Yes. One of my critique partners and her son, who also writes with her sometimes, suggested the five of us write a series of retold fairy tales and self-publish them. I chose to retell Jack and the Beanstalk because I thought it could lend itself to a bit of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance, and I’m a fan of that genre.
We had so much fun writing and critiquing the novellas over the span of a year.
Mountain of Love and Danger is fifth in the Fairwilde Fairy Tale Reflection series. The others are At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony; Red and the Wolf by June Foster; Mirror on the Fall by Mildred and Jonathan Colvin and Swept Away by Vanessa Riley.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The hero, Jack, interested me most because he was suddenly jarred from his carefree life. Then he had to reach inside and call on his faith to find strength and courage he didn’t know he had.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I believe I’m guilty of several, but I’ll choose one that applies to writing. When my daughter was a baby, I sent out my resume looking for freelance work. One day an editor called and asked me to bring in some samples to show him. I had plenty of those, but nothing to put them in. I pondered the problem as I lined up a babysitter. Then my gaze fell upon the small picnic basket someone had sent us for Christmas. I emptied it and shoved my articles into it.
When I arrived at the editor’s office, I put it on my lap. He peered over his desk and asked, “Are we going to have a picnic?”
I told him the situation and he chuckled.
I ended up writing many articles for him.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up at the foothills of the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains, but what I like most is a toss up. The scenery is awe-inspiring and peaceful. The small-town people I was fortunate enough to grow up with are the salt-of-the earth kind. We were a close-knit group who genuinely cared about each other and still do.
What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
Christmas Eve dinner is my favorite meal with family and friends.
I’ll share an easy sweet potato casserole.
4 medium sweet potatoes
3 tabl. margarine
2 tabl. brown sugar
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 tabl. melted margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Cook sweet potatoes, peel and mash. Add margarine and brown sugar mixing well. Add marmalade and sherry and mix thoroughly. Place in baking dish.
Mix topping until crumbly. Then spread it on top of the sweet potato mix and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
My favorite Bible verses are Matthew 22: 37 - 40, because Jesus tells us God’s greatest commandments in a few words. “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. All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Please tell us if you have another book in the works.
I recently signed a contract with Prism Book Group for a contemporary romance, Barely above Water. In it an illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. She turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida, and takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but must overcome his fear of losing a loved one then regain Suzie’s trust. She relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, financial burdens without permanent employment, and heartbreak.
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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. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors readers’ poll and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. 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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