Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Welcome Gwen Plano #wouldyourather

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Today I’m excited to welcome author and blogger, Gwen Plano. I met Gwen several years ago through our friend John Howell. She truly is as sweet and genuine as she looks. Many of you know Gwen, but for those who don’t, please check out her website and blog. I also hope you’ll grab a copy of her candid memoir “Letting Go Into Perfect Love, Discovering the Extraordinary After Abuse”. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story of survival, strength, faith and hope. Thanks so much for playing along, Gwen!

Would you rather live in an amusement park or a zoo?

I have a great love for the San Diego Zoo. As far back as I can remember, at least once a year, my parents would herd their tribe of seven into an old Pontiac station wagon and head to the zoo. We would spend the day there, walking the hills through the lions and giraffes, the gorillas and monkeys. I especially loved the penguins and Koala bears. I can easily imagine living there, sharing the night sky with meerkats and prairie dogs. As for making an amusement park my home, the very thought terrifies me. All the noise and lights, well, just not me.

 

Would you rather be stranded in the jungle or in the desert?

I grew up on a desert in Southern California. It was common to find tarantulas, scorpions, and rattlesnakes in our yard. My fair skin was usually shades of red, because we did not have sunblock back then. When I first saw Tarzan swinging from the forest trees, I was captivated. Could I do the same? Would I find a friendly monkey or maybe an ape? In my imagination, I joined Tarzan and swung high into the trees, ate berries from bushes and forged for roots buried deep. I know the desert, the hazards it brings. I love its silence and its eerie beauty, but if I were stranded, I’d search for my Tarzan in the jungle trees.

 

Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or fly?

Oh my, this is an easy one. Growing up on a farm, fifteen miles from the nearest town, I created alternate worlds and traveled to places I’d never seen. I used to look up to the clouds and I would imagine flying through their mist to mysterious lands with castles and kings and queens. Even today, when on a plane, I take a window seat. I watch the clouds pass me by and dream. Sometimes when I’m really happy and my heart soars, I close my eyes and let my spirit fly free.

 

Would you rather be recognized wherever you go… or live a quiet (monetarily successful) life of anonymity?

I am a quiet person and love anonymity. For many, perhaps most, this time of confinement and other restrictions has been very difficult. Since I am a bit of a hermit, I have been spared this burden. My confinement has helped me complete my first draft of The Culmination, and after a week, I will start to reread and prepare it for editing. I just might need to acknowledge COVID-19 for all the assistance it gave me.

 

If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?

With either choice I wonder if I would remember my prior life. If I could remember, then I’d like to grow up in Dallas, TX and somehow stop the assassination of JFK. If I could not remember, then I would rather be alive in the future. The unknown always beckons me. A different time, a different location, how exciting!

 

Thank you, Jill, for inviting me to visit your beautiful site today. I am deeply honored. You asked that I share a bit about myself, and so I shall.

I have been retired since 2012 from higher education. I taught psychology for a few years and then was asked to assume a post in administration. For most of my 30 years, I oversaw Student Services, the branch of higher ed that includes residence life, health center, student discipline – all those areas that reside outside the classroom. I was effectively the “mom” to thousands of young adults and a supervisor to many. Earlier this week, I received a letter from a former colleague with an acknowledgement that means more than any award might bring. She wrote, “I think back on the care and compassion you brought in your leadership role every day and because of it, what a better place you made for me coming to work.”

Between travels with my husband and visits with family and friends, I write. I’ve just finished my fourth book and will send it to the editor very soon. Though this avocation is an accomplishment of no small measure for me, my greatest treasure and most profound source of joy has been and is my four adult children. It is they who have guided me through life’s mysteries and kept me close to my heart, close to the compassion my colleague mentions above.

Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

132 thoughts on “Welcome Gwen Plano #wouldyourather

  1. Nice to meet you, Gwen. I enjoyed reading your answers.
    Thanks for the introduction, Jill.

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  2. Great to meet you, Gwen and I have enjoyed the conversation between you and
    Jill. All the best with your new book – Tarzan😊.

    Miriam

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  3. How lovely to learn more about Gwen. I share her preference for the jungle and a quiet life.

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  4. I’ve visited the San Diego Zoo a few times and it’s great. Good place to live, if you can do that. Of course it’d be difficult to be anonymous there, but other than that, all good.

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  5. Great interview. I enjoyed learning about Gwen. 🙂

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  6. Hi, Gwen – It is a pleaure to meet you here. I am already captivated by your writing style. Your wonderful creativity has come through very clearly.

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  7. Hi, Gwen! Loved reading your answers, but I got chills reading about the critters in your yard. Scorpions and tarantulas aren’t a problem for me, but snakes? I wouldn’t have survived it.

