Happy Memorial Day! It’s a day to reflect and relax. I hope you’re comforted by memories of those you have lost and are able to be with the ones you still have. And if you are in the armed service or are a family member of one of our heroes, I’m thinking of you especially today.
Thank you for spending some time with me and my guest, Gina Conkle. She writes wonderful Viking stories as well as hot Regencies. I know you’re going to love her! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and listen in to our cyber-chat.
Mia: As summer starts, ’tis the season for writers conferences. It’s a chance for us to hobnob with others who play with imaginary people all day. As an author have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it?
Gina: I “almost” met Josie Litton, pseudonym for Maura Seger. I looked across a wide walk way and she was sitting in a window seat at a conference. She smiled at me but looked like she was concentrating on something and didn’t want to be disturbed. Now I kick myself for not approaching her. She’s published under 5 or 6 names and is a lyrical, talented writer.
Mia: I’m sure like me you’ve been a rabid reader forever. What were your favorite books growing up?
Gina: Yes! And here they are in the order I met these books:
1. “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes (the poem, I “met” when I was 5)
2. Corduroy by Don Freeman (now I could read and the book love began)
3. Cinderella – Disney’s golden book
4. My Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (a Christmas gift in 3rd grade)
5.101 Dalmatians (the chapter book)
6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (I met him in 4th grade!)
7. Gone with the Wind (read it in 5th grade…BIG jump in reading material)
8. A box full of my grandma’s Barbara Cartland books and I was hooked on romance
Mia: Oh! I remember feeling so sad the first time I read The Highwayman, so hopelessly, dare I say morbidly, romantic. And I still tear up when I think of Ol’Dan and Little Anne from Where the Red Fern Grows. Why does the dog always have to die in fiction? When I add a pet to my stories (like I did in my upcoming Once Upon a Plaid) they make it to the last page still wagging. That’s one of the joys of being a writer–making sure the dog lives. How about you? What is the best thing about being an author?
Gina: My head is a veritable Netflix. Putting these mind movies down on paper and having others enjoy them (and some loving them!) is great. I still get the occasional email or private message on Facebook about my first hero, the Viking chieftain Hakan of Norse Jewel. When will the next book come? Will Hakan be in it? That’s really nice when readers fall in love like that. I hope this keeps happening!
And now for our lightning round of questions!
– Favorite Quote? “The writer must be in it; he can’t be to one side of it, ever. He has to be endangered by it. His own attitudes have to be tested in it. The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” Arthur Miller
– Favorite Food? Mexican food (chicken and cheese enchiladas)
– Favorite Vacation Spot? A cozy mountain cabin with river or lake nearby
– Favorite TV Show? History Channel’s “Vikings”
– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Hmmm…none, but I did like World War Z. Does that mean I like zombies?
– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Coffee
– Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Coconut
Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle
The Phantom of London…the Enigma Earl. Lord Edward’s heard them all, but the reclusive Earl of Greenwich needs an heir — quickly. A deadline looms, and the hasty offering of Lydia Montgomery works.
Lydia has plans of her own: she’s an artist, striving to get her work into London’s art salons. Both forge a midnight bargain, but the best laid plans fade in the light of day from distracting chemistry and secrets revealed. Even worse, his saucy bride-to-be insinuates herself in his scientific work: the domain where no wife should mix.
Soon, Lydia’s illustrations speak volumes…of his work to the outside world and hers to London’s art world – a place reserved for men only. Will their greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?
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Gina Conkle, a history nerd to the core, loves castles and museums. Her motto is “the older and moldier, the better.” When not enjoying relics of the past, she lives in the present, dabbling in organic gardening. Gina married her favorite alpha male, Brian. The two live with their boys in San Diego, CA.
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FOR FOREIGN FOLLOWERS: If you have foreign followers, then I’ll offer a print copy of Meet the Earl at Midnight (I’ll send snail mail to anywhere :-D) and pick the random winner from the comments. The question prompt: Since Meet the Earl at Midnight is a loose spin on Beauty and the Beast, what’s your favorite fairy tale? Please share why.
Mia: Thanks for that generous offer, Gina. And just to sweeten the pot, I’ll add a digital copy of my first Viking romance since Gina loves and writes about Vikings too! One randomly chose commenter will receive Maidensong in their choice of Kindle or Nook format!
So spill it, gang! What’s your favorite fairytale?
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