Friday, June 23, 2017

Interview & Giveaway with Tricia Goyer



Tricia, thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?

My novel A Secret Courage is inspired by female photo investigators during World War II. Women from the United Kingdom and the United States joined together to closely examine the reconnaissance photos taken behind enemy lines.
            At first I wanted to write about the American and British codebreakers in Bletchley Park during World War II. Even though this has been written about a number of times I still thought I could come up with an interesting story. Yet as I researched more about female roles in World War II I came upon a group of women who were just as interesting but had very little written about them. These photo investigators worked at Danesfield House in Medmenham during World War II, about an hour away from London. They greatly impacted the war efforts. They studied millions of photos and helped to discover secret weapons that Hitler had tried to hide. Without their efforts the war could have taken a different turn.

Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Oh, do I have to pick between Emma and Will? I loved them both but Emma was special because as an American she traveled to England with the intention of volunteering for the war effort, even before the United States was involved. It was exciting to realize what these women experienced. I can’t imagine the excitement when figuring out that a shoe factory in Germany was actually producing arms, all due to clues from photos and investigative work. At the same time, these women also were the first to witness the destruction brought on by American bombs to targeted areas that were also close to civilizations. Emma became real to me as she struggled through the highs and lows of her emotions brought on by her service.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them?
I’d pick Natalie Portman to play Emma and Nicholas Hoult to be Will, complete with British accent.

How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?

That’s easy! The main location of the photo recon unit was at a grand estate called Danesfield House in the village of Medmenham, on the Thames River. It was a beautiful location to write about.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?

I’m sort of scared to say “never” but I don’t think I could write a novel about children being abused. As a mom of ten children—seven adopted—that hits too close to home.

Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why?

Does the old woman in the shoe count as a literary figure? Other than that maybe Ma Ingalls. We have a houseful of children that I homeschool. Maybe that’s why those characters came to mind!

What strange writing habits do you have? Like standing on your head while you write with a pen between your teeth?

Well, nothing like standing on my head … but I’ve gotten into the habit of waking up at 3:00-4:00 a.m. and writing for an hour or two and then going back to sleep for another hour or so. I don’t mean to wake up but I do. Maybe that’s because my mind has figured out that’s the one time I’ll have a completely quiet house!

Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way?

Robin Jones Gunn was my first writing mentor. I met her at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s conference in 1994. I was only 22-years-old, and she was so encouraging. Since that time she’s become a dear friend.

We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?

My faith impacts every part of my writing. There is a spiritual story arc in every one of my novels. I often tell people that the relationship between my characters and God is just as important as my characters relationship with each other. God impacts every part of my lives and that’s true of my characters too.

Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say?

She read God’s Word and then did what it said.

Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own?

My love story is most fabulous. When I was an abandoned 17-year-old pregnant teen I dedicated my life to God and started praying for a future husband who would love me and love my child. After I had my son Cory, a friendship started with my pastor’s son and it soon blossomed into more. We were married when Cory was 9 months old and have been married for 27 years.

Erica and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing?

All of my novels have romance—some more than others. I would say my novels have romantic elements but they are not completely romance novels. My characters get one kiss, maybe two … but the reader is ready for them by the time they happen!

And for some extra fun . . .

If you could pick one superhero to save you from impending doom, who would it be and why?
Who wouldn’t want to be carried through the atmosphere by Superman?!


If you could guest star in one TV show, what would be and what would your ideal role be?

I’d LOVE to join the cast of the Great British Baking Show as a judge. Yum!


Name one significant heirloom or keepsake you have and why it’s important to you:

I have my grandmother’s baby t-shirt from 1929 in a shadowbox on my wall. My 87-year-old grandma lives with me, too. Can I call her a keepsake? :)


We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:

Click the link to my first two chapters: A Secret Courage




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Have you ever heard of English lady recon in WWII?
Did your grandmother's have any war effort roles or stories?
If your grandparents are living, I challenge you to interview them about the war effort!


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38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! This book sounds fantastic! I'd never heard of these types of photo analyzers, so I look forward to learning more!

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    1. I had so much fun learning about them. Writing fiction brings history alive to me, and I hope it does the same for my readers!

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  2. My father in law served in WWII. He told many stories of what he did and saw. I loved your love story, so special. And I too enjoy the British Baking Show. Those contestants are so talented! "BAKE!"

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    1. I'm sad they only have three seasons on Netflix. I'm almost done watching them for the second time!

