Interview with Ginger Lawrence

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a folder on my computer entitled Book Recommendations. Every time someone mentions having enjoyed a book, I add it to my list. I'll never live long enough to make even a dent in the list, but it makes me happy to know all those potential books are out there waiting for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Probably first grade. But I was more into illustrating stories than writing them. I draw a mean cat. And now that's about all I can draw.
What is your writing process?
I make notes during the day. If I can't locate pen and paper quickly, my thoughts are gone forever, because my memory disappeared somewhere around my 40th birthday.
How do you approach cover design?
I knew what I wanted to convey. I wanted to get across the transition made from the life I led to the life I lead. I don't know any artists personally and I draw as well as a rooster, so I used Fivrr. I'm cheap and thought it was worth a try. It ended up costing quite a bit more than a "fiver," but I think the artist did a good job of taking the images I found online and incorporating them into a design that makes sense.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone with the Wind, Gone with the Wind, Gone with the Wind, Gone with the Wind, and Gone with the Wind. Are there other books?
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. Years ago, I would force myself to finish every book. Now, in my waning years, with a formidable list of book recommendations awaiting me, I have given myself permission to quit. I have to like or identify with at least some of the characters; if I don't like anyone, I don't want to spend my valuable time with them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I had the original Nook but it had no light nor bells and whistles. Now I have an iPad mini. It suits my purposes. I prefer reading a real book with real pages but the iPad is so incredibly convenient and saves me from packing 12 heavy books in my suitcases and fretting about the 50-pound weight limit at airport check-in counters.
Describe your desk
If I put my laptop on it, it becomes my desk.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach English with La Esperanza Granada in Nicaragua six months of the year. When I'm in the States, I teach English and Citizenship Preparation at a non-profit in Koreatown, even though my students are Latin American. Many of my students have lived in the US for years but, because they work with other Spanish speakers and live with other Spanish speakers, they're not exposed to English on a daily basis. They want to learn English and become citizens of their adopted country.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Because changing my direction drastically was so out of character, and many people commented, "Oh, I wish I could do that," I wanted my readers to see that, if I can do it, most anyone can do it. I left a some-would-say "cushy" lifestyle to volunteer in Third World countries. I wanted to give, but didn't have enough money to make a difference. I thought donating myself could possibly make that difference.
Do you always have a book with you?
I panic about being stuck on an airplane tarmac or in a jammedd elevator without a book. I always carry reading material. And my iPhone has both iBooks and Kindle. Once I boarded a flight, enthusiastically opened my new book, and discovered within 3 pages that I'd already read it. Dismay is too mild a word!
Published 2015-10-19.
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Books by This Author

Does This Youth Hostel Offer a Senior Discount? From Beverly Hills to a Chicken Bus, A Tale of a Hollywood Talent Agent Turned Third World Volunteer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,200. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Ginger Lawrence grapples with colorful volunteer exploits in Latin America. She chucks a pampered would-be glamorous life as a Hollywood talent agent to teach English to the poverty-stricken children of the garbage dump, trading glamour for a lump-in-the-throat life-altering experience, while finding unlikely romance with a passionate Latino 30 years her junior.