Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Welcome back, Tricia. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write about things that inspire me—stories, people, events. I also write stories that I hope will inspire others to consider how they can do something extraordinary with their lives.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

The most recent “happiest day” was my son's wedding day—July 9th. First, because our family was together—all of my four kids! Second, because we got a new member of our family, my new daughter-in-law Katie. She's amazing. Third, because my son had done things right. He followed God and has lived a pure life. It was something to celebrate! A fourth because I was able to spend the day with so many family and friends in Montana.

How has being published changed your life?

I used to be super neat and very “together” … now I'm a mess. LOL. No seriously, I've grown as a person and I'm learning what's really important. Having my house perfectly clean is NOT. Writing a story that will draw people closer to God is. Spending time with my family is. Loving on readers is.

What are you reading right now?

Since getting a Kindle I read a lot more at once. LOL. Here are a few:

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, by John Piper
You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson
A Vote of Confidence by Robin Lee Hatcher
Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer

What is your current work in progress?

I'm currently working on Praying for Your Future Husband. It's a book for teen girls co-written by my friend, Robin Jones Gunn.

What would be your dream vacation?

I'd love to fly into Madrid, Spain, and drive through Southern France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and ending in my favorite country The Czech Republic. I've either had books set in all those places (bold), or I want to write about those places!

 How do you choose your settings for each book?

I start with an interesting conflict—mostly war—are go there in my story. The great thing about the places I pick is they're amazing places with interesting cultures, even without the war. Vienna, Prague, Seattle, prairie Montana are places I'd visit just because.

 If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

Besides my kids (I'd always pick them first), I'd pick Tyra Banks. Interesting choice, huh? I feel Tyra is “this close” with her message to teens about self-imagine, believing in themselves, etc. I'd love to absorb some of her business smarts and speak a little of my heart about how Christ—and following Him—is the missing part of her message.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I love entertaining—having people over, talking, playing games, chilling. I also love traveling and even being a tourist in my own town!

You live in my old stomping grounds now. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

The most difficult obstacle was when I thought I was getting a 3-book contract for more WWII novels with my first publisher, but then that fell through. I was crushed! I overcame it by focusing on God and asking His plan. I discovered He had other things for me to write. I'm still writing WWII, but I also write about so much more.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Attend a writer's conference! There is nothing that can replace face-to-face contact with other authors, agents and editors.

Tell us about the featured book?

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington, is about Rosie-the-Riveters during the war. Here's a short summary:

The Second World War has stolen Rosalie's fiance from her. But rather than wallow, Rosalie throws herself into her work at the Boeing plant in Victory Heights, shooting rivets into the B-17 bombers that will destroy the enemy. A local reporter dubs her Seattle's Own Rosie the Riveter, and her story lends inspiration to women across the country. While Rosalie's strong arms can bear the weight of this new responsibility, her heart cannot handle the intense feelings that begin to surface for Kenny, the handsome reporter. Fear of a second heartbreak is a powerful opponent - but will it claim victory over love?

Thank you!

It's always a pleasure to have you on my blog, Tricia.
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Merry said...

I'd love to visit the places on Tricia's dream vacation! Prague and Vienna are on the top of my list. Please include me in the drawing, WWII is a favorite era for me. Thanks!

Patsy said...

O another Love Finds You Book. Sounds great! Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Michelle said...

Love Tricia's dream vacation. It sounds almost exactly like my own, I'd probably add Moscow and St. Petersburg though.

mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

Robyn said...

I absolutely love the Love Finds You series. Looking forward to another great installment.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I am trying to collect the Love Finds You Series and would love to add this one to my collection:)

Charity L.

Marjorie said...

I love the cover of this book.
This storyline is amazing and is on my wish list. I would love to read this book.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Casey said...

I would LOVE to win this, thanks for entering me!

Sue said...

Thank you for the chance to read this book.

Emily said...

Awesome giveaway!
Please enter me!!

deb said...

This looks like a really great read.
Thanks for the giveaway!

wmmahaney said...

I found Tricia Goyer's books this past Christmas and love them! I would love this book.

Michelle said...

I've been reading wonderful things about this book! I can't wait to read it! Thank you for entering me.

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Elyssa said...

This looks like a great book! please enter me!

Jennifer said...

Sounds great! Please enter me!

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this book. I also think the book for teens is something I will want for my teens. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sheila Deeth said...

Fun places. I love to travel in books. Interesting that having a kindle increases the number of books read at one. I'd love to read this, on kindle or on paper.

Susan Marlow said...

I'd hoped to visit with Oceianna at the book signing at our hometown bookstore, but I didn't make it down there. So I'd LOVE to win this book!

Linda Kish said...

I'd like to join her on that vacation.

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karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

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Brittanie said...

Enter me please. :)
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Cindy W. said...

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington is on my MUST read list. I love books that are set during the WWII period. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


K said...

Please enter me! The Love Finds You series is so good and I really enjoy reading Tricia's books!

Bluerose said...

Before I discovered the blogging world, I still remember someone highly recommending your books. Of course, since then I've heard you recommended a lot!! :)

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Carol M said...

This sounds good! Please enter me! Thank you!

Julia M. Reffner said...

I've enjoyed some of Tricia's other WWII books and would love to read this.


Wendy said...

I love Tricia's books and I love the Love Finds You books.
Thanks for offering it.

apple blossom said...

I love the Love Finds you books. Please included me in this book drawing. thanks

ABreading4fdun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

The 'Love Finds You' books are great. This one sounds like a great addition to the list. Shirley.

Carman said...

Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book.


Anna W. said...

Sounds great! Please drop my name in the hat!

kristen said...

Oh, I love the premise. A lady at my church worked there during the war building planes. I'm going to have to share your book with her.
Please enter me.

Carole said...

I love the war settings of Tricia's books, although not always a comfort read. I also read more now that I have a Kindle, and I'm really enjoying mine. John Piper is an excellent author.

Thank you for the chance to win LFY in Victory Heights, Washington.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

holdenj said...

Now this is an era I always enjoy! Rosalie's story seems very interesting, please count me in!

lotus82 said...

Great interview!! Very inspiring!

Thanks for the chance to win. Please enter me.


Brenda said...

Please count me in!

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Tricia Goyer said...

Thank you so much for the interview, Lena. You're the best!!!!

jenmmcclure said...

My sister gave me one of Tricia's books this past Christmas. I really enjoyed her book. I would love to read more.

A J Hawke said...

A story about a Rosie-the-riviter, great premise.

Please enter me.

A J Hawke

Maureen said...

Could I come along on you European trip? It sounds wonderful!!!
I love stories set during WWII...when my parents met and married in NYC.
Thank You


Judylynn said...

I'd love to win this book. Please enter me! Thank you.


peachykath said...

I have really enjoyed reading the Love finds you books. Please enter me in the drawing for this book.


barbjan10 said...

I wasn't very old during WWII, but I remember a lot of things about our life during that time. Women at work during the men's absence, maybe that's why I didn't understand the women's lib movements early in their start for freedoms. I remember the changes following the end of the war. It was a fascinating time even though not a real happy time for some. I'd like very much to read Tricia's book. Thank you for adding it for a giveaway. Thanks Lena, for the chance to win such a great story.

Sharing His Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

My Aunt Tavy was a Rosy the Riverter so I am very interested in this story. Please enter me in this contest.