranger than fiction. People may believe something coincidental in real life, but they probably won’t believe it in a novel.

On the other hand, I am a woman of faith. Because I believe God has a plan for me and is directing me, there isn’t any room in my life for coincidence. Only for “God-cidence.” So I try to pay attention to the unexpected things that happen in my life because they may be important for eternity.

I truly believe God has plans for us too Robin. Our magazine, Southern Writers is proof of that. I try hard to pay attention to that too.

I know our readers would be interested in knowing about your hobbies.

I love my pets. Do they count as a hobby or are they simply members of the family? The latter, I suppose.

Mine seemed to always wind up as members of our family. It’s one of those things that happens.

I guess Susan, I would have to say knitting is my favorite hobby, especially knitting prayer shawls to send to those who need comfort. However, a problem with my neck has made it difficult to knit (I’m a knitter, who has to watch what I’m doing which means looking down as I knit) so I haven’t picked up my needles in a while.

I tried to learn how to knit but it didn’t turn out pretty. So I stuck with cross-stitching.

Tell me, what area of the country are most of your books set in?

My books are mostly set in Idaho, which means I don’t do much traveling for research purposes.

Although I love to travel,  I don’t do a lot of it. I have some Bucket List locations I need to get to before it’s too late.

Have you visited any unusual places?

The most unusual place I’ve visited was Okinawa by way of Tokyo. My oldest grandson was born there, and I visited twice during the first year of his life. I had some unique experiences on those trips, but none that I’ve put into books.

What did you do before becoming a writer?

Before I became a writer, I was (first and foremost) a mom to my two young daughters. My eight to five job was as an office manager and bookkeeper. I continued working full-time and writing part-time until the month my ninth novel was released. Then I gave my notice and started writing full-time. That was sixty-four books and twenty-three years ago.

That’s a lot of writing Robin. But I for one am glad you wrote them. I really enjoy reading your work, I like the style you use.

Love-Without-EndWhat was your inspiration for writing your latest release, Love Without End, I understand it releases this month?

My inspiration was the readers and reviewers who read my book A Promise Kept. They fell in love with that book’s setting, Kings Meadow, Idaho. I had fallen in love with it, too, and so was eager to return and stay for a while. In addition, readers loved Chet Leonard, and I put him through an emotional ringer in A Promise Kept. I wanted a chance to give him a happily ever after of his own. Who better to be the hero of one of my romances than a handsome, rugged, Idaho cowboy?A Promise Kept

Well, I’ think most women would  agree with you on him being handsome.

Robin Lee Hatcher book Your book, The Heart’s Pursuit, that released in May of this year. Tell us a little about this. I read the book and you took your readers on a chase through several states  froth with danger, and set in another era where we could experience the hardships they encountered.

It’s about a  jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An Arduous trek toward justice…or redemption. Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distracting beautiful for comfort.

I liked the book and I like it set in another era.  A time of stage coaches, horseback riding to get from place to place. Of taking bed rolls and bunking under the stars at night, eating on dusty trails with slim pickings for food. You can’t help but feel you’re there the way you write. In fact, I didn’t want it to end.

 Irene Cover 8620211 You were just in our  Southern Writers Magazine’s September/October 2014 issue where you were interviewed by Annette Cole Mastron. I enjoyed the interview. Some authors may not know what a genuine and giving author you are; you’re always willing to help other writers achieve their successes. In the interview you graciously shared your “Social Media Savvy”, and how you achieved it. I wanted to thank you for also sharing those important Ten Things you’ve learned in all your years of writing.

If our visitors would like to read the article just click on the front of this magazine and it will take you where you can get a copy of the issue. 

Robin, thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing the information on your upcoming releases for 2015.

I want to thank you so much Robin  for stopping by today and visiting with me. It makes reading an author’s books so much more enjoyable when you know the author.

Thank you for having me, I’ve enjoyed being here and especially enjoyed the delicious Cream Mocha. Thanks for the recipe too!

We especially thank our readers for joining us. We hope you have enjoyed the time spent visiting with Robin Lee Hatcher. Be sure and let Robin know when you read her books. She loves hearing from her readers. And if you have a book club, go to her website and click on “Readers” and go to book clubs.

Be sure and  go to the following  locations to keep up with Robin.

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Be sure to check her website to keep watch for new books releasing. Real the wonderful  information Robin shares with her readers about herself and her books.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading.