It's my understanding that you’ve recently made some of your backlist available as ebooks. From where did you draw inspiration for all of these love stories?
There's a direct connection between my brain and my fingertips. I put the latter on the keyboard, the former kicks in, there you go--a story happens. Okay, that's the glib answer. Seriously, like most authors, I really have no
idea where the inspiration comes from. Sometimes, a dream triggers an idea. Other times, it's a snippet of overheard conversation, or a flower or a poem or random thought or something I read in a newspaper. It's all imagination, and
wondering, and the question "What if...?" then finding the answer. People often ask about writers' block. I don't think I've ever suffered it, but while some of my books flowed, others, I felt like I was chipping them out of a block of stone
with the corner of a dry sponge.
What’s one thing you consider to be an essential ingredient for a good love story?
A happy ending. Period. Like you gave readers in Watcher.
What was the best valentine you’ve ever gotten?
Um, you said this is a PG site, Audra, so I'm not going there. But the second best valentine I ever got was a card from the man who's been in my life for probably longer than you've been around this earth in your current form. It's a beautiful card, with pink roses and a glowing candle, and the corner of a box of chocolates. On the inside, it says "Feliz
cumpleaños a mi hija". I received it on Feb. 14th, 2002, the first year we were in Costa Rica when my husband knew about three words of Spanish and didn't know it was a birthday card for his daughter. But truly, it is the thought that
counts and I'll keep it forever.
If the main character in your latest novel were to write a valentine to his/her lover, what might it say?
Wherever you need to be--that's my home, too.
What’s your latest novel about, in 25 words or less?
Joanna, pregnant, long divorced, no mate, fights for respect of family and community--and finds it in Joanna--Jinxed.
Where can we find out more about your books?
On my website www.judyggill.com. I have an active site with many different pages, some pertaining to my books, others highlighting books I've edited or simply enjoyed, with links to different places, including my blog. I also blog periodically at www.ninc.com. on writing related matters. Open Road Media, who now represents a good portion of my backlist, has opened a page for me at http://www.openroadmedia.com/authors/judy-g-gill.aspx
ORM has placed my titles with all the major e-book sites and made them available at Audible.com.
Thanks for inviting me, Audra. I usually hate answering questions about my work, but you made it easy and fun.