Interview: Elizabeth Goddard

When you walk into a bookstore, you make a beeline for what section? Christian fiction, of course! And I hope they even have such a section.

Favorite place to write: I sit in a rocking chair I’ve had for twenty years. Nice and comfy.

Go-to writing snack or drink: Well I try not to indulge, but when I’m in the middle of a story and my brain needs energy, I love to eat Peanut M&M’s.

Something you must do or have to write: Coffee. Did you even have to ask? 🙂

Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource: the Internet. I don’t know what writers did before the super information highway. I do love books for research, YouTube for getting a close look, and I also use experts.

What book is currently on your nightstand? Well, my Kindle is on my nightstand and that has many, many books. Too many books. I’m trying to read more books every week. So let’s just say that my next book in my TBR pile is Lynn Blackburn’s In Too Deep. This last week I finished Irene Hannon’s Hidden Peril and Jamie Jo Wright’s The House on Foster Hill. (I’m behind on all these series and trying to catch up.)

Hard copy, e-reader, audio book: I LOVE hard copy, BUT . . . I have gotten accustomed to the way my Paperwhite has a backlight so I don’t have to struggle with finding the right lighting. I never thought I’d say that I prefer an e-reader, but the “e” should stand for “easy.” It’s an easy-reader. 🙂

What was the inspiration behind Never Let Go? I came across a story in a newspaper about a forensic genealogist who helped police find the identity of a woman who had died. Apparently, she wasn’t who she said she was. I had never heard of a forensic genealogist and knew I had to use that in a novel.

Favorite part of writing Never Let Go: Writing “The End.” Of course! I was overjoyed to have completed my first full-length novel. It topped out at over 97K. At one point in my writing career, I couldn’t imagine writing a novel that length.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Hardest part of writing Never Let Go: The editing. Self-editing I should say. Going back through and making changes is almost as hard as writing the novel to begin with.

If Never Let Go was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads? Jennifer Connelly was my model for Willow. And Austin? I haven’t decided yet.

What is next? Always Look Twice (Heath’s story) book two in Uncommon Justice, was turned in before the holidays and now I’m working on the yet-to-be-titled book three—Liam McKade’s story.

About the Story:

As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

Connect with Elizabeth through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Advertisements

Interview: Carla Laureano

What was the inspiration behind Brunch at Bittersweet Café?

Typically, I can pinpoint one moment that inspired the direction of a story, but this book came along far more gradually. I knew after writing Melody in The Saturday Night Supper Club that her relentless positivity and cheeriness hid some deeper issues, so it was really just a process of exploring what those might be—particularly after the hints I gave about her mother in the first book.
The spiritual themes, however, came from growing up as a Christian and how often I’ve seen outward happiness mistaken for true joy. The fake-it-’til-you-feel-it mentality is prevalent in some Christian circles, even today, and it’s one that Millennial Christians are rejecting in greater numbers.

What did you particularly enjoy about writing this story?

I love learning about new things, so researching the aviation component for Justin’s career was so much fun. I spent hours reading FAA publications, scouring pilot forums, and learning the ins and outs of general aviation airports. Fortunately, I have a pilot friend who answered my questions, reviewed the flight scenes for accuracy, and even took my sons and me to his hangar to see the experimental plane he built. Were it not for the fact that I’m terrified of tiny planes (airliners don’t count), I would be tempted to get my private pilot license. I find the technical details fascinating.

What was the most difficult part of writing this story?

I struggled a bit with revealing Justin beyond what he wanted Melody to see. He’s such a charming, charismatic, keep-it-together kind of guy that at first even I was fooled. It wasn’t until the very end that I finally figured out the things that he was hiding and was able to portray him as an interesting three-dimensional person.

What lessons or truths do you hope people take away from Brunch at Bittersweet Café?

I hope that readers will be encouraged by the idea that they can trust God in both their best moments and their worst, because He knows what lies ahead when we can’t even begin to anticipate. I’m a bit of a control freak, so this is a lesson I have to learn over and over and over again. I’m sure God looks down on me with exasperated amusement from time to time, like “This would go a lot faster if you’d just let me steer.”

