Author Gale Sears Gale Sears is an award-winning author, known for her historical accuracy and intensive research. Gale received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including The Route, Christmas for a Dollar, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hi reading friends. My name is Gale Sears and I write historical fiction. I'm one of those mad people who love history and research, and I think I've found a way of blending compelling stories with historical facts. My latest novel,Belonging to Heaven, is the amazing story of George Q. Cannon's 1850 LDS mission to Hawaii, and the conversion of Jonathan Napela, a son of Maui royality.
Were you able to go to Hawaii and do research?
Yes. I was fortunate to spend a month visiting Oahu, Maui, and Molokai. It truly was non-stop work. I was only on the beach twice for a couple of hours...really! It was work, work, work. Not that I'm complaining. Even when it rained (which it did alot) it was still 70 degrees. Paradise.
When is your favorite time to write?
I write in the mornings. I begin around 8 am and write until 2 or 3. If I'm nearing a deadline I may put in 9 or 10 hours a day.
What is your favorite snack?
Trail mix. Celery with peanut butter. Pretzels. Raw sunflower seeds. Dark chocolate anything.
What was the first book that turned you into a reader?
Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
What do you never leave home without?
Toothbrush. Paper and pencils. Reading glasses.
What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?
Don't worry about publishing. Learn your craft. Work at producing an engaging book. Realize that publishing is a business.
What are your goals for 2013?
Finish my next book of historical fiction. Go down a dress size. Get thirty minutes of exercise in a day. And, visit Yellowstone with my hubby.
Belonging to Heaven Descended from the Hawaiian royal line, Jonathan Napela became one of the first—and most influential—converts to the Church in Hawaii. A man of intelligence, social status, and wealth, he used his considerable position to further the gospel in his native land. He developed a lifelong bond of brotherhood with Elder George Q. Cannon, helping to translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian and establish a gathering place for the Hawaiian saints in Laie, Oahu. But when his beloved wife, Kitty, was stricken with leprosy, Jonathan made the defining decision of his life. He would leave his life of privilege to become her caretaker and spend the rest of his life on Molokai, the island of lepers. To those who suffered similar heartbreak and banishment, Jonathan's self-sacrifice became their lifeline. Based on true story, this is an extraordinary novel of a man who chose love in the face of death.
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