Rochester resident Gina Dewink can remember a journal prompt in second grade: If a duck could talk, what would it say?
Her peers wrote one-sentence responses but Dewink drafted a copious five pages of material. She recalls her teacher and the teacher’s assistant laughing as they read it, amused by her tale. This was a sign of her love for words. Dewink went on to major in speech communications, work in communications for non-profit organizations and has now penned her first published novel, "Time In My Pocket."
The novel was published Sept. 1 and rose to number 40 on Amazon’s sci-fi time travel chart on the first day. Her book release party is scheduled for Sept. 30 at Salem Glen Winery in Rochester. The first 20 attendees will receive a free glass of wine and a swag bag. Everyone who attends is invited to dress in 1940s attire to celebrate the heroine’s experience of being transported back in time from modern day to 1947 Hollywood.
Dewink, 35, a part-time employee of the World Sleep Society in Rochester and a part-time stay-at-home mom to Lenora, 4, and Calvin, 2, set her novel in 1940s Hollywood because she grew up loving old movies. "My whole family is movie lovers who would stay up late to watch Turner Classic movies together," she says. "I’m also close to my grandmother, who has awesome stories from back then."
Dewink self-published the book after "getting sucked into a Twitter article about ‘you can write a book and publish it in five easy steps.’ I have done it completely on my own and honestly, it’s been more difficult than writing the book. I had to hire a cover designer and an interior designer. I’ve been the project manager and communications manager for the whole project," she said.
Dewink says, "The number one question I am asked is ‘How did you find the time to write a book?’ and the answer is kind of funny." Dewink wound up with an unplanned child care hour every two weeks when she wasn’t scheduled to be at work, so she hit local coffee shops and drafted "Time In My Pocket" in six efficient months.
3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
Salem Glen Winery
5211 60th Ave. SW, Rochester