Happy Tuesday everyone! Thank you for popping in today. You know how sometimes you just click with someone? Well today my guest is one of those people. One of the questions I ask my interviewees is "who is your support?" The answers vary but Ginny is part of a group I hold dear to me. A small collection of authors who write very diverse story across multiple genres. We get together on Zoom, or via email to gripe, support, make each other laugh, toss out ideas about writing, marketing etc. Ginny is one of those special people and I can't wait for you to meet her.
Hey, Ginny👋 I'm so glad you joined me today. While I do my hostess duties, why don't you settle in and tell everyone who you are.
Hi. I’m Ginny Frost. I write steamy romances about small towns and true love. I’ve written eight books over two series with fun, romance, and small-town life. I got into this gig because I kept writing love stories for books and movies that didn’t meet my standards. I totally threw a love story into Lord of the Rings, The Outsiders, and many other stories. I love the moment when two people fall in love. It’s like a drug.
Currently, I’m living in domestic bliss with my very own sailor/kind ogre. My hubby epitomizes true love for me. We have two teens who are in that five-year-growing-pain stage. We also have an evil orange cat who talks too much. On the bright side, the cat has stopped biting people’s faces. There’s growth there.
LOL! I'm glad the feline is now a cat version of vegan. I know you keep busy with other things as well. Other than writing what fills your hours.
Outside of writing, which consumes my thoughts most hours of the day, I’m a part-time library clerk and avid cross stitcher. I know, I know. Cross stitching isn’t cool. But I’ve never been cool, and stabbing something 1000x times is excellent therapy. I made over 100 bookmarks during Lockdown. Lately, I’ve been making bookmarks to go with my novels—drinks for the Oakwood Tavern series and snow-related items (snowmen, snowflakes) for my Stonewater Stories series.
I am so not a crafty person. I'd be a voodoo doll with pins sticking out of me. Tell us more about your sailor/kind-ogre supporter and any other folks you count on.
I have amazing support for my writing career, not only from my wonderful husband but three, yes three, writers’ groups. Each of these groups have their own quirks, structures, and support systems. I can go to any of them and get help or pats on the back. Thank you, former CR-RWA members, Workshop Wednesday folks, and my Roses.
You're quite a prolific writer but when you close the keyboard what books are you reading?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading. (I really have the best job to fulfill my bibliophile needs.) I read just about everything except poetry. Some of my favorite authors are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, and MC Beaton. I find their novels mix romance and comedy well. My Stonewater Stories series come closest to modeling these talented authors.
Sounds like other books inspire you. How about people?
Locally, two author friends inspire me. One author, Autumn Jones Lake, inspires me to write the books of my heart and keep working in this tough career. (She throws down at least three books a year—three outstanding books.) My other local inspiration is Kathryn R. Biel. There is nothing that woman cannot do. She writes two funny romances a year and makes cover art and writes blurbs and has a full-time job, and has teenagers. I could go on and on. (Oops, I did.)
Books have always been a part of my life. Here’s a cute (or sad) story about books, one that has stayed with me since first grade. Our reading group read Charlotte’s Web, and I thought that meant I could get chapter books from the library. The librarian said no, and she refused to let me check out Freddy Goes to Space. I was so angry, so defeated. After that, I borrowed The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter over and over again. That book was a comfort to me. As an adult, I found the book again. It’s a reminder to never, as a librarian and a teacher, stifle a person’s interest in books, never judge what they read, and celebrate the written word in all its forms.
My favorite book as a teen was The Outsiders. I read it over and over but was disappointed at the lack of women in the book. I started writing fanfiction for it, giving each brother a love story. As an adult, both my children read it for school, and SE Hinton even replied to one of my tweets. That book, that author, will always be an inspiration to me.
Let's dig in to you as a person. Mugs and t-shirts tell a lot about their owner. What's your favorite?
I’m supposed to write a short answer about my favorite t-shirt. I could fill the blog with my t-shirts. I’m a fangirl for various shows, movies, books, and games. I have an entire laundry basket full of shirts. I love to wear them out and about as an invitation to conversation. My favorites are “Today must be Thursday. I never go the hang of Thursday,” Singer Salvage, “Keep Calm and Don’t Blink,” and one that has 22 Privet Dr, 221-B Baker ST, KAZ-2Y5, and Police Box in blue.
I love the Thursday one. Ginny you write a very helpful writers blog called Apps for Writers here's the link appsforwriters.blogspot.com/2022/ Can you share about the best money you've spent on writing?
Over the years, I’ve spent a great deal of money on my writing career. (I’m not griping. It’s just a fact.) But honestly, the best money ever spent on my career was forked out by my husband. One Christmas, right after I really committed to a writing career, my husband sent me on a scavenger hunt. He titled it “For the Writer of Books.” At the end, I found a brand-new laptop, my first ever. He’s the best.
Aww! I luv him. What about reviews?
With eight books to my name, I have to confess, I never look at reviews. Part of it is fear, but another part is knowing you can’t please anyone. I’m not sure what I could do with negative comments. I can’t really fix it as the book is published. I know I can learn from them, but it could also make me sad. Yes, I’m a wimp.
Very true. How do you get the names for your characters?
I love listening to authors talk about how they get names for their characters. Some research through historical documentation. Some use baby name books and sites. I just let my characters tell me their name. As I write, it either works or it doesn’t. Then I write the next book.
Ginny, thanks so much for spending time with us. I hear your celebrating Christmas In July by putting your holiday story on sale. Also a little birdie told me you have a short story for anyone who signs up for your newsletter. Can you leave us a peek at Christmas Sparks and where we can find out more about you?
Christmas Sparks Stone Water Stories Book One
Kindergarten teacher, Margaret Porter, is looking forward to the best Christmas holiday in years. Without her irresponsible ex-husband causing chaos, she and her two children can finally have a fun, peaceful celebration. Everything looks picture perfect until her living room catches fire. Volunteer firefighter, Ryan Kramer, never knew what hit him when he rescues a reluctant and quick-tempered Margaret from her burning home. But it’s more than sympathy for her situation that gets under his skin. Her sassy, no-nonsense attitude bowls him over. Margaret finds her family rescued by Ryan again and again. Something about him speaks to her soul, and she discovers it hard to resist him. Unlike her careless and manipulative ex-husband, Ryan’s nothing but wonderful throughout the entire ordeal. As Ryan investigates the damage to Margaret’s home, he discovers his family’s business, Kramer and Sons, worked on the fire-ravaged room. Did shoddy work by his family put a single mom and her two kids out in the cold at Christmas? Can Margaret see beyond his last name and fall for him too?
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6/28/2022 10:06:21 am
Wonderful interview Ladies. Always nice to get to know fellow authors around the campfire.
6/28/2022 11:55:08 am
Thanks, Pam! And thanks to DV for letting me share.
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