Author Spotlight: Ginger Lee
September 14, 2022 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
GL: I am a late bloomer. I was in my thirties and stressed out, working as a first assistant in surgery. Writing became an escape for me. I wrote a story without any prior writing experience. It took me a long time, but I did it. I designed my book cover and self-published with a lot of help from a fellow author who I met through a band we both loved.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
GL: The most rewarding part of being an author is reading my story and absolutely loving it. I write for me and hope that others will love it too. Getting my work in the hands of readers is the most challenging.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
GL: “Falling for Fangs” My friend asked me to write a book about bffs with vampire boyfriends. I thought, I can do that. Vampires have always been a love of mine.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
GL: I mean, I have to pick “Falling for Fangs” again. It has every element want to read in a book.
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
GL: “3001” is an award winning sci-fi/fantasy romance and would make a great movie. The main character, Rory, would be played by Jennifer Lawrence. There is a love triangle, which I adore, so Jacoby would be Lee Pace and Tom Hiddleston as Quinn.
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
GL: Do it. Write any thoughts you love in a notebook. Even if you think you don’t have time or aren’t sure how. Just start writing and write like no one else is going to read it. You can always change things later but be authentic.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
GL: To be honest, the thought scares me to death.
CJC: Favorite motto?
GL: Give me coffee or give me death.
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
GL: I take breaks. Sometimes they are a wee bit too long and I beat myself up over it. Authors can be very mean to themselves. We feel guilty when we can’t focus, or the words aren’t flowing. I listen to inspiring music, scroll ideas on Pinterest and watch cheesy Hallmark movies.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?
GL: Blurbs strike fear into my entire being! I love selecting covers. Especially perusing CJC galleries while eating snacks and drinking coffee. wink wink
CJC: Do you have authors who inspire you? And if so, who and why?
GL: Every day, I see authors posting about finishing a book per month or MORE! I could never achieve that, but I am in awe of them.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
GL: Imagining a great love story starts it all. I do not plot, so I fly by the seat of my pants. My stories start off with a bang and they aren’t slow burn. I like fast paced movement and throw a little suspense or heartbreak in there, too.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
GL: My vampires and witches from “Falling for Fangs” will be traveling from New Orleans to London. Things really start to heat up and readers will be introduced to the vampire clutch in England.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
GL: Take a chance on indie authors. We pour our hearts and souls into our books, often while working other jobs and taking care of families. Come see us at book signings. Visit our websites and drop us a comment. Follow us on social media. If you find an author you love, support them, and spread the word. Some of us want to besties with our readers!
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