How do you hope Melody’s story encourages single women specifically?

It can be so tempting to think your life will begin as soon as you find “the one” and get married, but the result is often living as small a life as possible while you’re waiting. The world can use your gifts and your talents, regardless of your marital status. Trust me,
God knows where to find you . . . you’re not going to miss the man He has for you while you’re off being the person He meant you to be. I hope my single readers realize that they are complete just as they are and feel empowered to pursue their dreams, trusting that God will bring all the elements of their lives together at the right time.

About the Story:

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country—an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

Connect with Carla through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Interview: Jaime Jo Wright

When you walk into a bookstore, you make a beeline for what section?

Typically the Mystery/Suspense. Sometimes the Historical Romance.

Favorite place to write: In my comfy big chair with ottoman in my office, with my cat and a cup of coffee

Go-to writing snack or drink: Coffee. For sure coffee. Nothing good happens without coffee.

What does your writing nook look like?

Well, I usually write in numerous places. Sometimes upstairs in my gramma’s glider chair, sometimes downstairs in my office, sometimes at my local coffee shop, sometimes at work during lunch break, sometimes in the car, sometimes on my phone … ahem. Oops. That was probably more than you were hoping for! LOL

Something you must do or have to write: I must have coffee and usually a lighted candle and a blanket and preferably, my cat.

Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource: Coffee? I mean, that’s considered a resource, right? If not that, then a bound journal to take notes in.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Currently, I’m reading an advanced copy of a soon to be released novel by Olivia Newport, titled: “The Inn at Hidden Run”. It’s also a split-time story and so far, it’s really good!

Hard copy, e-reader, audio book: Definitely hard copy. Audio book second. E-reader last.

What was the inspiration behind The Curse of Misty Wayfair?

Lots of elements, really. Personal experiences, nudging from my writing sister Anne who always wanted me to write a novel around an asylum, my own morbid fascination with post-mortem photography of the Victorian age…there really wasn’t one particular thing.

Favorite part of writing The Curse of Misty Wayfair: I loved writing Rhett. He was such a blast. Writing a brooding guy who doesn’t like to talk in a novel is challenging and fun.

Hardest part of writing The Curse of Misty Wayfair: I’d say there were two, really. Drawing on my own personal experiences with anxiety and medical conditions, definitely plunged me into a lot of introspection. But also, writing the character of Emma. Emma has Autism, and I wanted to be so respectful and careful to accurately represent the amazing people who contribute so beautifully to our society while having Autism.

If The Curse of Misty Wayfair was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

This is funny! You’re not the first to ask and I have literally have no idea! I’ve thought of it. I have “head models” on my Pinterest boards, but if they’re actors, I don’t know who they are! LOL One of these days I’ll have to hold a casting call 😉

What is next?  Next up is Echoes Among the Stones due out December 3rd of this year. It’s also a split-time story, although we move the historical setting up to 1946, post-war, an unsolved murder, a re-created crime scene in a dollhouse, and an eccentric elderly woman.

What else would you like readers to know? Ohhhh, well, I’m sure there’s all sorts of interesting tid bits. I’m a cat lover. Have I mentioned that? I have three beloved felines: Maddie, Ivy, and my boy Fluffers (or I call him Foo-Foo) LOL.

About the Story:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother—who is battling dementia—compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns—and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Connect with Jaime through her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Interview: Jill Lynn

When you walk into a bookstore, you make a beeline for what section?

Christian fiction or romance.

Favorite place to write:

In my living room (when no one else is home.) Otherwise I use my writing shed in our backyard.

Go-to writing snack or drink:

Coffee in the morning and then water (room temperature) with lemon. I’m weird! I don’t like ice water. Popcorn is a favorite snack of mine.

What does your writing nook look like? (Feel free to include a pic.)

I don’t have an office in the house right now, and I write on my laptop, so I move around the living room or sit at our island or table.

Something you must do or have to write:

I need the space and quiet to think. I know a lot of writers who listen to music, but I don’t. I like it quiet. Although, if I’m at a coffee shop, I can usually tune others out and concentrate.

Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource:

Reading, reading, reading and attending conferences.

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Cold Case Christmas by Jessica Patch.

Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:

Paperback is my first choice, ebook for reading in the bath 😊, audio book for non-fiction.

What was the inspiration behind The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby?

I wanted to write siblings who were vastly different and yet supported each other. The Wilders run a business together, so it was fun to explore their personalities in relation to working together. Emma’s story in particular is about a woman who has always given of herself for others. She has to learn to stand up for herself, that she’s worth the love she so freely gives to others.

Favorite part of writing The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby:

Getting to chip away at Gage’s cranky layers and find the man underneath that I’d hoped he would be.

Hardest part of writing The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby:

Baby details! It’s been a while since my kids were nine months old, so I watched and read some things that would remind me of that stage and help me get the details right.

I was also nervous about writing Gage as a lawyer in his previous life, so I had a friend read the book and help me with those details.

If The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Image Credit: Pinterest

Image Credit: Pinterest

 

I’m so glad you asked! Happy sigh. I could stare at these two gorgeous people all day long. Gage would be Patrick Dempsey and Emma would be Alycia Debnam-Carey

What is next?

The third book in the Colorado Grooms series—Mackenzie and Jace’s story—releases in September 2019. It’s currently being titled, and I’m excited to share that news with readers soon!

What else would you like readers to know?

The books in this series came after a stage in my life where I’d been pushing myself too hard in an unhealthy manner. I had to learn to breathe and calm down. In the past, when my creativity tanked, I would keep pushing, keep writing. But I tried to write this book in a different way. When writing was frustrating, I took a break or a walk and let the ideas simmer for a bit. It’s been a more relaxing experience writing this way. It’s still my instinct to go for a certain word count or number of hours, but creativity can be illusive, so I’m trying to relax into it.

About the Story:

After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children—but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?

Connect with Jill through her website, Facebook, and Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter (check out the cool giveaway!).

Interview: DiAnn Mills

When you walk into a bookstore, you make a beeline for what section?

LOL To see if the store carries Christian fiction and what authors appeal to them. If they have one of my books, I ask if the store wants it signed. I also request to take a pic with one of the staff then post it with their tag on social media.

Favorite place to write:

I’m currently on the treadmill, so does that answer your question? I have a lovely office, and I will be there later this morning. Honestly, I can write anywhere: car (not driving), airports, hotels, etc.

Go-to writing snack or drink:

Coffee, water, and peanut butter pretzels. Also like green seedless grapes.

What does your writing nook look like?

Something you must do or have to write:

Prayer and focus

Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource:

Can it be more than one? (ENR: Absolutely!) How to books by Donald Maass and Steven James

What book is currently on your nightstand?

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:

E-Reader!

What was the inspiration behind Burden of Proof?

While driving through the East Texas setting and admiring the beauty, an idea came to me. What if an FBI agent found herself here and out of her element. What if she wasn’t the same race and culture of the people living here? What if she was a hostage negotiator, and she became the hostage?

Favorite part of writing Burden of Proof:

Placing my characters in unpredictable situations and watching how they handled the stress and conflict. I also enjoyed developing the romance.

Hardest part of writing Burden of Proof:

LOL Probably keeping the real villain hidden from the reader. I value every part of the writing process, so the hardest part is also my favorite part.

If Burden of Proof was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Image Credit: Pinterest

Image Credit: Pinterest

 

 

Maggie Q would play the role of Special Agent April Ramos.

 

Adan Canto would play the role of Jason Snyder.

 

 

What is next?

Fatal Strike – A September 2019 release

What else would you like readers to know?

I love readers! Let’s connect and get to know each other.

For Burden of Proof, I interviewed an FBI Special Agent (ENR: Oooh! This sounds like fun!) who is a Hostage Negotiator: HN. His collateral duty was SWAT. He repeatedly emphasized the need for active listening skills so the person in crisis believes the HN cares about him/her. The HN offers understanding. Normally the negotiation is not face-to-face, because the HN is part of a 6 – 8 person support team.

He said a degree in psychology is good, but not necessary. Special training takes place at Quantico. We talked for two hours, all valuable information that I used for my character. Incredibly interesting!

About the Story

Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.
As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Connect with DiAnn through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.