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GIVE AWAY - SONG BIRD - TRICIA GOYER'S INTERVIEW


TRICIA GOYER SHORT BIO:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

What was your favorite scene to write in your book, Songbird? What was the hardest? Why?









My favorite scene was with the singers backstage. I felt like I was in the middle of an old black and white movie. The USO performers were professionals who loved entertaining the troops. Some were famous stars who travelled overseas. Others were girls who'd just left home, yet they all cared for their music and each other. The hardest scene to write, for me, is always the opening one. In fact, the first ten chapters are always the hardest. It takes time to figure out who these people are, where they're going, what they want, etc. After chapter ten I know them and the characters seem to take over and run the show.

How did you come up with the idea for Songbird? Was that your original title for this book? If not, what was you working title?

I came up with idea when Susan, an amazing author from Summerside asked me if I'd be interested in writing a retro, historical novel. The first idea that popped into my mind was a story I've been wanting to write for a while about USO singers. Ever since I started researching WWII I wanted to write about the entertainers who risked their lives to bring a little joy to the soldiers. I knew I wanted it to be in Germany after the end of the war. Songbird Under a German Moon came to mind, and the title stuck.


When you start a book how do you determine what time period you’ll write about? What do you try to include in your historical fiction books?

I have a few favorite historical time periods. WWII is by far the winner. I love everything about that era. I have 300+ books about WWII. I also really enjoy the old west and settlers. You'll see more about this time in history from me. I tend to pick a few time periods and really dig into them. Because of read so much and written so much, sometimes I feel as if I've lived then!




Out of all the interviews you’ve done is there a question that you wished someone would have asked you but didn’t? If so, what was the question? What is your answer?

Where can we send chocolate? LOL.


Okay, this is the real question: Do you every have times when you don't feel like writing.

Answer: yes, numerous times a week. But I force myself to get down and get started. Then after 10 or 15 minutes I start having fun!



What are you working on next? What can you tell us about it? When is the release date?

Currently, I'm working on Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington with my co-author Ocieanna Fleiss. It's set in the homefront during WWII. It's about the women who worked at Boeing, building the huge bombers. Ocieanna and I were able to interview four former factory workers, and they're amazing women. The release date is May 2010.

Can you share some of your testimony with us?

I grew up going to church, but as a teen I went my own way. A wake up call came when I found myself pregnant as a high school senior. I dropped out of school and felt very depressed and alone. It was then that women from my Mom and Grandma's Bible Study group reached out to me. Their love pointed me to the love of Christ, and I rededicated my life to Him. I was a mess, and although everything didn't change overnight God has transformed my life in amazing ways.

What part of the story comes first for you? Plot, characters, setting, subject matter? Is this how it usually works for you in your writing?

I usually start with the plot/setting. I know the main gist of the story and where/when I want it to take place. As I research, a character starts forming in my mind. I try to get as much information about the real people who lived there, and then I create characters who are as similar to real people as possible. I find the place/problem is always my launching point.

QUESTIONS I JUST KNOW YOU WANTED TO ASK TRICIA BUT WERE AFRAID TO SO I DID :D

What are your THREE Favorite books of all time?


The Bible :) Okay, that's a given.

1. The Hiding Place.

2. Band of Brothers.

3. Love Comes Softly.

What THREE things would you not want to live without? Not including my family, right?!
(Nora: Right!! )




My computer/Internet.

My cozy bed.

A library of books.

What THREE movies could you watch over and over again?

13 Going on 30.

The Sound of Music.

The Saint (and I do!)

(Nora: These are some of my favorite movies too!!)

If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people in the history of the world—alive or dead; who would you pick?(someone other than Jesus)













Corrie ten Boom

Catherine Marshall

A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What to events would you experience? Why?
















The liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp, May 5, 1945


















V-E Day in New York City May 8, 1945. I've written so much about these days I'd love to be there.

What T.V. shows were you most passionate as a kid? (You know the ones you couldn’t miss each week)












The Brady Bunch reruns.

The Cosby Show.

8 Name Three places you go on the web every day?

Truthfully?!

http://www.amazon.com/,

http://www.people.com/

http://www.facebook.com/

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

Thank you so much for having me! I love connecting with new friends. Also, be sure to check out my website: http://www.triciagoyer.com/

Tricia

Thanks so much Tricia for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I have enjoyed and learned so much from your books. REMEMBER if you are ever in the Atlanta area you’ll most definitely have to stop by and speak to my book clubs.

Blessings
Nora :D



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THE INTERVIEW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK. Drawing will be MARCH 25th.

CONGRATS DEBBIE PENNY!! You've won a copy of SONG BIRD!!Winner picked using Randomnumber.org.

THANKS TO EVERYONE that stopped by to encourage Tricia and learn more about her and her books.

I appreciate you encouraging me too. I learned along with you.

BLESSINGS

Nora :D


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37 comments:

  1. A very insightful interview! I, too, love the WWII period of history and am writing a novel based on that time. I follow Tricia on facebook, and would love to have a copy of Songbird Under A German Moon.

