Author Interview: Ginger Brookover

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a native West Virginian with a B.A. and M.A. in communication studies, honored as a West Virginia University Phi Beta Kappa. I taught at Fairmont State University for more than two decades where I was selected as an Outstanding Faculty Member. Upon retirement, I published Storm Path, a work of historical fiction based on the deadliest tornado in the history of the United States. Two subsequent novels are Capital Murder Imbroglio and Murder on Black Bear Mountain, both high in suspense. 

2. What do you write (genre, length)?

I’m a big fan of mystery and suspense, but I also write poetry.

3. What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details.

Currently I’m working on a suspenseful novel set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Grace Williams is thrust into an emotional abyss when her husband abandons her for another woman. Grace leaves her employment as an accountant in Morgantown, West Virginia, and retreats to the cottage her grandfather bequeathed to her in Kill Devil Hills. Unfortunately, her prospects for a safe and restful retreat are compromised by what may be sinister motives of a stalker. More than once she has heard her name called out in the dark of night. Her fate is not in her hands alone. 

4. Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write?

Sue Grafton, Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham, Agatha Christie, and Miss Nelle Harper Lee. 

5. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write from the heart, be authentic, hone story telling skills to keep readers in suspense, and persevere. Never give up. 

6. What do you do for a living?

Retired from college teaching. 

7. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?

Lee, Grisham and Grafton

8. What is/are your favorite book(s)?

To Kill a Mockingbird

9. What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author?

“I couldn’t put it down.” 

10. What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story?

Interviewing law enforcement personnel and a criminal defense attorney to determine the exact circumstances under which a person can be indicted for murder—if no murder conviction has ever been obtained based on the  manner hypothesized in the story. In other words, is the proposed story a realistic tale about the perfect crime?  Or would a prosecuting attorney refuse to consider the case?

11. What is the most difficult part of writing for you? Why?

Making time to write. Why? I tend to be very busy and too easily distracted. 

12. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Mysteries/suspense/thrillers

I always liked ghost stories, Alfred Hitchcock, The Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, and more as a kid. I like the thrill of scary stories—probably because I feel relatively safe most of the time. 

13. What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything? 

I truly don’t care what anybody thinks about me. I’m very shy, but I don’t act like it. I can wiggle my ears. I play piano. I received a guitar as a wedding present from my husband fifty years ago, but never learned to play it very well. 

Oh — I also taught suspense writing workshops at the West Virginia Book Festival and the Gaithersburg Book Festival

14. Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?

I like all of them for different reasons. When I travel, I listen to lots of audio books. I have a strong preference for physical books, probably because of tradition; but, I have trouble staying awake while I read. Ebooks work well for me when I’m in a book club. I’ve discovered that I read faster and comprehend more with books on Kindle. 

Find Ginger at the following links!

Website

Twitter: @Roadtripgal1950

Instagram: @blackbeargirl1950

Facebook: Ginger Brookover

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