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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Interview & Giveaway! Tricia Goyer ~ Author of By the Light of the Silvery Moon!!

 Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Tricia!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm a wife, mom of four, author, radio host and speaker. I'm the author of 32 books and I've written hundreds of articles. I also have a weekly radio show, Living Inspired, where I interview Christian authors, artists, and ministry leaders. I started writing as a young mom in 1994, and my first book got published in 2003. I've been writing books continually since then, and I love it. Growing up I never planned on being a writer, but I did love to read. Looking back I can seen that God created me to share stories with others. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.

What inspired  By the Light of the Silvery Moon?

I first got the idea for doing a more contemporary prodigal son story in 1997. Then—just last year—I was approached by an editor about coming up with an idea for the Titanic. April 15, 2012 was the 100th Anniversary—would I like to submit a novel idea for consideration? Yes, of course!

One morning I was laying in bed praying about an "Titanic idea" when the prodigal son story popped into my mind. Was it possible that the seed of the idea I had so many years prior fit on the Titanic? I dug back through my old computer files and found the original prologue. Then, in my mind's eye, the story of a younger son, an older son, a woman who cared for them both--and the loving father--played out in my mind on the decks of the grand ship.

How is By the Light of the Silvery Moon different from other novels you've written?

This is the first novel that I've followed a Biblical story so closely. It was powerful and emotional for me to bring the story to life.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?

I only paint my fingernails a few times a year...for Christmas and my birthday. LOL.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was just 22-years-old and pregnant with my third baby when another young mom at church was talking about writing a novel. It intrigued me! We went to a few writing workshops together, and then the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Conference. I was hooked after that. I continued to attend Mt. Hermon for fourteen years, learning and growing in my craft.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I'm not sure which is quirkier...I chew gum as I write, and I tilt my head to the left. I end up with a sore neck and sore jaw. Ouch!

How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

I've written 32 books. I think the favorite one I've written is the one I've just finished. LOL. Actually I'm sort of partial to my first novel, "From Dust and Ashes" just because it was the first time I saw my dream realized.

What would you say is the best and/or worst part about being a writer?

The best part is sitting down to write. I love being at the computer, considering the themes, running away with the story and seeing what God puts on my heart. The hardest part is not being able to help everyone who asks. I wish I could!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love spending time with my family, playing board games, hanging out. I also love to travel! It's always fun to explore a new place with my family.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?

100 places. 1000 places...I could drive any direction and find wonderful places to explore. But to pick one, I'd love to visit New York city sometime.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

My favorite song currently is Beautiful Things by Gungor. I listen to it about 20 times a day.

Are you a night-owl or early-bird?

Both! My family loves to stay up. I love to wake up early. I usually nap :)

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you,
  the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
  in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
  but will rejoice over you with singing.

What do you hope readers take away from By the Light of the Silvery Moon?

I hope they will be swept away by the story and through it discover the love of the Father in new ways.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

Yes, I'm currently writing my fifth Amish novel The Promise Box. It's the second book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. It's also set in West Kootenai, Montana about a small Amish community up there.  

Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Thank you!

Book giveaway!!

Enter to win By the Light of the Silvery Moon!! Open to the US and Canada!

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below (here is a tutorial, if you aren't familiar with Rafflecopter). The mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post - after you do that, the other entries will become available. :) 

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  1. I've been hearing great things about this book, and I would love a chance to win! :) I've loved the first two books in Tricia's first Amish series, and I have the third book waiting on my desk for when I have more reading time after graduation (can't wait!). Excited about her new Amish series, too - so cute with the "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors" series title! Love the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers movie/musical! ;)



  2. I enjoy reading Tricia's novels and following her on FB. She shares great pics of her family life. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Blessings!

  3. I love Tricia Goyer.Thank you for the giveaway!


  4. Oh, my goodness! I get to be one of the first commenters! Cool!

    I also only pain my fingernails a couple times of year. Graduation, birthday, sometimes during Finals week (my show of bravado). ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Melanie!

