Friday, October 9, 2015

Interview with @GinnyYttrup & a Book #Giveaway!

I'm thrilled to have Ginny Yttrup with us today! She is a new author to myself as well, although we're friends on Facebook and I love her "storied jewelry" (of which, she's giving away a vintage typewriter key bookmark along with her book today. So let's not waste another minute!! heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Ginny!

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· How did you begin writing? 

I began writing by reading. A lot. I was an obsessed reader as a child and through my young adult years. Finally, my love of books bred a desire to write. I began attending writers conferences where I learned how to write, what to write, marketing, the ins and outs of publishing, etc. I learned everything I know about writing from reading great writing and attending great writers conferences (the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference are two I highly recommend). 

· Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;) 

It’s 8:55 AM, I’m sitting on the sofa in a cozy living room, flanked by two sleeping dogs, still wearing my bathrobe. The mug in front of me is half full, or half empty, depending on your perspective. I’ve worn a dent in this particular cushion because I sit here each morning as I respond to email while slowly draining the mug. It’s a dream job. Really. One I’ve sacrificed for in more ways than I can count. For starters, I rent my combined bedroom/office from a friend who also lets me sit in her living room. I’ve forgone owning or even renting my own home so I can write. Another job would afford me luxuries like a home, a retirement account, medical benefits… But oh, to spend my days creating is, to use a tired cliché, the air I breathe. Soon, I’ll shower, dress, and move to my desk where I’ll work on marketing, engage with coaching clients via email, or critique their manuscripts. When I’m working on a book, I’ll write in hour long blocks of time, moving from my desk, to a chair in the corner of my room, or out to the deck overlooking the yard. I wander around the house or the yard for 10 minutes or so following each hour. Most evenings, you’ll find me at my jewelry bench in front of the television where I make vintage typewriter key and flatware jewelry for my Etsy shop, Storied Jewelry. When not working, I spend time with my two young adult sons—typically sitting across from them in a restaurant, or enjoying deep, stimulating conversation with dear friends. It isn’t an extravagant life. But it’s a good life. And it’s the life I feel called to live.

· Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it?
As I traveled the last few years and spoke to groups, mostly women’s groups, I heard one story over and over again: the story of a marriage destroyed by adultery. The conversations felt almost thematic. It was crazy. But I finally realized that adultery was the next issue I’d write about and a story began to take form in my mind. At the same time, we’re experiencing record-breaking wildfire seasons in the West. The juxtaposition of affairs and wildfires was odd, but undeniable, at least in my cluttered mind. Wildfire became the metaphor for adultery. It is destructive, yet regeneration follows wildfire. Likewise, I believe, with adultery… While it may feel devastating in the aftermath of discovery, it isn’t the end of the story.

I actually wrote Flames twice. The first manuscript didn’t sell, so I set it aside for a year and wrote it off to a learning experience. But during that year, I sensed God leading me to rewrite the story for the general market rather than the Christian market. I couldn’t imagine how I’d write this story without an overt Christian message, but as an act of faith or obedience or something, I started over and wrote the whole thing a second time. The end result is, I believe, parable-like in its message and contains the themes of forgiveness, love, and new life, which c ome straight from the heart of God.

· Who is your favorite character in this book and why? 

I fell in love with Haley, the 15-year old daughter in this story. She seems like a brat in the beginning—but she’s 15, so, you know… But as her character developed, her spunk, her heart, and her vulnerability were revealed and I grew to really like her and respect her. I have sons, who I adore, but it was fun to put myself in the presence of a daughter-figure and consider what lessons I might impart to her and watch to see who she’d become.

· What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see? 

I hope readers will take away the idea that there is new life following trauma or suffering. That hope is the core of each book I write.

· If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why?
 

Backpack? As in carry something heavy on my back while hiking? Um, yeah. Well, if I had to, clearly I’d choose the Swiss Alps because surely there’d be a reward of Swiss chocolate somewhere nearby.

· And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog) 

Wait…chocolate and tea? No. Italian roast, freshly ground, brewed to perfection and served in my favorite handmade pottery mug.

· If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil?

Funny, but I’ve actually considered this more than once. I’m in awe of authors who’ve penned novels in long-hand. I can’t imagine. No spell check? Yikes. I still have friends who write in long-hand and swear there’s a link, for them, between the brain and the pen. I suspect that if I had to write a novel in long-hand, said novel would never see completion. But if I were going to try, I’d use a fine point Sharpie. I’d want indelible ink!

· Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season! 

Oh, my grandma’s apple pie, no question. Sigh. It was the best pie in the world. Delicate, flaky crust, with perfectly seasoned Gravenstein apple slices dotted with butter. I miss my grandmother. And her pie.

· What are you currently working on in the book world? 

I’m in the pondering phase—considering what I’ll write next. There’s a series brewing, something multi-generational, familial, with deeply layered characters, set somewhere near the ocean, again. How’s that for vague? But you now know about as much as I know.

· Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

I like the opening paragraphs of this story because I think it captures the question most women ask about themselves at one point or another. This comes from the main protagonist, Jessica:

I PRESERVE LEGACIES.

Preserving remnants of the past because they inform the present is more than just a job to me—it’s who I am. It plays into everything I do—each role I fill. Or, I sigh, is it that I wouldn’t know who I am apart from the roles I fill? Wife, mother, archeologist. As I search for, study, protect, and preserve items from the past, I’m beginning to understand that it’s the missing pieces of myself I seek.

But does it matter who I am?

Can I unearth myself in the search?

Contact Me At:

Website: www.ginnyyttrup.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinnyYttrup

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GinnyYttrup

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ginnyyttrup/

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Jaime Jo Wright 
author of spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense

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11 comments:

  1. I've read Invisible by Ginny and really enjoyed it.

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  2. Thank you, Gail. Invisible might be my favorite book of the four I've written, but don't tell anyone.
    :-)

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  3. A new author to read and a new Etsy shop to visit...win, win!! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely interview and giveaway!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  4. I have not read her books but they sound very good and very interesting. I enjoy women's fiction that deals with real to life issues.

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  5. She's a new-to-me writer & I LOVE to meet new authors! It helps expand my reading circle....lol! Thanks for the interview & a chance to win a copy of "Flames". Certainly sounds good!

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  6. It's great to be introduced to new readers! I hope you'll check out my books and enjoy them.

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  7. I've read Lost and Found, and it was excellent! I can't wait to read this one!

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  8. I love Ginny's story telling! Everyone should read Flames. I'd love a hard copy to share with friends. :)

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  9. New author for me.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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