Friday, April 1, 2016

#Interview & #Giveaway with Author Elizabeth Ludwig

I'm so excited to have Elizabeth Ludwig on our blog today. I loved her series from Bethany House Publishers, Edge of Freedom because it appealed to my historical romance side while overtly flirting with suspense too! But that's not all Elizabeth writes and it was so great to chat with her! :)

What authors do you like to read?
I have so many authors I like to read. A few of my favorites include Deborah Raney and Kellie Coates Gilbert for Women's Fiction, Michelle Griep and Julie Klassen for Regency Romance, Lynne Gentry and Stephanie Landsem for Biblical Fiction, and Ane Mulligan for Women's Contemporary with a touch of humor.

What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Oh my...I think I would have to say The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. Reading that book made change the way I think about Inspirational Fiction. It's not just a good story...it's the Gospel of Christ with a good story woven around it!

What’s more important: characters or plot?
Readers love believable characters. Of course, if the characters have nothing at stake, there's no reason for the reader to invest in them. I think both are equally important.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author and what would it be?

This question makes me giggle, because just about the time I say "never", God says, "Oh, really?" I don't think I would ever tackle any topic that wasn't from a Biblical worldview, but other than that...who knows?

How important are names to you in your books and how do you choose them?Naming my characters is just about as important to me as naming my children! I spend WAY too much time browsing baby name sites. Still, I know when a name isn't right, and I really don't get a good feel for my characters until I've chosen a name that fits them. A name says a lot about a person, don't you think? And the scripture says a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. So I guess that's why I agonize over selecting exactly the right one.


What secret talents do you have? Because here at the CCC blog we have all kinds of them ;)

Well...I'm kind of a computer nerd. Not like an Apple Genius or anything (snort). I know just enough to be dangerous.

What were you like as a child? Steady-going like our Anne, a tornado like Jaime, and adventurous soul like Erica, or an avid-reader like Gabrielle?
Oh, I was an avid-reader. Definitely. I used to spend hours under the covers reading with just a night light when I was a kid!

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what
did you do?
Several years ago, I was working part-time as our church's Youth Director. I was also working full time, parenting full time, and writing full time, so as you can imagine, my plate was pretty loaded. Still, I loved working with the kids so much that I really had a hard time letting go. And then my pastor started asking for me to take on more responsibilities. Though his requests were reasonable, I just knew I couldn't successfully do what he asked and still take my writing seriously. Though it broke my heart, I stepped down from youth ministry and trusted that God would grant me a greater audience to minister to through my writing. And He has!!

What’re your writing goals for 2016?


I've really set the bar high for 2016. This year, I'm hoping to complete a manuscript for Love Inspired, write a fourth book in the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries Series, plus a novella for the same. I'd also like to dive into a new Historical Romance series. So yeah...I'll be busy. :-)

Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

You know that feeling you get when you write a line and know that it says just exactly what you wanted to express? That's how I felt when I wrote this passage from my latest book in the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series:

Cheryl re-read the last line slowly, her Aunt Mitzi’s voice a soothing whisper in her ear. God had indeed brought her through trials, but she’d never felt overwhelmed, and she had sensed His loving presence at her side the entire time.

As if to echo this sentiment, a light breeze ruffled a corner of the page then swirled up to tickle Cheryl’s neck, and down to stir the grass under her feet.

Truly, she had much to be thankful for.

Her lips parted in a sigh as Cheryl folded back the flap on the envelope and replaced the letter inside. Oh, how she missed Aunt Mitzi. It amazed Cheryl how her letters always seemed to arrive at just the proper time, but words on a page couldn’t replace the weathered lines of a loved one’s face.

Awesome sauce! Loved learning so much more about you, Elizabeth!! Thank you for being here!

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BIO:

Elizabeth Ludwig is the author of No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, books one and two in the popular Edge of Freedom series. Book three in the series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Elizabeth was also named a finalist in the 2015 Selah Awards for her novella “One Holy Night”, part of the bestselling anthology collection, Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine. Currently, she is working on a series called the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries available from Guideposts. She is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit ElizabethLudwig.com.



32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Jaime! So much fun chatting with you.

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  2. Great interview and a great book. Okay . . . you're pretty great too.

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    1. (laughing) Stop it. People are going to think I pay you say things like that (check is in the mail).

