About Gina Conkle:
Gina writes Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side. She loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places —the older and moldier the better— means interesting family vacations. Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions. When not visiting fascinating places she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.
What inspires you to write?
Since having the poem “The Highwayman” read to me as a little girl, history and romance have been intertwined. I love telling stories and bringing history to life through the lens of a man and woman coming together.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start out as a pantser, letting the characters in my head say and do whatever. Then I try to find out who they are and do research in their world. I’ll write scenes as they come to me (often out of order but I get a sense of when they fall in the story). I also chart on poster-board size paper the world, relationships, and timeline. I also do character interviews…sometimes in first person, sometimes third person. Characters reveal a lot when that happens. Lastly, I write the story in layers. By that I mean, going over the manuscript from the beginning over and over again. I learn lots of little things and more is revealed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I listen to the characters. They are ultimately the people telling the tale.
What advice would you give other writers?
Bob Mayer once posed this question: “Is your writing a hobby or a profession?” Start by answering that and let your actions follow.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Traditional publishing was always my goal as well as partnering with an agent. Self-publishing is something in the near future. I’d advise new authors to explore audiobooks. That’s a fast growing avenue.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing and the Big Five are all here to stay. I think smaller presses will crop up and either get purchased by bigger houses or fold in the next few years.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Historical romance, Viking and Georgian romance specifically
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print