Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Author Bio: Elizabeth Ludwig’s first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, was released in spring of 2008 from Heartsong Presents: Mysteries, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. This was followed in 2009 by I’ll Be Home for Christmas, part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing.

In 2010, Elizabeth’s first full-length historical novel, Love Finds You in Calico, California will be released from Summerside Press. Books two and three of her mystery series, Died in the Wool, and A Black Die Affair, respectively, are slated for release in 2011 from Barbour Publishing.

In 2008, Elizabeth was named the IWA Writer of the Year for her work on Where the Truth Lies. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and dramatist, having performed before audiences of 1500 and more. She works fulltime, and currently lives with her husband and two children in Texas.

To learn more about Elizabeth and her work, visit her at .

Welcome back to the blog, Elizabeth. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?

Hopefully more contracts! LOL!

Actually, I’m never really sure what I’ll be working on or doing a year or even a month from now. For example, I told myself I would never write an Amish book or anything similar. Guess what I’m working on right now?? :-)

Tell us a little about your family.

Of course, every parents thinks their kids are wonderful…I’m no different. I have an amazing son who is growing and maturing in his faith (he’s leaving on a mission trip this month), and a beautiful daughter who makes us all laugh with her quick wit and sharp mind.

But…I have to tell you a story about my husband. I always knew he supported my writing, but he really proved it one Christmas, long before I sold my first book. We had been talking about buying a new computer but finances were tight, and I wasn’t sure we could afford it. Imagine my surprise when, on Christmas morning, my dear husband handed me a large box with a brand new laptop inside! Not only that, but he had the thing completely set up—with a USB modem. All I had to do was turn the thing on and start writing.

I couldn’t believe it. He’d worked a lot of overtime to afford that computer. When I asked him why he did it, he said, “Because you’re going to need it someday…when you sell your book.”

Now, how could I let that man down? I knew I had to keep pressing no matter how many rejections I got.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

I’m sad to say I don’t have nearly the time to read that I used to. Growing up, reading was my passion. I used to lie under the Christmas tree and read by the light of the bulbs! In fact, I got in trouble more than once for staying up too late…reading! Now, it is a rare treat to tuck myself away with a good book. That means I’m much pickier about what I read, too. If I’m not enthralled with a book, I don’t take the time to finish it, simply because I can’t.

I know what you mean. What are you working on right now?

Well, like I mentioned above, I am putting together a Mennonite series (not Amish) about a small community in my home state of Michigan. So much research!

I also just finished a proposal for a series about an Irish immigrant who comes to New York in search of her brother. It all revolves around Ellis Island and a small boarding house.

AND I’m waiting for word on a contemporary novel about a former football pro who must come to terms with the death of his twin brother…and his lost love.

What outside interests do you have?

Apart from reading, I love to ski. My family and I look forward to going to Colorado every Spring Break. Last year, we took twelve newbies with us and taught them all how to ski. Okay…so we taught them how to avoid killing themselves. Still, by the end of the week, they could all get off the lift, and they all could stop at the bottom of the mountain before they crashed into the chalet.

I also work part-time as a youth minister, so the kids keep me pretty active!

You don't even want to hear the story of my younger daughter trying to learn to ski as a teen. How do you choose your settings for each book?

You know…I’ve never really thought about it before. It’s almost like the setting comes first, and then I think about what kind of story I could set there.

Take Love Finds You in Calico, California, for example. I never intended to set a story in Calico. In fact, it was purely by accident that I even visited there! My husband and I were on vacation. We had decided to drive across the country, and anytime we saw something we wanted to investigate, we would stop. On one of our fuel fills in California, I noticed some large letters painted across the hillside. The gas station attendant told me a little bit about the history of the ghost town, which was more than enough to spark my interest. We spent the entire day in Calico and loved it! From that moment on, I was just WAITING for the right story to come along so I could set it there. I can’t wait to go back.

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

Well, I would say the Lord, but He’s still alive so I don’t think he counts as historical. I would say my mother-in-law or my son, both of whom reside in heaven right now, but they are more like my future, not my past, since I’m going to see them again some day in heaven. So…that only leaves Simon Peter. I bet he was kind of neat…always going around walking on water and chopping people’s ears off. What fun! (wink)

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?