    Love and blessings,

  5. I tried to win this at her recent Facebook party, & failed... Trying again now! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Thank you for the great opportunity and giveaway. i love your reviews and posts.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

  7. Great interview! Love the fact that Tricia only paints her nails twice a year. I NEVER paint mine...too much trouble. I also love her favorite verse, "...will rejoice over you with singing" how neat is that?! I have read the Big Sky books and enjoyed them very much!

    Julie @ My Favorite Pastime

  8. Hi, wonderful to read your comments today, you are really busy woman with all you do Tricia and so glad you have time to write those wonderful stories we get to read, I would love to win this latest By the Light of the Silvery Moon, love the name of this book. thanks for sharing.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  9. This sounds like a book I would definitely enjoy! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  10. This sounds like a fascinating book. What fascinating plot idea to to involve the prodigal son story on the Titanic. I am hooked!

  11. This looks like such a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I absolutely love Tricia Goyer's writing, and have heard rave reviews of this newest book, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!!
    Sue Laitinen

  13. Thanks for another wonderful giveaway
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

  14. I Love Tricia's books and have been looking forward to reading this book for some time!

  15. Thank you for this giveaway. I'm always looking for new (to me) Christian authors!

  16. Forgot the name I used to sign up with: Leah C.

  17. Love the author, can't wait to read the book!


  18. I have never read a book by this author, but it looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!!


  19. I've read about many of Tricia's books but haven't yet been able to read one. By the Light of the Silvery Moon sounds like a great one to start with, so I'd lvoe to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.


  20. This sounds like a good read. Titanic cool love to win thanks

  21. Oh, I would be so excited if I won this book by Tricia!!!
    She is an awesome writer!!!!!!!!!She is the most versatile author I've read!!!!
    Please count me in, thanks!!!!

  22. I have read several books by Tricia and everyone one of them was wonderful. I have several more on my to-read list including this one. Would love to win it.


  23. Such fun! :) I love how you're both a night owl and an early bird. :) I have yet to read any of your books so I would love a chance at this one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  24. Thanks for the giveaway. I am always looking for a good book.

  25. Would love to get a copy of this book to read!!!

    Interview was great. I like how Tricia "got into" writing! :)

  26. Looks like a really good book! I hope I win the giveaway!

  27. I would love to read this. I've always been fascinated with all things Titanic.

  28. What a great interview! I've been a fan of Tricia's ever since I read Blue Like Play Dough (best mom book ever) so I'm super excited about this novel and would love to read it. :) I didn't realize it was a modern-day Prodigal story... sounds cool!

  29. I'm really looking forward to this book! I participated in a "virtual Titanic cruise" through Facebook with Tricia, and it made me even more interested in her book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  30. I have been wanting to read this--thanks for the chance!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  31. I haven't read this one. It sounds good and I will add it to my TBR list.

  32. Great interview!I enjoy reading Tricia's books.Thanks for the giveaway!!

  33. I've been wanting to reach something by Tricia, this one sounds good.


  34. There's not a Tricia Goyer book I wouldn't read. She's an excellent story teller and her research bears out her work. Thanks for an opportunity to win her book.

  35. Rafflecopter won't take my information to complete the entries.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  36. that looks like a fantastic book!
    - polkadotpanda101@gmail.com

  37. I love Tricia's books. I'd like to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  38. always fascinated by titanic stories as my nana's brother had a ticket on the titanic but missed departure ! saved by that supposed 'disappointment'...
    your story sounds like another great addition to the anniversary celebrations !
    tY FOR sharing your generosity Tricia...

  39. I'm so impressed- 32 books! I'd never be able to write one book let alone dozens. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  40. Sounds great! I have always been fascinated by the Titanic. Thank you for the opportunity.


  41. It would be nice to read this experienced author's book. Please enter me in this giveaway.
    godleyv at yahoo [dot]com

  42. Love reading Tricia Goyer's books and would love a chance to win this book.

  43. This has the premise of being a great book, I hope to get a chance to read it. Thank you for the giveaway

    scarlettkitty at hotmail dot com


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