Monday, 31 March 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Ginger Simpson

1.Tell me about your book, Ages of Love, and where you got your inspiration for it?

Actually, Ages of Love is a combination of three previously published Novellas, but my inspiration for each was remembering what love was like at various stages of my own life. My current publisher agreed that all three were worth sharing, so I did a re-write of each story, and each woman has her own portion of the book to show the reader’s her take on finding love.

2. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer and how did you bounce back from it?

Right now, I’m dealing with reviews left by people who obviously have no agenda other than to damage a writer’s reputation. I have three horrible reviews on a credible Historical novel that have me scratching my head and wondering how the heck they don’t realize that white women were often captives of the Indians and elected to stay rather than return as damaged goods. Also, my beautiful cover, which captures the essence of the story has been deemed porn and tossed in with Victoria Secret’s lingerie ads. If anyone would like to see the reviews, check out White Heart, Lakota Spirit on Amazon.

3. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not really. I had the opportunity to “redo” previously published work into one novel, and I really love the way it came together. I was able to use the lessons I’ve learned along the way and I truly believe the stories are so much better than before.

4. If you could ask your future self, one question, what would it be?

How long am I going to live? When I was younger, I didn’t worry about such things…you know youth are invincible in their own minds, but now that I’m officially a senior citizen and see friends and peers passing away, I worry that I won’t have time to accomplish all the things I want to do before my time comes.

5. Is there a message in your novels you want the readers to grasp?

I try to put a message in each, but the one that I would really like readers to grasp has been a poor seller despite promotions I’ve tried. I wrote a YA called Shortcomings, which addresses bullying tactics and how we sometimes unknowingly contribute to the problem. I even did a study guide with hopes that teachers would find it worthy of sharing in their classes. Bullying is a hot topic, and I wrote the book because I have a grandson who is autistic that I know is bound to suffer at the hands of someone who needs to be cruel.

6. Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have many favorites, but right now I’m hooked on Rita Karnopp. I’ve been so impressed with her books…and there are too many to list, that I asked her to beta read Ages of Love for me. Her suggestions were stellar and I give her a great deal of credit for making my book better. If you get a chance, I do suggest you read White Berry on the Red Willow and I know you’ll crave more. Books We Love also offers a Special Edition for each of their authors, so you can enjoy three books for a very affordable price.

7. Would you rather be the good guy or the bad guy in a movie?

I’d have to be the good guy because I don’t deal well with conflict. In fact, in life, I’d walk a mile to avoid it, and I hate walking these days. I suppose I’d be a boring character, unlike those I’m able to create in books, because I’d just be me and leave the judging to others who seem to enjoy it. I don’t.

8. What was your favourite subject at school?

Creative Writing in English class. I also liked Business English, where we composed letters. I’ve always wanted to write, and thanks to small press who allows us to use creative license and not write inside boxes, I’m living the dream.

9. If you could try out any job for a day (real or fictional) what would you like to try?

Well, I retired for a reason after working most of my life, and as strange as it seems, if I was younger, I’d go back and apply to be a Correctional Officer again. Although I only worked in that capacity for a year, I liked the myriad of tasks, personalities, and the importance of the job. I believe I made a difference because unlike some who work in that field, I didn’t set myself up to be judge and jury, rather treated the inmates with the same respect I expected from them. Working there was the impetus behind my novel, First Degree Innocence.

10. What eye colour do you find sexiest?

To me, it’s not the color, rather the sparkle in the eye when someone looks at you. I don’t know why I keep ending up with blue-eyed husbands, but I do. I’ve seen some pretty sexy brown eyes in my day. Lol

11. Do you watch horror movies on or from behind the couch?

I don’t watch horror movies period. Every since I was persuaded by a friend to see The Exorcist, I’ve not watched another since. That one gave me nightmares and I thought about it even when I was awake. I love good mystery and thriller novels, but as far as watching scary movies…I hate being on the edge of my seat and then screaming like a baby.

12. What question would you most like someone to ask you? And what would be your answer?

What a great question. I miss the good ol’ days when people looked shocked when I revealed my age. Just once again, I’d like someone to ask my age, and when I admitted to it, they looked at me with wide-eyed disbelief. It just doesn’t happen anymore. I’d also like to be carded when I ask for a senior discount, but now days, they recommend it. :(

13. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Edit, edit, edit. I can’t emphasize the importance of making sure the work you publish is the best it can be. I, for the first time, had two people beta read for me before submitting my manuscript, and I can’t believe how helpful they were to catching typos, and making suggestions I didn’t think about. Also, an old saying comes to mind…”Don’t let the turkeys get you down.” There are going to be people who don’t like your work, but there will be just as many who do. Grow a thick skin and have faith in yourself and your abilities.

