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A MOTHER TO LOVE
Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the
author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 57 contracted novels and four million books sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the Executive Board, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers and Christian Authors Network. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and enjoys presenting workshops at conferences across the U.S. She is a lifetime resident of Michigan.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My mom often reminisced about her childhood and incidents in her past, and over time, I reminded her I’d heard the story before, if she continued, I listened with one ear. Now I wish I could spend another day with my mom and ask her a multitude of questions and re-hear those funny and sometimes poignant stories of her life. We don’t always appreciate things until they are gone.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Many Bible verses touch me with their truth and God’s amazing gift to His children, but one that has meant a great deal to me as a writer is this.
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3, NIV
This verse reminds Christian writers that what we write ministers and changes readers as the stories, like modern parables, brings characters to life who have the same kinds of issues and problems, joys and sorrows of the reader. I hear this over and over in my reader mail and I praise the Lord He has allowed me to write for Him.
What 2 or 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
The first thing that comes to mind is my tap dancing lessons. I had a friend who was a beautiful ballet dancer and she also took tap, and I wanted to be like her. I had the wisdom to know I’d never be a ballet dancer but tap might be something I could do. Every year the dancers performed at the State Fair, and I faced my first performance on stage with a large audience. I was petrified and when the dance began, tapping to the old song, Varsity Drag, I was fine, but somewhere in the dance, I mixed up two parts of the routine and reversed the steps and did a section backward. I leaped into other dancers rather than leaping in the direction they had. Red faced, I realized perhaps tap dancing wasn’t for me.
Another surprising moment was when I was named and then crowned the queen of our new city, Madison Heights. I won a bond, took part in a city parade and joined the King to open the dancing at a big park event. I’m not a beauty queen by any means. The king and queen were based on a number of criteria and somehow I was the Queen of Madison Heights, Michigan.
And finally something unique about me is I’ve been in every state in the United States, all fifty, and most of the states weren’t just a drive though but also staying there and spending time. The state where I spent the least amount of time is Delaware.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Once again I can’t name one favorite place but I’ll try to be brief. In Michigan, my home state, I love amazing, back-in-time Mackinac Island. Take A Look And in another state, Sedona, Arizona where we spend three winter months. Don't miss this video. But out of the country my favorite travel vacation is Europe. I’ve visited and stayed in so many of the countries including: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Italy, Greece, and the Greek Islands, Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Crete, and Rhodes. Each country has a charm of its own, and I go back to some of them when I can.
Please tell us a little about your novel, A Mother To Love.
A Mother To Love is the first novel in the Lilac Circle series. Lilac Circle is a fictitious cul de sac in the real town of
Owosso, Michigan. Readers will get to know a number of the neighbors and their goings-on, some wise, some nosy, some struggling and some happy and falling in love. Each novel will revolve around a character or two who live on the neighborly small town street.
Book 1: Angie Bursten wants to find love without her family's matchmaking, and coworker Rick Jameson comes to the rescue as her pretend boyfriend. Angie spends time with Rick and his adorable daughter, Carly, and what began as a hoax soon feels all too real. Betrayed by the woman he'd once married, Rick is slow to trust. but when Angie helps him with gaining full custody of his child, is he still pretending.? Do Rick and Angie have a real shot at happily-ever-after?
What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?The story leaves readers with the realization that we have little power on our own, and instead of living with fear and worry, trust in God’s promises and keep their faith strong. With God all things are possible.
Where can readers find you online?
I can be found everywhere in social media.
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Where can readers purchase A Mother To Love?
A Mother To Love is published by Love Inspired and they are sold in most bookstores, at Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer’s, among other grocery stores and bookstores online.
Any parting comment?
I am active on social media, but readers can also find personal photos and news, appearances, new books, sites with free book drawings, recipes from Gail’s Kitchen and a devotional in my Bi-Monthly Newsletter. The subscription box is located in the right sidebar on my website.
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Till next time … keep on smiling.