Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ginny Yttrup

Posted May 10, 2017 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Ginny Yttrup, giveaway / 36 Comments

It is such an honor for me to chat with Ginny Yttrup today!

Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of WordsLost and FoundInvisible, and Flames. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry ( She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit

You can also connect with Ginny Yttrup on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Her newest book, Home, released in April from Shiloh Run Press and received a TOP PICK from RT Book Reviews!

Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. 

When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution.

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.

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Hi Ginny! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Ginny: Gravenstein Apples. In a pie. With vanilla ice cream. Why? Ice cream. 🙂

Carrie: I have never heard of Gravenstein apples. But I’m totally looking them up right now!

winter or summer

Ginny:  Winter. Because: soups and stews. But I love summer. I need warmth, sun on my shoulders, and healthy doses of vitamin D.

Carrie: I’m all for vitamin D but I’d rather absorb it during cooler temps 😀

dogs or cats

Ginny: Dogs. No, cats. Wait. Dogs. Definitely. Okay, both. They have personality, are loyal (okay, dogs are loyal), soft, and comforting. They also make me laugh.

Carrie: Very diplomatic answer 😉 My dog Zuzu KNOWS you really meant to go with your first answer though. haha!

coffee or tea

Ginny: Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Tea? Yuck.

Carrie: Amen. (of course I also say that about coffee lol)

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Ginny:  I’d choose flying as my superpower. I jumped out of an airplane once and the one sensory detail that stands out even now, almost twenty years later, is the peace and quiet when you’re free falling high above land. I’ve never experienced that type of quietness. Hard to explain, even for a writer.

Carrie: I think I would be too terrified to focus on anything but the FALLING part haha! But that is a really intriguing thought…

Which books are “on your nightstand”?

Ginny:  From the pile on my nightstand:

  • The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future by Dan B. Allender. PhD
  • Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass
  • The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin Raphael McManus
  • Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go by Richard Rohr
  • Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
  • The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp.

AND on my Kindle which is in the drawer in my nightstand, I’m reading:

  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

Carrie: A woman after my own heart – a gazillion books in process and close at hand 😉 LOVE that photo too! Book photos make me happy 🙂

If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Ginny: You’d learn that I grocery shop at Safeway and obsessively collect their Monopoly game pieces which I leave unopened at the bottom of my purse for…safekeeping? You’d learn what foods I eat the most from the Safeway receipts cluttering my purse: spinach and dark leafy greens. I do most of my banking via ATM and file all my banking receipts with the Safeway receipts. It’s my “system” – and no, it doesn’t work too well. I have an obsession with little tins of mints and a bad habit of wrapping used gum in said receipts. I collect those cards from establishments all over town that they’ll stamp when you make a purchase and then when you have, say, five stamps on your card, you get a discount or a free cup of frozen yogurt, or whatever. But you’d notice there’s only one stamp on each card because I never remember to pull them out of my wallet when I’m at one of those establishments again. And, on a good day, you’d find a notebook with a pen filled with notes: book ideas, blog post ideas, recipes, the name of a book someone recommended, when I last gave my dog his flea and tick preventative medicine. All entirely fascinating, I know.

Carrie: hahahaha!! Love it.

Your newest novel Home is about a novelist who runs from the stress of her life by escaping to a novel-worthy locale and then into her fictional world. We’ll talk about the deeper issues behind that in a minute, but if you could take a no-expenses barred vacation to anywhere in the world (real or fictional) where would it be and why?

Ginny: I was gifted two weeks on Maui last September with dear, dear friends. It was an epic vacation in the sense that for two full weeks we did whatever we wanted, when we wanted. Money wasn’t a concern, for once, and the company was wonderful. We took walks along the beach each morning, snorkeled with the turtles in the cove our condo overlooked each afternoon, and had meals at some of the most amazing restaurants on the island. It was a gift like none I’ve ever received. And while I’d spent time on Maui before, having two full weeks there gave me a new appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation—both the breathtaking landscape and the wonderful people.

So if I could vacation anywhere, I’d go back to Maui. And stay. Forever.

Carrie: That sounds absolutely delightful! Hawaii is on my bucket list.

There’s always a fine line to walk when reading fiction as an escape. In the case of your main character Melanie, she’s writing fiction to escape her problems. Fiction is beneficial in so many ways, but when does it become dangerous?

Ginny: Wow, this is such a good question. When we lose ourselves in fiction and it causes us to become discontent with our own lives, it’s a red flag that we may have some issues we need to deal with. When we read to fill an emotional void in our lives, reading can become dangerous. Books can “protect” us from delving into pain in our lives and keep us from inviting God into those areas He longs to heal. Obviously, that’s a false sense of protection.

