Today I am interviewing Gaynell Parker, author of the contemporary Christian romance Dear Maddie. Gaynell, I’m excited to have you here with me today. Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I’m happily married to a wonderful man, we have 7 children and 4 grandkids. When I’m not writing I’m painting – and try to read as much as possible. I love nature, especially flowers and birds. I live in a lovely area of Utah, but I’d love to live on the beach or way up in the mountains so summer would be cooler!
What is Dear Maddie about?
Maddie writes a lovelorn column for a local paper. It’s decided that she has to run a contest for a date with her. Picking the date is the most difficult thing she’s ever done, and then she falls for the winner. It’s a sweet romance that has a few twists.
Do you have a day job?
Yes, I work for a school district, so summers are my favorite time of year. I discovered a site almost 15 years ago called NaNoWriMo that encourages aspiring writers to write 50,000 words in a month. That has taught me a lot about meeting a set goal of words each day.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
I am a pantser! Though, there have been times I’ve fully plotted a story out, and I’ve been glad I did it.
What are your three favorite books?
That’s a hard question! Coast Road…which is a romance. The Summer House…which is kind of a romance, but a bit of fantasy; and Beauty – a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast.
What does your family think of your writing?
Fortunately they think I’m pretty good at it, and they’re pretty patient… I’m lucky that there aren’t any little children and everyone can contribute to making dinner and cleaning so when I really get going, the house doesn’t totally fall apart.
Do you experience writer’s block? What do you do to get through it?
I don’t experience it very often…and usually stepping away for a bit and then coming back helps. Or, working on something else. Sometimes even a mad-write will do the trick.
Excerpt from Dear Maddie:
My heartbeat was loud in my ears as I watched him approach, his eyes warm. I opened my mouth to say something, but he pulled me into his arms and kissed me. I was vaguely aware of the audience clapping and hooting, but my world shrank to the strong arms around me and the warm lips on mine. Oh my.
As suddenly as he’d kissed me, he let me go and steadied me on my feet. I gulped and tried to get my brain to function.
Jason frowned and inserted himself between us. “Okay, young man, there’ll be no more of that.”
Nick wasn’t the least bit repentant as he grinned at me, and I was glad, despite my blushing cheeks. “My name is Nick.” He told the audience, who were still cheering. “I’ve wanted to kiss her for a long time.”
Where can readers find you online?
My Website: Gparkerartwork.com
Dear Maddie releases August 18, 2020!