Virginia Hull Welch
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About Ginny

 

Ginny was born at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, the second of four daughters of Carl and Mary Hull. When Ginny was about eight months old her father was transferred to Ft Eustis, Va.; the family lived nearby in a small brick rambler in Lee Hall. In 1962 Mr. Hull retired from the Army and the family relocated to Santa Clara, Ca. to be near her mother’s clan in San Francisco. The Hulls purchased a new home in the Killarney Farms suburban development of Santa Clara, where Ginny was raised. Her father found work as a mail carrier at the Santa Clara Post Office. Her mother was hired by Santa Clara Unified School District as a secretary. Ginny attended now-closed Emil R. Buchser High School. She majored in English at Santa Clara University, married, and then earned a Master of Communications at California State University, Chico, where she also taught a business writing course. While at CSUC in 1982 she sold her first freelance article to a small secretarial career magazine, earning just enough to pay for two steak dinners―but not the champagne or tip.

During the next twenty years she followed her FBI agent husband around the United States, writing freelance articles for various publications and taking on all types of contract editing assignments. She brought four children into the world during that time, two boys and two girls. While her husband was stationed in Birmingham, Ala. she contracted as a weekly freelance foods writer for the Birmingham News. Also in Birmingham she served a short stint (before her husband was transferred again) as associate editor in the crafts division at Oxmoor House, the book publishing arm of Sunset/Southern Living magazine.
 
In 1991 her husband’s job took the family to the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, where Ginny made the switch to technical editing and writing but continued to dream of producing something with a larger reach. In 2005 she was inspired to write The Lesson, an inspirational romantic comedy based on her own wacky falling-in-love story. On the night she met her husband he really did follow her home from a Bible study without her knowledge, stunning her by presenting himself at her apartment door.
 
In 2006 Ginny followed her husband’s government transfer one final time when the family moved to Virginia Beach, Va. There Ginny wrote Crazy Woman Creek. This western romance was inspired by a cross-country car trip in 1999 when she came upon a highway sign marking the bizarrely named creek that stretches over the northeast corner of Wyoming. When Ginny learned that no one really knew the story behind the strange name, she decided to write one. Ginny’s nonfiction book, What to Do When the Blessings Stop – When God Sends Famine required several years to write, mostly because Ginny’s time was occupied with child-raising. The same is true of her first nonfiction book, The Hiss from Hell Only Women Hear, which she wrote between 1993 and 1994. Both nonfiction titles will be released in 2013.

Ginny still lives in Virginia Beach with her husband. Their four children, daughter-in-law, and grandsons live locally. She works full-time as a writer/editor for a worldwide defense contractor. She attends a Christian chuch in Virginia Beach. She loves to cook, sew, bake, and make machine embroidered gifts for her family.  
Photo by Joy Segovia
Q & A
 


When and why did you begin writing?


I started writing professionally in 1984 while in graduate school. I have always written. If not on paper, I’m writing something in my head. I can’t remember a time when I was not writing. I believe that some people are called to write. I’m one of them.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Others describe it as direct and breezy. For my nonfiction in particular I strive to use as few words as possible to make a point. I’m a huge fan of William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. I learned much about cutting the fat from his book.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Though I’ve been writing professionally since 1984, it wasn’t until after I attended a Christian writer’s workshop at the Billy Graham conference center, The Cove, outside Asheville, North Carolina around 2003 that my self-concept crystalized. By the time I returned home I felt strongly compelled to quit waiting for someone else to call me a writer, to validate my gift. I am a writer because God designed me to be one, not because I’m published.

What was your inspiration for your historical romance, Crazy Woman Creek?

Several experiences inspired me. I grew up in the heyday of TV westerns. I love them. I spent many summers as a small child with a plastic gun and a leather holster, running around the neighborhood with my friends playing cowboys and Indians. And there was this picture in my head for a long time. I saw a woman waiting at the edge of her ranch, looking into the horizon, pining for her missing husband. Crazy Woman Creek stemmed from this mind picture. Then when I drove across the actual creek by that name in Wyoming in 1999, I was seriously intrigued about the history of the name. The seed was planted.
Finally there’s the difficulty of finding good western fiction—not necessarily inspirational—that doesn’t slam the reader with smut. I like the sexual pull in a good romance. I don’t like the graphic sex. I wanted to write the kind of book I like to read.

Can you give us a quick synopsis of Crazy Woman Creek?

A young homesteader wife in 1880s Wyoming Territory is distraught when her husband goes missing and she realizes she is falling in love with the deputy assigned to find him.

Is there a message in Crazy Woman Creek for your readers?

