Interview with Gayle Larson Schuck

When did you first start writing?
I've always written, both in my worklife and because it brings me great joy in my personal life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Amber’s Choice" is about three things. First, it’s a love story between Amber McLean and Kelly Jorgenson. They were both featured in my first novel, "By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek” and this is a continuation of their story. Secondly, it’s a story about God’s calling on our lives. Thirdly, it's about choices. How can we be sure of our calling? How can we carry it out when our culture pushes us so hard to conform to worldly standards? In the story, we see Amber trying to balance her career and her calling. I think that is a struggle many people face every day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This is the day of the indie author. I'm proud to be part of this new opportunity. Is it working? Yes! There are more people reading more books today than ever before.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing makes my heart sing. The characters born in my imagination take on a life of their own. I'm sometimes surprised by their pasts, their dreams and the odd little things they do.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love having a thoughtful conversation with readers about the stories. I am very grateful and humbled that people are reading my books!
Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up my reading ranged from Laura Ingalls Wilder to John Steinbeck to Henry David Thoreau. Today Jane Kirkpatrick, Roxanne Henke, Lauraine Snelling, Jan Karon and Bodie Thoene, to name a few. Can you tell I love to read?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is so rich and there are so many things to do, if I live to be 100 I won't get it all done, so I seldom sleep in! I begin each morning thanking God for His many blessings and trying to hear His direction for the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I have children and grandchildren nearby. Just being with them makes me happy. I go for walks and putter around in my flower garden. I enjoy teaching classes at church. It isn't unusual for me to be reading three or four books at a time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check out what's new, the daily and weekly specials and download books that friends recommend. I also try to read ebooks written by North Dakota authors--there are a lot of wonderful writers living here. Bismarck Public Library also gives readers access to ebooks and their collection is growing each year.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As a teenager I wrote short stories about teenage girls. I still have them somewhere.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read before going to bed so I like happy stories that won't keep me awake at night.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Fire
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up at LaMoure, North Dakota, a town of about 1,000 people, my parents made sure we had newspapers and magazines to read (Look or the Saturday Evening Post). Every week my friends and I went to our little library. My dad read a lot. Those things influenced my love for reading. Life was simpler then, and I was aware of nature around me. All of my books take place in rural settings.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful. It made publishing online a serious option.
How do you approach cover design?
The covers of my books feature photos by North Dakota photographers. It's a way to portray the stories, while featuring the work of very talented photographers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My favorite part of marketing is to take part in public events, talk to people about my books, about reading, about life in general.
Published 2019-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Amber's Choice
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 79,410. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Amber couldn’t ignore the irony of being offered a promotion and a marriage proposal within twenty-four hours of each other. Marriage wouldn’t deliver her from her demanding schedule. In fact, it would only complicate it. She didn’t have time for marriage, not to mention the unique obligations of being a pastor’s wife. It was a crazy idea. They had only been on seven dates. What was Kelly thinking
By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,360. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek is work of fiction set in rural North Dakota in 2001. There is always a second chance with God and Kelly Jorgenson, the new young pastor at Cottonwood Creek, is about to find out how that works.