Carrie: So true. Yes.

What do you most want readers to take away from Home?

Ginny: When the idea for Home began taking shape in my mind, I realized how much I wanted to write a story that highlighted strong, Christian men. I am the mother of two adult sons and I wanted to portray men who I’d love for them to emulate—men who fight temptation, who turn to God, and who love their wives above themselves.

When readers turn the last page of Home, I hope and pray they’ll let go of those things that have bound them emotionally and spiritually. And for those who are married, I pray they’ll walk away with a sense of what a Christian marriage can be once both husband and wife surrender to God.

Carrie: We definitely need more stories about strong Christian men!

Ginny, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Ginny: I’m not sure what’s next in terms of novels. I have several ideas I’m working on. Right now I’m enjoying my day job, building my coaching and web design business for authors—Words. For Writers.

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Is reading (or writing) an escape for you? If so, how do you protect your heart?

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36 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ginny Yttrup

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Sometimes reading can be an escape. I think it was more of an escape when I was raising my five children. Now that they’re all grown and on their own, I mostly read for relaxation and enjoyment.

  2. Reading has always been an escape for me and in the beginning, so was writing. It was a world I controlled. And then my characters told me otherwise. 😉 And Hawaii is on my bucket list!

  3. Andrea Stephens

    Reading is definitely an escape for me. As for protecting my heart, it is grounded firmly in reality so reading is more of a short vacation from regular life. I do have to protect my heart from some subject matter in books, those that bring back things that cause nightmares and anxiety attacks. It makes me a bit picky in what I read.

    I liked this book. I read a copy from NetGalley. Aren’t you proud of me Carrie? I read out of my “historical zone” again 😉

  4. Jayne Noble

    I use reading to wind down at night. It is a guilty pleasure if I read before bed lol.

  5. carylkane

    Reading is a wonderful escape! I am currently working on focusing on the Lord as my source for ALL things. I ask Holy Spirit to “guard” my heart.

    I enjoyed reading Flames and I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway.


  6. Gina

    Reading is an escape for me. By relaxing and refreshing with a book I am able to give more quality time with my family after winding down.

  7. Kay Garrett

    I love to read but can’t say I do it as an escape. It’s more to relax and regain strength to get back to the “normal” routine, but if that means stepping into the pages of a book, I’m all for it. 🙂

  8. Penny A

    I don’t look at reading as an escape but as an adventure to go places I’ve never been and to learn things I never knew. I have always been a reader. When I was young, LITTLE WOMEN was among a collection of books my mother bought from a traveling salesman. That story captured my heart and drew me into their family. I still have that book.

  9. Anne L. Rightler

    I so enjoy Ginny’s books! Hawaii is definitely on the bucket list and it might be crossed out next year. Erica said they were going next year so I immediately inserted me and my hubby into their trip! They took me to Maine a couple of summers ago. I’d agree with Winnie as to how reading was an escape when raising the 5 kids and now it is more for enjoyment. Armchair travel!!!

  10. Stacy

    Absolutely reading is my mental escape but I spend lots of time on a stationary recumbent bike getting exercise for my heart and body as I read.

  11. Sabrina Templin

    Yes, it’s sometimes and escape for me. I let my heart go to immerse myself in the I enjoy it more that way! 😀

  12. drummer's mom

    Reading is something I enjoy to do. It is a passion more than an escape. The only way to protect your heart is by having your guard up 24/7 and not getting involved with others. Keeping people at a distance.

  13. Arletta

    I love to read and it’s definitely a stress reliever. I take my kindle along almost everywhere so if I have to sit and wait somewhere, I can escape and not be bored.

  14. I love Ginny’s books. I read to learn (nonfiction) and to tale mini vacations (fiction). I also write to support women (nonfiction), bring a smile (children’s) or take others on an adventure (fiction). A new mystery series I’m writing is set in Maui!

  15. I’ve always loved to read. In the most recent years, I have found it to be an escape from some of life’s more pressing issues. It gives my mind a place to go and leave the hard places behind. I do so love reading clean Christian fiction. We don’t live in a perfect world, but good books will always be a healthy mental diversion.

  16. Lori Smanski

    yes reading is an escape i guard my heart by reading inspirational and non fiction and self improvement books

  17. Dianne Casey

    Reading is definitely an escape for me. It’s a great way to forget about everything going on and lose yourself in the story.

  18. Joan Arning

    Reading is more entertainment than escape for me at this stage of life. When I was younger and going through some trying times, it was definitely an escape.

  19. April Sutton

    It is totally my escape! I struggled for a while bc I didn’t protect my heart and the expectations piled too high. Once I realized the problem I was able to see it better for what it is…fiction.

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