It is my pleasure to introduce and spend time with Ginger Myrick on Indie Chat today. I usually “talk” to Ginger daily on Facebook, but she’s joining me on my blog to share her writer’s world with you.

Ginger’s answers to my questions will enlighten you much more about her work than writing an introduction. The reason for this becomes clear when you learn more about this multi-talented author.

 

 

1/ Your novels are extremely diverse in locations, eras and genre (with the exception they are historical fiction). You’ve written mystical, inspirational, romance and murder. How long does it take you to research each of these very different novels?

I am a very lazy researcher. Contrary to what most people believe, I don’t immerse myself in a culture when I’m writing. I do have the bad habit of going off on particularly interesting tangents, but I am not one of these scholarly types who knows everything there is to know about a particular people or era. All of my books are dictated and driven by the inspiration. Basically, the stories come to me complete with their settings, and I start writing, looking up the historical details as I go. There are no separate steps. It’s all tied up together in a giant Gordian knot! Of course, my current WIP [work in progress] is slightly more time consuming, because it’s based on an actual historical figure, but after getting the groundwork laid and the timeline figured out, the rest is sort of falling into place.

2/ Most authors strive to find a niche in a particular era. What appeals to you about writing a wide variety?

Again, the inspiration dictates all, but I love to learn new things. I have sort of a ‘been there, done that’ attitude. It’s part of the reason I never focused on one major in college. My interests are so varied that I could never be satisfied with just one area of study. Unfortunately, I think it’s also a detriment. Readers don’t know how to classify my stories and can’t understand how I could be proficient in more than one setting or subgenre. I work quickly, too, so I think a lot of the time people equate that high level of productivity with shoddiness and are hesitant to make the investment. Oh, and the fact that I almost never have a commercial inspiration …

3/ You live somewhat in the back country. What is a typical writing day like?
I’m going to assume you mean an IDEAL writing day (when I have the house to myself.) Morning cup of coffee while I check my emails, hour-long walk with the dog, another cup of coffee, share promos on Facebook, write like mad, an hour of yoga, lunch, talk to hubby, write a little more, walk the dog again (only half an hour this time) write a little more then read, do crosswords or sudoku until I go to bed. As you can see, I neglect everything else. When I don’t have the house to myself, it’s about the same just add cooking dinner for hubby, scrubbing his back and washing his hair in the bathtub, ignoring the movies he watches on his new monster 75” TV, and going around behind him picking up his trail of pine needles, wood chips, and mountains of socks and shoes. You know, all the typical wifely duties.
4/ You are one of a very few who can successfully write, self-edit, design your book covers and format. Are you a techie person? If not, how did you go about learning to conquer all of these different aspects?
First of all, thank you for calling my efforts successful, Darlene. It sounds nice coming from someone whose opinion I respect so much. Although I wasn’t a techie person when I started all this book stuff, I have always been able acquire skills quickly. As you know, the best learning tool is to fail, so I’ve floundered my way through all of it, and now it’s engrained. The editing is a different matter. A person has to be able to emotionally detach herself from her work and become a reader to make the necessary cuts and changes. By the time I finish my first draft, I have usually forgotten what I wrote, so on the first editing pass it’s all new. And believe it or not, with four completed novels and my WIP ¼ finished, I still don’t feel like I’m the one doing the writing. That has a way of keeping it fresh and giving me that objective perspective.
But for the grace of god5/ Every author experiences times of self-doubt. What motivates you and keeps you going?
The voices in my head keep me going! The only way to exorcise them is to give them life in a book. And my handful of loyal readers. Anyone who has spent time trying to promote a book knows that you have to pinpoint that target audience. It’s all about matching styles and finding the right fit. No matter how great your storytelling ability, if you have a reader who can’t appreciate your writing style, she will never enjoy the journey. I have come to accept the fact that I write in a very small niche, but I’m good with it. I suppose it would be different if I had to earn a living with my writing, but I am fortunate to have a very supportive husband, who turned out to be the biggest surprise in all of this! He always tells me that if I touch one person, I should consider myself a success. Of course, I’m not too worried about the success part of it, but I would like to reach a few more readers simply because I think I have something important to say, but doesn’t everybody?
6/ What is your favorite activity during your day?
Lunch. Nah, that would have to be playing with my dog. We have a bunch of different games we play depending on the weather and time of day. There’s snowpotamus, dog catcher, squeaky, chucking the baby, and I win. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I love my dog! Nothing like a happy puppy to take the sting out of a mediocre review. I also love to sleep, so bedtime is pretty high up there on the list of favorites, too!
7/ Is a certain “Miss Tippy” in “But for the Grace of God” inspired by someone who shares your life?
Hannah, the main character, is based on my dog-walking companion, Caren Cassidy, and the entire story is a loosely interpreted dramatization of her life. Tippy is her actual dog, and she is indeed partially deaf and blind as a result of too much inbreeding. She was slated to be put down until Caren rescued her. The majority of the other central characters are as represented with the exceptions of Jeb, Ginny, and Samuel Carter. I recently got a 3-star review at Amazon in which the reviewer said she couldn’t stand the childlike way Hannah was portrayed, but I assure you that it is completely accurate. Caren told me that if a man was ever interested in her, all he would have to do to learn everything about her would be to read my book. I consider that the highest of praise!
As ever, thank you so much, Darlene for your constant love and support. It means more than you will ever know, and I feel deeply blessed because of it! And thank you, readers, for your time and interest. It’s what keeps me writing.

On a personal note, Ginger and I have become fast friends on Facebook but have not met in person. This will change in February, when my husband and I travel through Ginger’s home state. There’s going to be lots of hugs and laughter; I think my husband will probably want to stay at the trailer to avoid being seen with us!

 

Please do check out Ginger’s novels. Ginger is a prolific author with innate talent for diversity. Great qualities (although it can make her colleagues feel a little green!).

 

Ginger Myrick’s latest novel But for the Grace of God, A Novel of Compassion in a  Time of War was released December 3, 2013.

Follow this link to Ginger Myrick’s Amazon Author Page. She welcomes emails from readers with questions, comments, or hellos at GingerMyrick.com.

 

All Ginger’s novels are available on Amazon.