Let's get down to business with Ginger Ring! She has a a new story with The Wild Rose Press Getting Down to Business, and a Christmas short story – Getting Busy for Christmas
Ginger, thank you so much for stopping my my blog today.
Do you plot or let the story unfold as you write?
I do a little of both. I am trying to get better at plotting but things happen that send me in a whole other direction at times. I guess I kind of go with the flow.
When did you decide to become an author?
I had a dream as a teenager of becoming a writer but never did anything until I met another author on Facebook about year and a half ago. I entered a writing contest and when I got good feedback, I decided to take some classes and learn more. I submitted my first story in January and I got offered a contract.
Do you have trouble saying goodbye to characters?
No. However, with my first book Getting Down to Business, I had a lot of people writing and asking for more of this great couple. I decided to do a short Christmas story with the two in it. I was amazed at how easy and fun it was to pick their story back up.
How do you get to know your story characters better?
I try to do a detailed physical description and background for each character. Every scar, or tattoo, has a story and how they grew up can affect their behavior as well.
What tips would you give a new writer?
Write, write, and keep writing. Don’t take criticism so hard. If everyone told you that your writing was wonderful, you wouldn’t have anything to work on or learn from. You also can’t please everyone. People have different tastes. I remember reading a book a few years ago, (that was made it into a film) and everyone was raving about it. I just couldn’t get into it at all. It didn’t mean it was a bad book. It just wasn’t a subject that interested me.
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
I try to pick a theme to work with for the story. Getting Down to Business was about timeless and ageless love. I have a new one I am working on in which both characters are searching for something. The hero is searching for his sister and the heroine is searching for her place in the world after the loss of her father. It involves discovering new things about themselves and what they are really made of. The theme of that one isn’t loss but trust. They are intertwined.
What are your current projects?
I am working on a 1920’s prohibition era/gangster romance that takes place in Northern Wisconsin called The Gangster’s Kiss. Al Capone, Dillinger, and others are a big part of our history here. Al Capone use to vacation north of here and nearby St. Paul was a safe city for outlaws. I am combining my love for local history, and my love of the twenties, into a fun, romantic story that I hope will keep readers guessing until the end. I also have a time travel waiting in the wings called The Pink Rose of the Prairie.
When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?
I recently wrote to a male model to ask if I could use one of his photos so, of course, I said I was a published author. ;) lol
What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Finding the time to write is the hardest part. I am not very organized. I am married, and work full time, so there are never enough hours in the day. Also, the marketing is a lot of work. I am quite shy so it is hard for me to be pushing my book all the time but that is the only way people will find out about it.
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes. I am not Ginger. I am actually a J girl.
And now for a little fun.
Are you fun to go on vacation with?
Depends on what you want to do on a vacation. I’m not one to spend the time inside at a bar or sitting at a pool. I want to see everything there is to see and do everything there is to do.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I like anything that comes with gravy or a sauce. Lol Biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, or ice cream with hot fudge sauce.
What is your favorite drink?
I’m a farmer daughter from Wisconsin. Got Milk?
Do you ever go around in a corset, high heels, and a whip to get you in the mood to write something naughty?
No, I tend to use music to set the theme for a story. That keeps me in the same mindset for the story.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
I like all seasons as I tend to get bored with them but I do love Spring. I love the long days, the green grass, and seeing all the baby animals in the fields.
Who's more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen?
I think any character can be fun. Is the bad boy really bad? Is the gentleman as perfect as he seems? I like characters with flaws and a lot of interesting history.
Thank you for joining us today. To find out more about Ginger, visit her website. www.gingerring.com
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Getting Down To Business
Tired of living life out of a suitcase, traveling auto parts sales representative Jessie Knutson jumps at the chance for a position close to home. When a flat tire keeps her from an interview appointment and the hot tow truck driver awakens her inner cougar, she realizes too much time away has done a number on her libido. Now the only position she wants involves being naked and pressed tightly against a hot, younger man whose eyes say she's more than a roadside pickup.
BJ Spencer has no time for love with an auto parts store to run, though he yearns to find the right woman someday. So when the smoking hot redhead he rescues alongside the road gives him a sexy smile, he remembers sometimes a man needs to enjoy the finer things in life. Long legs encased in thigh-highs are definitely fine, but Jessie seems to be total perfection in a tempting package. BJ just might be able to make both business and pleasure work for him this time.
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“I hope you like the blues, ma'am. We don't get too many channels back here.”
Jessica nodded her approval. The sultry vibrations of Southern blues serenaded her. It didn’t take long for BJ to unload her car, pump up the jack, and start working on her tire. Watching the hunky mechanic work, listening to calming music, and feeling the wild rush of pre-storm air was exciting and nostalgic at the same time. She had grown up in a garage like this and instantly felt at home. The place was organized, quaint, and had the distinct smell of rubber and oil. A dark patina of grime coated the walls and worktables. A girly calendar and a time card machine graced the wall above the radio. Even the zip zip sound of the impact wrench was music to her ears.
Somewhere along the way—she really didn't care when—BJ had shed his shirt. His arm muscles bulged as he pulled off the tire. His sculpted chest glistened, broad shoulders flexed, muscles tightening. Her breasts ached to be pressed naked up against his chest, her body wanted to be held tight in those strong arms. She loved a man with chest hair. Springy black coils enhanced his pecs before tapering to a neat treasure trail heading south. She clasped her hands together, but they still involuntarily wiggled on their own, itching to run their way through the thick, dark curls.
Jessie had time to think while watching him work. Her mind reeled with plans to seduce him, but she was starting to think that was what he wanted her to do. Maybe she would wait and enjoy the show a little longer. He didn't seem to be in that big a hurry to get the job done.
He checked air pressure in the other three tires for possible leaks as well. BJ stretched and flexed his muscles several times—not that she was counting or anything. Her concentration broke only a couple times to listen to the severe weather warnings beeping on the radio.
BJ strutted by her again and returned from the office carrying a big towel. He headed to an outside water pump. Pulling the pump handle up, he splashed water from the hose over his glistening upper body and head. He shook his head sending a spray of droplets in every direction. Jessie smiled as she enjoyed the show. Boldly he glanced her way every so often and flexed a muscle or two. Yes, he was definitely hoping for some kind of response. She'd let him beg a little more. The click of the water handle hitting the pump ended his shower. Drying off with the towel, he headed back toward her chair.
His eyes locked on hers, a suggestive smile on his face. “Anything else I can interest you in today, ma'am, since we're already here in the garage? Need any spark plugs, a battery check…” He grinned and raised an eyebrow. “Lube job?” The Southern drawl rumbled slow and exaggerated.
Jessica almost laughed out loud. If she was anymore “lubed up,” she would slide right off the chair.
Ginger Ring is an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.