Gail Meath is a wonderful author of several titles of historical fiction, romance, and history. FIRE BLOSSOM: A bridge between enemies and THE PERFECT SISTER are two of her four previous titles. Her latest novel is titled Scandal in Boston, and is due for release on March 19, 2020. Gail’s dad was a painter and sculptor, yet family came first, and taught her the same. Gail has been writing novels for 15 years, but only recently begun publishing them now that her children are grown. I am excited to introduce our featured author interview for this week.
What did we learn from our interview of Gail Meath, this weeks feature author?
LR: Most writers need a place to truly concentrate on their craft, could you describe your writing space for us.
GM: I hate total silence, so I have a nice, very window-bright room off our living room with the radio on, always. The type of music doesn’t even matter. I need background noise and I know I will automatically shut it out of my mind when I am engrossed in research, building a character, plot or scene. Sometimes, I’m surprised it’s still on!
LR: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
GM: My books are currently stand-alone novels. I am currently finishing a book that will be released over the summer and I’ve contemplated making into a series. In any type of selling ‘job’, you have to be attuned to the new trends and series are very popular now.
LR: Success takes different forms for each individual, what would you say literary success look like to you?
GM: Financial success is appealing to everyone, but the greatest success for me is when I know that people are enjoying my writing. It’s really thrilling to read the reviews and feedback, which is why reviews are so important. When someone finishes a book with the same elation that I felt when writing it, I view myself as extremely successful.
LR: If you could tell your younger writing self anything at all, what would you say?
GM: When I was in my early 40s, I dared to send one of my books to a very famous publisher. They were interested. They wanted to read the entire book, then asked for some revisions. I was amidst a really difficult divorce at the time and never pursued it. I waited several years before pursuing this career again. So, I would tell younger self…you idiot!
LR: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
GM: I LOVE historical research. I disliked history in school (I blame the boring teachers), but I love skimming through history for my ideas for a book. Generally, I start by finding an event, then research the heck out of the time period. After that, I start building the characters and I let them push the story and plot along. I just learned from another author that I’m a ‘pantser’, writing as I go rather than planning ahead.
LR: Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
GM: Social media is of utmost importance for marketing, so yes. I set up a website, www.gailmeath.com, I’m on Facebook and Goodreads, AllAuthors, Bookbub and Twitter, which are all great. Surprisingly, Pinterest doesn’t cost much to promote ads and my books have been fairly successful through them.
Our final thoughts for this week
Gail’s latest novel will be available March 19th titled Scandal in Boston. Readers can find all her wonderful historical romance novels on Amazon . You can find her on Twitter and Facebook. Also, readers can keep up-to-date on new releases at her website www.gailmeath.com .