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  2. I totally LOVE Tricia's books. I love the WWII time period and am super excited for this chance to win it.

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  3. I have a great interest in this historical time period, too. I've read many of Tricia's WWII novels. I also follow her on Facebook. Would love to win a copy of Songbird Under a German Moon.
    patjeannedavis[at]verizon[dot]net

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  4. I love reading about WWII and this book looks great! Thanks for the chance. :)

    caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I really enjoy Tricia's writings on WWII. Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  6. I love history but haven't really studied WWII. I think I might like this book! Great interview girls!

    Gail Mundy

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  7. This book sounds wonderful! What a fun concept--a USO singer! I'd love to win a copy!

    srfbluemama[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Great interview. I enjoy historical fiction and haven't read many books on this era at all. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Corrie Ten Boom and Catherine Marshall are two of my favorite authors and female heroes of the faith too. Please enter me.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I loved reading all about Tricia! I can't imagine that she would ever not feel like writing, so I can believe it only takes her 10 or 15 minutes to get going. That girl is prolific. Love her sweet spirit. Great interview.

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  11. I really enjoyed the interview and the info about WWII. I think I would like to read this book.

    Gail Mundy

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  12. I enjoyed the interview and would love to win the book. Tisha

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  13. I love Tricia and haven't gotten this book - I would love to win a copy!

    Janna
    ryanx6 at msn dot com

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  14. Tricia, I met Ocieanna not too long ago here at a writers meeting in WA. I think it would be so fun to work on a collaborative project with a couple of my writing buddies. :) I bet you two have a blast together.

    I'd love the chance to read this book, Nora. Thanks for the chance. :)

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  15. Great interview ladies. I haven't read Tricia's books, but would love too. I'm always looking for a new author. Maybe this can be my first. . .

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  16. I really enjoyed this interview. I liked how open she is about her past and how the women in her life surrounded her with the love of Christ.

    Please enter me into the drawing. I would like to read this book.

    walkinfaith4him(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Nora, I really love your interviews, they are always so interesting. I got to meet Corrie ten Boom in my teens, she was so amazing! Please put my name in the hat for Songbird Under a German Moon, it sounds terrific. Thanks!

    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. I have never read Tricia Goyer books but I so want to. I am following her on twitter and facebook and I can just tell she is a wonderful author. Please enter me!!

    judyrivard(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. I enjiyed reading your interview with Tricia. This book sounds great! I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  20. Liz Curtiz Higgs is such an amazing person. She spoke at my church a few years back and she had the WHOLE audience in stitches!! I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  21. i love history! Great interview!!! please put my name in the pool.Betsy

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  22. I would like to be entered in your giveaway for this book. I've loved anything I could read or watch about WWII, the 40's and people of that era. Enjoyed the interview and getting to know Tricia Goyer.
    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  23. Thank you for the interview with Tricia. I enjoyed learning more about this gifted writer, and I would love to read her novel.
    As a writer, I especially loved hearing about how she sometimes doesn't like writing, too, and must force herself to get into it, as I struggle with this. It was also fun to learn of the books, movies, and shows that have influenced her.
    She's one of my fav's!
    Blessings:)
    mrs-b@shaw.ca

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  24. I always enjoyed watching the shows that Bob Hope put on for the troops when they were televised here, and Tricia's books reminds me of those times. Thank you for a very interesting interview and chance to win her book. And the Sound of Music is one of my very favorite movies also.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  25. Nora, I loved learning some facts about Tricia that I didn't know before, especially since I've also featured her books on my blog. (Most recently, All Things Hidden)Tricia seems like someone I could discuss books and writing and World War II with over coffee all afternoon.

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  26. Tricia's books sound great.I would love to win.I also enjoy reading about world war 11, sinse my dad fought in that war. agreatdayin2003@yahoo.com Thanks

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  27. Great Interview, Nora & Tricia!
    I, too, love the WWII time period and would love to win a copy of the book to read!
    Ann K.

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  28. I only became acquainted with Tricia after starting book reviews last June, and I love getting to know her!

    We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/03/songbird-under-german-moon.html

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  29. I liked all of the personal insights.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  30. The Sound of Music is a movie I watch over and over again too!

    Wendy
    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

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  31. I have just discovered Tricia's books in the past few months. I have really enjoyed them. The interview was great, it was wonderful to learn more about her.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  32. You got to ask her so many questions. I would love to be able ask some authors questions like that.It looks like it will be a really good book.
    debp
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  33. Great interview. The Hiding Place is one of my favourite books too. I'd love to win this book. nicolama at cogeco dot ca

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  34. This sounds like a great historical fiction! I have to agree with Tricia I too find Corrie ten Boom to be an amazing inspiring woman. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. We love reading about different historical events. This looks like a wonderful book. I'd love to win. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. CONGRATS DEBBIE PENNY!! You've won a copy of SONG BIRD!!

    THANKS TO EVERYONE that stopped by to encourage Tricia and learn more about her and her books.

    I appreciate you encouraging me too. I learned along with you.

    BLESSINGS

    Nora :D

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