Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Talking to Elizabeth Goddard

 by Patricia Bradley

Today I'm excited to be talking to Elizabeth Goddard about her new release Present Danger! (And Friday, I'll be giving a review of it on my blog at ptbradley.com/blog--Spoiler alert--I loved it)



Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.


When I thought about interviewing Elizabeth, I wanted to do something different, so I asked her three questions and she was gracious enough to reply. 



1. Elizabeth, why did you start writing?

Since I was a young child I always loved to read and to make up stories. I spent entire summers reading and some books I re-read. I seemed to excel at writing in school, and somewhere along the way, I recognized there was a burning desire to write inside of me. 

I have to get credit where credit is due—God put that desire inside of me. He gave me the dream, and then made it come true. I felt His call on my life but ran from it for a few years until in 2001, I purchased a devotional that helped people work through answering the question about God’s call on their life. 

I also signed up to attend a writer’s conference and, wouldn’t you know it, before I even attended the conference, I accepted God’s call on my life to write. I joined ACFW and a critique group and started submitting a chapter a week. I have never looked back, and I’m so glad I answered His call.

I'm so glad you did. I have enjoyed everyone one of your books! And thank you for allowing me to endorse this one!

2. Elizabeth, what draws you to the mountains for settings?

When I was growing up, we always took vacations in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. I grew up in East Texas and it’s pretty flat, so we’d make the long drive and spend time in the stunning mountains. I think I got the love of those settings from my parents and those trips. But I don’t just love the mountains, I love the rocky ocean beaches and the redwoods . . . anything that’s awe-inspiring. I can’t say exactly why a beautiful natural setting inspires me, but when I experience something beautiful in God’s creation, I want to write a story so I can spend more time there and I want to share that experience and place with others as well.

I know exactly what you mean. It's like a beautiful sunrise forms a story and it's bursting to get out.


3. Which character in Present Danger is most like you?

Ha! I don’t usually write characters like me, but in this case, I would have to say Terra because she loves the forest.

I loved Tara. And she did love her forest. Thanks for joining us today, Elizabeth. 

Okay, Suspense Sisters' readers, you can find links to purchase Present Danger here, and if you'll leave a comment, I'll enter you in a drawing for the book. The winner will be announced next Wednesday in the comments. 

Don't forget to read my thoughts on Present Danger Friday here.
You might win another book!

37 comments:

  1. Elizabeth has a way of drawing you into her stories. Can’t wait to read. I enjoyed your interview.

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  2. Fabulous author and fantastic book! Not entering because I've already read it, but sharing everywhere to spread the word about this fabulous just released book.
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  3. This book sounds really good! I can’t wait to read it!
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  4. nice interview
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  5. Elizabeth is such a great author! Would love to win a print copy! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Lual Krautter Email: krautter62520@outlook.com

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  6. I love the archeological angle of this story.

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    1. Yes, Naomi! Elizabeth picks such unique settings!

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  7. This book sounds very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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  8. I enjoyed reading this interview, Thank you for sharing it. Your book sounds very intriguing and I love the book cover, it looks super intriguing also. Have a Great week and stay safe. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  9. sounds like another award winning book! sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I'm excited to read "Present Danger"!
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  11. Sounds like a really good story!

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  12. I love the Rockies and Elizabeth Goddard books are wonderful! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Sounds like an interesting book. I love books in mountain settings.

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  14. Love her writing! I enjoyed this mini interview :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance!

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    1. Trixi, I kept it short because we're all so busy! Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Great interview. Love hearing more details of a writers life. I really like her books and looking forward to reading it. tdstevens821@gmail.com

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  16. I enjoyed the interview. I have only read one or two of Elizabeth's books, but I think it's time to read another.

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  17. It's cool how growing up in one place helped Ms. Goddard enjoy the beauty of a different place. Best of luck to Goddard on this new series!

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  18. Elizabeth is one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to this book!

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  19. This sounds like SUCH a great book! I love the way the setting becomes almost like a character in Goddard's books.

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  20. The setting does almost become a character!

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