In August 2017, Gina published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go. She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband and daughter, but they will be moving to Colorado in May. When she’s not working on writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, cooking, and playing the piano and organ.
Why did you start
writing romantic suspense novels?
Gina: When I was a girl, I loved reading the Mandie Mysteries by Lois Gladys Leppard. In fact, this was my first introduction to Christian fiction. As I grew older, I loved watching mystery movies and cop shows, but they aren’t always clean. Christian suspense gave me something to enjoy both clean and exciting. When I started writing No Greater Love, I knew it was going to be a contemporary romance and involve a police officer—romantic suspense just seemed like the logical genre.
What’s the hardest
part of writing romantic suspense?
Gina: For me, it was trying to decide how much to reveal to readers and how much to keep secret. Do you give the villain a POV? Or even a name? Do I want my readers to know who’s the bad guy or do I want to keep him completely hidden until the very end?
Why do you like
writing romantic suspense?
Gina: In real life, the good guys don’t always win. Criminals go free. Justice isn’t served. Victims go unrevenged. In fiction, I can make the story end how I wish it could be in real life—where evil gets its comeuppance and good gets a happy ending.
Who’s your favorite
romantic suspense writer and why?
Gina: My favorite romantic suspense author is Colleen Coble. She always keeps me guessing right down to the very end. In most suspense books I read, I can pick out the villain immediately, but in Ms. Coble’s books, I am always surprised!
Current book: No Greater Love
He said he’d never risk leaving a widow. She said she’d never love a man in uniform. God had different plans.