Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Author Gail Gaymer Martin - Free Book

Gail is a longtime novelist friend of mine. She's multi-published with several publishers. Today, we're introducing her newest non-fiction book

Gail, welcome to my blog. This book is nonfition. Do you also write fiction?

I write both fiction and non-fiction. My first sale in 1995 was a book of four Christmas worship services which included short plays, monologues and skits. To date, I have written twenty-three of these program books for various publishers. Then, with a twenty-three year career in counseling, I began writing parenting and articles for teens dealing with serious teen and family issues, such as: self-esteem, suicide, drugs, communication, blended families, grief, and divorcing parents. But fiction was my childhood dream, and in 1997, I began writing novels. I sold my first novel to Barbour Publishing in 1998, and since that time, I have over one million books in print and have sold forty novels/novellas to Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing primarily.

2. What would you like our readers to know about you personally?

I have lived in Michigan all my life and use the state often for my fiction. My husband and I are both active in our church, both of us lifelong Christians. I have served in many capacities in my church from congregational president to puppet ministry, strategic planning committee, newsletter committee, to music where I am a soloist, member of the choir and ringer in both handbell and handchime choirs.

Several years ago, I also sang in the choir and played in the handbell choir. Tell us about your family.

My husband and I have been married for twenty-two years. I have two adult step-children and one granddaughter. Our daughter Brenda died of ovarian cancer last year at age thirty-seven. Both of the kids are/were musical and play(ed) a variety of instruments. My husband is a tuba player and is our handchime director at church. He also plays with two handbell groups. Dave, our son, played the French horn in school, and continues to play organ and guitar. He has a band, writes music, and performs solo at a coffee house in Detroit. My parents are deceased, as well as my stepfather. I have a younger sister and brother, both married with children and grandchildren, and we are very close family.

There are a lot of musicians in my family, too. Have you written other nonficton books?

As I mentioned above, I have written a lot of non-fiction for churches and magazine articles, but my book for Writers Digest, WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE, released in December 2007, was a new experience. It's a long book that not only explains the difference between secular and Christian romance, but it provides the how-to techniques along with examples and exercises. I was thrilled that the book sold so quickly and the editors have been very excited about the book. It has chapters on characterization, POV, emotion and the senses, sexuality, spirituality plotting, and selling the book.

What other books have your written and where can thereaders of the blog find them.

My most recent novel from Steeple Hill Love Inspired, IN HIS DREAMS, is an August release and the third book in my Michigan Island series. It's set on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan and was a Top Pick in the Romantic Times. When my books are released they can be found at all major bookstores, K-Mart, Target, Walmart, some grocery stores and other stores that carry category romance. My October release, AND BABY MAKES FIVE IS from Barbour's Heartsong Presents, an October, release. My novels and church resource materials are all available on as well as other on-line bookstores. WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE can be pre-ordered on Amazon. My next fiction release in January 2008 will be the last Michigan Island book, FAMILY IN HIS HEART, set on Drummond and the Les Cheneaux Islands in Michigan's upper peninsula.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?

Presently I'm writing a three book series for Barbour Publishing. GARLIC AND ROSES is the second book set in the Monterey Peninsula and will be released in August 2008 and I am writing the third book, THE BUTTERFLY TREES, set in the same location. As well, I'm hoping to sell a long single title, SECRET PLACES, which is a book of my heart, and I'm working on a four book proposal for Steeple Hill Love Inspired, a series called Friends Forever. Four books related to four women who were high school friends.

I'm sure all the readers will be on the lookout for these books. Where on the Internet can the readers find you.

My website is and besides book covers and excerpts, people will find pages called For Writers which has many articles, workshop logs, and Frequently Asked Questions about writing and getting published. If you enjoy cooking, I have a section called Gail's Kitchen. My blog site which focuses on my life, career and faith is I also am part of the Christian Author Network and write a marketing blog each Monday, and I have a website and blog on ShoutLife at

What kind of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?

I previously mentioned my music activities at church, but as well, I'm a member of the Detroit Lutheran Singers which is a well-known chorale in the Detroit area and we perform three or four series of concerts each year—fall, Christmas, Easter and spring—as well as record CDs. Besides music, I love to travel and have been in every state in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, and traveling to other countries is one of my favorite vacations. We have been to many European countries as well as Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland). We just visited Greece and Turkey in October. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Why did you write the featured book, WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE.

