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Because It's Father's Day

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (22)

My father died at the age of 92 back in 2000. Hard to believe he's been gone that long. With eight children to raise and feed, he didn't spend a lot of time at home. My favorite memory is how after returning from church on Sunday morning and sharing a meal with all of us, he would settle in his living room chair to read.

Although he never went past the fifth grade in school before having to go to work, he was a voracious reader. First the Sunday paper would be devoured, then there was always a copy of Readers' Digest Condensed Books on hand to peruse. 

I recall being with him one day when we went to do some shopping in Norwichtown. We were driving past a big house on a hill, a steep set of stairs led to the front door, when something caught his attention. He had spotted a cardboard box of books sitting on the sidewalk curb. He parked, told us to stay in the car, and climbed up those steps. 

I can't remember if there was a smile on his face as he returned, picked up the box, and set it inside the car before driving away. There must have been.

In his honor I'm touting the book I wrote about my observations as he descended into Alzheimer's those few years before his death. It's available on Kindle, both in print and as an E-book. Here's the website: http://www.amazon.com/Walking-His-Shoes-Gay-Ingram/dp/1477619372/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Happy Father's Day, Dad.

Visit my Webs Store

Posted by [email protected] on June 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Some of you may be interested in purchasing a signed copy of one or more of my books. I've just added the newest publications to the store on this site making it possible to order the book directly from me, the author.

I've added the newest, Mai Lin, the story about a Chinese girl brought to San Francisco as a slave who lives through the earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco in 1906.

I recently dug out of storage the unfinished Not Bound By Blood. This story has been in progress for more years than I care to remember. I have three-quarters of the story written and just need to find the time and determination to stick with it and complete what I know needs to be written.

Not Bound By Blood is about two high-school girls, as different as can be, who become friends in school and remain friends all their lives. The story follows each as they experience life's adventures. Set in the early 1900's, world happenings such as the Olympics and World War II have huge impacts on their lives in different ways.

I'll not say more and close so I can use my remaining wiritng time to devote to writing more of their story.

Just click Web Store on the sidebar to view the great reading available.

In a Pickle - Where Did It Come From?

Posted by [email protected] on May 27, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I come across these often-used idioms and start to wonder from where they derived and how did they come into usage. 'In a pickle" is one of those I just had to search out. http/www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/in-a-pickle.html is a reliable site that gives me great information. Here's an abbreviated version of this phrase's history and development.

The word 'pickle' comes from the Dutch or Low German pekel, with the meaning of 'something piquant'.In the 17th century, the vegetables that were preserved, for example cucumbers and gherkins, also came to be called pickles. The 'in trouble' meaning of 'in a pickle' was an allusion to being as disoriented and mixed up as the stewed vegetables that made up pickles.

The earliest known use of pickle in English relates the gory imagined ingredients of King Arthur's diet:

He soupes all this sesoun with seuen knaue childre, Choppid in a chargour of chalke-whytt syluer, With pekill & powdyre of precious spycez.

[He dines all season on seven rascal children, chopped, in a bowl of white silver, with pickle and precious spices]

Shakespeare was one of the first to use in a pickle, in The Tempest, 1610:


And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where should they

Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em?

How camest thou in this pickle?

The most celebrated personage ever to have been literally in a pickle, Admiral Horatio Nelson, met his end, although some pedants might argue that, being preserved in brandy, he found himself in more of a liquor than a pickle.

Anybody else find this kind of thing fascinating?

San Francisco 1906

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

My friend Julia Robb posted this painting on her Facebook page this morning and it caught my eye. 
It is a scene depicting the fire that destroyed San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906. This was the momentous event I wrote about that was experienced by the main character of my latest novel, Mai Lin:Another New Beginning.

What caught my attention was the little Chinese girl in the lower right corner. She just could be my Mai Lin, don't you think? 

if you've read the book, I'dlove to hear your response.

So Excited

Posted by [email protected] on April 27, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It's coming...it'scoming.

Mai Lin; Another New Beginning will hit the Amazon market on May 14th. Here's a brief look at what the story is about:

"Mai Lin, a young Chinese girl reaches the shores of San Francisco in time to experience the great Earthquake of 1904. Almost drowning in her attempt to escape the devastating fire, she is rescued by Rob McDuff. Together with Ah Soo and Sing Ho who also became homeless by the earthquake, Mai Lin finds a family.


When Rob McDuff's gambling debts put the family in jeopardy, Mai Lin agrees to marry Duck Choy, who has become enamored with her, unknowing that the man is part of a Chinese Tong. Mai Lin anticipates a loving marriage, especially when she becomes pregnant, but must eventually face the truth about her husband."

Not yet available for purchase, on that date you can get your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites in either print or E-book format. 

Keep checking my Amazon Author Page for it. https://www.amazon.com/author/gayingram" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> https://www.amazon.com/author/gayingram

It's Been a While

Posted by [email protected] on February 6, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been neglecting this site; I stand guilty. Not that I haven't been blogging. Just finished a 31-day Ultimate Blog Challenge which required I write a blog every day in January. If you missed them go here http://gayingram.blogspot.com/ to read my postings.

Now...what's coming up? Well, my latest novel tentatively titled (this will probably change before publication) Mai Lin is set to go to the publisher this week. I really enjoyed writing this story about a young Chinese girl coming to San Francisco as a slave just in time to experience the great earthquake of 1904. More about her later.

I've continued to work on Not Bound By Blood off and on through the years and feel like I'm finally past the half-way point in this story of two girls who meet in high school and remain friends throughout their lives despite their different lifestyles. This story begins in the late 1930's and continues till after WWII.

