Remember me When, Women of Hope Series #2Remember me When, Women of Hope Series #2
Ginny Aiken
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When Faith married her husband Roger Nolan he seemed to be an upstanding businessman, owner of a remote mercantile outside the town of Bountiful, Oregon. But Faith quickly learned the truth-that her husband is dishonest in his business practices and likes his liquor, turning mean...so she stands up for what is right, despite life-threatening consequences.
     

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Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Indiana and frequently travels to Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a "mature" sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.

Favorite Bible verse,  Ps. 34:8 (NASB):  O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! It’s a reminder that brings me hope, especially when life gets tough.


 

 Christianbook.com Interview with Ginny Aiken


 

What is your favorite Bible verse, Translation too, please!  And why?

My life verse is Ps. 34:8 in the NASB. It’s a reminder that brings me hope, especially when life gets tough.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve lived a weird life. Born in Cuba, raised in Venezuela, I’m not a native English speaker. And yet, I think in English, and do write English more comfortably than my native Spanish. After high school I attended what eventually became the last finishing school in Switzerland—I fulfilled the dream my mother had to set aside when World War II broke out, and she couldn’t go herself. I fit in as well as a polar bear would down in Death Valley. I married my college boyfriend 12 days after graduation, and then went on to give life to the rest of the basketball team of guys I love. Believe me, living with 5 males was an interesting proposition. That’s when writing became my escape from the rampant testosterone in the home. Seriously, I knew from a very early age that I had to write, but it took years to mature enough to answer God’s call on my life—the one that came while the boys were growing up. It continues to be a joy, especially during times when the stresses of life make me dream of a world that moves along according to plan, to my very own synopsis.

How did you choose Oregon as your setting?  And the time frame?

The time frame was easy. All the historicals I’ve written are set between 1870 and 1900. It’s a time period that fascinates me, especially in America. So many things were new then, the west was being developed, changes of all kinds were occurring—I can easily envision the excitement of the time. As to Oregon, I needed a state that had suffered a grasshopper plague followed by a devastating drought, and eastern Oregon fit the bill. It also had the industries I needed for my books in the series. Plus, it’s absolutely beautiful land. Can’t ask for a better setting than that.


What was your motive to write Remember Me When?

Everyone focuses on King David and Bathsheba, but Abigail came first. Abigail had a difficult life with an abusive husband, but still acted in a godly way when she was faced by a need. She even had the courage to go against that abusive husband. I found her actions intriguing, and so I started to play the ‘what if…’ game.

Is there a person or situation in your life that inspired you to write about abuse?

Yes, I do have a friend who has survived abuse, but I hope you can understand if I refrain from discussing this any further.

 

How much research did Remember me When take?

The whole Women of Hope series has taken a great deal of research, which I love! Sometimes I think it’s the main reason I love to write historicals. I knew nothing of Oregon during that time period, so I had to go digging, and it’s always fun to speak with the various historical societies. The books they recommend are always fantastic.

What are the some of the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Remember me When?

I knew nothing about mules when I started out, but I found it fascinating to learn a bit about them, especially their unique quirks. And while I can’t say it was fun, I read a book about lynching during that time period. There’s no lynching in Remember me When, but I wanted to see how small towns in the American west handled violent crime at a time when law enforcement was primitive, and the waits for a circuit judge to come to town were very long.

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

I’m developing a suspense series that takes a different look at cults—it’s consuming me. That research is also extensive and fascinating, even if in a different way. I’m also working on a proposal for a short contemporary romance. Those are true mental-health treatments, since I work on them between the more intense writing.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Remember me When?

That while there will be times in our lives when we’ll be called to do something risky, maybe even life-threatening, we should step forward and take action. However, that comes with a condition. We’re also called to weigh decisions against the Word of God. When they line up, then we’re to know that if God is with us, then who can prevail against us?

What organizations are you involved with?

Currently, because of family demands, I’m a member of ACFW only. In the past, I’ve belonged to a large number of writer groups, but have had to cut back.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The greatest challenge I face as an author is the lack of time to write all the stories buzzing around my head. This ties in with my Attention Deficit Disorder, since I find it difficult to shut out the other fascinating ideas that come to me on a constant basis.

 

Who is the person who most influences your writing?

I have to say it’s my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I write, because He gave me the gift, and I write what I constantly pray brings honor and glory to Him.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I love to brainstorm; the game of ‘what if’ is very satisfying. I also love all the research I do for each book. I love the opportunity to read, and this is the only career that allows for it.

What do you do to get away from it all?

These days, since I have an empty nest, it’s not hard at all. My husband also travels a great deal. But when the boys were still at home, I had to learn to work through the commotion they made—the four of them, and the armies of friends they all brought home on a daily basis.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I want to thank you for the opportunity to let your readers get to know me better. I hope they pick up Remember me When, and that it blesses them.

 


 
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