Featured Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Featured Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard
Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty romance novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner.

A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of becoming an author.

She lives in East Texas with her husband and children.

The following is a February 2015 interview with Elizabeth.


 

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Tell us a little about yourself.

The Camera Never Lies
The Camera Never Lies

I’m a 7th generation Texan who recently moved to Minneapolis during the coldest week of winter. I have four children and I’m still home schooling three of them, and I help my husband in ministry. I started pursuing writing for publication in 2001, and to date have twenty-plus novels.

 

What inspired you to become a novelist, and did you always want to write?

I’ve always loved to read novels, and to write, in general, so I suppose it was just a matter of time before those things came together. I knew I wanted to write, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to focus on articles or novels. Then in 2001 I joined ACFW (then ACRW) and started submitting a chapter a week to my new critique group. Joining that organization changed my life. I finally had direction.

 

What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?

Christian fiction is significant because it’s like Jesus telling His stories, or parables. People were able to understand the Truth, understand spiritual matters easier through stories. It’s the same for Christian fiction. Biblical truths come out through stories. Or characters struggle in their faith walk and readers can identify with them and be encouraged in their own spiritual journey.

 

How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write?

Love in the Air
Love in the Air

I hope they are entertained and have a powerful emotional experience, but most of all I hope they come away with a spiritual nugget. I hope they are changed after reading one of my stories.

 

What responses to your novels have affected you the most and why?

I’ve had a number of readers tell me that when they are feeling down, they pick up one of my novels and it takes them away to a new place.  I’ve heard that response repeatedly and that’s served to confirm what I now consider my brand—escape to adventure, romance and suspense. I want readers to escape from their troubles, and while they’re experiencing suspense, mystery, romance and adventure, they can also be encouraged, and walk away from the book feeling better.

 

How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

Rarely do I start a novel with a spiritual theme in mind, but I’ve found that theme grows as the characters come alive on the page. I’ve been more than surprised at the spiritual message in my stories and often believe the message is for me, as much as for readers.

 

Other than being a novelist, what other goals do you have for your life?

Love on the Slopes
Love on the Slopes

That’s a tough question. Writing novels is pretty all-consuming, but I’d say I want to have more impact on my neighbors and those around me through Bible studies or prayer groups or some sort of outreach to help people. Doesn’t sound like a big or lofty goal, but I think it’s meaningful and important.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? Did you seriously ask that? Between home schooling and writing, I don’t have much spare time, but I’m sure it’s just a season in my life. But what I’d love to do if I had some time, is go hiking. I love a good nature walk.

 

What can you tell us about your latest novels?

The Mountain Cove series is about a family of search and rescue volunteers, and the first book BURIED features avalanche specialist, Cade Warren and legal investigator Leah Marks. The stories are all set in southeast Alaska, a stunning landscape. I’m very excited about this series!

 

What stories can your fans expect from you in the days ahead?

9780373487110Romantic suspense. I’m in love with the genre. I’m thinking about adding some historical elements to my stories. We’ll see how it goes.

 

What would you like to say to your upcoming fans in New Zealand and around the world?

I love how the internet lets us connect so easily. It’s hard to fathom but the digital age makes the world much smaller. I love to connect so stop by my website and say hello via my contact page or connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Do you have any parting words?

Thank you for all you do in spreading the good news of Christian fiction.

 


 

Buried
Buried

Buried
by Elizabeth Goddard

  • Love Inspired
  • Contemporary Suspense
  • January 2015
  • ISBN: 9780373446452


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NOWHERE TO HIDE

Fleeing to Alaska is the only option for Leah Marks after witnessing a murder. Afraid for her life, the legal investigator hopes a remote cabin will be a safe shelter. But the killer has tracked her to Mountain Cove. As he chases her into snow-packed Dead Falls Canyon, an avalanche buries them both. Saved by daring search and rescue specialist Cade Warren, Leah longs to tell him the truth. But how can she, without bringing even more danger into Cade’s life? Especially when they discover the killer is very much alive and waiting to take them both down.


Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

 


 

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Untraceable
by Elizabeth Goddard

  • Love Inspired
  • Contemporary Suspense
  • March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780373446575


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NO WAY OUT 

On a daring mission, search-and-rescue specialist Heidi Warren and her team step onto an icy Alaska mountaintop…and right into a trap. A stranded gang of thieves holds them at gunpoint, forcing them to serve as guides along the treacherous path. Menaced on all sides by dangerous weather, deadly terrain and murderous criminals, Heidi desperately needs someone to trust. But her rescue partner, Isaiah Callahan, is keeping secrets from her. Secrets that ended their chance at a relationship before it could even begin. Yet her survival depends on finding a way to trust Isaiah when a blizzard starts closing in and her options start running out.

Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

 


 

Backfire
Backfire

Backfire
by Elizabeth Goddard

  • Love Inspired
  • Contemporary Suspense
  • June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780373446742


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NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE

Tracy Murray had thought she’d be safe disappearing in the wilds of Alaska after her testimony put away a gang leader. But the gang symbol tattooed on an attacker’s arm means the clock has run out. She’s been found—and she knows the killers won’t let her escape alive again. She can’t fight an entire gang alone—she needs help. But when she finds herself relying on widowed firefighter David Warren, a new struggle emerges. Fleeing Alaska and cutting all ties could be the only way to survive – …but it would mean leaving her heart behind.


Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

 


 

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