Commit yourself to live according to the truth. God will honor that commitment and see you through to victory.

What books have most influenced your life most?

The Bible, of course. Beyond the Word of God, there are three. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, for their charm, human interest, and physical descriptions. Zinsser’s book, as mentioned—it forever shaped my writing. And in high school I read Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington. He inspired me greatly because he believed so much in the rightness of being true to himself. He simply would not be denied what God had granted him as a creature made in his image. Booker T. would not give up.

Tell us about your current projects.

This year I released a based-on-a-true-story romantic comedy, The Lesson on March 2. I released my historical romance, Crazy Woman Creek, set in 1880s  Wyoming Territory, on April 2. I released my first nonfiction spiritual guidance book, What to Do When the Blessings Stop – When God Sends Famine, in May. I hope to have my next historical romance on the market by Christmas 2013. I’m working on it now.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?

No. Well, maybe. As a Christian writer you tend to write with an imaginary Christian censor on your shoulder. It’s terribly constricting. Next time I’ll tell him to shut up. But overall I’m happy with the text, and I LOVE the covers of all three books. I was literally jumping up and down when I first opened up the graphic file the artist sent me for Crazy Woman Creek. Piret Mand (of Estonia) is so talented. I cannot say enough about the attractive cover. Really makes the book. Same can be said for the pretty cover of The Lesson, which was created by Tatiana Villa of Indiana. The cover for What to Do When the Blessings Stop – When God Sends Famine, by Reynaldo Licayan of the Philippines wasn’t meant to be pretty; I meant it to send a message. Reynaldo succeeded.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was born with it and have always known it. I do remember that as a very young child I was fascinated with, even adored, nursery rhymes. I read them on my own till I knew them all by heart. I liked the way words sounded and how they created something beautiful when strung together, like the way musical instruments create a symphony or a band.

Can you share a little of your next releases with us?

I’m doing final edits on a nonfiction book, The Hiss from Hell Only Women Hear, Is It Tradition or Is It Truth? It exposes lies Satan tells women to make them think that they aren’t important to God and that He withholds his best from women because they’re women. Same old lies that the serpent hissed into Eve’s ear in the garden. I had planned to release it December 2013, but my work on it has been eclipsed by my next historical romance. This one is set in 1851 in the California Gold Rush in what is now El Dorado County. Wild men, murder, suspense, and lots of romance. Having a grand time with it. I expect to release it Christmas 2013.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I will love Laura Ingalls Wilder forever for introducing me to the life of the 19th century prairie-dwelling child with such charm and grace. Her books stimulated my imagination like no others. I burned many dinners in junior high school because I was reading her books on the couch in the living room instead of watching the stove. I still own every title in the series and read them several times a year. When I was a little girl I used to pray that when I died, God would let me meet Laura in Heaven.

What was the hardest part of writing your books?

Trying to show sexual attraction without showing sexual attraction. Christian heroes are always taken up with the heroine’s hair. It’s hard. As one of my daughters said once, if the relationship doesn’t have sexual attraction, it’s not a romance—it’s a friendship.

Did you learn anything from writing your books? If so, what?

Writing a book requires courage, discipline, and a lot of hard work. I have undying admiration for best-selling fiction writers. They have to keep track of so many parts of the story: multiple characters, themes, plots, subplots, individual ways of speaking, pacing. And they have to entertain.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

You are a writer because you write, not because you are published. Don’t wait for a publisher to validate your calling to get moving on a writing career.

What can you tell us about your romantic comedy, The Lesson?

It’s my own story. I was followed home from an evening meeting by a stranger, Mr. Geeky Sailor, when I was a sophomore in college. At the time I was madly in love with Mr. Suave Attorney, whom I had planned to marry, so I had zero interest in Mr. Geeky Sailor. A lot of wacky things happened on the way to the altar, which I’ve recorded in the book. I’ve been married to Mr. Geeky Sailor for 36 years now. Four kids, two grandkids.

And the message of The Lesson is?

If you have sincerely given your life to Christ, He is in control of what is happening to you, and all his work in your life stems from his love.

Can you tell us a little bit about What to Do When the Blessings Stop – When God Sends Famine?

It’s my first nonfiction to be published and my shortest book, about 100 pages. It deals with severe spiritual chastening and how to respond based on the steps that Haggai outlined for the Jews, who were chastened by God with lack and frustration because of their indifference and spiritual sloth.

So the message of What to Do When is?

Put God first.

Where are you from?

I was raised in Santa Clara, California, but currently I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Where can readers purchase your books?

Amazon.com sells paperback and e-book version of all three books. Barnesandnoble.com sells only the paperbacks. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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