Today it is my honor to host Nancy Golinski, who also writes under the pseudonym Gibby Campbell. Nancy has published both non-fiction and fiction books, and her fiction spans everything from paranormal to Amish romance and back again!
Nancy/Gibby appeared alongside yours truly in ‘Desire Me Again’, and we will also both be featured in the upcoming ‘Cowboy Desire’. I hope Nancy doesn’t mind me riding on her coattails! It’s always an honor to share a cover credit with her.
So without any further ado, my dear readers…
Meet the one and only NANCY GOLINKSI!!!
(All opinions and statements contained in this interview are solely those of the author providing them, and may not necessarily reflect my own. – Virginia)
What was your first published work? What do you think of it now?
I wrote a nonfiction book called Exercise Your Way to a Happy Hysterectomy while recovering from surgery. It’s still my best selling publication. I think it’s a bit rah-rah cheerleader now, but there’s some good suggestions in there.
Do family members or friends help with your writing? Your marketing?
I have one friend who is a brutal beta reader. I’m not kidding. She’ll write things like, “What the hell were you thinking?” or “If I read ___ one more time, I’m going to bitch slap you.”
Do you have stories you want to write that you haven’t yet?
Sure. I think every writer does. I have 2 nonfiction, 2 murder mystery, 2 paranormal, one old world romance, and one space sci fi romance. They’ll come out eventually. I also tend to write several manuscripts at the same time. Right now I have an erotic romance, an Amish romance, and a contemporary romance in progress. When I get stuck or bored with one, I just move on to another. It’s my solution to writer’s block.
Is there a story you’re afraid to write for some reason? Why?
Yes. The space sci fi one. I have some intimate scenes in my head that are waaaayyy out there. I think they might even make my publisher, Ric, blush, and that’s saying something.
Are you married? How does being a writer affect that? Has your marriage affected the way you write love stories?
I have been happily married for 19 years. My husband brags about my writing, and our relationship has greatly influenced how I write love stories. Let’s just say if he ever actually reads one of my books, I will be in big trouble. Fortunately, he is not a reader, and he’s super busy at work.
If you could see one of your stories made into a movie, which one would you pick and why?
Holy Matchmaker. I see it as a sweet Hallmark movie.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kinds? Does music influence your stories?
Always. Usually I put on something quiet and mellow…Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, James Galway, Jim Brickman…you get the idea. I don’t think music influences my stories, but art does. My entire Holy Matchmaker novel was based on a painting called Emma with Chicken by Nancy Noel.
Is your writing time planned out or structured? Do you go on writing ‘benders’?
There’s no plan to my writing. I just write when in the mood. I treat it like a hobby.
What to you is the most rewarding aspect of being a writer?
Creating something and then reading it and wondering where the heck it came from.
Which character of yours is your favorite? Why? Whom would you pick to play him/her/it in a movie?
Dr. Victor Turov, because he’s sexy as hell. I see a younger Gerard Butler in the role with a Russian accent.
Do you write when you take a vacation, or do you prefer to simply relax?
It depends on the vacation. We go to an island on Lake Erie every summer, and when my husband is out fishing, I write by the water. It is the most creative location I have ever found for writing. I always come home with a list of new ideas and several chapters cranked out.
Do you prefer to read fiction that’s similar to what you write, or do you pick different types of stories?
I read everything. If someone suggests a good book, I check it out. My faves are mysteries, suspense, and a lot of nonfiction. What I shy away from is explicit violence. That stuff haunts me.
What’s one quirky thing about you that your readers might not know?
I used to race on a sailing team.
What’s your favorite movie? Why?
While You Were Sleeping. It’s a great rom-com, but it also came out right when my mom passed away. When I couldn’t sleep, I would put that movie on, and somehow it brought me comfort.
What’s a question I haven’t asked that you’d like to answer?
Question: How can you write erotica and Christian fiction?
Answer: Kinky girls have faith too, you know.
LOL… GREAT answer! Thank you for appearing today, Nancy!
NANCY/GIBBY’S BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT BOTH AMAZON AND BARNES AND NOBLE. (Sorry there’s no link. Amazon’s links are EXTREMELY invasive and hijack your entire website!)
CONNECT WITH NANCY ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gibby.campbell.52
ON TWITTER: @CampbellGibby