Friday, June 21, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Gloria Repp

How wonderful to have Gloria Repp with us this week. Read on to learn more about her:

Is there a story behind your book, The Forever Stone?
For years, I watched, listened, and wept with a friend who had suffered from abuse and I sensed her need to escape to another environment. Later, as I hiked in the NJ Pine Barrens, I found it a fascinating new world and thought it would be a good place for a bruised person to heal.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring. I like to watch the tiny shoots poke up from the ground and new leaves unfurl. Most of all, I enjoy listening to the frogs sing; once in a while I can even catch one on film.

I've really grown to love spring too; almost more than autumn. lol. What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Wordplay, such as a pun, makes me smile.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
In one of my earliest memories, I am sitting on my father’s lap listening to a bedtime story. His stories were always original, always exciting, and they took me out of my small space into larger worlds of adventure, intrigue, and wild creatures.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
The Seattle area is one of my favorite places to visit, partly because my son and his family live there and partly because it is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests and is bounded by the ocean.

Love Seattle! Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

Ps. 73:26

This verse is important to me because God has made it the greatest comfort of my life. During the time He was engraving its truth on my heart, I began work on Mollie’s story, and it became her verse as well.

Which character in your book most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Oddly enough, I think Remi is one of my favorites. He is a minor character, but when he drove up in his battered old truck and I wanted to know where he’d come from, the answers I discovered were tinged with mystery. The more I explored his past, the more I knew he’d have to appear in another book so readers could get to know him better. That is happening as I work on the next book.

Funny how certain characters stir our hearts, isn't it? Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Near Seattle is the Olympic Peninsula with its rugged beaches, magnificent mountains, and miles of wilderness. After visiting a few times, I knew it had to have a part in my next book, and sure enough, I ended up creating a small town with its own rocky beach, and the story came to life.

How fascinating! When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m hoping to release the next book early in 2014. It will focus on one of the Dumont women we met in Mollie’s story: Aunt Lin.

I found Lindsey Dumont a fascinating character, and as I delved into her background, I discovered a complicated person of many talents. She's a single, mid-forties career woman with an empty heart, and she goes to Seattle in pursuit of success for a new relationship and for her career.


To buy her book, go here:

About Gloria:
Adventure, mystery, and wild creatures all play a part in Gloria Repp's many books. She grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Northwest, and it was there she learned a love for wilderness that pervades her stories. Over the years, experiences gained from raising three children, teaching school, and editing have made useful contributions to her work.

During recent years, traveling has added a new dimension to her writing. Most of her trips take her to one of her favorite places to explore—the thousand-acre wilderness of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. One spring, she listened to the songs of the rare Pine Barrens Treefrogs and envisioned stories for children about a tiny frog named Pibbin. As she hiked the quiet pine woods, she felt her splintered edges heal . . . and the beginnings of a novel began to stir.

Pibbin’s adventures have taken shape as the Tales of Friendship Bog; and the tumbled ruins and gleaming dark streams of the Barrens have provided the setting for her novel, The Forever Stone – and for those to follow.

To connect with Gloria, go here:



Gloria is giving away a copy of The Forever Stone. 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.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

Well, here I am, the first poster again. And they say first posters never get picked. Well, pick me! Pick me! Reading Gloria's answers made me feel like she could be my friend, a comfortable person to be around. Thanks for featuring this author. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for this book giveaway. Thanks so much.
Brittany McEuen

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I agree about Spring. Until a few years ago after a particularly hard winter I had no idea that there are so many shades of green.
The Forever Stone sounds great.
pat at ptbradley dot com

Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks interesting! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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