I wrote WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE for two reasons. For years, I've been a columnist with either The Christian Communicator (TCC) or Spirit-Led Writing, an ezine, with a romance writing column. Lyn Johnson, editor of the TCC, suggested a few years ago that I consider writing a book on Christian romance. I tucked that in my mind, but not until three years later, as I mentored writers, was I struck by the need for a book on writing Christian romance. No book exists that deals with this specific genre in full-book length, although you can find numerous books on writing secular romance and some on writing Christian fiction. Since the genre is very different from secular romance, I wrote a proposal and my agent sent it to Writers Digest, the biggest publisher of how-to books on writing.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?

I hope the book WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE will provide writers with a better understanding of the nuances of the genre and specific reader and publisher expectations in Christian romance. I hope that writers will grasp the importance of three-dimensional characterization brought to life with realistic emotion, meaningful dialogue that moves the story forward, hooks that turn the book into a page-turner, an understanding of the elements of sexuality and spirituality expected in Christian romance, and ideas on networking and connecting with fellow authors, as well as finding an agent and publisher. If they gain this kind of information from excerpts of well-known Christian author and the examples and exercises I provide, I will feel very blessed.

Thank you, Gail, for spending this time with us.

Readers, as usual, we're giving away a copy of the book to a winner chosen from those who leave comment. So maybe this is your chane to win one.

There's also time to leave comments on these interviews:

Christa Ann Banister - Around the World in 80 Dates
Jane Kirkpatrick - A Tendering in the Storm
Sharon Hinck - The Restorer's Son


tetewa said...

Include me, please!

Stormi said...

Oh I need this book very much. Please enter me into the contest.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I would love to get my hands on this book. I am an aspiring author in my early 20s and God has burdened my heart to write. Please do take me under consideration!


Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Hi Stormi, Erin and Tetewa - Thanks for checking on Lena's interview of me. I hope you enjoyed reading about my new book. It's the only book available for books that include Christian fiction and I'm so excited to be part of it.

Blessings in the new year.

Barb J. said...

I have been thinking about this very subject for more than two years now. I don't want to write a non-Christian romance, but writing a Christian romance seems harder somehow. I need direction!

Barb J.

lev53211 said...

sounds like a great book-please enter me!

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Wishing you all the best in this free book contest. If you don't win, you can find Writing the Christian Romance on at a large discount from the $16.99 price. It's just a little over
$11, if I remember correctly.

Thanks for your interest in my book.


Uniquely Yours said...

Thanks! Please include me in this giveaway. It's hard to find a good, clean romance.

Rose said...

Great interview.

I love Gail's fiction and can't wait to read the non-fiction book.

Please enter me in the drawing.

Rose Ross Zediker

melodyrose said...

Thank-you Lena for the great interview with Gail. Please enter me. msproule1225@gmaildotcom

Pamela J said...

I write of things that are real, with scriptural applications and am looking for all the hints and direction in a better write from anywhere I can get it. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Hope Chastain said...

Oooh, sounds wonderful! Please enter me, too! If I don't win it, I'll have to find a copy somehow..... Thanks for writing it, Gail! :-)

Carol Burge said...


Congratulations on the release of your book!

Best Wishes, and Happy Holidays!

Judy said...

I'd love to win this book! Thanks so much for a great interview!

Lynda Lee Schab said...

I write in the lit genre - so far only Mom lit but I hope to try my hand at chick lit soon. I could really use Gail's book as the MC in my current novel will soon be attending a "romance" class to spice up her marriage. LOL. The Christian market can definitely use more of the how-to writing books. Thanks for the opportunity!

Sherrie Ashcraft said...

Thanks for the great interview. It was nice to get to know Gail better, and I'd love to read this book. I've only written inspirational fiction, but am interested in Christian romance also, as it's something that often needs to be interwoven with general fiction.

Anonymous said...

Great interview! I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Sclew said...

This was a great interview. I enjoyed reading it. Gail is one of my favorite authors and I learn so much from her website. Please enter me into the free book contest.

Anonymous said...

Lena, I would LOVE to win this book. Gail is a favorite author, so I'm anxious to learn her secrets for writing Christian fiction. Great interview. Your blog is always terrific.


dodo said...

Count me in. I would like to read this. Great interview!

Robin Bayne said...

Sounds like a great book! Please enter me in the drawing : )

Anonymous said...

Another great interview and I am very interested in the book. Thanks Gail for the info to check it out on Amazon as well.

Anonymous said...

Great interview with Gail.I enjoy reading all of Gail's books.Please enter me into the contest.Thank you.

Margo Carmichael said...

Hi, Lena and Gail, I'd love the chance to win Gail's book. Thank you. Happy New Year!

Rose McCauley said...

I'm sure this book will be as lovely and helpful as Gail is! Count me in! rose