Welcome, Virginia “Ginny” Smith to 3 Questions Wednesday!
Ginny: Just one? Really? I guess it would have to be Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Yes, the subject material is harsh. Yes, the book depicts children forced to kill other children. But nobody who reads this book can see any glory in that. It’s a beautiful example of dystopian literature, and a perfect fictional illustration of what could be if our society progresses down a specific avenue of choice. Besides, I love the characterization, and think the author did an incredible job of drawing the reader into her story world. I lived Katniss’s life. I struggled with her, loved with her, grieved with her. I felt every emotion she felt and that was beautifully done.
(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?
Ginny: Well, I definitely wouldn’t walk into Hunger Games! This is actually a very hard question. In my opinion, a well-defined fictional character is one who suffers and perseveres without knowing the outcome. Who among us would choose suffering? (Other than Christ!) I suppose I would choose to be Jill in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She struggled, she persevered, and she helped others at great personal sacrifice. And in the end, she stepped into eternity and lived forever with Aslan.
(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ginny: I’ve been privileged to travel many places in the world I’d dreamed of going. I adore Scotland and England, and fell in love with Ireland. But one place I’ve never been and would love to go is the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked, and trace the steps of the apostles. Somehow I think that would help me feel a closer connection with the historical Biblical accounts of the early church believers, and I think that would deepen my faith.
Thank you, Virginia Smith for taking part in 3 Questions Wednesday. Ginny is giving away a copy of her latest book, co-authored with Lori Copeland, Rainy Day Dreams. Leave a comment for a chance to win this delightful book!
When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can’t help catching his vision.
But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle’s very existence. Kathryn and Jason’s plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.
A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.
Virginia Smith is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny likes to write in a variety of styles from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. She is the recipient of two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit (A Daughter’s Legacy in 2011, and Dangerous Impostor in 2013.) Visit her on the web at www.virginiasmith.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ginny.p.smith.