Today we get write to the point with G.E. Hamlin. Read to the end, she has a giveaway. This is a book I can’t wait to read. (I will be reviewing it next week!!)
G.E. Hamlin (Ginny) passionately writes about broken marriages and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. Her stories stem from personal experiences and working in lay ministry as a member of her church. Her characters encounter the natural consequences of addiction to: alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. It is Ginny’s hope each story will create a bridge for discussion in real life.
Ginny has been a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) for over six years. Her style of writing reflects the qualities of Nicholas Sparks’ soft side and the fast pace of James Patterson.
She and her husband Ed have a blended family with five adult children and eight grandchildren. Ginny and her husband live in Southern California where they enjoy the beach, desert, and mountains. As a full time author, she is blessed with frequent opportunities to spend time with the grandchildren.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I am a born and raised Californian, growing up in the northern and southern areas of the state. I have a blended family and recently celebrated the fourteenth anniversary of meeting my husband. We have five children and eight amazing and wonderful grandchildren between us.
I started making up bedtime stories for my children in the late seventies. I’d encourage them to pick a few characters, which included: playmates, animals, and often inanimate objects. Once the cast of characters was set, I’d have them pick a setting and tell me what they wanted the characters to do — a goal. My passion for storytelling was born during those years with my two little ones.
The desire to create stories never left me, but with adult children I no longer had an audience. I prayed about what God wanted me to do with the desire to create stories. I believe God directed me to ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers, which went by another name at that time) via my online search for Christian novels. I’ve been a member for over six years and the blessings are too numerous to count, one of which includes contracting with my publisher, Chalfont House/HopeSprings Books.
I write Christian fiction with a focus on broken marriages, and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. My husband and I are passionate about placing God at the center of our marriage and encouraging other married couples to do the same, thus the title of my debut novel Marriage Takes Three.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I invited Jesus into my life on April 01, 2001. Yes, April Fool’s Day. 😉
My teenage daughter, who came to know Jesus about six-months before me, was a gentle witness of what Christ was doing in her life; through watching her, and the prayers of her and many others, I agreed to “visit” the church my daughter attended. Thankfully, that one visit changed my life.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
My debut novel “Marriage Takes Three” which is scheduled for release from Chalfont House/HopeSprings books April 02, 2014, is a story about a woman, Darla Connor, who is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Darla Connor’s husband, Randall Connor, is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage. As a new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life. Jack Collins, the protagonist, feels Darla is the only woman who truly loves him for who he is, and not the well-known country music artist he’s become. Jack’s goal is to give Darla everything her heart desires, but first he must get her to divorce Randall. Darla is at a precipice. Will she follow promises of ‘better to come’ with Jack, or if she will she surrender to God in time to save her marriage?
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
My blog, For Better or For Worse, is dedicated to relationships, and my posts generally have to do with marital highs, lows, and everything in-between. I have a section on my blog titled “Marriage Testimonies” and the posts are authored exclusively by the readers; anonymously, unless the author specifies otherwise. My hope is that the testimonies will encourage other married couples who may be walking through challenging times.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
Terms of Endearment by author Larry McMurtry is my favorite novel, which was also turned into a screenplay by the same name. The author makes you believe the fascinating characters really exist. I walked away from the book feeling as though Aurora Greenway was actually off raising her grandchildren.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
There are many verses that have ministered to me at different times in my life, keeping that in mind, one verse is near and dear to me since I became a believer and that verse is found in Matthew 17:20. Mustard seed faith has gotten me through many challenges. About six years ago three family members were diagnosed with cancer, my mother my husbands father, and my bonus (a.k.a. stepson) son’s mother in-law. The enemy could have stolen any of the hope that had been built by the Lord, however, God was merciful, and healing came through surgeries for all three, even though the diagnosis for each was bleak according to their doctors.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Ephesians five was foundational scripture for my novel, Marriage Takes Three, and certainly applies to my own marriage.
Where can we find you on the web?
Amazon.com Pre-order Marriage Takes Three
My Blog is http://eghamlin.com/Gblog
My main Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/GEHamlin
My Facebook author Page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/G-E-Hamlin/111808395523799?ref=hl
You can find me on twitter Twitter.com@GEHamlin
My Goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7236005.G_E_Hamlin
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
I’m looking forward to the feedback from the readers about how the protagonist in my novel is received. There may be a novella in store for Jack Collins, also known as J.J. Collins, who portrays a country music artist in Marriage Takes Three. So please, all you readers, let me know if you’d like to see more of J.J. Collins.
Melissa, thank you for having me on your blog, it’s been my honor and pleasure. I look forward to responding to any questions or comments that your readers post.
You’re welcome Ginny. Thanks for sharing with my readers. I can’t wait to read your book!
Readers, Ginny is giving away an autographed copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment by April 15th at 5:00 to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!