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Gigi Galt is one of the authors under contract with Gemini Press. This particular interview will feature her. We asked G. G. when she first started writing.
My first attempt was in orange crayon at age three or four. I endorsed R. L. Stevenson’s, “ The world is full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” My serious work began in eighth grade. I plagiarized a published poem to qualify for membership in a writing group. In defense of myself, I didn’t fully understand all the word implied. Looking back, I think the teacher caught on quickly, but was wise enough not to embarrass her tender young student who had shown an interest in serious composition. Thankfully, she let me join her club of students who ranged from the seventh to the twelfth grade. After that everything I created was original. Under her influence I had a few poems published in national anthologies.
The biggest thrill happened not with a poem but because of a reply to a letter I wrote. It came special delivery in the middle of a high school current history class. To the teachers delight and my amazement, there was a personal response to a thank you letter I sent to the Commander and Chief at the White House––the President of the United States of America.
Among other letters I particularly treasure, is correspondence from First Lady Barbara Bush, who commented on “your favorite and mine,” the 1937 children's books––My Book House––the twelve-volume set containing hundreds of stories by well-known authors and complimented by beautiful full color illustrations. I credit the volumes––a gift from a relative––as inspiration for the illustrated books I am creating today and the children's historical fiction I hope to do in the future.
What inspires you to write? From what do you draw when you write.
Inspiration for my fictional stories comes from a desire similar to the one I feel when I'm singing. I want to please and entertain. 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. My focus has been on romantic travel fiction set in Åland, Auckland, Ontario, Quebec, Nevada, Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Ontario, Quebec, Michigan and its Upper Peninsular.
Review by: Gemini Press Books on May 18, 2013 : (Remove)
It’s great to read a story that feels like we just walked into grandma's for Thanksgiving dinner. Not just any old place, but up in Northern Michigan––where the author’s characters talk like us when they let their hair down. Btw, we here at Gemini Press, are only part way through––we intend to take it slow––savor it until the end. It’s so delicious! (Now if we can get the author to meet Gigi Galt's cast of characters from "Love Boxes" we’ll all have a get together for a down-home party! Kalkaska? Cadillac? Norwood? Traverse City? Charlevoix, East Jordan, Petoskey? They’d all be good!) Thanks to the author for this delightful story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
It’s great to read a story that feels like we just walked into grandma's for Thanksgiving dinner. Not just any old place, but up in Northern Michigan––where the author's characters talk like us when they let their hair down.
Btw, we here at Gemini Press, are only part way through––we're going to take it slow––savor it until the end.
Now if we can somehow get the author’s characters to meet Gigi Galt's cast of characters from "Love Boxes” we could have a big get together for a down-home party! Kalkaska? Cadillac? Norwood? Traverse City? Charlevoix, East Jordan, Petoskey? They’d all be good! Thanks to the author for this intriguing and delightful story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Okay. I just now found this book. By accident. How lucky can you get? I immediately went to the "Michigan Story" and was delighted to see it took place near Harbor Springs. I intended to read only a few paragraphs and return to it when I was awake. Well, let me tell you, the story did that! I couldn’t stop reading. Great writing. I highly recommend it. Thanks to the author(s). Hope we meet someday at a book signing!