Welcome to Helen Ginger, who has been writing since she was a child. She went from tragic love stories in high school to angst-filled poetry in college to character-driven books as an adult. She holds a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in Speech Communication. She uses both since the two things she does most is write and talk. She put both these skills to work after college as an instructor at San Antonio College and Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Georgia, she grew up in Texas, where she's lived since she was ten. She's got relatives spread all over the States, from Texas to California to Minnesota to North Carolina to Alabama to Florida. A few of them actually admit that she's family.
How much fact is in your fiction? Angel's life is certainly not my life, but we do have things in common. I gave her the job of swimming as a mermaid in a bar/restaurant because I swam as a mermaid for four years while in college, so I knew she could do it. She also does a picnic underwater and performs ballet moves, which is what the mermaids at Aquarena Springs did.
What's the highest compliment someone could make about your writing? Readers asking when the next Angel book is coming out is a compliment. I wish I could give a date, but I haven't started a second Angel book. I'm working on another book with a new character right now. I'll do another Angel story, though. She's in my head and won't go away, so she'll start telling me her story soon.
What movie star would be perfect for (your main character) and why? Well, she'd have to be ready to be eat and drink underwater, as well as do underwater ballet. I think Dakota Fanning could transform into a movie mermaid. I took a class in scriptwriting. It's crossed my mind that her story would make a great movie and I've considered writing the script, but I'm sure someone who writes scripts for a living would do a better job. I'll stick to writing books.
Would you share a bit about your next project? The book I'm working on now is called Deadpoint. Codie Hart, co-owner of Hart of Atlantis Park finds one of the workers at the park dead and floating in the river. She's already dealing with her ex-husband and co-worker, Michael, and the homeless guy who wanders the park at night, scavenging through trash. Unknown to her, The Handler has found Michael and intends to kill him, slow and painfully. First, he intends to make Michael watch as he kills Codie.
ANGEL SOMETIMES: Just before her thirteenth birthday, Angel Sometimes was taken 800 miles from her home in Oklahoma, given $50 and left on South Padre Island, Texas. Years later, Angel hitchhikes to Austin and gets a job swimming as a mermaid in a bar/restaurant in the music district. Before she can go home and confront her parents, she needs three things: her high school diploma, a car and a gun. She has a car. She's finished her final test for her GED. The only thing she needs is the gun and she knows where to get one.
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