"The epiphanies in the autumn of my life have come with an unexpected, astounding depth. All my early notions of love have returned in a full-circle effect, bringing back waves of emotions about the turnkey experiences of my entire life." --Gina Gates, Falling In October
Gina Gates was born and raised in Texas, but rarely rode horses and admits to never owning a cowgirl hat. Eventually, she lived in seven other states and lost her southern accent, but still loves her native Lone Star State. Growing up as a typical baby boomer, Gina graduated from college, got married, and became a traditional stay-at-home mom. She continued in that domestic bliss until her children informed her that they could drive and cook their own food. Since then, they have underestimated her wisdom and consider her way too old for romance. She loves them anyway, mainly because they've given her so many adorable grandchildren that she's losing count. At an early age, Gina loved to write and was said to have "a taste for words". For almost twenty years, she has dabbled in the publishing field as a copywriter, book editor, and author. Someday, she'd like to write a novel or two, if fiction ever becomes as exciting as her real life. For now, Gina is living yet another adventure somewhere in the southwest, waiting for true love. ♥
When you read Falling In October, you'll understand. But until then, know that the absence of a face to match the writing is by design.
Like blindness sharpens the other senses, you have to look deep into my words rather than into my eyes. No, I'm not shy or reclusive. I just want to be known first by who I am rather than who I appear to be. And, for the man I'm writing to, I want my heart to be adored first--before he decides whether he is crazy about my smile. Even if I know he will be. I'm shadowed, yet I'm not hiding. No, not when I openly share my intimate feelings about romance with the world. My lifetime of personal experiences are categorically displayed, all the way back to my childhood. As my life unwinds in over 57,000 words, my heart rends it's own version of the story. I just sit back and watch the emotional parade, astounded that unfound love holds me so passionately. As I explained it to a friend, I think my veiled identity adds to the creative illusion of my book. In a sense, I represent the longing of every woman in the October of her life who is praying for the ultimate love. We are all 'Gina'. Her collective romantic pulse encourages every October man to find his very own 'Gina'. Anyone can read my words, but after all is said and done, only one man will fall in love with the real 'Gina'. So, if my features are invisible, then your mind's eye can imagine the face and attributes of your own true love. My literary journey is literal. I continue to write about and am devoted to the one man who is my beloved destiny. As one who was once filled with despair, I wanted to invite others to latch on to my renewed faith in love. I hope you will hold out for nothing less than your heart's desire. ♥