Friday, May 30, 2008

An Interview with Tricia Goyer on A Whisper of Freedom

In my recent interview with Tricia Goyer, she speaks from her heart about A Whisper of Freedom, the third and final inspirational historical novel of her Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series.


Tricia, I've read your entire fiction series, Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, from the first book through the third and most recent, A Whisper of Freedom. What would you hope has changed in me from my exposure to these stories and characters? In other words, how will reading this series make the reader a better person?

First, I hope that people understand The Spanish Civil War better. It's such a little-known time in history. Second, I'd hope that readers can see that one person can make a difference if they're willing to step out in faith. Sophie never planned to impact Spain--she was going there for love--but in the end, her being there changed so much.

Who were some of your favorite characters in the series, and why?

I love Sophie. She was such an amazing person--an artist, a seeker, and a friend. I also loved Father Manuel. I was able to share my own faith-questions through him. For example, Why do bad things happen to good people? Is God present even during the difficult seasons of our lives.

What settings did you most enjoy? Did you visit all of the settings you describe in the books?

Unfortunately, I have not been to Spain. I would have LOVED to go!

My favorite setting was Madrid. The city seemed to have so much personality! The people, of course, are the heart of the city and I fell in love with them.

Will the reader be satisfied with the denouement of Sophie's adventures in Spain? When is it appropriate for an author to leave aspects of plot resolution to the reader's imagination?

As with any book the challenge is knowing what to wrap up and what to end. In my mind this series can go on and on ... I can imagine more adventures for these people. But for the sake of the book, I had to bring it to a conclusion. And while there is a lot of "the war" and mystery concerning Spain's treasure still in question, I felt the resolution within the characters was complete. They had changed and grown so much, and that is what makes a satisfying resolution.

To keep from spoiling the ending for your readers, I'll ask this question carefully: Certain characters depart the scene before the end of the book and are never heard from again. Will these characters perhaps show up in another historical series in a whole new setting, hunting for the same elusive collection of objects mentioned in this book?

I sure hope so!I would LOVE to write that series. Can you imagine them all together ... on a different continent! I have no plans for that currently, but you never know!!!

What else is on your heart to say about these books, now that all three have been published?

I didn't know what I was getting into when I started writing these books. My heart was drawn to the conflict, but I knew little of individual stories. Overall, I personally feel I understand so much more about what it's like to face a war that it's almost certain you will lose. It's also a good reminder that no matter what outer conflicts we face, God can do amazing things on the inside.

Thanks for having me!


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tricia Goyer's A Whisper of Freedom--The Blog Tour with a Quest!

Sophie has endured heartbreak and intrigue. Can she survive this one last dangerous challenge?

Who knows about the treasure besides Walt, Philip, and Sophie? Will Michael prove a threat to their plan? And will Jose find his wife safe? Will Deion ever see the nurse, Gwen, again?

If you've read Book 1 (A Valley of Betrayal) and Book 2 (A Shadow of Treason) of Tricia Goyer's Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, of course you'll have to complete the series by reading A Whisper of Freedom.

Read an excerpt from Chapter One of Tricia Goyer's final book in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series:

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Join our MEME Treasure Hunt. Post a comment on my blog with your answers to the MEME below:

1. List three things you would do with a chest full of gold (assuming you got to keep it!)

  • Pay off our debts.
  • Set aside a designated amount for church and charities.
  • Take a trip for two to Europe or Fiji, somewhere, anywhere, adventuresome where we've never been (my husband and me)

2. List three charities/missions/organizations you support (and why).

  • Our church--because it preaches the gospel and encourages believers
  • Samaritan's Purse--because it meets people's physical needs while sharing Jesus Christ with them
  • Open Doors--because it supports the persecuted Church, our brothers and sisters who need us to remember them as they suffer for their faith.

3. List three ways you have volunteered your time/services.

  • Served on the board of my local writers guild
  • Raised money to fight AIDS in Africa
  • Chaperoned youth at leadership training meetings and conventions

4. List three things you keep "hidden" when company comes over.

  • Dirty clothes--hopefully hampered out of sight
  • Dirty dishes--parked in dishwasher
  • General clutter--unfortunately, it's often everywhere, especially when our daughter's just moved home from college and then three days later left the country

5. List the last three things you've lost.

  • A ring I really liked, on an airplane
  • My swimsuit (but not while swimming, thank goodness)
  • My way, because I didn't get reverse directions and the freeway system was complicated

6. List the last three things you've found.

  • New writing friends--in our writers guild and also online
  • My cell phone--left in the car, again
  • Directions, after I no longer needed them

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Open My Eyes and Drink It In

"I meant 2 show u the ring i m wearing 2day. Bought this native-made mosaic gold ring on ponte vecchio-vecchio bridge-in florence italy 35 years ago-when i was 21. Now its ur turn! Love u."

A text message I sent our daughter this week flooded me with memories of my adventures in Europe at age 21 and delighted me for her in anticipation of the memories she will make as she begins her tour of Italy--today! Few things can be more life-changing than to view fresh worlds through youthful eyes. And youth comes in many ages. The same scenery I view daily can become a fresh world if I only look for the newness, for details I've never noticed before. What a wondrous world we live in, so full of unique people, varied histories, art, architecture, and nature. What lessons would God have me learn from what I observe today?

Ciao bella, Emily.