Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of
Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing
Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol
Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA,
ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a
Christy Award finalist. Wings of Glass has been named as
one of the best books of the year in 2013 by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick
and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. Her latest novel, Driftwood Tides is in stores now. She holds degrees in
science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia.
She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their
past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com.
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Gina, you’ve come a long way since starting this blog back in 05 to chronicle your first novel journey. I’m sure you’ve learned a lot since your first novel, Crossing Oceans, was published. How has becoming an award-winning and bestselling novel changed your life?
little bit about your newest release, Driftwood Tides.
|Driftwood Tides, in stores now!|
Driftwood Tides tells the story of an aging, alcoholic
driftwood artist turned beach bum, Holton Creary, and young Libby Slater. Libby
grew up with an absent father and a loving but cold, socialite mother. Leading
up to her wedding, Libby and her groom-to-be go through genetic testing and she
learns her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents. She confronts her
mother and is reluctantly told that she’s adopted. She goes searching for her
mother, Adele, only to find her husband, Holton Creary lying face down on the
carpet of his Nags Head beach shack.
out. Holton does not welcome the news. He never knew the wife he had given
saint status too had given up a daughter for adoption. Together the two search
to find the truth about Adele, Libby’s father and themselves.
What do you hope
readers will take away from this book?
who we are, whose we are, where we belong and the need to accept and bestow
novel in Nags Head?
peaceful setting in all the world. And the further out I get from civilization,
the happier I am. I love the sand dunes, the untouched nature, the quaint
towns. Just everything! (Well, except sand in my bathing suit maybe J)
recurring theme in your novels about absent fathers, why do you think that is?
I was 6 years old, I was packed up by my stepfather and driven to my father’s
house. Overnight I had a new Mom, new sisters and brother, house and life. It
was as traumatic an experience as I can imagine. There were few explanations
that made sense to me and I missed my other family desperately. I think ever
since I’ve been trying to settle some pretty deep-seated questions. Writing
books is wonderful for that.
The novel you’ve
written that seems to be a fan-favorite is Crossing
Oceans, do you ever
I love that book too. Makes me cry just thinking about
certain scenes. I would love to write a sequel, prequel or off shoot stories. I
love those characters dearly. I’m under contract for three different novels, so
I’m not sure when I’ll have the time, but I’d love to explore Craig’s story and
of course, Bella’s. I miss Mama Peg very much!
You’ve said that your
favorite novel you’ve written is Wings of
Glass. Why is that your favorite?
It was a deeply personal novel to write. I grew up watching my mother in abusive relationships, and then two of my sisters. I swore it would never be me, until that is, my (then) boyfriend hit me for the first time and I found myself making excuses for him. I’ve matured a lot since then and have done a lot of work on the flawed thinking that I learned growing up. I see so much of it in women around me though and Wings of Glass was my answer to that burden on my heart.
about being a writer? Least?
I’ve learned in my life that I know others would benefit from. And more than
that, I just love to tell a good story.
Sometimes it seems so random and the lack of control makes me uncomfortable
sometimes. (Which is probably right where God wants me!)
advice for aspiring novelists?
people want to have written but don’t actually do the work. 2. Get to a writers
conference because there’s so much you
don’t know, that you don’t even know you don’t know. If you don’t you’ll be
spinning your wheels for years, wasting valuable time. 3. Run, don’t walk, to
the nearest bookstore and buy yourself a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Then apply it. (Best money I ever
spent!) 4. Join a good critique group and get a nice thick skin, ‘cause you’re
sure going to need it!
to the pre-published writer you were, knowing what you do now, what advice
would you give her?
Well, I wouldn’t have told myself how many novels I’d write
that would never see the light of day, because I would have given up. I
wouldn’t have told myself how little money there is actually to be made or how
lonely writing can sometimes be. I wouldn’t have told myself that I’d still
have a day job with 4 novels out in stores, including 3 bestselling novels…
okay, but that wasn’t your question… I would tell myself to relax. Some of
this, most of this is, is out of your hands, and that’s okay. It’s not going to
be at all what you think it is, but it’s going to be so much more. You won’t
get rich, but you will touch lives. At the end of the day, that’s going to be
exactly what will fulfill you.
Where can readers
find your books and more about you?
Amazon, Lifeway, Parable, Family Christian and hopefully a good number of
independent bookstores. You can find me at Ginaholmes.com.
“Holmes weaves a superb story of discovering how to forgive.” Romantic Times