G. G. Galt's stories are fictional adventures happening in factual locations––ones that didn't happen, but could have. Her illustrated romantic fantasies often take place on the shores of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan. Others happen in the Northwest and the Northeast where she's been known to ride the rails coast-to-coast rather than fly.
The stories originate from Galt's love of genealogy, history, music, art, antiques, and old house restoration. She also draws from memories of growing up in Northern Michigan and spending summer vacations at the family cottage. For updates, to say hello, or comment, visit the author’s blog at: http://gigigalt.com. She loves to hear from her readers and replies whenever possible.
The author's most recent publications are as follows: (A) The Love Box Series–– Love Boxes: A Love Story from Northern Michigan to Points Beyond, Love Boxes 2: The Vacation, Love Boxes 3: The Twilight Zone, and Love Boxes 4: The Bay View Cottage. (B) The Paradise Series––Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs, Paradise 2: A Love Story from Cross Village to Harbor Springs, Paradise 3: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Sausalito. Paradise 4: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac Island.
Forthcoming Spring 2014: Paradise 5: A Love Story from Mackinac Island to Points Beyond. and, Paradise 6: Paradise 6: A Love Story from the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Mackinac Island.
Each of the ten books in the two series is complete, but the author prefers readers take them one at a time for the sake of continuity.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It all began when my daughter wanted me to write a story suitable for family reading. She was sick and like any parent, her wish was my command.
It was then that the Love Boxes Series was born, and later the Paradise Series (my most recent). The majority of these stories take place in Northern Michigan. The tale was originally for her, but ended up being for my son, as well.
I think the kids liked them because they bore a resemblance to their own lives. It was a joy having them involved. And when they began getting protective of my heroine Fancy, I had no doubt a new member joined the family. We even fought over her––what she might have done under certain circumstances ––things they'd argue she’d never dream of doing. We grew to love her as she did her Uncle Ted and all his stories from long ago.
Eventually, I would read parts of the story to them and find myself crying––then I knew I was past the point of no return. Bottom line? If no one ever liked the Love Boxes Series all that much, the memory of my children enjoying the adventure with me would be sufficient. This and the hope my books will honor friends who rightfully deserve a place in my local history are satisfying to me.
From what do you draw when you write?
Regarding my fictional stories, I think my inspiration originates from a desire similar to the one I feel when I'm singing. I want to please, entertain, be appreciated and admired, but most of all to express myself while honoring all I love and respect. When it comes to the poems and tributes, they almost always originate from the dark side of love––grief, hurt, anger, and sorrow. Then too, some of my writing comes about when a light bulb goes off––as I become aware of a truth, not previously recognized. All the writing ultimately comes from my love of romance, travel, genealogy, business, history, art, music, antiques, and old houses.
Legend had it Native American ghosts stood guard fifty miles either side of Devil’s Elbow on M-119. Whether true or not, since 1968, armed property owners and caretakers were suspicious of trespassers and didn't hesitate to protect their families and pricey retreats. Between them and the redneck militia’s watchful eye, the area was once again considered safe. But Kate wondered. Was it really?
"Paradise 3 is a ‘Sweet Romance.’ It's set in the heartland of actual places in Northern Michigan you have visited or will want to visit. Follow Kate to meet her friend Picasso only to have that romantic encounter interrupted by an Earthquake. G.G.'s romance and passionate prose makes you feels as if you are there."
A Goodreads Review by Zachary Richard
When she thanked him and said goodbye, he did not stand up. Instead, he excused himself—said his back was acting up from sitting so long. God forbid she'd see him bent over like an old man. He didn't feel old. After spending the better part of the evening with such a beautiful woman, he was pumped––inspired to go back to the gym and get in shape––find someone he could call his own.
A Sweet Romance: She felt like a kid again. Her female companions couldn't help but remark.
“Look, girls,” she said, “he's younger than me by five years––l see him as a little brother. There's nothing more going on between us than friendship.”
“You think so?” said the oldest and wisest among them, “from the look in his eyes and yours, that's not what I'm seeing.”
Fancy blushed and turned away.
Beyond The Mitten––across the Mackinac Bridge––is Michigan's Upper Peninsular. Kate, Fancy's cousin, commutes monthly from Mackinaw City to Michigan Tech in Houghton. After she leaves I-75 near Sault Ste. Marie, she travels east on M-28 through the forested woodlands, boggy swamps, and tiny villages along Lake Superior's shoreline. Here she escapes––leaves her worldly cares.
"Persistence is the basis of all success. Thank you for getting me to stop and read. I'm so pleased I did. When you are able to tap into a common memory, then you have an audience. You do it in such an interesting way that I'm sure people will want to share the Love Box Series with others. No doubt, you will have success. Thank you!” Northern Michigan Review
A Sweet Romance: Kate Middleton is a recent graduate from Kendall Art School in Grand Rapids. She’s praying for a break––dreams her photography will someday make her famous. When she gets the chance of a lifetime to assist Grant Goodriche in Harbor Springs, Michigan––she goes for it. And who wouldn't? A Fortune Magazine spread aboard a yacht on Little Traverse Bay doesn't come along every day.
Fancy Ford is a little darling in pig tails, but the grandson of the lady next door thinks she's a spoiled brat. Every year her parents spend the summer at the family cottage in Charlevoix, Michigan. The story begins in 1991 as Fancy waits on the dock for her Uncle to come sailing through the Pine River Channel. What she can't know is her life is about to change forever Fifty photos are included.