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  8. Great answers, Gwen. I could see you doing well in almost any environment. Good luck with your next book.

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  9. Hello, Gwen and Jill! Loved your answers, Gwen. So glad you were able to complete your book. You made the most of the enforced confinement. 😀 Like you, I enjoyed looking up at the clouds and imagining I traveled to distant worlds. 😀

    Thanks for hosting, Jill! Hope you both have a great weekend!

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  10. Gwen, very nice to meet you. I, too, shuddered when I read about the rattlesnakes. I think the Covid-19 confinement is easier for writers.

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  11. Such a delightful way to end the week – reading about another of Jill’s friends. Nice to meet you!

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  12. So nice to meet you, Gwen. I loved your answers, so filled with memories.

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  13. Good morning, Gwen and Jill! It’s nice to “meet” Gwen. It’s always fun to see how people answer these questions. Congratulations, Gwen on finishing another book.

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  14. It’s always great to meet a new author!

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  15. I love all your answers Gwen, I would be there with you in the zoo and the forest. Even fly with you! 🙂 Looking forward to your new book. Wishing you all the best.

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  16. Thank you so much, Balroop. All the best to you as well! 🙂

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  17. Great to meet you, Gwen. I’m a window seat person myself and could identify with many of your answers. Waving to Jill. Happy weekend, ladies. 🥰

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  18. Another fun post, Jill. Congrats to Gwen for using this pandemic time to make progress on her book, and I love the answer about choose the jungle and Tarzan. Lol. I was a Tarzan fan as a kid too and it looked like the best adventure ever. Thanks for entertainment and the smile.

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  19. Thanks for this great interview, Jill, and it’s nice to meet you, Gwen. I enjoyed all of your answers and am also a Southern California girl. I have fond memories of the San Diego Zoo, one was with my husband and I was pregnant at the time. Of course, we loved the animals, but I also ate just about every churro in the park. 🙂 It’s wonderful that you used this sheltering in place to finish your book, which I look forward to reading.
    ~Lauren 💗

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  20. Lovely #WouldYouRather with Gwen, Jill! Gwen, thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better today. Hubby Dan and I spent six years in Southern California in the late 90s. Mojave Desert and San Diego–we loved them both and traveled this throughout beautiful state on weekends. My early years were spent in Northern California–San Jose where my mom grew up. That’s when and where I fell in love with monarch butterflies. 🦋Have a lovely weekend, ladies! xo

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  21. It’s great to see you here, Gwen. I enjoyed your book Letting Go tremendously. Good to know you spent years in southern California where I currently reside. I enjoyed reading your answers. I don’t think I could serve in the desert.

    Thank you for featuring Gwen, Jill. It’s always fun reading #Wouldyourather to get to know or know better about the bloggers.

    Have a safe and peaceful weekend!

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  22. Good Morning Gwen and Jill! I truly enjoyed these questions and your answers, Gwen. I picked the same choice on most of them. It is always great to meet a new author! I wanted to pursue a psychology degree but changed my mind. I have always been curious about you Jill with your choice of psychology. It fascinates me.

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    • Hi Pix! Thanks for popping over to learn more about Gwen. I’m glad you enjoyed reading her answers. I’ve always been curious about people and their motivations, so I suppose that’s why I gravitated to psychology. One of my favorite classes was Abnormal Psych! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Hi Pix, so lovely to meet you. I’m happy you enjoyed the questions and answers. It’s a fun exercise, as it really makes one think about our choices. All the best to you.

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  23. Thank you Jill for introducing Gwen to me. Nice to meet you, Gwen. You brought back fond memories of the San Diego Zoo. We were there only once approximately thirty years ago with our two children. A fun, memorable vacation. I also have fond memories of the Tarzan shows. I enjoy your phrase “I close my eyes and let my spirit fly free.” Great answers and I enjoyed learning about your personal life and the rewards of your career and family life.

    Thank you, again, Jill. I greatly enjoy reading this series and meeting new inspirational bloggers.💕

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  24. It’s nice meeting you, Gwen. You sound like a fellow adventurous spirit with a few “traits” in common, like enjoyment of the San Diego Zoo, always picking a window seat in the plane, and not being (too) affected by Covid-19. As writers, it is nice to not need excuses to be able to just stay at home. 🙂 This might sound weird coming out of the mouth of a perpetual traveler, but I do like to sit still once in a while and focus on work. Have a fantastic weekend, ladies!

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  25. Great interview and questions:) I got to revisit the San Diego Zoo and agree it would be a great place to live. The jungle and looking for Tarzan would be amazing, Gwen. Not sure if I could pick between breathing underwater or flying both very useful.

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  26. Hi Gwen! I’m with you on the desire for anonymity.

