Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette

Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Company at the Cottage - Gini Rifkin

Welcome to the cottage, Gini! 

I'm so happy to have my dear friend, Gini, here today.
Gini, please take a seat on one of the comfy chairs in the sitting room by the fire.
What can I get you to drink?
Tea please, straight up. 

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Illinois, and met my husband Gary in Colorado. We shared 30 years together, and in our free time we enjoyed camping and canoeing and Mountain Man re-enacting. 

Let’s talk about writing and books. 

How do you research an element for a story?
I really enjoy doing research, and try very hard for accuracy in my writing. I always check several sources to make sure the information proves out, and I am fortunate to have on hand many research books collected prior to the age of the internet. It’s easy to get lost in the process, but meandering off the path can be time well spent if you discover a great plot twist, or even a new character. 
You're research is exceptional. I learn something new with each one of your history pieces.

What do you like to do after finishing a manuscript to reward yourself?
A happy dance in the barn, and devour some forbidden food which will involve lots of dark chocolate.
I bet those farm animals are dancing with you!

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new?
I’m waiting for edits on Bliss, book two in my Fae Warriors trilogy, which I’m hoping will be out this year. And I’m working on Portence book three. But I hear the call of the Old West, and I can hardly wait to get back to my westerns. 
Solace was a great story, and I can't wait to read about Bliss. Another western coming soon, yay! Your westerns are some of my favourites.

Now, let’s get personal! 

What is one thing people might be surprised to know about you?
My husband and I tempted the Fates by spending a week out on Lake Powell—in a canoe. We paddled beside 60 foot rock walls and hid from, and tried to avoid, speed boats, water skiers, and huge houseboats. It was amazing.
Sounds amazing and scary!

Tell us about an especially romantic moment/event in your life?
Sleeping out on the Arizona desert with my amazing husband at my side, and a canopy of a billion glittering stars overhead. 
The perfect romantic setting!

What are your hobbies away from the computer?
I’m working on a replica of a section of the Bayeux tapestry, and maintaining the property and watching over the animals is a big part of each day. 
You're quite a busy woman with a property and fur babies to care for. You will have to send me a photo of that tapestry when completed.

Are you an animal person? If so, what do you have?
I love animals. My menagerie of rescued critters includes two domestic rabbits, two ducks, one goose, two goats, two donkeys, and three cats.
A full house for sure! I love that they are rescues!

A Few of Your Favourites

Favourite Colour: black
Favourite Season: Fall 
Favourite Movie: Casablanca or Quigley Down Under
Favourite Actor: Humphrey Bogart 
Favourite Song: Anything by the Beatles, or Love, Reign o'er Me by the Who
Favourite Pleasure Food: veggie eggs benedict with extra hollandaise
Favourite Place to Read: Bed, with the cats
Favourite article of clothing: my russet kirtle 
Favourite candy your sweet-tooth craves: dark chocolate 

Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, dreamer, sentimental 

Thank you for inviting me, Darlene. This was such fun, and I love what you’ve done with the cottage. 
Thank you for visiting, Gini! It’s been great chatting with you. Please stop by the cottage again soon! Maybe next time the weather will be on our side and we can sit outside on the deck.

To learn more about Gini and her books, visit...

I've read Gini's latest release, Solace, and I highly recommend everyone add this book to your reading list!

Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action. 

Ex-Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility. 

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.


  1. Gini, you're a busy woman with all those fur babies, but I'm so happy you were able to get away for a few moments to visit the cottage :)

  2. Hi Darlene: I had a lovely time at the cottage. Sharing tea and lively conversation with such a kindred spirit is always a treat.

  3. I appreciated getting an insight into your life, Gini. Your adventures sound fun.