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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

Good book alert: In This Moment

I became a fan of Timeless, Gabrielle Meyer's time-slip novel series. I introduced the first book of the series, When the Day Comes last October.

Now, I'm hooked on In This Moment. (Yes, I'm still editing my novel, but I couldn't resist starting Gabe's.)


Gabrielle has agreed to introduce her latest novel and give us a peek into her creative process.






In This Moment, the second book in the series, released today!


Description:

Maggie inherited a gift from her time-crossing parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each night, she goes to sleep in one time period and wakes up in another. Until she turns twenty-one, when she will have to forfeit two of those lives--and everyone she knows in them--forever. In 1861, Maggie is the daughter of a senator at the outbreak of the Civil War, navigating a capital full of Southern spies and wounded soldiers. In 1941, she is a navy nurse, grappling with her knowledge of the future when she joins a hospital ship going to Pearl Harbor. And in 2001, she's a brilliant young medical student, fulfilling her dream of becoming a surgeon. While Maggie has sworn off romance until she makes her final choice, an intriguing man tugs at her heart in each era, only complicating the impossible decision she must make, which looms ever closer. With so much on the line, how can Maggie choose just one life to keep and the rest to lose?


Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?

There have been many, but the one that stands out to me happened last fall. I was at the ACFW Conference, waiting to get on an elevator, when a well-known editor I do not write for approached me and said: “I just read When the Day Comes and absolutely loved it! I’m so excited for book two.” It meant a lot because, for years, I had been trying to get my writing in front of editors for potential publication—but this editor had picked up one of my published books and choose to read it for fun. I still smile when I think about it.


What other books have you written, whether published or not?

In This Moment is my 33rd published book. I have several novellas published with Barbour, short novels with Love Inspired, cozy mysteries with Guideposts, and historical romances with Bethany House.


How do you choose your characters’ names?

I love choosing character names. One of my favorite ways is to look in my family tree. I have a lot of ancestors who came to America during the Great Puritan Migration between 1620-1640. Each of Maggie’s last names in In This Moment are taken from my family tree, as was Maggie’s mother’s last name. I also like to look up first names online using the Social Security Names by Decade database. If I have a character who is 20 in 1941, then I look up popular names in the 1920s.


What would you like to tell us about the featured book?

Writing In This Moment was one of my favorite stories to write. Maggie is uncertain which choice she should make, and she’s left with a lot of doubt. No choice is wrong, so she’s afraid she’ll make a mistake. I’ve been in Maggie’s shoes many times—perhaps not as a time-crosser—but as a woman trying to make the best choice for myself, for my children, for my marriage, for my career. Often, when the choice isn’t clear, we are asked to take a step of faith—and those steps (which often feel like leaps) can be frightening. But on the other side, God has always met me, and He’s taught me that He can work all things together for our good and His glory. Maggie discovers this, but not until she’s faced with a lot of hardship and difficulty. I hope that this story brings comfort to those who might be in a similar situation.


How can readers find your book on the Internet?

My books are available from all major retailers and can be ordered through local bookstores. You can learn more about my books on my website, www.GabrielleMeyer.com



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