Is there a story behind this book?
I believe every book has a story behind it, and Lady White is no exception. When I first started the novel, I was thirteen and the story was just like any other young adult fantasy book out there. At that time, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God. About a year later, I went through a slight medical scare and this is when I truly gave my heart to Jesus. After that, I wanted to write for Him. So I trashed my first manuscript and started again. It took three years to complete, but when it was finished, I felt like this is a story that’s meant for more than just entertainment. There’s a message inside of it that I pray will touch every one of my reader’s hearts. And the message is this: No matter how bad you may have messed up in your past, no matter where you might have ended up due to wrong choices, God loves you and He wants to turn it all around. He wants to give you a happy and blessed life.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve LOVED to read. When I get into a good book, I can sit in my chair for hours and never put it down. Though I haven’t been able to read as much as I used to since beginning the Daughters of Linolae series, my favorite types of books are the inspirational romance kind, and for me, they have to be in a historical setting. I love how they can take me back to a time and place that may have been forgotten. A couple years ago I discovered Sarah Sundin and her first novel, A Distant Melody. This book, set back in World War II, was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t put it down, and it got me to look into a period of time that I normally wouldn’t check out for fiction. Any of her books I would recommend, as well as Julie Lessman, Ruth Axtell Morren, Julie Klassen, and Deanne Gist. (The list could go on and on.)
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I don’t think I could choose just one! It would have to be a blend of Contemporary Christian, Christian Rock, and Classical, preferably anything with the violin or piano.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hmm. . . I don’t know if this would be classified as quirky or as a strange habit, but the first thing that pops in my head is that I like everything to be in its place. I’ll organize the pantry so that every label can be seen from the front and when I’m at the store, if something has been left on the floor, I will go down the aisle (even if I don’t need anything from it!) just to put the item back on the shelf where it belongs. Sometimes I have to stop myself or else my 30 minute grocery trip could turn into an hour!:)
I’m not the type of person that puts something off because of dread. If anything it’s because of procrastination. Some things, like matching socks and working out, I really have no desire to do, but I know I have to so at the end of the day they always get done. :)
What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
It’s a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I love the warm feeling that’s filling the house while my mom and I cook as well as the food. Just thinking about turkey and ham, sweet potatoes, and stuffing makes my mouth water! Thanksgiving dinner is especially one of my favorite meals because it’s the one time in the year that I get to make my homemade pumpkin pie, even though I’m the only one in my house that likes pumpkin pie. If you’d like the recipe you can check out my blog at ginabovyn.blogspot.com.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
There are so many that are special to me, but at the moment the one that really comes to my mind is Psalm 37:3-5 which says in the King James Version, Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
I read this verse everyday because it helps me to put everything into perspective and it feeds my faith. When I read this, it reminds me Who I need to put my confidence in; not myself, or a person I love, or any material thing, but God. It reminds me that He loves me and that He doesn’t just want me to have good things in life, but He wants me to have the dreams and secret desires of my heart that I only tell Him. It reminds me that He is the One I’m to live for and dedicate my life to serving.
Whenever loneliness or despair would try to overwhelm me in my high school days, I would go to this verse and it would open my eyes anew to the fact that when I put my trust in Him, it’s all going to be ok, and His joy would fill me. It still works every time!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
At this point in time, my next novel is not yet in production, but it is written and ready to go. It’s the next generation of the kingdom of Linolae, with Alina aer Anya’s daughter, Arwynnia, as the heroine. This tale is very different from Lady White, in the essence of Arwynnia’s heart is already directed towards God, and also because the story is centered more on the happenings in the kingdom rather than just with the heroine. This second book in the series is very dear to my heart because I wanted to highlight the importance of allowing God to be in the center of a romantic relationship and of keeping yourself pure for marriage to younger girls. It’s a passionate, godly romance jam packed with twists and turns, swordfights, and battles of the physical and emotional.
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