Shh. Here’s a secret. When I first began writing Christian romance, I picked up a book by a wonderful author named Gail Gaymer Martin. Gail might not know this, but her novels inspired me as well as educated me in the art of writing a romance. Then I read her “Writing the Christian Romance,” that taught me so much more. I’m so pleased to allow her to tell you about her newest novel, “Secrets at Rose Arbor” which I’ve already downloaded.
But first, I asked her how she comes up with her fabulous story ideas.
Book ideas come to me in various ways, and one of those ways is travels and experiences. We recently arrived home from an amazing trip to Scandinavia and Russia. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days, an idea strikes me that will incorporate experiences from that trip. My newest book release, Secrets at Rose Arbor, came from another trip we took a few years ago when we were in Natchez, Mississippi. We visited a bed and breakfast plantation house and spend a few days there. That experience stimulated my creativity and recently my newest release was born. I used the real layout of that house, and it did have a beautiful rose arbor in the back. I was able to contact the owner of that lovely home for more research and she was very cooperative and excited about the book. I’m excited too, since I believe it is one of the most unique novels I have written. As a novelist, I tend to view my surroundings with creativity and story possibilities. I hope that you who are authors do the same. It’s amazing what can come from visiting new places using all your senses to capture the aura and experience of where you are.
Discontent and penitent, Susan returns to her childhood home in Louisiana to make amends with her mother, to see her mentor, Libby and to re-evaluate her life, but instead of solace, her heart tangles with Justin Robard, facing his aunt Libby’s recent death which affects both their lives. But Susan finds purpose helping Justin keep the inherited plantation home tied to the conditions of his aunt’s will, and in the process, she learns a secret that will shock Justin and change his life, if she has the courage to tell him the secret that could set him free.
Best-selling and award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of contemporary sweet romance and romantic suspense with 86 published novels and five million books sold. Her novels have received several national awards, including: the ACFW Carol Award, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best, and others. She is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance and a founder of American Christian Fiction Writers. Gail is published many works with the traditional publisher Love Inspired and Barbour Publishing and is presently writing with Winged Publications, Forget Me Not Authors. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and workshops for writers. Her background is teaching English, literature, journalism and public speaking at high school and university levels Though raised in Michigan, Gail now lives in Sedona, Arizona with her husband. Website at: www.gailgaymermartin.com.