gay ingramToday, I have Gay Ingram taking part in my Five on Friday. She even answered a bonus question…so there are six here! The one I enjoyed the most was “What is your favorite dessert?” Her choice is not my favorite, but I do like it…hold the banana! That sorta changes the dish altogether, doesn’t it?

I hope you’ll take time to leave a comment, because one lucky person, who leaves a comment on any of the FOF posts, will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card at the end of the month. Maybe tell us your favorite dessert. And do check out  her blog, and all of her books on Amazon. I’ve only shown three covers here, but she has many published.


Gay Ingram writes from her cabin in the piney woods of East Texas. For over twenty-five years she has been entertaining and informing readers either through her novels or by way of articles published in magazines such as Writer’s Journal, BackHome and The Herb Companion. Recently introduced to blogging, she now contributes a blog to and posts twice-weekly on her own blog, Comparing Oranges and Apples, at


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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I grew up in New England and lived within walking distance of the ocean. If I could live anywhere I dream of living in a little cottage close to the seashore. Nothing is better than nestling down among the boulders, sometimes getting hit by spray, and watching the tide move slowly across the sandy shoreline.

 What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time…besides writing?

I go on these crafting binges. One summer I bought yard sale articles of wood and had a ball painting them bright colors. I’ve dabbled with oil painting, still knit slippers and sew quilt-blankets for the homeless. I enjoy putting together miniature patchwork quilts and just finished two wall hangings for my bedroom.

 What is one strong memory that has stuck with you since childhood…and why?

I can recall the first movie I ever saw, perhaps because I didn’t see another until I was an adult. When I was in fourth or fifth grade, one of my bachelor uncles who had recently returned from combat in the Pacific and was recuperating from malaria took me to see The Red Shoes, a movie about a budding ballet dancer.

 What’s your favorite dessert?

My most favorite dessert is a banana split with three flavors of ice cream buried under hot chocolate fudge with a sprinkling of chopped nuts and topped with a cherry. Something, by the way, I allow myself to indulge in only once, maybe twice a year.

 Do you belong to a critique group?

I’ve belonged to the present critique group for a few years now and consider it a vital factor in my growth as a writer. Over the years I’ve been privileged to participate in several critique groups and really appreciate the give-and-take that happens when writers come together to learn from each other.

 What’s the best advice you can give a new writer?

Never… never… ever… stop learning the craft of writing. I’ve been writing for almost thirty years and continue to learn something new all the time.


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