Author of the Week- Tricia Goyer

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Welcome to ERG’s Author of the Week Interview!

I’d like to introduce you to Tricia Goyer. Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Trisha is also extending a special invitation, so please make sure to see the bottom of the post!

Tricia Goyer headshot - high res1.    Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I’m a wife, a mom of six, a grandmother of two, and a mentor to teenage moms. I’ve written 37 books, and I love traveling, board games, and spending time with friends (especially while traveling and playing board games).

2.    When and why did you start writing novels?
I became interested in writing novels in 1994. I worked on them for many years, and I got many rejections. It was a great time of learning and growing! My first novel, From Dust and Ashes, got published in 2003. I started writing novels because I loved reading growing up, and I loved stories. When I got the idea that maybe I could write novels I was hooked and I’ve never looked back.

3.    What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
A friend of mine from church mentioned that she was writing a novel. I loved that idea, and I became excited about the possibility. I wasn’t planning on making it a career. I was just interested in writing one book. One book led to another, and the story ideas keep coming! Now I can’t think of another career that I would rather do.

4.    Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?
Oh, that’s such a hard question! The first character that came to mind was Marianna from the Big Sky Series. I was able to spend three books with her (Beside Still Waters, Along Wooded Paths, and Beyond Hope’s Valley), and I feel as if she’s a dear friend. I love the West Kootenai area, and I love writing Marianna into other books.

5.    Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
The hardest book to write was Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Anderson. It was the true story of Kristen’s suicide attempt and how God saved her. The story is challenging because it’s a true story, and a heartbreaking one. I wanted to make sure I told Kristen’s story with honesty. It took time to work with her through all the layers of her heart and soul. I’m very happy with the result!

6.    Who is your favorite author and book?
I love Francine Rivers. My favorite book is A Voice in the Wind. That was the first novel that truly transported me to another place and time. I’ve enjoyed Francine’s books since then!

7.    What book are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading Fire by Night by Lynn Austin. I haven’t read many novels set in the Civil War but I’m enjoying it.

8.    Where do you get your plot ideas?
My favorite place to get plot ideas is from true stories. I’ve interviewed WWII veterans. I’ve interviewed Amish families. I’ve interviewed people from various walks of life, and they inspire me!

9.    What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love traveling, and spending time with my family. I love theme parks, roller coasters, cobble stone roads, antique stores, and museums. I love discovering the history of a place and meeting the locals.

10.    Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, my next novel The Kissing Bridge will be out in the spring. I’m also finishing up a true story of an Amish couple who lost two daughters in a horse and buggy and semi-truck accident. The title of that is Plain Faith, and it’s always so fun to see the book come to life!

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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life.  She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
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