Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Ginger Hanson, Southeast Alabama. I write contemporary and historical romance novels, but I also write mostly humorous essays, short stories, and writing how-tos. I’ve even ghost written/copy edited 55 chapters in various Federal Administration flight handbooks.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve written stories since the second grade so I guess it’s always been something I’ve done. When I hit high school, my plan was to study journalism and become a foreign correspondent. I took journalism classes and worked on the high school and college newspapers. I was debating a life in the U.S. Navy (their uniforms looked the best on me!) when this cute guy asked me to marry him.
So I did.
In between writing and editing volunteer newsletters, I started writing and submitting short stories. Then I finally sold a personal experience essay. For some reason that led me to think I could write novels!
So I did.
What can I say except I chose a wonderful, supportive man to marry because he was the one who would pick me up after a rejection, shake me off, and suggest I try different publisher!
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Butterfly Bride, my next Regency novel, is slated for release in the fall. It’s been edited and vetted and my cover artist and I are working on the cover. Designing a promotion plan has kept me busy. I’m also working on a companion book to She Sat, He Stood: What Do Your Characters Do While They Talk, a writing skills book.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I’m an eclectic reader, but romance is my favorite genre not only because I write it, but because it offers a break from the everyday world. My fiction choices swing from historical romance to YA urban fantasy to contemporary romances. On the nonfiction side, I taught U.S. and western civilization and happily read books about anything from the Romans to World War II.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Many years ago, I met Patricia Potter at a Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta. I had entered what would become my first published novel (now titled Stealing Destiny) in their contest and she judged it. I was very flattered when she asked me about my manuscript. She mentioned one line in the opening scene that wasn’t clear to her. Then she told me to listen to my beta readers and if a reader says they don’t understand something it’s up to the writer to take another look and figure out how to clarify it.
Which is why I take any suggestions or comments from my readers or editors to heart. It’s my job to write with clarity, to keep my readers reading.
And yes, I revised that paragraph.
City, suburb, or small-town? Small town–fewer sirens.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? I love how easy it is to buy dark chocolate today. There was a time when it was available in only one or two candy bars.
Alpha, beta, or both? I tend to write beta males because the love of my life is a regular guy.
Wine, whiskey or punch? White wine since we did a tour in Germany many years ago.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? I was introduced to tacos when we lived in Texas. Loved them from the start.
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Definitely a dog person. They tend to show up in my stories, probably because they’re such an integral part of my life I can’t imagine a story without a dog in it!
Any last words before we say goodbye?
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.