This week we welcome back Gina Welborn who is here to share with us about her latest release Masterpiece Marriage. The title is intriguing, Gina. Please tell us about Masterpiece Marriage. First let me say I’m blessed to be a part of Abingdon’s Quilts of Love Series. Masterpiece Marriage is about a Philadelphia textile mill owner who seeks his aunt’s help to create a quilt pattern to salvage his damage fabrics. When he arrives at her summer quilting bee, he discovers the only way to get what he wants is to partner with a vexing lady botanist, who isn’t any more welcome to his aunt’s matchmaking designs.
How long did it take you to write? I save a new file each day I write so I know how many actual days I spend on a manuscript. For Masterpiece, it was 53 days.
Do you have a favorite scene you’d like to share with us? Here’s a link to read the first three chapters. My favorite “scene,” though, actually covers two chapters. Zenus and Mary go to the strawberry auction, but buying strawberries is not either’s focus.
Did you do any special research for this book? I didn’t do any more or less research for this book than I do for any other story. Prior to writing, I do check to ensure my setting will work. With Masterpiece, I’d initially set it in the early 1880s. I needed Virginia’s Eastern Shore to have both electricity and train travel to Philadelphia, so I had to move the setting forward a decade.
Where do you write? Bedroom. Family room. Dining room. Sometimes I’ve hidden in one of my kids’ room. Clearly I don’t have an office.
Do any of your characters resemble you in any way? They do when they say what they think, or at least Zenus and Arel do. My heroine Mary is British so she’s more circumspect, unless being candid is needed.
Is this book a stand alone or part of a series? Masterpiece Marriage is a stand alone. Someday I may write Arel’s story, but at this time I don’t have a story planned. She’s a hand— well, a mind-full.
Do you have a special holiday tradition? We eat food. Play card and board games (recent years we’ve done tournaments). Go look at Christmas lights then stop at Starbucks or Braums afterward for hot chocolate and coffee. We also do a Lord of the Rings marathon on New Year’s Eve, Day, or Eve Eve depending when family has to return home. The “special” part of traditions for us isn’t the doing-the-same-thing-every-year but being together when we doing stuff.
How do you celebrate Christmas? With family, both immediate and extended. Before opening presents, we read the story of Jesus’s birth. A couple of years ago, the children and grandchildren acted it out. Our dog played sheep. He kept wanting to lick Mary’s face. The wisemen were more like three stooges.
What is next for you? My next Barbour novella release in May. “Baker’s Dozen” is part of the Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. It’s my take on The Bachelor tv show. In addition, I have a fifth Barbour novella releasing in spring of 2016. “All’s Fair” is part of the Lassoed by Marriage Collection.
Thank you for sharing with us, Gina. It was fun getting to hear about your book and your family traditions!
Gina has offered to give away one copy of her book. Please tell her about one tradition you did this year during the holiday season to be entered for a chance to win.
Rules: Open to USA mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing ends 1/4/2015. The winner will be notified 1/5/2015 and have until 1/11/2015 to respond or forfeit the book. No new winner will be drawn.