Friday, June 3, 2016

Interview with Elizabeth Goddard

I’m delighted to host one of the Suspense Sisters, Elizabeth Goddard. When you’ve finished reading the interview, leave a comment to be eligible to receive a copy of her latest book, Deception.

SS: When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

EG: I’ve always been a writer—it’s just an inherent gift or calling, I guess. It’s either in you or it’s not. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen—or I attempted to write one. I dreamed of being an author for years, but it wasn’t until 2001 when I joined then ACRW (now ACFW) that I had hope of realizing that dream.

SS: What are some of the challenges you face as a writer? Are there aspects of your life that are hard for family and friends to understand? What are they?

EG: Juggling life is always hard for writers, but for the first time in my life, I have a good writing schedule and I get my word count done in the morning and the afternoon is for my family and the rest of life.  The toughest part for my family to understand is that I need quiet, and any interruptions could cause me to lose my thoughts.

SS: What genre do you write and why? Are there other genres you’ve written or would like to try?

EG: I’ve always loved reading suspense novels—thrillers, romantic suspense, historical romantic suspense so I love to write romantic suspense stories. I think suspense needs a little romance, and romance needs a little suspense.

SS: How do you create characters? Are they based on people you know?
Creating characters is fun. I don’t try to use people I know, but I think we draw off what we know, so yeah, some small piece of someone I know will go into developing a character. 

SS: Tell us about your current release.

EG: Deception is the sixth and last book in the Mountain Cove series set in stunning southeast Alaska. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

Jewel Caraway thought she'd left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she's thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister's new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed? 

 SS: Where did you get the idea for this book?

EG: After writing five Mountain Cove books, a couple of the secondary characters were strong enough and I knew they needed their own HEA.

SS: Tell us about your main characters. 

EG: Jewel Caraway runs the Jewel of the Mountain Bed and Breakfast. She’s widowed and in her mid-forties. Chief Colin Winters is also in his mid-forties. Both have secrets in their past they’d like to forget about—but those secrets are on a collision course.

SS: Is there a spiritual message in your book? If so, what is it?

EG: Definitely. Have you ever made a decision, a choice that turned out to be a mistake? What if that mistake finds you years later and the repercussions are far more than you could have imagined? Thank God for His grace and mercy! As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

SS: What are you working on now?

EG: I’m working on the third book in Wilderness, Inc., my new series set southwest Oregon.

SS: Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.

EG: I wanted to be a marine biologist but scuba diving terrified me. I played the cello in the high school orchestra. My great-grandmother was a Bruce, as in “Robert the Bruce.”

SS: Favorite TV shows?

EG: I’m hooked on Broadchurch

SS: Anything special you eat or drink while you’re writing?

EG: I used to eat Peanut M&M’s to power my brain, but I’m bordering on pre-diabetic so now I have to find something else to fuel my mind. Suggestions?

SS: How do you celebrate after completing a book?

EG: Take the family out to eat.

SS: Where can readers find you on the Internet?

My home page, my Facebook page, and on Twitter. Also, sign up here for my Great Escapes newsletter. 

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  1. DECEPTION sounds fantastic. I always enjoy Romantic Suspense.


  2. I love your books and this one sounds as great as the rest

  3. This is a great series! Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. My to purchase and to be read list keep growing every day. I look forward to trying a new author.

  5. would love to read a different style book an would love to win.

  6. This book looks so good. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  7. Right now M&M has a coffee flavored peanut candy. Guess you didn't want to hear that huh?
    A good snack that I enjoy is a mixture of peanuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds and sesame seed sticks. Good protein and energizing.
    Would love to win your book, thanks for the chance!

  8. Elizabeth, I loved Broadchurch. The original one set in England. The US version was boring. Your book sounds great. If you need info on Oregon, well, that's where I live. LOL

    1. Hey Terry! I'm watching the BBC version and it's set in England. Very fun. I wish it had lasted longer. I used to live n Oregon--southwest Oregon on the Rogue River just as goes into the Wild Rogue Wilderness--so this was my inspiration for the series! Thanks!

  9. Elizabeth, I love Broadchurch. I think David Tennant is an amazing actor. Love that you take your family out for eats when you finish a book. Keep up the excellent work. Thanks for sharing. Cheers

  10. Elizabeth, thanks for sharing. I can't say I have ever wanted to be an author, but I love to read and it is so very interesting to learn how different authors write those books we enjoy so much. Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to win :)

  11. Love your books. Also loved living in Alaska.

  12. I would love to read this romance/suspense book! Thanks for this giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

  13. Love your books. This looks good.

  14. I love reading your books! This one looks sooooo good!

  15. Enjoyed your interview & the books sounds awesome. rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) come

  16. Enjoyed your interview & the books sounds awesome. rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) come

  17. This book sounds wonderful!! Definitely going on my to read list!! jdennis298(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. This book sounds like an intriguing and suspenseful page turn. I would love to read Jewel and Colin's story and I love the name of the B and B.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. Here's a link to the Top 25 Diabetic Snacks:
    Hopefully, it can give you some yummy ideas.
    Your book sounds good.

  20. I am reading more and more Christian suspense these days. I don't know of anyone who has not made a mistake that they regret.

  21. Interesting interview. I really enjoy Christian suspense.

  22. I have seen the letters HEA a few times now...can you tell me what they mean?..I would also love to win one of your's a series I've never heard of and would like to check it out!

    1. HI Mary, Thanks for stopping by. HEA means "happily ever after." It's a term we use in romance reading and writing!