Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a regular column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.
So glad you're here today, April. Where can readers connect with you online?
I love to hear from readers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the frontier, Adela McGirth’s life is simple, rugged, and exactly to her liking. Her greatest concern is whether to marry the settlement’s most eligible young officer. When a distant war among the Natives spills over into a nearby skirmish, life takes a perilous turn. Deep in enemy territory Adela must choose between the man she loves and a baby that has yet to be born.
A peace-loving yet loyal Creek warrior, Totka is forced to align with the extremist Red Stick faction whose purpose is to eradicate the Whites from Creek soil.
In the midst of battle, Totka is assigned to protect those he is expected to hate--and kill. Life was simpler before his enemy became a beautiful face with a quiet strength and dignity he cannot resist.
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a very intriguing book. Going on my TBR pile. Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Spirits-April-W-Gardner/dp/0981989616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295711107&sr=8-1
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I was dyslexic as a child (Or still am. They say you never outgrow it.) and hated reading with a passion. It was hard work! Forget about writing. About 9th grade, things started clicking. I hit a learning window and was able to step through. Once I discovered books, there was no turning back. By my senior year, I’d discovered the love of creative writing.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I love this question! The more real people in my stories the better. They’re all characters from the pages of history, not sketches of my neighbors. I generally find a name with a single event attached to it, then I fill in the rest with my imagination. I believe readers like to know that there really was a Major Beasley who shirked his duties to protect Fort Mims then was the first to die in the assault.
Very true...it is neat to read about real people. Where do you go to do your research?
I’ve been blessed to be able to visit most of the sites in my books. Last week, I took a research road-trip with a friend. We drove to Florida and back in a day and visited the ruins of a fort that is the centerpiece of my next novel Warring Spirits. The fort was in the very depths of a desolate state park--stomping grounds of bears, rattlesnakes, and ax-murders (at least in our imaginations). We almost ran out of gas out in the middle of nowhere, but God provided a decrepit filling station (straight from 1947) right when we needed it. It was a great time!
Sounds like fun! How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Not sure if it’s a crutch or just my style, but I need a true story to get me started. History is filled with awe-inspiring tales just waiting to be discovered. After tons of researched on my setting and historical event, I take a few of the actual historical figures and breathe life back into them. So far, this has been the process I’ve used for every book. It took me five years to write Wounded Spirits, but I’m on a deadline to finish Warring in six months. Gulp!
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book?
The best advice I can give is to stay humble. A soon as you feel you’ve “arrived,” you’ll find that in all actuality, you haven’t had any idea what you’re doing. But that’s ok. We all hit new levels of learning on a regular basis (at least we should!). It’s all part of growth.
Couldn't agree more. Always being open to learning new things about your craft is so vital to continuing to write well. Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Don’t let it consume you. Do what you can do, and let God handle the rest.
Wise advice. A lesson I'm trying to learn every day. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I’m blessed to be able to stay home and give my entire day to my writing career. Since putting my kids in school, I try to write from 10-2 without interruption. That might include research or plotting, but it’s 100% focus on creating my next work.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
Best-selling author Suzanne Woods Fisher was the main instrument in helping me along the path to publication. She was a Vinspire Publishing author. Just before she was contracted with Revell, she encouraged me to submit to Vinspire. When, in trembling and fear, I backed away from the idea of publication she encouraged me again. For some crazy reason, she believed in me,and outside of God, I have her to thank the most for where I’m at today.
That's great. So nice God put her in your path for encouragement. How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My friends and family have been absolutely amazing. During the release of Wounded Spirits, they came out of the wood-works to support me. I’m still stunned and so grateful. Because of them spreading the word, Wounded Spirits achieved best-seller status.
Awesome! Support from friends and family is wonderful. April, so glad you came by today. Enjoyed chatting with you. Hope you all can stay to visit with us for a while.