I’m so happy to welcome Gail Pallotta today. Please leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Barely Above Water. Winners announced on Sunday.
What inspired you to write your latest story?
Ten years ago I grew quite ill, but the physician turned me away because he couldn’t diagnose the malady. Divine intervention led me to an alternative doctor who helped me immediately and labeled the sickness as Chronic Lyme Disease. Since then I’ve met and heard of many people suffering from similar situations. Their stories touched my heart and inspired me to write Barely Above Water, which includes symptoms and therapies for the disease. I wove the technical material around an up-and-down romance and a cute group of youngsters on a fun summer league swim team. It’s a great time of year to read about the swimming and beach romance. Also, two experts share little-known facts about Lyme and Chronic Lyme Disease in the back of the book.
Describe your decision to become a writer?
I can’t remember not writing. My first published piece appeared in a grammar school newspaper. However, I didn’t think of it as a career until I enrolled in a professional writing course in college. In the class, I learned I could support myself working on a newspaper or magazine, or in a public relations department. I ended up as an editor of publications and copywriter. Later, I helped my husband with his business and wrote freelance articles. Now he’s semi-retired, my daughter’s grown and I’m writing fiction, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.
What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
Marketing, no contest. It takes so much time to promote books, there’s little left to write them, and it seems like a stab in the dark. There are numerous marketing venues, but which ones work? If anyone has had success with one, please share.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
It’s difficult to name one thing. I enjoy creating characters, watching them grow, devising a plot, and adding twists. I also like to research places and topics for a book.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m not sure. LOL. I’m a people person, so I like talking to folks one on one. When I worked in public relations and later writing freelance articles, I most enjoyed the opportunity to share people’s interests and accomplishments in my articles. All of my subjects fascinated me and I still marvel at some today. I featured people in all walks of life, from the president of a college to the homeless. I once wrote about a fire fighter who rescued and resuscitated a little girl’s dog. Needless to say, he was her hero. I like to broaden my horizons by seeing the world through others’ perspectives, but I’m content to stay at my computer with the people I make up too. Maybe I’m a hybrid.
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. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association and a 2013 Grace Awards finalist. Her book, Stopped Cold, finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors readers’ poll. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http//www.gailpallotta.com and her Amazon author page at amazon.com/author/gailpallotta.
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An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend 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?