I wish I’d taken the time to learn the craft before I started submitting. Rejections are hard, and they hurt! I learned so much more from entering contests and getting feedback than I ever did from a form letter rejection. If you’re going to spend your money, use it for contest entry fees instead of postage. You’ll get a much higher return.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?

Hmm…I don’t know as these lessons are new, but He is reminding me daily that things happen in HIS time, not mine. He’s also been showing me (or should I say PROVING to me) that He is always faithful, even when I’m not! He’s been showing me abundant grace and forgiveness, matchless mercy…I could go on and on about the goodness of the Lord!!

He is good and His mercies are new every morning! What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?

1. Work hard and never give up, especially if God has CALLED you to write. It would be a real tragedy if you stopped writing before God was ready to let you go.

2. I mentioned this above, but I’m going to say it again and add a little more…take the time to learn the craft of writing. You can do this by attending writer’s conferences and entering writing contests. Join a critique group that consists of members who are as dedicated to learning as you are. All of this will pay off for you because you will have a much cleaner, more polished product to show publishers.

3. Lastly, if your goal is publication, great! But don’t be so focused on the goal that you forget to enjoy the journey you’re on while reaching it. There are some awesome lessons to be learned along the way, and great friends to be made…all of which you will miss if you attempt a shortcut. Trust God. His timing is always perfect.

Tell us about the featured book.

I’d love to! Love Finds You in Calico, California is a historical romance about a young girl who finds herself alone in a silver mining town after her father is killed. Driven to discover the truth about the facts surrounding his death, she begins searching for clues and winds up nearly losing her life (what can I say—I just can’t help putting a little mystery into my stories).

Dear readers, I've read and reviewed this book. Just click on the Review link above and go down the page until you find the review. Now, Elizabeth, please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter One
Calico, 1883

“Fire! The mine is on fire!”

Abigail bolted upright in her bed, the blankets clutched to her chest. Pounding feet and strangled cries mingled with the wispy fingers of her dreams. Outside her window, an eerie orange glow illuminated the night sky.

“Papa?” Thrusting back the covers she jumped from the bed, her legs chafed by the straw poking out from the ticking, and ran from her room. Next to the fireplace, her father’s pallet lay empty, the blankets tossed aside as though he’d scrambled from them in a hurry. Her worried gaze traveled to the door, where the heavy oak beam used to secure it stood propped against the wall.

He’s gone to the mine.

Her father’s repeated warnings rang in her head, but she ignored them and darted across the cabin, flinging open the door. People carrying torches rushed by on the street, their voices lifted in panic.

“What’s happening?” she shouted. It was no use. Snagged by the brisk wind whipping down from the mountains, her words carried to no one in particular.

Their tiny home lay on the edge of town, across from the livery. Perhaps Nathan Hawk, the livery’s new owner, knew something. Sucking in a lungful of sharp air, Abigail yanked her shawl from its peg next to the door and threw it around her shoulders, struggling a bit as it tangled in her long, dark curls. The shawl was scant protection, but at least her nightgown was covered. Her red boots rested in the corner, but pausing to slip them on would waste precious seconds and Papa needed her now.

Isn't that a wonderful hook? You'll love the rest of the story. How can readers find you on the Internet?

I’ve actually made quite a cozy little home for myself on the web. You can find out more about my upcoming releases on my website at .

Or check out my blog at . I do author interviews, weekly devotionals, and book giveaways. I review books and movies on the Reviews Page, and list upcoming releases from many of your favorite Christians authors on the Classifieds Page. On the Writing/Craft Page, Sandra Moore offers tips and advice to aspiring authors. In other words, there’s something for everyone!

Lastly, if you just want to see what I’m up to at home, search for me on Facebook. I would love to visit with you!

Thank you, Elizabeth, for the fun time today.
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Trinity Rose said...

This sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.
Many blessings,
Trinity Rose

Deborah said...

have been looking forward to reading this book! please enter me!

Katrina said...

I really enjoyed the interview!

holdenj said...

Sounds like a wonderful story, thanks for the info and chance to win.

Naasom A. Sousa said...

The first page interesting and this book sounds very good. Thank you for the chance to win.
God bless you.

letrassantas at hotmail dot com

Michelle said...

Great interview! I'd love the opportunity to read this book!

Thank you,
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Good morning! Thanks to all of you for your interest in Love Finds You in Calico, California.

