I want you all to meet romance writer, Ginger Solomon. Ginger is President of our writer’s group. She keeps us all on-task for our 2018 goals!
About Ginger’s Books
SGL: Welcome to Sweetgum Life, Ginger!
Ginger: Thanks for having me!
SGL: What type of books do you write?
Ginger: Romance. Most of them are contemporaries, but I have one Scottish historical.
SGL: Ooo! I’ll have to check that one out, since my ancestors are from there! Are any of your books set in the south?
Ginger: Some of them, but not all. My Belikarian Weddings Series is set on a fictional island in the Aegean Sea. The Broken Holidays Series is set in the mountains of Virginia. Several of the others have no specific setting, but I’ve used the area around where I live as the basis for the location.
SGL: Where is your favorite setting?
Ginger: I’m not sure I have one. A couple of my works in progress travel the continental US. I like variety in my writing.
SGL: How long does it take you to write a book, and where do you get your ideas?
Ginger: It depends on the book length. The longer ones can take several months. I can usually write a novella, which is between 20,000 and 40,000 words, in 6-8 weeks, if the words are flowing well.
As for where I get my ideas… they come from all over. Sometimes dreams. Sometimes question I ask about people I see. Sometimes during a sermon on a Sunday morning. Recently, a story idea came to me while listening to a random song.
SGL: What inspires you to write?
Ginger: Sharing Jesus with hurting people. Not everyone is going to grace the halls of a church or read the Bible, but a few will pick up a novel. I want my words to help them heal from the hurts of their past, but more importantly, I want them to find the Healer.
SGL: What a wonderful way to minister, Ginger! And how long have you wanted to be a romance writer?
Ginger: I never really “wanted” to be a writer. One morning seven or eight years ago, I woke with a dream that wouldn’t leave me alone, so I wrote it down. It’s long since disappeared with some computer crash, but that started the process of writing for me. I can’t not write.
SGL: What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
Ginger: This sounds awful, but I’m not a big fan. I love the concept of giving special gifts to the love of your life, but shouldn’t you be doing that more than just one day a year? And why are roses like $30/dozen for Valentine’s Day and about $10/dozen the rest of the year?
SGL: I agree! So, Do you have a sweetheart? If so, how did you meet?
Ginger: My husband and I met in college my freshman year. Within two weeks of being in school, he’d asked me on a date. I almost said no. A little over two years later, we were married. 😊
SGL: I’ve met so many other wives who have told me similar stories! They always make me smile because my romance followed that same path! As a writer of romances, What’s your advice for an enduring love?
Ginger: First, never think you can just “walk away” if things don’t go right. Next, communicate. I’m not a big talker. I hate talking about feelings (I’m one of the few women you’ll ever know that this is true about). But I know that in order for us to connect, we need to talk to each other. And lastly, forgive. “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” (Eph. 4:26)
SGL: Beautifully, said! Ginger, can you give us a brief synopsis of your books?
Ginger: Last month and for the next few months, I’m re-releasing my first series. Here’s the blurbs:
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, passion ignites. Will it spark a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?
Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.
Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.
But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives, in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.
Love’s Choice (Releasing April 15)
Aileen Najjar joins the royal household when her boss marries the princess. She loves working in the kitchen, but when the head cook allows her to prepare most of the meals, trouble finds her. The handsome head of security turns out to be her ally as she struggles to fit in.
Matthias Firat wants to find the mole who leaked information leading to the attempts on the princess’s life. His attraction to the new kitchen helper prompts him to ask for her help.
When she discovers the truth, it might very well break both their hearts.
SGL: Sounds fascinating! Thanks again for talking to me at Sweetgum Life! I look forward to hearing more from you!
Romance Writer’s Bio
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.