Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Isobelle Cate’s character on November 10th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it. I had the pleasure of meeting Ginger Ring, the author of The Gangster’s Woman, on my author journey and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Eryn O’Malley, from the book. We’ll get a chance to talk to Ginger in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Eryn!
Marie Lavender: Hello, Eryn. Please have a seat.
Character Eryn O’Malley: Hello. Thank you for having me.
Marie: Of course. We’re going to start out with some simple questions, all right?
Eryn: All right.
Marie: What is your occupation? Are you any good at it? Do you like it?
Eryn: I’m a waitress. Am I any good at it? I guess so. Do I like it? It’s a job. With the depression on, we are lucky to have any work. It’s not easy but it’s a job.
Marie: Forgive me. I didn’t mean to sound uncaring. I completely understand.
So, tell us…what is your family like?
Eryn: I have a beautiful daughter named Vivian and a brother named John.
Marie: All right.
What did your childhood home look like?
Eryn: I’m from Ireland and grew up in a loving family. When our parents died, my brother and I came to America.
Marie: I’m so sorry to hear about your parents…:(
Let’s try a different question.
Do you have any hobbies? What do you enjoy doing?
Eryn: I garden and go to movies when I can. What do I enjoy doing? I love to dance and I work hard to pay for dance lessons for Vivian.
Marie: You’re a good mom. 🙂
So…what is your greatest dream, Eryn?
Eryn: To have a stable home and for Vivian to become the star she is.
What kind of person do you wish you could be? What is stopping you?
Eryn: Law-abiding. What is stopping me? We need the money and I am always one step in front of the law and the outlaw, Ed Killian.
Marie: Intriguing…I just know there’s a story there, but I sense you won’t tell me right now.
No problem. I respect your privacy.
All right, so I’m going to throw another random question at you now.
Who was your first love?
Eryn: Scott Killian.
Marie: All right.
So, what’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?
Eryn: When Scott was killed and I knew my daughter would grow up without her father.
Marie: Oh, no! I’m so sorry to hear that! 😦
Let’s move on to something a bit lighter now, shall we?
What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?
Eryn: To be an actress. I wanted the excitement. Did I achieve that dream? No. Things changed. I had a daughter to raise.
Marie: That’s understandable.
So, tell us…who is your role model, Eryn?
Eryn: My brother John.
Marie: All right.
Let’s try something else. Well, you’ll probably think I’m digging for dirt on the next question.
Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?
Eryn: All the men that I have to pretend to like and let them kiss me before I drug them and take their money.
Marie: Yikes! What a situation you’ve got yourself in. I hope you find a way out…
Let me ask you a different question.
What is your deepest desire?
Eryn: To find a loving husband to take me away from everything. To be safe.
Marie: I would say that’s not too much to ask.
What is your greatest fear, Eryn?
Eryn: That Killian will find me and take my daughter.
Marie: I can certainly understand that worry.
Well, we’re out of time. Thank you for visiting us today, Eryn. It was so interesting getting to know you! 🙂
(Waves goodbye to her guest.)
Marie: Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective. We have author Ginger Ring on the stage today. It’s so lovely to see you again, hon. I remember when you visited us on the I Love Romance Blog last year, and we covered the first book in your series. Hi again, Ginger!
Ginger: Hello!! Thank you for having me!
Marie: My pleasure!
We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Eryn. Quite an interesting character. Can you tell us a little about her?
Ginger: She was mentioned in the first book, The Gangster’s Kiss. Her brother was searching for her but never found her. When I started the second book, I really had no idea where she had gone. When I found out about a painting at an old gangster hideout in Madison, I went to see the photo. It was of a half-naked woman and it hung above the fireplace. I wondered who she was, why had she posed for the painting, and what had become of her. I had found Eryn.
Fascinating! Isn’t it interesting where the muse takes us?
So…what are your character’s greatest strengths?
Ginger: She will do anything to survive. She never gives up.
Marie: That’s certainly admirable!
Now, let’s take the opposition on that. What, do you feel, are Eryn’s greatest weaknesses?
Ginger: Her innocence for falling for the wrong man.
Marie: Well, it does happen sometimes…
Let’s try something else.
What are some of her favorite foods?
Marie: (Laughs.) I guess I can’t blame her there! 😉
So, what’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?
Ginger: Her strength to love and work hard.
Marie: Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?
Ginger: I think they will like her. She does what she can and most will understand the struggles she has of raising a child alone.
Marie: For sure!
