Crossing Oceans
Kim Ford 

Author Interview

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-Ginger Garrett

Ginger Garrett

"I still operate from the belief that the human heart remains unchanged; if Jesus walked plainly among us today, healing us, bringing our dead back to life, we’d murder him eventually, for everything He exposed in us, and everything we saw in Him." This is the heart of Ginger Garrett’s fiction. Garrett explores the human heart through a plethora of historical settings, and through this lens she creates unforgettable characters and suspenseful story lines that showcase God’s unchanging grace and mercy toward the lives of His children. Garrett’s writing causes reader to consider the role that the human heart played in historical events, and then reconsider how God worked to bring about His purpose in spite of human frailty.

Historical, suspense-filled fiction, a book of ancient beauty secrets, and a book on mother-daughter relationships seem like an odd mix to spring from one author’s pen! Yet all have come from your heart and been enthusiastically received by your readers. Tell us a little about your path to publication and how you have been able to successfully breach both fiction and nonfiction markets

As a newlywed, I was battling infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. I went to every bookstore I could find, hoping to find a book of comfort. I went to both mainstream and religious stores, but no one had written a book that was meant to comfort women like me. Plenty of books at that time dealt with the ethical and moral issues of using technology to pursue parenthood, but I could not find what I most wanted to read. That hurt, because books had always been such a source of comfort and joy for me. So I decided to write for myself what I needed to read. I journalized as a way to encourage myself to keep going; I wrote down Scripture that moved me and comments that wounded me, moments I wanted to remember and heartache I wished I could forget. Writing began as an escape, but as I continued, I began to see it as a way to help others.

The defining moment came when I saw a pregnant woman on the street. For several years, I secretly loathed pregnant women. I was filled with rage at the injustice of life. Everywhere I looked, I saw women who seemed to have an easier life than me. Richer, thinner, more beautiful women, women with children, with successful careers . . . It was as if a looping tape ran through my thoughts constantly: “Look what she has that I don’t.”

But I kept praying. And reading the Scriptures, and struggling to keep still at the feet of God. And then one day, I got my miracle. I looked at a pregnant woman, a woman who seemed to have everything I did not, and the tape in my head changed. For the first time, I asked, “What does she need that I have?” When I asked myself this, my world changed forever. My blinded eyes were opened to the suffering all around me, and the calling God had given me to reach out to others. He didn’t remove my own suffering—not for a while, at least—but instead, He changed me because of it.

And while I still didn’t get pregnant, a new life was born for me just the same. Only the new life was my own. I began to research how publication worked. I knew that I could communicate comfort and hope through the written word, and I wanted to explore that option. From there, I was connected to Alive Communications and Stephen Arterburn, and began writing nonfiction.

The fiction came later. I was writing a nonfiction book on Esther, and it kept coming out as a novel. The publisher didn’t mind, and Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was published in 2006, and ECPA recognized it as one of the top five novels of the year.

Since then, I used my research on Esther to create nonfiction books. Women all over the world struggle with self-esteem and image issues; Esther in particular has a lot to teach us about God’s sovereignty even in our appearance, and the knowledge of what she used to make herself beautiful is both fascinating and timeless.

The more I listen to my readers and the research, the more I am humbled and see how very much we all need to be encouraged. I’ve continued to publish both fiction and nonfiction, all with one aim: to comfort women and get them into the Word. I’ve discovered the two best ways for me to do that are to invite them into the biblical world of beauty, and tell the best-kept stories that are often overlooked.

When did your love for writing begin? When did you seriously start to pursue publication?

I loved books as a child; books and Elvis and monster movies were my greatest passions. Somehow they are all related, although I’d have to pay a therapist a lot of money to discover the link. But even as I grew disenchanted with monster movies, and Elvis left the building, I continued to love books. Some people remember where they were when President Kennedy was shot; I remember where I was when I first read Poe, Barbara Cartland, Pat Conroy, Michael Crichton, and C. S. Lewis.

Biblical history plays a large role in both your fiction and nonfiction works, and you make many references to Queen Esther. Tell us how you became so interested in the role of women in history and Esther in particular.

I took quite a few Women’s Study courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. They were mesmerizing. Not that I agreed with everything being taught, nor did the professors want me to. They wanted me to think, to learn to see history through the eyes of the women who lived it.

Having grown up in church, I had often heard the story of Esther referred to as a “beauty pageant” kind of story, an ancient feel-good fairy tale. When I reread the biblical account years later, I saw the story through her eyes. Taken from family, forced into a harem with no hope of a normal future, threatened with death at every turn? That’s not a sugar-and-sweetness tale. Her story is rich with meaning, warning, and ultimately, her story is a foreshadowing of Christ and His call on our lives.

What important lessons can be found in ancient history that women can apply to their twenty-first-century lives?

