This week we’re getting to know Gina Dewink, the author of the novel, Time In My Pocket. It’s difficult to categorize this amazing novel, but that certainly doesn’t detract from its superb quality. A bit of fantasy, a bit of historical fiction, with a hint of women’s fiction. If you’re a mom bookworm, you’ll love Time In My Pocket.
She woke up in 1947…in someone else’s body.
When a sarcastic mother of two is offered the chance to go back in time through an antique locket’s mirror, she is told she must look past herself. But when she does, she escapes the confines of her (imagined) domestic prison and comes face-to-face with the reality of life in the 1940’s – glamour, communism, smallpox and all. Now she must find a way to return to life before falling through the mirror. Humor, history and sci fi coalesce in this breakout novel, TIME IN MY POCKET.
Gina Dewink was born and raised in Minnesota’s heartland. Since 2001, her career has been in nonprofit communications. In addition to her communications career, Gina Dewink is a contributing writer for mediums such as Thrive Global, 507 Magazine and Rochester Women Magazine. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. Time in My Pocket is her first novel.
1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.
Hey there, I’m Gina. You know how all those Super Bowl celebs were gushing about how Minnesota Nice Minnesota is? Yeah, born and raised here and I totally agree. Sure, it’s cold, but the winter is prime writing time! Time in My Pocket is my first published novel, though I’ve been a writer my entire life. I’m a freelance writer and communications manager as well as a part-time SAHM of two littles. I have no trouble staying busy.
You As A Reader
2. When did you first fall in love with books?
I’m from one of those “reading families.” A Midwestern family with six kids and parents who never divorced, we were all voracious readers. I remember having a contest with my siblings to see who could rack up more Book-It pins (you know, back when Pizza Hut gave you actual Book-It pins to wear as trophies).
3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
It’s a treasure to have a two- and four-year-old to read my old favorites to. When I was young, I bet my mom and I read Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book a hundred times. (In fact, I even slipped in a little shout out to it in my novel.)
4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?
Hmm, great question. Actual change, I would have to go with Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. I read it in college while working as Assistant Manager of a Food Shelf. I’ve worked in nonprofit organizations since then—my entire career.
5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?
The most recent book I read that I found myself recommending was Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison.
6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?
Oh, I have a cocktail party all planned involving Theo, LeSieg (Dr. Seuss), Edgar Allan Poe, and A.J. Jacobs. Can you imagine that mashup? An optimist, a pessimist and a realist. What’s for dinner?
You As A Writer
7. When did you first know you were a writer?
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
One of the first stories I shared with others was a not-so murder mystery called, “The Knife was Dripping with WHAT?” (written in middle school).
9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey? The best part?
By far for me, the most difficult part of being a writer is the time needed to market and find an audience. I work in marketing and content writing for my day job (and freelance job), so carving out time for my own marketing usually gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.
The best part is creating content that makes people feel something. I love the reviews that say I’ve made them laugh out loud!
10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?
The article that started it all… How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0
11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.
Currently, I’m writing about sleep, its importance and its impact on our society through the World Sleep Society and Thrive Global. It’s not exactly my next novel, but it’s fascinating! World Sleep Day just took place on March 16, 2018 with an estimated 50 countries involved.
Fun Stuff About You
12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?
I have a pretty severe case of wanderlust so anything that falls into the “road trip” category. Last Friday, I threw the kids in the car and drove an hour to visit The SPAM Museum. (Yes, it’s real. Yes, it was actually pretty fun. No, I didn’t sample the Spam.)
13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?
Ooh, that’s also a good question. I would like to be an expert on social interaction. I know that sounds ridiculous, but in my line of work, I wish I had the confidence and ability to talk to anyone about anything. I love people and I’m by no means an introvert, but I always seem to blurt asinine things when talking to someone new (and probably someone familiar too, but they’ve adapted).
14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?
Yes! I knew I’d win! Per my wanderlust, I bet I could have fun just about anywhere as long as I’m staying in a hotel. Not so much on the outdoorsy locales.
15. How can people connect with you?
Thanks for sharing a bit more about you. Liza had me hooked from page one, not to mention her kids, Jules and Jakey.
Interested in reading Gina’s novel? You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.