When did you become aware that God had called you to write for Him? Was it a single moment in time or a gradual realization?
I’ve always known I wanted to include all methods of service: speaking, teaching, writing, and music—probably in that order. Even at the age of six, I told Bible stories to the congregation. As a teenager, I wrote plays and produced them for the church. In later years, I produced two videos sold in the retail market. The Canadian Rockies is a movie featuring Banff and Lake Louise, and I included many Scripture references. A reviewer once asked me if I’d planned The Rockies for the secular or Christian market. I replied, “Both.” This video could be purchased in English or Japanese, NTSC or Pal. It traveled the world, and the response verified all types of people enjoyed it—the believer and the nonbeliever. Writing for the secular world and adding Christian principals is a way to reach everyone.
Do you have a typical writing day? If so, would you describe it?
My day begins with me checking the weather for that dreaded work-out thing. If the news predicts rain or extreme temperature, then I include a trip to the gym. After news and coffee, I’m off to the computer. Once finished with email and social media, I open my work in progress and edit the previous day’s work. Then it is time to put on the athletic shoes. While I’m out there pounding the streets or treadmill, I pray, listen to music and think about my next chapter. My mind jumps from one subject to another in a scatterbrained fashion. Sarah and I have much in common. Some of her bungles came from my personal experiences—I act without adequate thought, and so does she. As soon as I return home from the exercise excursion, I spend the rest of the day writing. I stop when my husband comes home.
I’d like to hear about your latest book, Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island.
Thanks for asking. Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island is the newest edition in Sarah’s adventures. The idea of a cruise came from one of my own experiences. Several years ago, I worked in retail, and no one could take a vacation after September 1. My dad died in August. My husband couldn’t leave church responsibilities, so I took a cruise to Catalina Island by myself. The trip helped with my grief. The small, compact cabin was something I could handle while the rest of my life spun out of control. This book has Carolyn Baker facing the same circumstance. Her dad died, and she travels alone. Sarah brightened her life and befriended her aboard the ship. And Sarah, being the bumbler she is, brought Carolyn smiles. Sarah’s antics will make the reader laugh. This book has a scary addition: an unholy angel. Talen tried to incept and thwart Sarah’s mission. Tomas, the Warrior Angel, rescues her. All my books contain a lot of fantasy and humor. A reader once wrote this on a review. “Gay provides inspiration and teaches Christian principals in an entertaining way.”
What single piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never, never, never give up. Didn’t Winston Churchill inspire with those words? I’d also suggest starting as soon as possible. Even if you can give only ten minutes a day toward your story, do it.
What, in your opinion, is the most important quality a Christian writer must cultivate?
Faithfulness to our craft and to our Lord and His church. I know some authors who devotedly serve in their church, and I know others who write on Sunday and miss Bible study and sermons. The parishioner finds inspiration and the church also receives a blessing from the attendant.
May we have an excerpt from your latest book, Sarah and the Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island?
This is a scene from Chapter One. Sarah is always lost. She arrives atop a hotel in downtown Houston. She is trying to find her assignment, Carolyn Baker who lives in Sugar Land.
Sarah chose a green paisley dress, panty hose, and low heeled black orthopedic shoes. Okay—that should do it. After dropping from the roof, she surfaced inside the building. In the dimly lit area, the space appeared quite small.
Oops! She’d meant to appear on the street. Oh well. She was inside now. What location had she bopped into?
Judging from a dress hanging on a rack, she decided she must’ve relocated to some kind of interior closet. Wonder what might be behind the wooden door. She cautiously opened the access and ventured out.
“Hey! How did you get in there?” A man yelled at Sarah as he suddenly sat up in a bed.
A woman pulled a sheet up under her chin. “Who is that, Norman?”
“I have no idea.” The man threw a protective arm over the female lying beside him. “Lady, who are you, and what are you doing in our hotel room?”
Merciful heavens! What had she done? Think fast, Sarah. Make your voice sound crackly and old.
“Well, hello, young fella.” Sarah pushed the glasses higher on her nose. “The hotel sent me in to help a couple make a love connection. Do you need any advice? I’m a psychologist.”
“No, my wife and I are very happy—just trying to sleep late. Would you get out of our room, please?”
“Oh sure. Don’t bother showing me to the door. I’ll see myself out. Guess they gave me the wrong room. I counsel people who have problems, but ya’ll look blissfully married. Tootle-loo.” Sarah waved, opened the closet door and disappeared from view. She backed against the wall with her heart pounding and gulping air as if she’d run a marathon.
Thanks for having me on your blog. I hope your readers will enjoy Sarah and leave a review on Amazon and other outlets. Reviews are super important to authors.
Thanks for visiting, Gay.
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