    How horrible to be recognized when out and about . . . and worse still to have paparazzi getting snap happy around you . . . or seeing mug shots of yourself on tabloid covers while checking out of the grocery store . . . accompanied with bizarre headlines rivaling the greatest of fictions. It’s too dismal for words! 😀

    Good luck editing your new book!

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  27. I really enjoyed reading all those wonderful answers. Other than being a hermit, we are on the same wavelength. I do agree this lockdown has helped us all get more accomplished since we are stuck to our chairs anyway. Congrats on getting the draft ready for editing. Thanks to you both for the introduction.

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  28. I absolutely loved this, Gwen! The questions were fun and your answers insightful! Congratulations on finishing another novel! Way to go!! Thank you, Jill, for hosting Gwen with these fun questions!

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  29. Jill, it’s a joy to read Gwens’s lovely and eloquent answers here!😀

    Gwen, your love of the natural world shines out and I loved your description of how you all visited the zoo and became friends with the animals! Oh, to be part of Tarzan’s world is a great dream and your imagination started young as you soared over to alternate worlds. Congratulations on your latest book and it’s positive that you’ve been able to complete it during these times … good luck with the edits etc.

    Wishing you both well, hugs xx ❤️

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  30. Thank you for introducing Gwen to us, Jill. Her memoir sounds interesting, and I love her answer to go back and save J.F.K.

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  31. I enjoyed meeting Gwen and getting to know a little about her. I have teaching and higher education administration in common with her, although I’ve always worked with nontraditional adult students.

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  32. Thank you for the introduction to Gwen Plano, Jill. She sounds like a wonderful person. To be able to prevent the assassination of JFK would have been a great thing. I wonder what things would be like today if she had been able to do that? Where would our country be?

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  33. How lovely to find Gwen here, Jill. I have read her book, Letting go into perfect love. So interesting to learn more about her.

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  34. What a thoroughly nice person Gwen sounds. Seems she’s touched many lives 🙂 🙂

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  35. Hello Jill and Gwen. Gwen, how wonderful to learn more about you. I understand how Covid restrictions have been hard on some people but not hard on others. I’m somewhere in the middle and go back and forth feeling okay and then wanting to see other people outside my home. But you’re right, there is plenty we can do on our own, like write and read and I have been taking advantage of that opporunity too. Congratulations on the progress of your next book! As for desert or jungle, I think I’d be seeing you in the jungle! Hope you have a great week, Jill and Gwen!

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    • Hi Barb! I’m happy you enjoyed learning more about Gwen. I’ve heard a lot of writers say they’ve struggled with writing during the quarantine. I’ve found writing to be a great escape. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

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  36. I know Gwen as an author, but now I had the chance to learn more about her personality. Thanks Gwen, for allowing us a peek into your life and thank you, Jill, for making that happen.

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  37. Lovely answers! I have a deep horror of tarantulas – really, even of those tiny spiders you need a microscope to see. But I’m also the kind of person who isn’t affected by self isolation – I too, finished a new book. Nice meeting you, Gwen, and thanks for the introduction, Jill.
    Have a lovely day, ladies!

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  38. Lovely to see you here, Gwen. And, Jill, you are ever the gracious host. I enjoyed your answers, Gwen. Like you, I tend toward being a hermit and haven’t had a problem adjusting to the shrinkage of my physical world. I do think that this “remote” world of ours, WordPress and our writing community, really helps during times like these. It’s such a comfort to pop onto someone’s blog–like Jill’s–and share thoughts and time. Oh, and I know you, Gwen, through our mutual and dear friend John Howell. Thank you, Jill, for another entertaining and uplifting interview. My best to you both 🙂

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  39. Hi Gwen. The hermit in me acknowledges the hermit in you. Thanks to Jill, I really enjoyed getting to know you better in this “would you rather” interview. I think I am with you in every answer you gave: zoo, check; flying, check; live a quiet life, check.
    I know you best by the book you wrote with John Howell, which I loved. I look forward to reading more of your creations. 💗

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  40. As always, great answers, although these days zoos make me sad.

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  41. Now I am wondering if The Culmination is memoir or fiction! Great interview!!!!

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  42. How lovely to meet you, Gwen and I enjoyed reading your thoughtful answers. Thank you so much for the introduction, Jill. I hope you are both keeping well.

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  43. Hi Jill. Thanks for this delightful visit with Gwen. I’m onboard with the zoo idea. 😉 I went to the San Diego Zoo once, many years ago. LOL, I had a great conversation with the meerkats. Hugs on the wing.

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  44. What a lovely introduction, thank you Jill. And Gwen, how nice to meet you. I loved your answers and can relate to your love of solitude, the allure of flying and the great unknown. A fun, feel good read. Warmest wishes on your new book. xx

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