Playing Book Trivia with Gina Heumann, Author of Love Never Quits

It’s time to play Book Trivia!
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!

Today our guest author is Gina Heumann, author of the memoir Love Never Quits.

Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us! 

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of Love Never Quits, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Hmm… I’m not sure it would help him find his way off the island, but it could give him the attitude to never give up and have faith that he’d eventually make it back to his loved ones.

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

Miley saw that we were able to overcome challenges and share love for each other. I hope she was inspired to become a better person.

You are being pulled over for speeding.  When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead.  What do you tell the officer?

Hello again, Officer. Remember me? My son Maddox was the one you arrested a few years ago. We have put in so much effort and he’s doing amazingly well now, so I’m speeding in order to see him perform at Carnegie Hall with his symphonic band! If you’d be able to let me go, maybe we can celebrate his success together.

Superman has decided to pull out one of your characters to be his sidekick.  Who is it and why?

Adoptive parents are Superheroes, helping children overcome trauma and emotional stress. Superman would be lucky to have an adoptive mom on his side, making the world a better place.

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

I would LOVE for my book to be a screenplay someday! I’m extremely proud of the cover and love the way it represents the story… In the design, you see a family holding hands and emerging from a storm. The font is cracked, representing the cracks and holes in our walls and in our family. The heart represents unconditional love, and the sun peaking throught the clouds behind the family represents a happier future.

You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?

I’ve always been a huge fan of JD Salinger because of his easy-to-read style, sense of humor, and unique way of looking at the world.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore.  When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out.  What was that passage? 

I’m not sure there is just one passage for this homeless man. Perhaps he is homeless because he himself suffered from RAD and his parents were unable to find him the help he needed to succeed in life. I’m hoping this homeless man points to the chapter describing the flip chart therapy that served as the turning point in Maddox’s healing process and reads our book over and over again to give him hope that he too can overcome his demons and achieve a happier life.

You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state.  What state do you feel would be best for your book and why?

I would probably choose Alaska, because their rate growth in foster care has increased by 40% in the past ten years. Also most of those children come from homes where drinking or drug use has resulted in neglect. These conditions make it an environment prone to reactive attachment disorder. If potential foster families in Alaska could read my book, perhaps they’d learn some techniques for helping the kids overcome trauma.

The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance.  What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?

My tree would be a crabapple. It’s a tree with a solid foundation that can take on different forms depending on the time of year. While the fruit is sour, the pink blossoms represent hope and beauty. The leaves are a unique color, and, despite the leaves falling off in the stress of winter, they come back thicker and stronger in the spring. Our family has a solid foundation, a few sour apples, and a lot of beautiful components, and we’ve emerged stronger after our journey.

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2013 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

I would thank each and every member of my “village” – family and friends who stuck with us at our worst times, the teachers and administrators at our therapeutic middle school, and, of course, our therapist Dr. Terry Levy, who gave us the healing we needed to overcome this frightening disorder.

Gina Heumann is a true Renaissance woman: wife, mother, architect, designer, instructor, author, speaker, and sales rep for an award-winning Napa Valley winery. She and her husband, Aaron, adopted Landrey in 2001 from Guatemala and then went back for Maddox three years later. Gina’s love of learning and dedication as a mother inspired her research of different treatments and therapies that eventually led to this inspirational success story about conquering Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Her latest book is Love Never Quits: Surviving & Thriving After Infertility, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.


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WHACK… At three in the morning Gina was sound asleep, yet somehow she was smacked in
the head. She looked over at her husband, thinking perhaps he accidentally rolled over and flopped his arm on top of her, but he was sleeping soundly and facing the opposite direction. She turned to the other side and glaring back at her was her eight-year-old child.

“Did you just hit me?”

“Yes, and I’d do it again.”


“Because you took away my video games.”

“That was EIGHT HOURS AGO. And you’re still mad about it?”

“I wish I could kill you.”

This is the true story of the hell one family lived through parenting a child with reactive attachment disorder, a severe diagnosis related to children who experienced early-childhood trauma.

This inspirational story covers over a decade of daily struggles until they finally found resolution and made it to the other side. The family remained intact, and this once challenging son is now achieving things never thought possible.