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  3. I love Tricia Goyer's books! Thanks for the chance to win this one. 😊

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    1. I hope you get a chance to check it out ;)

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  5. The book sounds amazing. I have never read anything about English lady recon. Neither of my grandmothers volunteered for any service during WWII, but one of them did loose a fiance during the war. Both of my grandfathers fought, one in Europe, one in the Pacific.

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    1. It sounds like you have some amazing men in your family1

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  6. Never heard of English lady recon.... I've taught 8th grade history... My grandparents never talked about WWII. My grandfather served in the trenches in WWII. But, he didn't like to talk about it.

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    1. I never really talked to my grandfather about his time in WWII either. That makes me SO sad now!

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  7. My knowledge of WWII is limited, but I love stories set during this fascinating time period! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful interview and giveaway.

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    1. Fiction is an excellent way to learn about a time period.

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  8. My father in law served in WWII as a gunner in a plane. He said it was a very sad time for him. He always said he head to do what ever the major told him to do.

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    1. I imagine he saw so many hard things. I can't imagine.

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  9. I did not know about these ladies. IT sounds fascinating! Loved Bletchley on PBS!
    Wow we are watching British Baking Show right now!
    My Daddy served in the Burma, China, India theater as a convoy supply driver and cook in the Army. He died 10 years ago but my Mother is now 100 years old. She and my sister published a book last year of her memoirs as a missionary kid in China. She remembers things from before the first World War. My grandfather and his brother were exchanged by the Japanese during the Boxer Rebellion.

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    1. Oh, what's the name of that book?! Fascinating.

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  10. Basically what I've read and what I've watched on movies like Downton Abbey, etc. I am a bit fascinated with WWII though, and hope to visit some sites later on this year.

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    1. My MiL was "adopted" out to her aunt and uncle during the war in London and as a result she lost contact with all her siblings but one. It took her many years (over 30) before she found a few of them, but to this day, still has siblings she's never seen or heard from since.

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    2. I would LOVE to hear more of this story about your MiL!

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  11. Thank you for this interview ,Tricia! It was so fun learning more about you and your wonderful,story, A Secret Courage. Always enjoy it when you do a historical book!!

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  12. I hadn't heard of the English lady recon and both of my grandmothers held down the Homefront during WW 2 but I had some dear friends in the retirement community and churches in which I worked who were WASPS. I wish I had been able to hear more of their stories before they passed away. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm looking forward to reading Tricia's newest book.

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    1. My book Dawn of a Thousand Nights has WASPs in it. What amazing women!

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  13. My parents were young adults who married in 1943, so they and their peers were personally or indirectly involved in the war effort. My cousin was a B-26 pilot based in England, and his unit, among other things, flew missions on German gun emplacements on D-Day, and they also were tasked with trying to help take out Hitler's buzz bomb launchers. Always enjoy Tricia's books! Thanks.

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    1. Cathy, so the women photo investigators were the ones who provided information to your cousin and other pilots. So cool!

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  14. My parents were teenagers during World War II. Their older brothers served in the war. Some in Europe, another in the Philippines. One of my uncles was stationed in England.
    I really enjoy Tricia's historical books.

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  15. I don't know much about the WWII war effort.

    I'm excited to read Tricia's book. Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

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  16. I don't know much about the WWII effort. My grandmothers are no longer alive. looking forward to reading Tricia's book.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it, Wendy!

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  17. My Father was in WWII. He was stationed in the US, ready to be shipped overseas, thankfully the war ended just about the time he was to be shipped out. I'm looking for to reading Tricia's new book.

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  18. I feel like I know quite a bit about WW2. It's one of those multi-faceted events in history that has been done to the hilt in fiction, non-fiction, movie dramas and documentaries. I had two teachers (6th and 7th grade) who taught 20th century history extensively and their style of teaching were impactful. All of that blended together has created a large canvas of WW2 information that has stuck with me. There's still so much more to learn. Probably more than I can imagine to learn in this lifetime.

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  19. I don't know much about the WWII war effort except what I have seen in movies and read in books. A Secret Courage sounds like such an awesome read, and a wonderful way to learn more about the war effort.

    I enjoyed reading your interview, Tricia, and getting to know more about you and the background of this book. Your personal love story is so beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

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  20. I know that during WW2 while the men where over seas the women worked in the factories. To help keep the war effort going. I know a lot more. Not enough space I am sure. Looks like a good book.

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