Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean’s surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina’s favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I’ve been writing since I was very young. I began my first book over fifteen years ago, I was working in an office all alone and had quite a bit of downtime. With this “extra” time, I began my first book and let my imagination soar. I plotted out an exciting adventure and with each word, I stepped further into this completely different world. I could smell the ocean air and feel the sun on my skin. In reality, I was crammed into a cluttered space with paint that was peeling from the walls and a not so pleasant musty office smell. But, writing this story took me to paradise.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
Most of my writing is done at night when my boys are in bed. If I write during the day, then I go someplace where my boys can play either outside or an indoor play area. There have been a few occasions, where I was working on a deadline and my husband has taken our boys camping so that I can write non-stop.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I find drinking wine helps me to unwind. Ha! Seriously, though if I’m feeling stuck either drinking some wine to relax and let my imagination flow or taking a shower and thinking about the story, seem to work wonders for me.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I used to be a panster. However, in the past year I have become a plotter where I plot out each chapter and what the ARC is. Of course, the characters still surprise me, but I find this helps to keep me on track.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I’m traditionally published. I had actually self-published my first book under a different title and was then offered a three book deal with Carina UK (Harlequin). I unpublished that book and worked with my editor to create a much better story.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? A major highlight is when someone writes a glowing review about how much they loved my book.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie is a standalone book, however is the third book in my Home for the Holiday Series. Each book features Lauren Hauser and her growing romantic relationship with Jack Walker.
In this book, Lauren is returning from the holidays to a new promotion and a new ring. As in a diamond on her finger. She has to navigate between the role of being a manager and being a fiancé, and on the side she tries to plan her wedding.
Readers get to see how she tries to balance both roles and the curveballs that are thrown her way all the while trying to create her own spin on her grandmother’s apple pie recipe as she gears up to compete in the annual fourth of July pie baking contest in her home town.
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? Romance readers that enjoy comedy with their books.
9.A part from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I love spending time with my family, reading, running, Scuba Diving, trying out new restaurants, chatting with my friends and drinking wine.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I think engaging naturally with people and being yourself is the way to go about anything in life. I love chatting with people on Twitter and Facebook and have met some new readers that way.
11.How much of your books are realistic / based on true experiences/ people? I put little snippets of reality or things I have experienced or people that have crossed my path in each story that I write.
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