Then there's the ideas I have for a collection of short stories all centered on a group of characters whose stories interact with one another. This is shaping up to be a western so there's lots of reading to be done beforehand to get familiar with that genre. This will be a venture into new territory and I'm excited about thechallenge.

So. Just a taste of what the coming year has in store for me...lots of challenging work. And I wouldn't have it any other way. 

A Funny Thing Happened

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

There are all sorts of hurdles when you decide to go with a small press. Most of you know because of irreconciliable differences with the publisher of Dancing Bear Publishing, my contract for George Washington, Surveyor, Soldier, Leader was cancelled.

I regret this because the advance reviews for the little fictionalized biography of our first president were quite complimentary. However, I still retain the rights to this book and am free to do whatever I wish with it in the future. For the moment, I've decided to just set it on a shelf.

In other news, Venture Galleries has been doing a series of Troubled Times. Hope you catch some of the episodes. Here's the link to the latest posting: /http://venturegalleries.com/serial/army-let-fight-freedom/. You can also read my weekly visit to some interesting city in the US at this site: http://venturegalleries.com/author/gayingram/

This time of year seems to bring an upsurge in opportunities to meet the public and introduce them to my books. Next Saturday I'll be in Gladewater camping out at my friend Stephanie's store, Decorate Ornate. Come by and be sure to check out her hilarious book about her Italian adventures leading tour groups.

On Aug. 29th, I'm headed to Ben Wheeler for the one-day book event in that interesting town. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends.

And down the road a piece, I'll be joining other members of NETWO at the Titus County Fair in Mt. Vernon on Sept. 24 - 27.

Don't want to forget to mention that I now have copies of Tracks On The Sand, the history of Big Sandy. It's been out of print a few years and when folks started calling for copies, I put it out again through White Bird Publishing. Gotta Love that group of fine people!

Countdown For George

Posted by [email protected] on April 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Won't be long now. George Washington: Surveyor, Soldier, Leader is fast approaching its release date. My publisher, Dancing Bear Publishing, also has a book trailer in the works. Isn't that exciting?

In the meantime here's a lil' bit from the book to tease you.

"George is home. George is home." Nine-year-old Samuel was the first to shout. Little Jackie, with Charles close behind, slipped out of his seat and ran across the space to throw himself at George's knees. The two boys wrapped their arms around their big brother's legs and looked up with adoring eyes.

"Jackie. Charles. Get back over here and finish eating." Betty, just a year younger than George, already sounded like a little mother.

"Mother's in the bedroom with Poppa," she informed George, "so is Austin. He rode in about a half hour ago."

"How's Poppa doing?"

"Well, the doctor was here earlier and bled him again, but it doesn't seem to be helping." A muffled spasm of harsh coughing coming from the back bedroom interrupted the conversation.

 And if the imminent release of this fictionalized biography for young readers isn't enough, I have a couple other projects cooking on the back burner.

I just contracted with White Bird Publishing to do a new release of Troubled Times. It's been out of print for a number of years and I'm thrilled to be able to offer it to my readers once again, perhaps by this fall.

Also, since I've gotten request from several people lately, I'm considering bringing out a new release of Tracks On The Sand, the history of my hometown, Big Sandy, Texas. Will share with you later the progress on that project.

As for my latest writing project...well, let's just say another famous historical figure has captured my imagination...and time will tell what develops.

Happy reading everyone!

Do You Really Know George?

Posted by [email protected] on April 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Some time ago I signed with Gallivant Press, a unique marketing service created by writer friends, Caleb Pirtle, Stephen Woodfin and Rusty Shelton. Although I've been publishing my writing for over twenty years, I've never had any warm and fuzzy feeling about the marketing end of the business.

 Caleb took me by the hand and led me into this new world of internet promotion; I'm not sorry I agreed to come along.

 I write on a weekly basis about places that have contributed to the growth of our United States. These posting also appear on my Pininterest Page. I've decided these postings should also appear here, on my website. If you'd like to read about some interesting towns & cities in this fine country of ours, go to:  http://venturegalleries.com/author/gayingram/

Since my soon-to-be-released latest work is about our First President and entitled: George Washington, Surveyor, Soldier, Leader, I thought I'd do a bit of teasing by way of this blog to get readers interested in the book. So here's the first tidbit of information:

 "He looked out across the wide, flowing waters of the Rappahonock River, a sight he never tired of. At the moment, its smooth surface was undisturbed by any traffic, but George knew a sailing ship arriving from Mother England or the West Indies could be just around the bend. Perhaps even now, The Fair Wind was tying up at Uncle John's. If so, Captain Stevenson could be depended upon to regale them with sea stories throughout the meal. Someday he, too, would be on one of those "flying ships", yards of sails taut overhead, the salty air filling his nostrils, adventuring to foreign destinations. Like his brother Lawrence, he wanted to become a naval officer and sail away to fight for Mother England."

A Double Whammy

Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

My fun interview with Tina Traverse hit the airwaves today. If you haven't checked it out yet, go to: http://writersonthewharf.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-first-time-around-with-gay-ingram.html?spref=fb. Just copy & paste. Love that gal's sense of humor.

Next big event is the official release of my newest MORGANA'S REVENGE on Amazon tomorrow. If you had any inclination to get yourself a copy, my publisher recommends tomorrow is when people buying the book will really give my ratings on Amazon a big boost.

Maybe I should mention the book signing event in the near future. On Sat. Oct. 12th I'll be at Consignment Galleria on Gilmer Road in Longview from eleven to two. While you're there you can look over the results of my other 'hobby' -- re-purposing decorative items with paint.

The month of November is filling up fast with book shows but I'll save that news for a later posting.

That's the big news for now.