Gina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean's surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband.
Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina's favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full. Website Facebook Twitter
1. How did you know what kind of genre you wanted to write?
I write stories that I would want to read. All of my books have a mixture of romance and comedy. Both How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie and How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake are heartwarming tales with strong family elements. There is an internal and external journey for the main character, Lauren in each book. I like to weave delicious cuisine and swoonable moments throughout the story and hopefully readers will enjoy several laughs as well.
2. Do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?
Sometimes while writing a story I get to a scene where I’m not sure what happens next so I step away and take a break to do something else. I’ve found times where just as I’m about to close my eyes for a deep sleep an idea will pop up in my brain. Luckily, I sleep with my phone by my bed and am able to type out a note to remind myself in the morning. While writing How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake, there is a scene where a gift is given and as the box was handed over to the character, I had to step away from the story to find out what was in the box.
3. Do you have an advice for people who want to become an author?
My advice on writing is to write every day even if only an email to a friend and to find a good critique/beta partner(s).
4. Tell us a bit about your recent book.
My most recent book is the sequel to How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie. The sequel is called How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake. In this story we get to see the main character Lauren excited to finally see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder (a guy she met over Thanksgiving) after weeks of chatting on the phone and things of that nature. However, he is a no show at the airport. Lauren has no idea why and as the story unfolds we get to see Lauren navigate her way through the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season with her family and their interesting traditions, and perhaps find out what is going on with Jack.
5. Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I’m working on the third book in the series which will be set over the 4th of July holiday. The Hauser family will get together for their annual summer traditions and this year someone or two people might enter an apple pie baking competition. We get to find out what happens after Christmas for Lauren. I also have a couple other books that I hope to have published in 2015. Thanks so much for having me and these great questions, GINA
How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed. Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!
Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!
As the clock counts down to Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren is running out of time. And without her grandmother’s perfect pecan pie it won’t be a very Happy Thanksgiving! What Lauren needs is a knight in shining armour. And it might just be that the magic of Thanksgiving will find her one after all…
Don't miss the brilliant second book in the Home for the Holidays series from Gina Hennings. A delicious cake. A guy who is late. Merry Christmas to all.
After the best Thanksgiving of her life, Lauren Hauser can’t wait to see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder so they can finally be in the same place at the same time. Long distance really doesn’t work when you’re head over heels!
But when Jack doesn’t turn up at the airport Lauren is left wondering if their relationship is really as great as she thought? Sure Jack’s kisses were delicious and when he looked at her, her knees felt weak, but what did they really know about each other?
A big Hauser family Christmas is just what is needed for this situation. Not only will her mom be decking the halls with boughs of monstrous-Christmas-decorations, but Lauren is baking a Christmas cake to once again claim dessert queen of the family! Will Jack fit in with the Hauser clan? Or will Lauren have to face the music…and accept that not every holiday romance was made for a happily ever after…