Interviewing Author Norma Gail

 Tell me about yourself?

I was born with a love for words and how they express our deepest emotions. Reading opens doors to new worlds. The writing flows from the deepest part of the writer’s heart and is an endless adventure.

I married the love of my life over 44 years ago. We have been blessed to raise two amazing human beings that God gave us through adoption. We live in the mountains of New Mexico at an altitude of 7200 feet and a view of almost 100 miles out our back windows. Everything I write flows from my faith in Jesus Christ. 

I love strong female characters who seek to be the best they can be and learn that all they need rest in Jesus.

2.What are your favorite books to read?
Historical fiction and contemporary Christian romance are my favorite genres to read and to write.

3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?

I decided to give writing for publication a try when I broke my foot and ended up in a wheelchair for 8 weeks. Reading didn’t satisfy me and I had ideas that had been in my head for years. That was in 2008. My first book was published in 2016. 

4. How did you come up with the name of your book?

My first book, Land of My Dreams, was the result of a dream that wouldn’t go away. The title fit the book very well. My second, Within Golden Bands, came from the name of a poem written for my husband for our anniversary one year. I used the poem in the book.

5. What are you working on for 2021?

I am in the research and outlining stages of a new historical novel based on some family stories and events. It has been in my heart since I was about 10 years old. It begs for someone to write it down. It’s only been recent that I felt capable of writing it. 

6. How long have you been writing?

I started making up stories when I was a little girl. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My sisters and friends often grew frustrated with my desire to make up stories and have them act out the parts. 

7.What advice would you give other authors?

Follow your dream. Make the effort to learn and perfect your craft. Never give up. Don’t just write to be published. Write to be the best you can be at every stage of your career. 

Where can people find you online?

9. What is your favorite coffee drink?

I’m not a coffee drinker and neither is my husband. He is Dutch and we love tea! Somehow, we managed to raise two coffee drinkers. My favorite is fruit-flavored teas and Scottish Breakfast Tea.

10. What is your favorite coffee shop?

I don’t really have one. 

11. Do you plan on writing a new book in the future?

I plan a series of historical novels based on old family stories of my ancestors. They were pioneers to Texas and New Mexico and lived through some very exciting and often horrific moments in the history of our country and the Southwest in particular.

12. How many books have you written?

Two, starting on the third.

13. Did you go to college to be a writer?

I have my Bachelor’s degree in nursing and was a registered nurse. I try to attend writer’s conferences at least every other year and I try to read the best that is written in my favorite genres to study how others do it.

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself and my books to your readers! 

God bless you!