Interview With Our Founder, Gina Holmes–Win an Autographed Copy of Driftwood Tides!

Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of
Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing
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

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To be entered to win an autographed copy of Gina’s latest release, Driftwood Tides, leave a comment. One winner will be drawn. Winner announced tomorrow. 

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?
The truth is not all that much. I still work as a registered nurse, spend too much time sweeping up dog hair and wish there was more time in the day to just be. One of the gratifying changes has been the respect I’ve garnered post-publication that I didn’t before the first book hit the shelves. A lot of people in my circles thought writing was a waste of time at worse, an amusing hobby at best. I think people listen to me a bit more when I give advice. I was prepared in a lot of ways of the reality of being on this side of the publishing fence having done so many interviews on Novel Journey and Novel Rocket. Even knowing what I did, I still kind of thought the amount of work, particularly in the promotion arena would ease up by this point, but it doesn’t. I think that part tires most authors out and I’m no exception.
Tell us  a
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.

She lies about her real identity until she is finally found
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?

 At its heart, Driftwood Tides is really about discovering
who we are, whose we are, where we belong and the need to accept and bestow

Why did you set the
novel in Nags Head?

 Oh, how I love that place! I’m not sure there’s a more
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)

You seem to have a
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.

Crossing Oceans

The novel you’ve
written that seems to be a fan-favorite is Crossing
, do you ever

see yourself writing a sequel?

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
. 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.

What do you like most
about being a writer? Least?

 Most, I like being able to have a platform to share lessons
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.

 Least, would be the unpredictability of the business.
Sometimes it seems so random and the lack of control makes me uncomfortable
sometimes. (Which is probably right where God wants me!)

 Do you have any
advice for aspiring novelists?

 My advice is pretty much always the same. 1. Write. So many
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!

If you could go back
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?

 Thanks for asking. My books are in B&N, BooksaMillion,
Amazon, Lifeway, Parable, Family Christian and hopefully a good number of
independent bookstores. You can find me at 

“[Driftwood Tides] moves like a serene sea: gentle,persuasive, and transformative. Much in the same way time and the elements turn driftwood into something beautiful, Libby and Holton learn that they, too, can change for the better. Readers will delight in this story of redemption and growth.” Booklist

“Holmes weaves a superb story of discovering how to forgive.” Romantic Times