In 1998, Gina Holmes (Crossing Oceans) began writing articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the literary blog Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. Her second novel is Dry as Rain (Tyndale House, August 17, 2011).
On your nightstand now:
This used to be a fairly easy question to answer but with e-readers, well, I have a lot more than I used to and have become more ADD when it comes to books. A few minutes of a finance book, a few minutes of a devotional, a few pages from the free download with the pretty woman picking flowers under the watchful eye of her evil guardia... but for real-live paper books (which I still strongly, passionately prefer for fiction): Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin, the Bible, Treasure Island and The Curse of Captain LaFoote by Eddie Jones (which I'm reading with my two boys).
Favorite book when you were a child:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. That book opened a new world to me that was so different from the one I knew. I felt sure in those pages I could find the meaning of life and I guess it turned me on to books and the ideas they could contain. I need to reread it.
Your top five authors:
Charles Martin, Tosca Lee, Francine Rivers, Arthur Golden, Geraldine Brooks (the list, of course, is always changing).
Book you've faked reading:
LOL. I'm sure plenty in high school. As an adult, I read what I please and make no apologies for my tastes. No more Cliffs Notes or movie versions for me. Well, no more Cliffs Notes anyway.
Book you're an evangelist for:
Tosca Lee's Havah: The Story of Eve. I thought I'd hate it because it is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve, which had to take great liberties obviously. Putting words in their mouths I thought would feel sacrilegious, but I think she probably hit the nail on the head. Such a great book that gives such incredible insight not only to the fall of man, but the likely reasons why love relationships are so difficult.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Anything by Karen White. I love her covers!
Book that changed your life:
Hmm... Francine River's Redeeming Love. Not a particularly literary novel but the subject matter is so naked and honest, the characters so flawed. I finished reading that book and hugged it. It was then I knew I could write for the Christian market. Before that story, I thought I was too soiled, too imperfect to fit in with Christian readers. After reading that novel, I knew that no one is too far from God, therefore someone needs to reach them. Why not me if Ms. Rivers could go there?
Favorite line from a book:
From The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey:
"Low fat milk was disgusting. Low fat anything was an outright pox on the creamy white epidermis of pleasure."
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
What a great question. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. I loved that book but refuse to reread it until enough time has passed. I want it to feel new again. Oh, and nearly all the classics, especially The Catcher in the Rye. I remember loving that book, but it's been too long.