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  3. I've read and reviewed No Safe Harbor. Would love to read this one! Thanks for the offer!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to review No Safe Harbor, Linda!! Good luck in the drawing.

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  4. I've not read any of Elizabeth's books....yet. But I'd love to try this one.
    I thought it was interesting that she takes naming her book characters as seriously as if she was naming her children.

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    1. Oh Gail...my husband laughs at the amount of time I spend naming my hero and heroine, but honestly...by the time I finish with a book, those people really are like my children! :-)

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  5. Elizabeth is a new author to me. YAY! The cover looks fun.

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    2. Hey Karen! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm always thrilled when I meet new readers. Just in case you're interested, CBD has the paperback version of Dark Road Home on sale today for $2.99! http://www.christianbook.com/dark-road-home-edge-of-freedom/elizabeth-ludwig/9780764210402/pd/210403?event=ESRCG
      And good luck in the drawing. :-)

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  6. I have read "Love Finds You in Calico, California and really enjoyed it! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book and bringing my attention to the "Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries". Now I have even more books to add to my wish list, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. That was one of my favorites!! I was so thrilled when I learned that a few of the Love Finds You books were being made into movies. Here's hoping they'll get around to doing historicals! :-)

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  7. I've not read any of your books Elizabeth. The one thing I enjoyed you sharing is how hard it is to choose character names! I can imagine it would be for an author who writes more than one book :-) And then if you write in different time periods, you'd have to be correct for that time. So glad I only had 2 children, can't imagine trying to come up with more names than that.....HA!

    Thank you for the author interview and giveaway opportunity!

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    1. LOL! I understand, Trixi. Our first child was the hardest. It felt so...monumental choosing his name. Then, when I wrote my first book, I relived that same anxiety, especially when I sent the manuscript out to an editor. :-)

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  8. I loved No Safe Harbor. That whole series was good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Thank you, Virginia!! I enjoyed writing that series so much, especially Tide and Tempest. That was the only book that wasn't planned, but it turned out to be my favorite of the three. :-)

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  9. I have read Love Finds You in Calico, California. I have enjoyed all of the Love Finds You . . . books that I have read.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! That was such a good series. I really hated to see it end.

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  10. I've read all of the Edge of Freedom series and enjoyed it. My favorite was Tide and Tempest.

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    1. Mine too!! Funny thing though...it was the only one of the three that wasn't planned. Originally, I'd only imagined two books, but my editor loved it and asked for a third.

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  11. That naming her characters in her books are very important.

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    1. I always have a picture in my head of what my character looks like, but until I settle on a name, I don't really grasp what makes them tick. Are they quick to action, imaginative and creative, analytical?? I use their name to help convey their character.

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  12. I have read No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home. Where Hope Dwells sounds really interesting. I will have to look into the rest of the series. I love reading anything Amish.

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    1. Awesome, Karen! I hope you enjoyed the first two books in the Edge of Freedom series. The Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries are certainly very different. These are much gentler stories, and they have a touch of humor inserted (something I really enjoyed after writing such a dark, suspenseful series). Have you ever been to Amish country?? My husband and I just came back from a trip to Sugarcreek and LOVED it!

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  13. I haven't read any of Elizabeth's books yet. I am definitely going to be checking them out.

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    1. YAY!! I love meeting new readers, and as a reader, I'm always looking for new authors to love. I found a sale at CBD for Dark Road Home if you're interested:

      http://www.christianbook.com/dark-road-home-edge-of-freedom/elizabeth-ludwig/9780764210402/pd/210403?event=ESRCG

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  14. I haven't read any of Elizabeth's books and I enjoyed reading the snippet that she shared. I also loved learning that she considers herself 'kind of a computer nerd' and that she knows just enough to be dangerous. I am like that also and I always say that I had been born 25 years later, computers would have been my occupation!
    Thanks for a great interview and giveaway!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. A gal after my own heart! Once, I taught myself how to build a website template. When I showed it to my son he said, "You know, Mom, one of these days you're going to be arrested for hacking into the White House computers." HA!

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  15. I've loved the Edge of Freedom series!

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    1. Bless you, Carrie! Thank you for posting that. I so enjoyed writing that series, especially Tillie and Keondric's story, TIDE AND TEMPEST. Now that was one name I enjoyed typing over and over. Keondric. So strong, eh?

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  16. I have you on my list to read now. Thanks for your Facebook entry so I can add you to my favorite authors.

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