3 Questions Wednesday with Gail Pallotta

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes  author, wife, swimmer, and bargain shopper, Gail Pallotta. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Gail: Loves God and people.

That sums up life, for sure.  Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Gail: Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go there, and I enjoy setting books in tropical places as well as the mountains. It would be great fun to have a book that’s set partly on a Hawaiian beach and Diamond Head. Perhaps there could be foul play on the Diamond Head hiking trail.

Can I go? As long as there’s no foul play for real. 🙂 Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Gail: “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less.” When I think of my life, I’d have to say it’s built on hope, some for little things; others, big. I believe it keeps us all going, and I put mine in Christ. Here are the words to the first verse and chorus of “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less.”

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweet frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand.

Great hymn with awesome lyrics.  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Readers, Gail is offering an E-book of Hair Calamities and Hot Cash to one person who leaves a comment below. 

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Hair Calamities and Hot Cash

“A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”– Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop … on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos?

Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his clients cash…and hot on the trail of two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals!

Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

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Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former Grace Awards Finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner, she’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. She loves to connect with readers. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.gailpallotta.com/mainphp.html and visit her website at gailpallotta.com.

3 Questions Wednesday with Gail Pallotta

portrait-shot-gail-pallottaToday, 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:


Breaking Barriers

breakingbarrierswebsizeIn 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.


portrait-shot-gail-pallottaAward-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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3 Questions Wednesday with Gail Pallotta

portrait-shot-gail-pallotta-1Today we welcome award-winning author, Gail Pallotta, to the Writing Prompts Blog.

Glad you dropped by, Gail! First question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Gail: Two books on writing techniques lay by my computer, Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, and The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. Either of them can rescue me when I’m stuck in my current WIP.

I’ve used Mr. Bell’s book to assist with plot, character development, spicing up dialogue and adding emotions, especially using metaphors. I love poetry, so when I read that poetic devices could illustrate a character’s emotions, I grew so excited at first I salt and peppered my pages with them. I use them more sparingly now.

A friend recommended The Fire in Fiction, especially the chapter, “Tension All the Time.” I learned a lot from it about creating conflict with opposites. I read it when I find what Mr. Maass calls a low-tension scene. Re-phrased that’s when I’m proofreading my manuscript and get bored. Then I turn to the section in that chapter called “Tension Where There Is None.”

Sounds like two great books! Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Gail: I can moonwalk. Yep, not quite as well as Michael Jackson did, but I can do it.

That’s so cool. Dancing isn’t my forte…

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Gail: I come from a long line of Southern cooks. I’ve expanded my recipe books over the years to include Italian dishes, seafood and quite a few other culinary delights. However, if you came to visit, if you wanted a taste of the South, I’d serve my mother’s macaroni and cheese mixed with equal amounts of noodles and cheese and topped with extra cheese. We often combine cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack. I’d pressure cook fresh pole beans and boil them until all the water’s gone and fry flounder. We don’t deep fat fry, but add a thin coating of batter to the fish, place it in a pan with just enough oil to cover the bottom and cook it on medium or low-to-medium heat.

Wow. I’m impressed. And hungry. Thanks, Gail, for the visit!

Gail has offered to give away a print copy of Barely Above Water. Please leave a comment to be entered…

 


Barely Above Water

An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her barelyabovewaterboyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?


portrait-shot-gail-pallotta-1Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s 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, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. 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 connect with readers on her website at http://www.gailpallotta.com; her blog, http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com; Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore and twitter, https://mobile.twitter.com/Hopefulwords