On this FABULOUS Friday afternoon (even though a tad chilly here in the NE) I am bringing you my interview with Gina Henning, author of the amazing series of books:
How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
(Picture and title to come!)
Gina, let me begin by saying I LOVE the new covers for your books! I had to post them today so that everyone else could enjoy them as well! I am patiently waiting (ok, maybe not patiently) to see the last book cover in the series. And when I say LAST, I am pained at the thought!
Gina, I would like to begin by asking: Was writing always your true passion?
Who or what was your inspiration?I’ve been writing since I was very young. I began my first book over fifteen years ago. I was working in an office all alone and had quite a bit of downtime. With this “extra” time, I began my first book and let my imagination soar. I plotted out an exciting adventure and with each word, I stepped further into this completely different world. I could smell the ocean air and feel the sun on my skin. In reality, I was crammed into a cluttered space with paint that was peeling from the walls and a not so pleasant musty office smell. But, writing this story took me to paradise.
When writing, do you have a special writing room? Any rituals that you follow - as in you always drink a glass of wine or you can only write at night when the kids are asleep?
The majority of my writing takes place at night in my writing spot in our game room. If I’m in our backyard then it takes place on our patio table.
At night, I do like to pour myself a glass of wine and the words seem to flow much better. If I’m working on a deadline then I write during the day while my boys play in the backyard or the park. A place where they are entertained and run around, while I get a few words down.
Today, I was at an appointment and while waiting, I was writing away. I’m a pivotal point in the story where for me, it’s like reading a really good book and you don’t want to put it down. That’s where I’m at right now in the story…I don’t want to stop. I just want to keep going. I’m “in the zone”.
How did you come up the concept of the How To Bake series, which is truly amazing I might add!
Thank you Bethany, that is so lovely to hear. The beginning of my Home for the Holidays series was inspired by a pecan farm that I pass on the four hour long trip home to visit my mother. As the series came into fruition I knew the third book in the series would center on the Fourth of July, and the major holiday dessert is apple pie. My character Lauren is not exactly a culinary queen but she keeps getting tasked with baking desserts and this one happens to revolve around an Apple Pie contest.
When marketing your books, what is your favorite part of the process? Meeting the fans? Doing guest spots? Blog Tours? Little bit of everything?
A mix of all of the above? Meeting and chatting with people that have read my books is always really exciting and makes me feel warm all over. Traveling, via a virtual tour or in real life is a fun experience and I appreciate all of the lovely bloggers that have supported me and my books. I enjoy writing guest posts, especially when I use gifs and I hope others are entertained by them.
Lastly, for those of us DYING to know (me of course!), do you have any future series that will be coming out? Ideas in the works that you would like to share with your fans?
I’m currently finishing up the next book in my Home for the Holiday Series...it makes me sad to even type the word “last” as I’ve spent so much time with these characters.
After I hand that over to my editor, I will be focusing on a different series that features a tasty treat that you can only find in a freezer.
Gina, THANK YOU for stopping by One Book At A Time today, it was amazing talking to you and I can't wait to see what the future holds for your new series!
You can find Gina at the following links:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/
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Have an AMAZING weekend friends!