Friday, January 9, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Joanne Bischof

Winner of Julie Klassen's "The Secret of Pembrooke Park" is: Lanna Foley Webb!

 I'm thrilled to have my friend Joanne Bischof on the blog today! She is an amazing author. Her books "The Cadence of Grace" trilogy captured the essence of Appalachian fiction and romance set in historical times. They were beautiful, inspiring, tragic, and altogether consuming reads!!! And her latest novella is astounding. Haunting. And simple magical prose that captures sacrificial and unconditional love. 

I asked Joanne to come by the blog, since many of you already love her and her books, to share with us a little about her book, her life, and herself!


1.       So tell us what first inspired you to write your current book?

Readers, for sure. Several people asked me if I would ever write Aunt Sarah’s story and it took me a while to grab a hold of what shape that might take, but when I did, the story practically wrote itself. It’s been such an incredible journey.

2.       Who is your most favorite character (and yes, you HAVE to pick one J)

For this book, I have to confess that it’s Tucker. With every scene I wrote or edited, I always ended up walking away saying (literally, out loud), “Tucker!!” People who have read it will probably get that ;)

Is there a spiritual element or thread you hope your readers to catch as they read?

This one is about bravery. I think that God equips us for the task at hand. That’s not always easy, especially when we face rocky roads, but He’s right there with us, and He won’t leave us. He’s there to strengthen us.

Where are you at in your writing career? Published, not published, searching, unsure?

I am published but at the same time, my career has taken some unexpected twists that have opened up opportunities for both growth in my heart and faith, and also new adventures, like Indie publishing This Quiet Sky. Without those unexpected twists, I know this story wouldn’t be here today and while it was sometimes hard to see the joy in the directions God has taken me, I know it’s for an important reason and as I mentioned above, He’s teaching me to be braver, too.

5.       Favorite color and why?
Green, blue and grey. Because they’re the color of the sea. (yes, I picked three! And just gave away my love for Sarah Plain and Tall.)

6.       Favorite restaurant?

Probably anything Mexican. There is some really good Mexican food here in Southern California, so we’re a tad spoiled with lots of great spots.

On our blog, Erica constantly tries to introduce the concept of tea drinking. So, are you in her camp, or do you side with Anne and I as bonafide coffee drinkers?
I’ll join Erica! I do love coffee, but tea is my first love!

8.       Tell us about the last thing that scared you to pieces
Ok, the creepy white Orc from the third Hobbit movie. I scare easily.

9.       Your favorite all-time cartoon as a kid and what was it about it that you liked so much?
The first thing that comes to mind is Madeline. I remember the stories were so whimsical. She’s an old soul. :)

10.       How do our readers connect with you, buy your books, or follow your writing journey?
You can always find me on my website at There are all kinds of places to poke around there and I love chatting with readers on my blog!

11.       Last but not least, what’s one story idea you’ve had that ventures out of your typical genre?
Ooh, fun! Recently, I’ve been working on a contemporary which is outside of my norm. That’s a little intimidating, but it’s also been a blast. I tell myself to take it one day at a time and see how it goes. Of course, I have tons of historical romance in the works and that will always be my first love.


Joanne has graciously offered up your choice of an e-copy,audio copy, or paperback copy of her latest book This Quiet Sky! Enter below for your chance to win!!!

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Christy Award-finalist and author of The Cadence of Grace series and This Quiet Sky, Joanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.


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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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  1. Jaime, I enjoyed this interview with Joanne. Kudos, Joanne for being in the tea camp! Sweet picture of you and your handsome little man.

    Ladies, have a fantastic weekend! Jaime, I pray your household is feeling better.

    Stay warm,

  2. I really enjoyed this interview, thanks!

  3. I didn't enter the contest as I already have "This Quiet Sky" in e-Book, paperback and audio. I just finished reading/listening to it and will be posting a review this weekend. All of Joanne's books are absolutely wonderful - this novella is no exception. A beautiful love story of 2 teens - that grasps one's heart and doesn't let go!!


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