Guest Author: Heidi Gray McGill and Dial E for Endearment

Back in December, I participated in a Facebook event for readers and writers of Inspirational romance. I enjoy these events, because I have the opportunity to “meet” readers, as well as other authors. After the event was over, I put out an invitation to the authors to share their books here, and one of the first to respond was Heidi Gray McGill, who has a brand new release!

I was intrigued to find out that Dial E for Entertainment is part of a multi-author series. As Heidi describes it, “Fourteen of the best Christian Authors joined to write in the “You Are on the Air” series. There are 26 books in the series–one for each letter of the alphabet. To join the reader group and stay current with monthly releases, please visit their Facebook group.”

I spent a few enjoyable evenings reading Dial E for Entertainment last week, but for now I’ll let her tell you about herself and her new book.

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Thank you for inviting me to be with you today! I’m super excited to share about my newest release, Dial E for Endearment, especially since February is Low Vision Awareness Month.

Everly, the main character in Dial E for Endearment and I have something in common, but it may not be what you’d expect.

I’m an author of Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance, and the retired Director and Founder of an ESL program. I regularly walk 12 plus miles a week in my neighborhood, care for my grandsons as often as possible, scrapbook, read voraciously, cook but do not bake, and am legally blind. That last phrase was difficult for me to say out loud not that long ago.  

Vision loss does not discriminate.

It is generally estimated that Retinitis Pigmentosa affects roughly 1 in 4,000 people. My diagnosis in 2001 of this rare eye disease was devastating. There is no cure, and there is no surgery. But that does not mean there is no hope. Those who do not know me well often don’t realize I have low vision. As humans, we are amazingly adaptable, and I do a pretty good job covering up my disability. My friends have learned to watch out for me and alert me to potential pitfalls, some better than others, which is always good for a laugh. 

Being blind is certainly not something I would have chosen, but it does not define me.

When I wrote this story, I purposed in my heart to shed light on blindness in a lighthearted, relatable fashion.

I use a white cane when I am out and about on my own, but I’m usually with another person who helps guide me. One of the most significant challenges in writing this book was ensuring Everly acted and responded in a way that would resonate with other white cane users. Everly’s personality is upbeat, yet she carries the burden of a poor relationship with her mother. Being authentic and realistically portraying life is essential to me, so I had to do some soul searching and people watching to understand human nature better. 

I also share my faith in Jesus Christ through my writing, fleshed out through the story’s characters. Although my book is not evangelistic, it does show how Jesus Christ can be an integral part of life and how leaning on Him can bring tremendous peace and fulfillment.

I’d love for you to join me on this fun adventure and see for yourself that God does not discriminate. You’ll laugh your way through mishaps—most of which may have happened to me at some point. But most of all, you’ll learn that we ALL have value, and that includes YOU.

Blurb:
Everly Johnson is every man’s dream of the perfect date, even though none of her audience has met her. As host for the Choose Joy segment of JOY Radio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, she receives countless gifts of flowers and candy on behalf of her admires, which she promptly donates to her mother’s assisted living facility. Everly wants words–heartfelt, meaningful endearments meant for her ears only. She wants a man who will open her eyes to everything she cannot see to make her feel more than just the voice behind the mic.

Cameron Boyd struggles to make eye contact with anyone, let alone say something coherent unless it is the one-way conversation he has each Friday with Everly Johnson. Date night for Cam involves sitting alone on his back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains while he dreams of things to say if he were ever to call in to her show.

A chance meeting changes everything. 

Will Cam be able to step out of his comfort zone and into the world he has only been able to envision in his mind? Will Everly trust this stranger with her life as well as her heart? 

Tune into JOY Radio to find out!

Diale E for Entertainment is available at Amazon.

More about Heidi:

Heidi is an optimist who chooses to find the silver lining in life’s clouds of doubt. This plays out in her writing. Her ability to seamlessly weave scripture into the lives of her characters will uplift and encourage you, while her masterful storytelling will keep you turning page after page and wishing for more. 

Heidi lives with her husband of thirty years near Charlotte, NC. When she isn’t writing, you will find her outside playing with her two grandsons, walking, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, traveling, or finding an excuse to have an outing with a girlfriend… as long as they’re driving.

If you’d like to connect with Heidi, here are a few ways:

Website: http://heidimcgill822089357.wordpress.com/author/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/heidigraymcgill
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/choosingjoynovels/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20851872.Heidi_Gray_McGill
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heidi-gray-mcgill?follow=true
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHeidiGrayMcGill
All Author: https://allauthor.com/author/heidigraymcgill/

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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13 Responses to Guest Author: Heidi Gray McGill and Dial E for Endearment

  1. Thank you for your friendship and support!

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome, Heidi, to 4F1H. Your life story is inspiring, as I’m sure this novel will be to readers. I think it’s very important for a character with vision impairment to be accurately portrayed in fiction and film… and an author who has experienced that life situation is just the one to do it.
    [I know an author who is hearing impaired and one of her characters shares that status. Her story weaves those factors seamlessly into the narrative… in what feels like a very realistic manner.]
    Just as a BTW, it really gripes me when a fictional character is totally blind & is depicted doing something like running a computer program in front of a big monitor and there’s no evidence that he/she is receiving the data audibly or tactically. So it leaves me wondering: Is he blind or not? is the computer screen a visual element or not?
    My reference is to the David Strathairn character in the Robt Redford movie, “Sneakers.” Oh, well, don’t get me started.

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    • I remember the “Sneakers” scene! When writing Dial E for Endearment, I had seven blind individuals read my book for the reasons you stated. Clarity is key. Ann Harrison, blind with a communications and media degree, shared how Everly could manage her job as a radio talk show host. It was challenging to help the reader visualize what was happening because we all have something in our minds. A great example of how a blind person can navigate the IT world is through the character of Auggie Anderson, played by Christopher Gorham in Covert Affairs.

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  3. Kara O'Neal says:

    Gosh! Your courage is astounding. It takes a lot to be vulnerable. I admire your commitment to your story and to the challenges you face in life. Many blessings to you!

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  4. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    This book sounds like a really wonderful story and so courageous of you to write!
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome to the blog, Heidi. I admire the courage with which you have faced your own personal health problems. I hope you do well with your book.

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  6. Alicia Dean says:

    Oh my goodness. What a great idea for a series. Your story sounds wonderful. It sounds like you did a great job of conveying how your character deals with the disability. Wishing you the best. Congrats!

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