In the sixth grade, I had a new teacher whom no one especially liked. She had a severe haircut, dark red lipstick, and a razor’s edge intellect. One day she saw that I had written a note about a history assignment, telling myself that ancient Romans were probably a lot like us. (I meant emotionally, but hadn’t written that part.)

“I doubt it. Try to prove it!” she wrote on my paper.

So I did. She failed me, but I had convinced myself that I was right. Today, I still operate from the belief that the human heart remains unchanged; if Jesus walked plainly among us today, healing us, bringing our dead back to life, we’d murder him eventually for everything He exposed in us and everything we saw in Him.

Ironically, this same belief that the human heart remains unchanged is also an obstacle for me. I have to shed my American mind-set, as much as possible, to understand lost worlds and distant viewpoints. Values change, roles change, and laws change. Only God does not.

Why do you think women are sometimes discontent with their God-given role as mother, wife, sister, friend? Do you think modern society has created a vacuum within a woman’s heart that creates a longing for “something more”?Wolves Among Us

Every one of us struggles at some point with the belief that someone has a better life than we do. We spend a lot of time trying to blame others for our own discontentment. Sometimes we blame men, our culture, our thighs.

Modern culture compounds this human weakness by throwing a million images and voices at us daily. For example, a biblical woman likely had three things to eat every day. Depending on the season, the items might change between bread, olives, grapes, wine, fish, or goat. A modern American woman makes 217 food decisions every day.

And studies show that the more choices we have, the less content we are. How can we ever be sure we chose the best option? We fall into the trap of believing that someone has it better than we do. In a culture of vast choices and fading morals, how can we ever find contentment apart from Christ?

Your writing has co-existed with a growing media presence in both radio and television markets. How difficult is it to balance these two media outlets? Do you prefer one over the other?

I love radio because I don’t have to hold in my stomach while I talk. If I’m on TV, there’s a whole ’nother level of drama going on behind the scenes. You have to have a good hair day, a good skin day, and a good wardrobe day. It’s the trifecta of good first impressions, which I rarely achieve.

But the advantage to TV is that you get to meet other guests in the studio. I’ve met some fascinating people: Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, Don Piper, Lee Haney, Cecil Murphy, and others.

What message do you long to convey to readers of both your fiction and nonfiction works?

It’s changed from wanting to just tell a rip-roaring great story to wanting to tell a rip-roaring great story that heals. So many of my readers are struggling right now with health, marital, or financial issues. A good story can comfort and heal in a divine way. I want to be a part of that process.

How has publication changed your life both positively and negatively?

I went from scribbling in a journal to publishing on an international scale. The first year nearly killed me. I was so nervous about strangers reading my private thoughts that I couldn’t eat for days at a time. I was a wreck. But I met some amazing people, like my agent Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary and novelists Siri Mitchell and Kimberly Stuart, and I loved the way they saw the world. I wanted to keep going, too. Publishing is still not easy. It takes a toll on my nerves, my confidence, and my social life. And my housecleaning has suffered terribly. I finally broke down and hired a maid to visit twice per month.

Can you share a bit about your current project? What is it that excites you about it?

Wolves Among Us just hit bookstores and Wal-Mart. Based on the true stories of the witch hunts of medieval Europe, readers will follow the tale of a heart-weary wife who witnesses the power and seductive theology of an Inquisitor. I hope readers will feel as I did when researching the book: if we don’t know what the Bible says, how can we ever be protected from making these same deadly mistakes?

And here’s the crazy part: I’ve heard this same dark theology proclaimed from the pulpit of a famous minister who “specializes” in marriage. Bad theology is timeless, I guess.

Later this year will see the release of Desired: The Story of Samson and Delilah. Told from the point of view of the women who loved him (his mother, his first wife, and Delilah), the book offers an epic love story that will surprise even the readers who have read the biblical account.

What exciting things is God doing in your life right now? Any closing words of encouragement you’d like to share with your readers?

One of my children was just diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s turned our world upside-down while we’ve struggled to get a handle on the required treatment. And while we wrestle with this, I was invited to Thailand to speak to missionaries there, offering them a day of rest and encouragement. I don’t like international travel. I don’t like going to the grocery store, much less a different country! I am learning, yet again, to trust God in everything, for everything, and through everything.


Ginger Garrett is the author of the novels Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, Wolves Among Us, and the nonfiction books Beauty Secrets of the Bible and A Woman’s Path to Inner Beauty.

Focusing on ancient women’s history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by Fox News, Billy Graham’s The Hour of Decision, The Harvest Show, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, and many other outlets.

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Kim Ford has been a resident of Alabama for more than ten years. Originally from Georgia, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brenau Women’s College. She has spent the past 9 years in sales and marketing and has been an avid reader of Christian Fiction for more than 20 years. A mother of two teen sons and married to a technical writer and Army veteran, Kim’s life is full and blessed. She and her husband also volunteer as teachers for a resident rehab program for women with life-controlling issues. She uses her fiction to encourage the ladies she teaches. She blogs at: Window To My World