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?
The idea for "By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek" began when I heard about a young pastor who had just moved from a large city to rural North Dakota. I wondered what that would be like and so I started writing about his life. It turned out he had some tragedy in his background. He realized he couldn't be the pastor in this community without the help of God. And right away he began meeting these quirky people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Opportunity is now online!
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?
As a newly-published writer I am very grateful and humbled that people are reading my book!
What are you working on next?
I have an historical novel ready for revision. It is a coming-of-age story of a girl who lived more than 100 years ago. When her family disintegrated, she faced many of the same problems of today's teens.
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?
I work four days a week for the Library Foundation--raising funds for our wonderful Bismarck library. 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 women's classes at church. I read 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 the ebook 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?
I grew 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) and I went to our little library every week with my friends. My dad read a lot. Those things influenced my love for reading. However, "By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek" is not about my hometown, even though there is a creek by that name nearby.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful. It made publishing online a serious option.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

By the Banks of Cottonwood Creek
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,310. 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.