Monday, June 28, 2010

Interview With Ginger Garrett Plus Book Giveaway!!


For our second author interview, we have Ginger Garrett with us. She is the author of, Chosen, which I will be giving away. This was a review copy so it has been read but it is in brand new condition. Gently used:) I will be posting my review soon and I have to tell you, this book was great!


How long have you known you wanted to be an author?

I didn’t begin writing until I was about 30. I had experienced a tragedy in my life and was trying to make sense of it all. I started writing short inspirational passages, and copying down scripture verses that comforted me. A few years later, I went to Barnes & Noble and bought some books on how to be a writer. I did everything those books said to do, and about a year later, found an agent and had my first book deal.


Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
CHOSEN: THE LOST DIARIES OF QUEEN ESTHER, is both fact and fiction. Based on the biblical book of Esther, as told through her personal diaries discovered after the devastating earthquake that hit Iran. The book includes footnotes and news articles that help readers understand why Esther’s story still matters today—and what lessons we can learn from her.


When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
A sense of joy and hope for the future, and a burning passion to live a great life.


Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I’d like to go to Iran, the center of the ancient Persian empire where Esther ruled as queen. There is a site there dedicated to her, where Iranians still visit and bring flowers and such in her memory. Iran is a country of wild beauty and wild extremes: both dry desert and snow-capped mountains.


If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
Sir Anthony Hopkins (to ask who he liked playing better—C.S. Lewis or Hannibal Lector, and why), plus President Obama. I have a laundry list of questions for him!


What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
I’d love to be at the resurrection. Wouldn’t that be cool? I’d sit in the corner of the tomb, not making a sound, and watch as the body under the grave clothes started moving, then sat up and peeled back the cloths. If I hadn’t fainted yet, maybe I would be able to talk with Jesus, too.


Do you have a favorite hobby?
My dogs. I own an Old English mix and a Great Pyrenees puppy, who weighs 109 pounds and is 6 months old. I just adore them.

Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
I make up songs for everything. There’s the “Feeding the Dogs” song, the “Waking Up the Kids Song,” and the “Brushing the Teeth” song. I also try to write one poem every night before going to bed. The best ones get transferred to a nice journal for keeping. The worst ones, like “Ode to Carrots I Have Loved,” don’t ever get repeated, except to make my husband laugh.


Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
Read as much as you can. And learn to ignore fear. Ignore your inner critic. The hardest part for any writer, I suspect, is writing despite all the fear and anxiety. The book that has meant the most to me in my life, besides the Bible, is the diary of one of my ancestors which has been passed down through generations of my family. It was never professionally published, but it impacted lives in a very real way. And that’s the goal of any writer, so honor your work even if it never gets “professionally published.” Writing can be an incredible legacy for your family.


Any last thoughts for your readers?
Last year I had ankle surgery and was flat on my back for weeks. I just found out that the ankle surgery failed, and we have to re-do it. The surgeon said to me, “You’re too young to understand this truth yet, but life is about managing setbacks, and then you die.” Nice, wasn’t it? But he did have a point. We’re all going to get hit with disappointments and setbacks, and most of them through no fault of our own. But a good life, a rich life, is not about everything going well. It’s about loving other people, being loved, and saying encouraging, kind words whenever we can.


And how can they connect with you?
I’m at www.gingergarrett.com You can also find me on Facebook and YouTube. Hope to meet you all online soon!

MANDATORY ENTRY-Leave a comment telling me your favorite female character in the Bible. My younger sister loves the story of Esther and after reading this book, I have a whole new look on her life and what she went through.

EXTRA ENTRIES-
1.Become a follower of my blog.
2.Become a subscriber through RSS Feed.
3.Become a follower on Twitter-kingsdaughter24
4.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 2 times a day.
5.Blog or post on Facebook about this giveaway.
6.Sign up for Ginger's email letter. She gives stuff away too:)

Please leave a different comment for each entry you do.

This giveaway will end 7/5. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. Thanks to Audra Jennings for a review copy.

42 comments:

K said...

Esther is definitely my favourite female character in the Bible, though Mary (mother of Jesus) and also Ruth are women I really like to read about and learn from.
Kim
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K said...

I am a follower of your blog
Kim
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K said...

I am a subscriber to your RSS feed
Kim
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K said...

I am a follower of yours on Twitter
Kim
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K said...

I signed up for Ginger's newsletter
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Nora St. Laurent said...

No need to enter me in the drawing I have this book. I just wanted to say Ginger's book is WONDERFUL and AMAZING. She has uncovered some extraordinary facts about Queen Ester. She uncovered so many beauty secrets that she wrote another book called Beauty Secrets of the Bible!!

I've heard Ginger speak at book club and she is an remarkable woman and has a passion to dig deep to uncover the facts she needs to write her incredible stories.

I just wanted to say Hi, Ginger and tell everyone LOVED this book they should definately read it.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org

Ariel said...

My favorite girl is Ruth :) Such dedication! This book sounds so exciting!!! I hope I win!

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Ariel said...

I am a follower.

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Ariel said...

I signed up for her e-mail letters.

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Judylynn said...

My favorite female Bible character is Ruth.

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Judylynn said...

I am a follower.

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Judylynn said...

I am a subscriber to Ginger's email list.

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Judylynn said...

I am a Twitter follower.

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karenk said...

Mary, the mother of Jesus

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karenk said...

rss subscriber :)

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bluerose_shelnut said...

My favorite female ladies of the Bibles is between Abigail and Dorcas.
I have Ginger's Beauty Secrets of the Bible and I would love to read this one! :)
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bluerose_shelnut said...

I'm a follower.
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I subscribed to Ginger's newsletter.
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文群文群 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。......................................................................

Mystica said...

Mary the mother of Jesus

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Mystica said...

I follow on GFC

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Esther Y.M. said...

Hi,

My favorite woman from the bible is Mary Magdalene. Esther also interest me as I was named after her.

I would love to read this book.
Please enter me.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I am a GFC follower :))


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Esther Y.M. said...

I also subscribe to RSS feed via iGoogle

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Esther Y.M. said...

I already follow you on twitter

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Esther Y.M. said...

Just tweeted this giveaway here:

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Esther Y.M. said...

I blogged about it here:

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Esther Y.M. said...

I have also signed up for Ginger's newsletter

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Esther Y.M. said...

Just tweeted this giveaway here:

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Esther Y.M. said...

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Melinda said...

Mine would be esther as well . . . "for such a time as this" is a GREAT book if u like this character :)

Melinda said...

Entered the scars and stilettos giveaway

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following on twitter @melindajoy926

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Mel said...

My favorite is Ruth

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Esther Y.M. said...

Just tweeted this here:

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Brenda said...

My favorite is Ruth but I also must say Tamar is someone I admired as well. Please count me in for the giveaway. I am a follower. kittycrochettwo@msn.com

Ashley said...

My favorite is Mary.

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clariail1 said...

I would love to win this book. Sounds great!

I am already a RSS subscriber.

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Ann Lee Miller said...

My favorite is the Proverbs 31 woman because she's sort of imaginary, sort of a compilation of women Solomon's mother might have known--like my characters, only a tad less flawed.
Ann
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jacque said...

The woman with the 2 alms. She had nothing, yet still gave all she had. I wish I was that selfless
jacque

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