So, now that we have a real taste of Eryn, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.
What first gave you the idea for The Gangster’s Woman?
Ginger: It is the second story in a trilogy. They are all connected by the Gangster, Ed Killian.
Marie: All right.
What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Ginger: A little of both.
Now, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing The Gangster’s Woman or publishing it? What would you do differently the next time?
Ginger: No, it was just tricky to mix real historical events with the story. What would I do differently the next time? Write faster. (Laughs.)
Marie: (Chuckles.) I know what you mean! 😉
Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog! And how apropos is that, considering what a great story The Gangster’s Woman appears to be.
Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome book by Ginger Ring, a very talented author! 🙂
Here is the blurb for The Gangster’s Woman:
Now that prohibition was over, FBI agent Michael Flynn hoped to enjoy the quiet life and a chance to finally concentrate on finding his best friend’s sister. He’d been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her picture. Unfortunately, the more he searched the more he realized she wasn’t just missing. Eryn was hiding from one of the most notorious gangsters around. One who wouldn’t rest until he knew she was dead.
Eryn O’Malley had been moving around for years, doing whatever legal, or illegal job she could find to survive. No time for romance or a normal life. A one night stand with a handsome man at the county fair seemed like just the ticket to escape for a moment from her troubled life. However, finding out he was a G-man wasn’t part of the plan. Now he was on her trail. Whether to arrest or rescue her, she wasn’t sure, and she couldn’t wait around to find out. If he caught her, would he forgive her checkered past or would he always think of her as the gangster’s woman?
Ginger is also offering us a great excerpt from the book!
He took a seat on the bed, crossed an ankle over the other, and rested his back against the cheap headboard. Interlocking his fingers behind his head, he observed the woman in his room. Her back was toward him as she poured the liquor in the glasses.
The woman could be a movie star or one of those girls in the magazines who held a soda pop in an ad. Tall and elegant, nice round ass, and slender calves and ankles. If she was indeed John’s sister and he slept with her, there would be hell to pay, but it would be worth every glorious second. A wolf call whistle left his lips.
Eryn turned, a glass in each hand, and a slight tilt to her head. “Now, what was that for?”
“Just enjoying the view.” He winked.
“Well, then I better get closer so you don’t strain your eyes.” She took a few steps closer and handed him his drink. Damn, she was a pistol. If he didn’t calm down soon, he’d be firing off a shot of a different kind.
Eryn strolled to the other side of the bed and joined him on it. Her slender legs crossed out in front of her. He swallowed and his fingers itched to slide down that silky skin.
“Cheers.” The click of her glass touched his and he forced his eyes from her legs to the graceful fingers holding her drink.
“Bottoms up.” He downed his in one sip. Eryn took two sips and licked the rim of her glass. This time a groan escaped his mouth and he took her glass and placed both of them on the bedside table.
“Don’t want another drink?” Eryn’s gaze dipped to her hands and then back to his face.
“No, I’d rather do this.” To hell with John, he was kissing his sister.
His fingers framed her face. Her skin soft as velvet and her full lips waiting to be kissed. They didn’t have long to wait. His mouth settled on hers. She tasted sweeter than candy. The hint of alcohol lingered and made for a stimulating mix. Nipping at her lower lip, Eryn moaned and threaded her fingers through his hair. Michael deepened the kiss and echoed her appreciation.
It killed him to break the contact, but he did. Her green eyes smoldered like emeralds in the dim room light. “Stay the night with me.”
“Aye, I will,” she whispered. Her response was in an accent and words so familiar to her brother’s. He could already feel the beating John would be giving him for making love to his sister, but it would be worth it.
Michael slid down the bed and drew her across his chest. Her auburn curls framed her heart-shaped face. Auburn curls? It finally dawned on him that she didn’t even know she had a niece that looked identical to her. Taking in a deep breath, he slid his fingers through her hair. “I always had a thing for redheads, but I’ve never slept with one.”
“Don’t worry. I’ll be gentle with you,” she ribbed.
He burst out laughing. “You are something else, doll.”
“You have no idea,” Eryn promised and lowered her lips to his.
Universal Amazon link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00VBZQE6C
About Ginger Ring
Ginger Ring is an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a life-long dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.
And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Ginger Ring, here are some of her author links:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Ring/e/B00FOXTYYG/
Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Eryn O’Malley, the female main character of The Gangster’s Woman, and Ginger Ring, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by! It was so much fun to have you here! 🙂