Today, we welcome my friend, author Gail Pallotta, to 3 Questions Wednesday. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles and is graciously offering a copy of her latest e-book, Breaking Barriers, in either mobi (kindle), epub (nook) or PDF (winner’s choice) to one person who leaves a comment.
So let’s get to the first question:
What inspires you?
Gail: I find inspiration from many sources for different aspects of life. If I hear a great sermon and beautiful music on Sunday, it inspires me to try harder the next week to do God’s will. Courageous people inspire me to live life to the fullest. Kind people inspire kindness, and so on and so forth. Lots of these same things inspire me to write blogs, articles and books. Sometimes I see a need and write about it. Usually, if I devote a book to a subject, it’s something that nagged me, or I saw the need repeating itself.
Breaking Barriers, the book I’m giving away today, nagged me. It hit me in the face for the first time in the 1960’s, when I read a newspaper headline proclaiming “God Is Dead.” I wrote an article about that and stuffed it in a drawer. However, the shock that anyone would print such an outlandish statement never left me.
Many years later I married and had a daughter. In the 1980’s she started grammar school, was chastised for wearing a cross to school, and told school wasn’t a place for God. Not long afterward, nativity scenes were banned from public places and people stopped saying “Merry Christmas.” One small town, either trying to please everyone, or trying to maintain a semblance of Christianity, declared the courthouse could put out the animals in the nativity as long as they left off Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Each declaration snipping away a little more of Christianity pierced my heart. I couldn’t help but wonder where all of this was headed. I penned a book about a faction trying to destroy Christianity. Once again I stuffed it in a drawer.
When I learned Joan Bauer Alley would publish a Love Is…Series based on I Corinthians 13: 4 – 8, I wanted to be part of it. I studied the passage and pondered whether or not I could write something worthy of the series. I was led to “it is not easily angered” and imagined how angry some people must be at Christians to have whittled away at our faith for so long. I remembered the writing I’d stuffed in a drawer in the 1980’s, pulled it out and based Breaking Barriers on it.
It’s wonderful that you saved your work. Now…
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Gail: I’d be purple because I think it’s a beautiful color. Some people say they prefer purple because it’s regal, and that’s true. However, I like that it’s a bright, happy color as well as serene and stately.
Purple makes me happy. 🙂 Last question:
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Gail: As a child I loved Nancy Drew books and wanted to be a detective. I traveled many routes to arrive at my dream job, but I’m finally solving who-done-its in my books.
I love the Hardy Boys books! Thanks, Gail, for dropping by…
Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win. Here’s more information about the book:
In this action-packed thriller, gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church, she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors readers’ poll and was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to hear from readers.
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