Friday, October 5, 2012

Please Welcome Christian Authors Gina Conroy and Cara Putman

Is there a story behind Buried Deception?

Gina: Several years ago when I was homeschooling, we took the kids on a cross-country trip up the east coast. I remember walking through Mount Vernon’s Mansion wondering if all the antiques were real and what would happen if one of them was a forgery? The mom character with her rambunctious kids came first, NOT that I would know anything about that sort of thing. Then came the snarky, but lovable, brooding security guard. Again, not that I would know anything about sarcasm...

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Gina: Social Media and marketing. I hear lots of authors hate it, but I love it! I can’t help all the ideas that come to me when I should be writing. Plus, it gives me instant gratification to know I can knock out something small on my To Do list instead of the never ending novel writing process.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Gina: In Buried Deception, I loved the character of Nick Porter because it was fun writing a hardened, sarcastic ex-cop that really was a softy underneath.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Gina: Interesting  question that problem could be answered differently at various stages of my life, but right now I would definitely be Swing music, not so much the big band era, but more of the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble type of music. When I hear the music and words from that era I’m transported to my happy place and just can’t help but do the Foxtrot or Lindy Hop on the dance floor or in my mind.

What is your strangest habit?

Gina: I’m sort of OCD about locking my car door. Even after I lock it and walk about ten feet, I second guess myself probably because locking my doors is such a habit. But instead of walking away knowing that my doors are locked I HAVE to go back and check. Sure enough, they’re locked! If people are around and I need to “check” to see if my car is locked, I just pretend I forgot something in my car and go back to check.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Gina: Dancing…Ballroom and Swing. I remember as a little girl going to the Italian club dances with my grandma and wishing I could dance like she did. I’ve always loved musicals where they women would twirl and dance with their partners. The dance scenes just mesmerized me. When I was younger I took a jazz class or two and danced at Sweet Sixteen parties, but it wasn’t until I went Swing dancing with friends (and had no clue what I was doing) that I decided it was time to take lessons. That was a year ago and I haven’t looked back. Hearing the music and dancing feds my body and soul. And THAT makes me smile!

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Gina: The idea for Buried Deception came in 2005 when my family took a three week homeschool tour up the East coast. Mount Vernon was one of our stops. I loved everything about Mount Vernon in the summertime from the beautiful foliage and blooming trees to the richness of the history on the grounds. I marveled at George Washington’s innovations as I walked through the mansion and wondered which antiques were original and which were replicas. That thought lead to another… “What if a real antique at Mount Vernon was discovered to be a fake?” One thing lead to another and Buried Deception was born.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

Gina: I tend to write about things that God is working on in me. When I wrote Digging Up Death years ago, the theme was about priorities and how a mom balances a career and family, and what happens when that balance is upset. When I wrote Buried Deception, God was teaching me about total surrender. I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve come a long way. I’ve let go of so many things in my life that I’m in a much more peaceful place. When things don’t go according to MY plan, I know God is still in control and there is freedom in that! It’s taken me about 30 years to learn that lesson, and I hope through my stories, people can get one step closer to where God wants them to be in their life.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Gina: Digging Up Death is my first full length mystery/romantic suspense my agent signed me with several years but never sold…until now! I’m really excited about it hitting the shelves especially because I thought it was dead and buried!  It’s coming on late September early October. Here’s a peek at the back cover blurb:
Archaeology Professor Mari Duggins is adjusting to life as a single mom, but she’s caught between the pull of her former flame, Field Archaeologist Fletcher Murdock and her ex-husband. When her colleague is murdered and her ex-husband is accused of stealing an Egyptian artifact, Mari interferes in the FBI investigation, compelled to prove the innocence of her children’s father.
Soon she is buried deep in possible suspects. Her old flame, her student and tenant, the office secretary. No one is who they appear to be, and Mari begins to wonder where her loyalty and true affections lie. Will Mari sort through her muddled feelings before her world caves in? Or will the truth bury her alive? 
If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?

Cara: I would be Monet. I love his way with colors and light. I could sit in front of one of his paintings for hours. They pull me in and are such restful scenes. Love his art.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Cara: my favorite season is definitely spring. I love watching the world emerge from winter and come back to life. Everything goes from dreary and bleak to green and fresh. Love the new life in animals, flowers and just the freshness.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
Cara: we have several places we like to go as a family. One is the mountains of North Carolina. We've rented friends’ cabin there three different summers. It’s about time to go back! And our other favorite place to return is Mackinac Island. It’s so peaceful, that I decided to set a book there.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 

Cara: Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.   This has played out so many ways in my life. Just this summer we spent eight weeks in Germany while I taught a class for Purdue University. That was the answer to a heart desire to have my kids experience another culture. And it was such a great chance for our family to step back from our crazy lives and reconnect.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Cara: I had two novellas and a full length novel (A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island) release between January and May of this year. It’s been busy! My next novel will release in February 2014 and is a return to World War II, a time I am passionate about. This story will be a little different because it is primarily set in Italy and focuses on saving the art that’s disappearing. I’m excited to write it. 

Ladies, thank you so much for joining us today!

Gina Conroy and Cara Putman are giving away one copy of Cherry Blossom Capers. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

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Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of, Cherry Blossom Capers.

Gina and I have the OCD thing in common. I too have to make sure my car door is locked. I'm that way about my garage door too. Some times I turn around and come back home to check and see if I put it down! Drives me nuts!

Cara and I have the same love of Seasons. Spring is my favorite too. It represents new beginnings.

Thank you for the interviews and thank you for the giveaway.


cjajsmommy said...

Just like the thinking at Mount Vernon, I am always saying, "But what if?"

And I too prefer spring to all other seasons. New Life!

Please enter my name for a copy of the book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teela said...

This book looks really interesting and I do hope that I win! My fav season is Autumn (you can read why on My blog... that doesn't keep me from winning since my season is not spring (teehee).

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Pam K. said...

I think OCD about door locking is pretty common. My thing is with the garage door. Did I hit the button to make it go down and did it go all the way down? I always try to look before I pull away from the driveway but sometimes turn the corner and wonder if I really closed the door or not.
Monet is one of my favorite artists as well, so I guess I have something in common with both Gina and Cara.
Thanks for giving away a copy of Cherry Blossom Capers. I'd love to win.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm! " Cherry Blossom Capers " has a drawing effect to make you want to check it out. Please enter me to win.
Maxie ( )

Jo said...

This book sounds so good and want to thank you for the giveaway.


misskallie2000 said...

I am always checking to be sure I did lock my car. I hit lock button before I get out and then as I walk away I hit the lock button on my car key. This is also habit.
I love Spring when the earth is renewing itself and green is seen everywhere with new buds opening.
I have had Cherry Blossom Capers on my wish list since it came out and looking forward to reading.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Gina Conroy said...

Thanks for sharing your OCDs!! I could have added the garage door thing to the list, but I usually watch it go down as well! Not the other week. I was already past my garage when I HAD to drive backwards and see if it was down. It was!

And if you can't wait to win this book, amazon has it on kindle right now for $2.99!

Joy Hannabass said...

This sounds like four really good books. Thanks for the interview ladies! Enjoyed reading it!

Amy R.S. said...

I enjoy these Romancing America books. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book (ahem, I meant own, lol) Thanks for the giveaway!
~Elizabeth N

Jes said...

Great interviews! Thanks for sharing them :).

jswaks at gmail dot com

Christian Book Marketing said...

Great interview and a great blog with lots of great content. Keep em coming.


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