14. How did you chose your genre?

What genre? I’m just joking. I’ve tried my hand in most of them…except maybe true horror, but I always seem to migrate back to Historical Western Romance. I attribute my preference for this genre to years of growing up with westerns on TV, reading all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series in grammar school, and generally loving the era.

15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all imagination?

I’m a pantser, so most of my books are character driven. I’m one of those folks who have voices in her head all the time, and whoever yells the loudest with their story idea is usually who gets picked. In most cases, I’m in the dark while writing the story—don’t know where I’m headed until I get there. I did however, write Betrayed, which is based on my sister’s real life experience with Internet dating. I think there is a little of me in every book I write.

16. What was the point you realised that being an author was no longer a dream but a reality?

I started writing in 2000 and my debut novel was published in 2003. Back then, eBooks weren’t as popular, in fact, anyone published with small press was automatically deemed a poor author who couldn’t make it in the “real writing world.” I took a chance and submitted my manuscript to The Romantic Times for a review. At that time, most ebooks were being given 2-star ratings and harsh reviews, so when I garnered 4-stars, I really felt like an author for the first time. I’ll cherish that review forever.

17. How do you handle working with an editor without letting pride get in the way?

Sometimes pride wins out. I’ve discovered that editors aren’t always the ‘be all-know all,’ in fact, a lot of them are authors who haven’t written as long as I have. I go into editing with an open mind and a willingness to learn, because I have enhanced my skills through the process over the years. However, if there is something I feel is worth fighting for, I will stand up and say so. It’s always wise to pick your battles, and I’ve learned that through being an editor. It’s a hard job with very little appreciation shown, but there are those who make changes to word things how they would say it. I select to use what makes my work better and decline anything that indicates my voice is being lost.

18. Are you scared of sharing a story idea because someone might steal it?

There are bound to be duplications in ideas with all the books released every day. If an author stifles his/her creativity because of that fear, we’d be missing a lot of fascinating books.

19. What alcoholic beverages do you favour when you hit a wall?

I have bright yellow labels on medications I take that advise me to avoid alcohol. It’s not difficult since I’ve never liked the after-effects of imbibing. When I “hit the wall” I walk away and wait until my character feels like talking again. There is nothing I can do to prevent them from going mute, and they often do, but luckily, they get chatty again, and I’m back on track.

20. How do you deal with brilliant ideas that pop up while you’re writing something else?

If you could see my “works-in-progress” folder, you’d know the answer. I usually start the manuscript as the character talks to me, giving enough information so that I don’t forget to come back to the storyline. The hard part is shutting up the character until I’m finished with what I’m working on. The inside of my head is really noisy sometimes.

21. If you could have only three electrical appliances in your home, what would you have a why?

Well, let’s see. Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d have to have my computer or I’d be lost. I hate writing in longhand. I’d have to have my microwave or we’d starve, and I’d definitely need my blow brush or I’d look like Harpo Marx.


Love comes when we least expect it, whether from dreams or reality, it touches our souls and warms our heart. Join Chase, Faith and Hope as they each journey on their own trek into happiness. Will they truly find what they need or is there still a search remaining for one or more?


About Ginger

Born and raised in California, Ginger suddenly found herself in Tennessee. The experience was sort of like traveling from earth to another planet. So used to the rat-racing freeways and type-A personalities who moved faster than a speeding bullet, she now exists in a laid-back environment where everyone younger tacks a "Miz" on the front of her name. She came here to be close to her grandson...the love of her life, and since she retired from the University of California, she expected to have a whole lot of time to write. She'd  like to say she's finished a ton of novels, but life gets in the way. Besides dealing with a muse that goes AWOL from time-to-time, she was was a pioneer in her family to contact a virus one would normally associate with dogs--Parvo Virus B-19. Trust her, you don't want it.  If you're like her, and never heard of it Google it!



  1. Sonnet,
    Thanks for having me today. I really like your page and the way you've presented me. I've shared, so hope we get some visitors.

  2. Great interview! How interesting that Ginger was once a corrections officer!