It's a real pleasure to welcome Gail to this blog today! Read on to find out more about her novel and her writing journey.
Is there a story behind your book Stopped Cold?
Over the years I’ve come in contact with people who experienced pain and heartache, some ending in devastating circumstances, because they reached a time when they couldn’t cope with not being the best. The situations seem so sad that it’s difficult to write about them, but here’s one that’s not too traumatic. I knew a girl who was an honor student and a beauty queen. She seemed to breeze through life with no problems, winning every contest she entered while gaining more and more popularity and attention. She was friendly and dynamic, a person we all liked. Years after graduation I ran into one of her close friends and asked how the girl was. The friend said she was living at home with her parents. She hadn’t been able to hold down a job or function as an ordinary person after she left the world where she was always number one.
Through the years as I ran into more situations where the drive to be number one had hurtful, and in some instances, disastrous effects, I thought about the Bible telling us to use the gifts God gave us. Finally, I wrote about it.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The heroine, Margaret McWhorter. The entire plot hinged around her grief, anger, and drive to find the people who hurt her brother. I couldn’t help but walk with her every step of the way and admire her persistence and loyalty as well as her journey to find peace in her life through her faith. I was her cheerleader throughout the book, hoping she’d find the happy ending she needed.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When my daughter was a toddler I contacted a magazine editor about freelance writing. One day he called and asked me to bring in clips. I found a babysitter—no problem. But I didn’t have a briefcase. I looked around for something I could use and settled on a small picnic basket a friend had given us for Christmas. I snatched out the two glasses and napkins that came in it, put in my sample articles and left.
When I got in the editor’s office, he looked at me then glanced at the basket on my lap.
“Are we having a picnic?”
Happy ending: After he examined the tear sheets I pulled out of the basket, I wrote articles for him for many years.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Summer. It’s so cold as I write this. I can’t wait for the bright, sunny days of June. I don’t mind if it gets too hot. I’ll get in air conditioning or jump in a cool pool.
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Shopping with my mother. We lived in a rural area, but she grew up in the city and took me to her native town several times a year to shop. I’ve carried on the tradition. I love to go with my daughter. We often visit discount stores or sales, try on bunches of items and end up buying only one each, but we have so much fun doing it.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Too many. I’ll name one. I put off cooking a meal that takes lots of time as long as we can tolerate the ones I throw together.
What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
Christmas Eve dinner.
I have three different recipes for sweet potato casserole. I’ll share the one we’ve settled on as our favorite.
Ingredients for the casserole:
Three medium sweet potatoes
Three tabl. Margarine
Two tsp. brown sugar
½ cup orange marmalade
¼ cup sherry
Combine until crumbly: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 2 tabls. Melted margarine, ½ cup chopped pecans
Bake sweet potatoes until done. Peel, mash and put in mixer. Add margarine and brown sugar, mixing well. Add marmalade and sherry and mix thoroughly. Place in baking dish, add topping and bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special).
Matthew 22: 37 – 39: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
It sums up in a few easy-to-recall words what God expects of us as Christians.
What is the take-way value of Stopped Cold.?
Readers realize God made them special by giving each of them a gift or gifts to use for Him. They also learn about the danger of steroid use and enjoy a mystery.
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Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her new teen book, Stopped Cold, is a best-seller on All Romance eBooks. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.
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