Lena, once again, thanks for allowing me to appear on your blog. I always have so much fun with you!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Elizabeth, I loved your interview and can't wait to read Love Finds You in Calico, CA. I love stories set in this time period where women are struggling to survive and compete in a mans world. Thanks for stopping by to chat.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway Lena and count me in the draw.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

runner10 said...

Great excerpt. Makes me want to read more.


Sylvia M. said...

I've been wanting to read this book. It looks very interesting!


Unknown said...

I SO want to read this book! It sounds amazing!! :) Please enter me! :)
God bless!

Merry said...

Great hook, I can't wait to find out what happens next! Please add me for Love Finds You in Calico, CA. Thanks.

Roanna said...

I would like to be entered for this book. Thanks!

wmmahaney said...

This book sounds great. Would love to win a copy.

Jennifer said...

Enjoyed the beginning of the story. Would love to read the rest.

Sandy Jay said...

Thanks for the interview. The book sounds great. I'd love to win it.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

Megan said...

That is a great hook! And I love Calico, California as well! I hope I win this! Thanks Lena!


Deanna said...

You hooked me! Please enter me for the giveaway. By the way, your Mennonite book-in-the-works interests me since that is my faith. Amish books don't thrill me but you have me curious about the Mennonite one (since Amish and Menno are different).

Bakersdozen said...

Now I want to go to Calico and read this book! vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy W. said...

I so have to read LFY in Calico, California. I am a native Californian transplanted to Indiana nine years ago. I wanted to go to Calico so many times but we never had the time. I would love to travel to Calico by way of this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


rubynreba said...

Please enter me. I'd love to read this.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bluerose said...

That is so sweet about your husband buying you the laptop!! That's the best kind of motivation. :)
I would love to be entered.

Nancye said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Coolestmommy said...

The "Love Finds You" books are wonderful. This sounds like a terrific addition.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Julia M. Reffner said...

My husband bought me a laptop when I started writing again this spring, too. Isn't that the best to have a supportive husband. I would love to read this.


Stacielynn said...

this sounds like a great book! please enter me to win it!
Stacie May

Unknown said...

A Mennonite Series sounds like a neat idea. I hope you have success with it. Thanks.


Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book. Love the cover. Count me in on the giveaway.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

I'd love to win this... please enter me!

kristen said...

I loved "Where the Truth Lies". I'm looking forward to Calico, California.
Thanks for the interview! Please enter me.

grannyvon said...

The book sounds exciting and I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

Carman said...

Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book. I love Summerside Press' books and this book has a gorgeous cover too!


Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Deanna--I would LOVE to chat with you about your faith...

Would you be willing to answer a few questions? My email is elizabeth at elizabethludwig dot com.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Kristin, I'm so glad you liked Where the Truth Lies! I loved writing that book, and I'm so excited for the release of the sequel Died in the Wool--due out in May, 2011, from Barbour Publishing.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Good luck to all of you who entered, and thank you all so much for your interest in Love Finds You in Calico, California!

Elyssa said...
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Kameko said...

Elizabeth, I really enjoyed your interview. You book sound fantastic and I can't wait to read it. The cover really captures my attention, especially the red boots!

Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with Lena. Blessings to you both~


scottsgal said...

Loved the excerpt - has me hooked to read this book. Also a nice interview
thanks for the chance
msboatgal at

MaureenT said...

Oh my...I was reading the first page, and I didn't want to stop!
I really want to read the rest of this book! Thank You!
I also have a daughter in Heaven..but she was only 77 days old when we lost her!
Your Hubby sounds like a love and so very thoughtful!
Maureen said...

This sounds like a great book would love to read it!!!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Bless you, Maureen. We look forward to that day...

Ausjenny said...

I really love the look of this book it looks so cool.
Please enter me I love these books.

Edna said...

I would love to win this book, please enter me


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

YAY! Another LFY book to add to my collection! :)

I love the cover on this one -- the red cowboy boots are great!

Elizabeth Ludwig is a new author for me, so I'm looking forward to giving her a try.

Thanks for a chance to win,
~ Lori

sugarandgrits at hotmail dot com

Ashley E said...

This sounds like a great book. I love mystery in my romance! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Cíntia Mara said...

I want to read some book of "Love finds you", but I never had the chance.