Looking back after I’ve been blessed as a multi-award-winning author of over fifty novels and 3-1/2 million books in print, I realize I was a slow starter. When I was in the third grade, my teacher wrote a prophetic message on my report card, “Gail is an excellent writer.” Today I realize she recognized a talent that took me fifty years to recognize.
Now a published novelist and freelance writer, I look back on my early writing and chuckle. As a pre-teen, I wrote a series of Nancy Drew-type mysteries, and in my teen years, I wrote romances — but not knowing romance needed a happy ending, I often did things like kill the heroine at the end of the story. Needless to say, my first attempts at romance failed.
My first Christian romance was published by HeartsongPresents, at that time a line of Barbour Publishing. SEASONS was released in November ’98 with DREAMING OF CASTLES published in May the following year. In 1999 I sold my first novel to Love Inspired, UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and my career was on a roll. I have now sold numerous category romances—both romance and romantic suspense plus a few single titles. My first hardcover, THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING, was released in 2004.
Besides fiction, I have written nearly thirty programs and skits books for adults and children to be used in churches or Christian schools. You can find the list under the category My Books. Most of these books have been published by Contemporary Drama Services.
Before writing, I taught English and public speaking at a local high school and later became a licensed counselor. Leaving the public school system, I became an adjunct instructor at Davenport University where I taught composition, business English and public speaking. When my writing career took off, I left formal teaching and now teach workshops across the United States as well as present keynote addresses at women’s events in churches, civic organizations and libraries.
Born and raised in Michigan, I live with my husband, Bob, who is my greatest fan and the best proofreader in the state. Second to writing, I enjoy music, especially singing as a soloist and choir member at my church. A wonderful achievement is being a member of the renown chorale, Detroit Lutheran Singers, where we perform a series of concerts three or four times a year. And I can’t forget, since my husband is the director of the JuBELLation Ringers, I also play handbells.
Writing is my ministry. From reader letters, I know that Christian stories touch the hearts of readers and make a difference in their lives. I am blessed to be among other Christian writers around the world. Writing romance and romantic suspense combines elements I love—romance, suspense, and my love for the Lord.
“These three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13