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Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins on 10/18 at noon, mountain time and ends on 10/20 at midnight. Take your time and enjoy all 25 stops! We hope you visit all the authors’ blogs and discover their new or soon-to-be-released titles!
Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #26, then fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 25 stops, within 24 hours of email notification, or another winner will be randomly drawn.
The prizes include: Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt—25 books with a total value of over $300! Open to international entrants. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. I am offering a bonus giveaway!
Today I have the pleasure of introducing Tricia Goyer who is an awesome author, wife, mom, inspiration, and encourager!
Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Find out more at her website, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.
Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.
Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.
I was sitting at a long table with my bookstore owner friends and three Amish couples. We were chatting about some of the true stories that inspired my novels when one of the Amish men paused with his forkful of mashed potatoes halfway to his lips.
“I might have a story idea for you,” Myron said.
I nodded and smiled. I hear this comment often. Everyone has a story idea—from the person sitting next to me on the airplane, to my Bible study leader, to my husband’s best friend. Everyone.
“Really, what is it?” I asked.
“Well, it’s my grandma’s story. She was born Englisch, but during the Great Depression her parents were dirt poor. Every day they sent her to their Amish neighbor’s house around mealtime. They had nothing to offer and the Amish family always had compassion. One day when the neighbors took my grandmother home, her parents were gone! They said they loved her but had nothing to offer. They knew she’d be able to survive with the Amish family, so they left her there.”
My eyes filled with tears, and I pushed back my slice of coconut cream pie. Before I could ask more questions, the conversation moved to another direction. Still that story lingered. What would it be like to grow up Amish and then discover such truth?
I thought about the Great Depression. My grandma lives with me, and she’s told me lots of stories. She took a bath in a tin tub and only had one dress. They ate the same food every day—beans and bread—but she didn’t think much of it. As I thought about my Amish character, whom I named Rose, my grandma’s stories wove their way into my thinking. Rose began to come alive.
Then I considered the type of man Rose would love. He’d be strong and brave, and he’d have something to say about World War II . . . the war going on just as they entered adulthood. My mind traveled to WWII veterans whom I’ve interviewed. One veteran, Bill Mann, was a Christian pacifist. He felt shooting anyone was wrong—even an enemy—so he became an ambulance driver. The Amish were also pacifists, yet a few joined the military to join the medical corp. They followed their beliefs even though their whole community was against just a thing.
Three stories from three different people who lived the same generation merged to form Rose and Jonathan’s story. These characters came alive as I thought about the real people who inspired them.
I never get tired of hearing people’s stories, and now you know why. There is so much rich emotion and history in every gray-haired person. My job is to pull those stories out and give readers some enjoyment, while also providing a glimpse into the past. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than that!
THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY: Before you go, write down the STOP #11 clue: to suspense
Your next stop is Tricia Goyer’s Blog.
Make sure you visit all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site, to be in the running for all the big prizes!
If you’d like to win a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall (3 winners, 1 book each), please do two of the following and leave a comment to tell me what you did: Comment about Tricia’s article above, sign up to receive my email newsletter (box is on the right, above), share this link on Facebook, Like my Facebook Author Page, or Tweet: I want to read the Governess of Highland Hall by @Carrieturansky. I will draw a winner on Monday, Oct. 21.