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A Character Interview with Ginger Marcinkowski – author of Run, River Currents

Character Interview

 

Author: Ginger Marcinkowski

Book Title: Run, River Currents

Release date: August 6, 2012

Describe the main character of your book in three sentences or less (including both strengths and weaknesses):

Emily Evans is 27 years old, carrying around the anger and guilt of being sexually abused as a child by her father and emotionally abandoned by her mother. In her mind, she can see herself being a rebellious woman, ruining all of her relationships, but is unable to stop her self-destructive ways, even though she hears the comforting refrain of her grandfather’s voice ensuring her that she is not alone in her battle. She is torn between anger and grace, seeking the peace she’d known as a child before her abuse began.

 

In what ways do you believe your readers will identify with the main character? What brings his or her story “home”?

Pain is inevitable in every life, whether it is physical, emotional, or sexual. Readers will be able to empathize with Emily because they will see themselves in the way she denies her pain. She covers it with attempted abuse of a child, with alcohol, with anger, with hateful words, with her cattiness, and with her fists. We’ve all been there; had those feeling of wanting to “get back” at someone. The reader will feel the main character’s anger from the first page and will rejoice with her on the last page.

In addition, spouses and friends will be able to better understand their loved ones who were abuse victims—realizing where their (often twisted) perspectives of life, God, and relationships are coming from. This is not meant to excuse wrong behavior but rather to understand how and why they “got there,” and the story of how one woman ultimately moved out of that place, by the grace of God and His persistent love despite her rage and rebellion.
Describe an important point of your main character’s story (OR) Please provide a blurb from your book that you feel provides a strong sample of your book’s overall tone.

Emily’s anger is pertinent to the story, first, because of how it affected her throughout her life and, second, in that she was finally able to let it go. Anger is an emotion that provokes her actions. When she released her anger, she was finally able to secure the peace she’d been searching for.

Standing over his casket, Emily stared down. Her father’s stories and his lies didn’t matter anymore. He’d droned on and on…his father beat his mom, killed her, went to prison. He’d said Denny would never be a man, never make anything of himself. That much was right, Emily thought. Who cared about his story. Her mother’s either. The effects of their actions coursed through her like an electric current. Emily drew back, her face muscles relaxing. She let her left hand linger at the edge of the casket, sliding her fingers back and forth on the cool surface. Her right fist began to ball. Without looking around, she lifted her arm up and away from her body. She drew in a long, hard breath, her muscles trembling, and then lunged forward, punching hard into his face.

The force sent her father’s head cracking to the left, his lower jaw separating from his skull as though they’d never been attached. His nose pushed upward, making him look like a pig. A trickle of clear fluid began to drip from it. “You’ll never be dead enough,” Emily whispered. “Never.”

 

What message or feeling would you like for your readers to take away from your book?

I’d like the readers to understand that they are not alone and that there is hope in every situation. I want them to feel the hope Emily feels as the story ends, that she will be able to move on with her life, and even though the past events will never change, she can change her future. Despite dark years of Emily’s life that the book covers, I’m ever the optimist. J

 

What part of the book was the hardest for you to write? Why?

Because so many of the scenes are based on true events, writing the scene of Maureen’s impending death was the most difficult. To see a self-centered mother realizing her mistakes, admitting them to Emily, looking for her own redemption in her daughter’s eyes while her daughter is struggling with the anger she has for her mother—that was a tough, tough scene.

 

Attached are the following:

Photo – Book Cover

Photo – Author picture(s)

Purchase links—

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Run-River-Currents-Ginger-Marcinkowski/dp/1935961713

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/run-river-currents-ginger-marcinkowski/1112327997?ean=9781935961710

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15784565-run-river-currents

Website: http://www.noveltravelers.com

Twitter handler:@grm5grm

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/writer.Ginger.Marcinkowski/info

Email: grm55@me.com

 

­­Biography

Ginger Marcinkowski was born in northern Maine along the Canadian border which plays a prominent character in Run, River Currents. She is a daughter of divorced parents and one of eight siblings.

Her debut novel, Run, River Currents, was published in August 2012 and was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Association of Christian Fiction Writer’s (ACFW) Genesis Awards.

Ginger has been a public speaker and visiting lecturer for many years. She has been a professional reader for the James Jones First Novel Award ($10,000 prize), and is currently a judge for the East-West Writer’s Contest. Her works have been awarded honorable mentions and she has placed in several writing contests. She is looking forward to writing full-time in 2013.

Blog: http://noveltravelers.com/

Your Copy of A New Dawn.

Hi Everyone

The free copies of the final edited edition of A New Dawn will be handed out within the next week.

All of you who have already purchased the e-book can get a copy of the edited version for free.  All you have to do is email me at ann@theguardianschronicles.com with a copy of your purchase invoice and I will be happy to send you the code to get your copy.

Please note that all copies must be downloaded by 24th April 2012.

Looking forward to your reviews.

Ann

Resurrection

Hi Everyone,

I am celebrating a little today after finalising the first draft for Volume III ‘Resurrection’  Still a lot of work to do but it brings the final product that bit closer.

Will keep you posted.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Everyone
It’s been a fantastic year, busy but exciting. Thank you all for your support and contributions and I look forward to hearing more from you in the coming year.
As soon as the final edit is complete for A New Dawn I will let you know the date of the official launch of the series.
The series will be complete by latest 3rd quarter of next year.
All the best for the New Year.
Ann xx

Chose your own Cast from your favorite movie stars!

Have some fun casting the character’s for the Guardian’s Chronicles from your favorite movie stars.

Just link on Chose your Cast and you can chose your own movie cast right away.

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Enjoy.

 

 

Character Stories – Serving Cassandra

Hi Everyone

Things have been quiet for a few weeks, but now that I am home (at last) there will be lots of new stories coming up.

Look out for the latest Character Story at the end of the coming week.

Ann

Colin’s Job Offer

Watch out for Colin’s story in the Character Story series.

It will be posted before the end of the week.

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Travel

I love to travel.  The experience of other cultures is something that can only be done first hand.

It was my love of these experiences that made The Guardian’s Chronicles such a diverse story.

It has always fascinated me how on one side of the world people can be going through horrendous hardship while we in the west worry about getting to the office on time.  I am not trying to say that life is perfect in the west, far from it but there is a huge divide, one that should not exist in the 21st Century.

In this series I have written about the experiences of people in the third world in such a way that I hope people can relate and judge for themselves whether or not there is merit in the way I have structured the characters.

Either way, love the books or hate them I would like to hope that you find the subject matter stimulating enough to have an opinion.  Whatever it is we would love to hear it.