Did you hear my fangirl squawk just now? That’s because LINDA GOODNIGHT is on the blog today! I’ve been a fan of Linda’s for just forever, and I’m super thankful to my dear Ruth Logan Herne for connecting us.
Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction, Linda Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, ACFW Book of the Year, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine.
Linda has appeared on the Christian bestseller list and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world.
She and husband Gene live in Oklahoma with their daughters, Masha & Victoria.
Hi Linda! I’m so honored to have you on the blog! I’ve been gobbling up your books for several years now!! 🙂
Linda: And I love your blog! Thank you for what you do for readers and writers—and thank you for the kind words about my books! You’re a blessing.
Carrie: Eep! (again) <tries to pull it together> It truly is my pleasure. And thank you for YOUR kind words!
I start all of my guests with a fast four –
Linda: Apples. They’re so versatile. Apple pie, caramel apples, apples with pork, apple strudel, and on and on. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!
Carrie: Mmmm… me too. In fact, this question almost always makes me hungry because almost everyone chooses apples!
Linda: Winter. I like to snuggle up in warm sweaters and sweat pants to read or cook soups and hot breads. (Food, again!)
Carrie: 1000 times yes to this answer. I love!
Linda: Dogs. I like both, actually, but I love the way dogs adore me, so I adore them back. We have three dogs, one indoors, and he never lets me out of his sight. Don’t you just love that kind of devotion?
Carrie: <glances at my own 65-lb dog who is currently sprawled across my legs> Yes, I so do. Just about nothing like it.
Linda: Tea. I drink copious amounts every day. Hot or cold, I just love the taste. I have a glass on my desk right now!
Carrie: One of the rare authors who chooses ‘tea’ … do they let you into meetings? 😉
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Linda: Ooh, a superpower. Yes! I’ve always wanted one…or two. Without sounding too heavy, I’d really like to the power to open people’s eyes to the wonder and truth of Jesus.
Carrie: That is a superpower I think all of us should aspire to have!
Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Linda: My nightstand is momentarily empty but my Amazon shopping cart is loaded up with Charles Martin’s Water from my Heart and Ruth Logan Herne’s More than a Promise. I really enjoy both of these authors so I’m sure to love these books, too.
Carrie: I have yet to have the privilege of reading a Charles Martin book but I have read Ruthy’s More Than A Promise – you will absolutely love it!
If I snuck a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Linda: The contents of my purse reveal way too many of my quirks. At all times I have at least two bottles of hand sanitizer, a bunch of tissues—I mean, a big bunch, and several packs of mints and gum. What? Am I afraid there will be shortage? Oh, and my purse says I’m a secret slob. All those gum wrappers and cash register receipts and other mysterious bits residing in the bottom!
Carrie: ha! Your purse sounds a lot like my purse! Except mine always has a book in it too. A bit of helpful info: If you ever visit the aquarium in Atlanta (and if you have the chance you absolutely should), make sure you’ve stashed your gum somewhere safe ahead of time. Because they will go through your purse before they let you in and they will confiscate any and all packages of gum. Sigh. Not that I’m still bitter about the three or four brand new packages of gum that I had to surrender about 8 years ago. Nope. Not at all. 😉
In The Rain Sparrow, you combine a little mystery, a little romance, a little southern fiction… and a heroine with the best name ever 😉 Carrie is a librarian who struggles with fear. The hero, Hayden, is a writer with more than his share of secrets. Which of these two characters is your favorite? (Or is that like asking a parent to name a favorite child? Lol)
Linda: Being perfectly candid here and I hope my other characters don’t get upset, but in every book I almost always have a favorite. Although I loved Carrie and her super cool name, Hayden had my heart. I absolutely loved this guy. He was so wounded but he fought to overcome all that damage and wanted so much to be a good and worthy man. And he really, really needed somebody to love him enough that the past didn’t matter. I fell for him the moment he appeared in my head and told me his secret pain.
Carrie: You always write such great heroes that I’ll forgive you for not picking Carrie 😉
Your newest release with Love Inspired, Lone Star Dad, also focuses on characters who are keeping secrets. If you were in Quinn’s position, what would you do?
Linda: I’d probably react just like Quinn. I was raised to believe it was wrong to “air your dirty linen”, so if something shames or embarrasses me, I tend to keep it to myself and fight it out alone. I struggle with letting anyone see how flawed I am (though it’s probably clear to all!)
Carrie: I tend to be the same way.
What do you most want readers to take away from your books?
Linda: I like to say I write books of hope and light in a sometimes dark world, so I want readers to be encouraged and uplifted after they read one of my books. I want them to close the pages believing that, with God’s help, life can be good even when we go through hard times.
Carrie: Amen. We so desperately need hope and light and the belief in God’s goodness in this world lately.
Again, Linda, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Linda: Thank you so much, Carrie (of the cool name).
Exciting things are coming next spring! My publisher plans to re-release The Rain Sparrow in paperback paired with a classic story by the incomparable Debbie Macomber. The dual book will be titled The Road to Love and releases in March. Then in April, book three of the Honey Ridge Novels, The Innkeeper’s Sister hits the shelves. Both of these books are already available for preorder on Amazon. How cool is that!?
Carrie: This interview has made me smile! And I’m looking so forward to both of your upcoming releases! Come back and visit the blog anytime, ok?
A stranger’s arrival in a small Southern town stirs up old secrets and new dreams in this beautiful story full of hope and haunting mystery, and with the power to win your heart
Renowned yet private, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. As he is deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a family remain unsatisfied, and he can trust no one with his secrets. He’s determined to outrun his personal demons, but the charming old Peach Orchard Inn and a woman whose presence is as gentle as a sparrow’s song stops him in his tracks.
Carrie Riley is afraid of everything from flying to thunderstorms, and pretty much of life itself. But meeting the enigmatic writer staying at the inn emboldens her to learn everything about him. When they discover a vulnerable boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is compelled to help Carrie protect him. Soon they’re led to a centuries-old mystery that haunts Hayden’s sleep, and his only safe haven is Carrie. As the secrets of the past and present cause their lives to become entwined, all that’s left to come to light is love—if the grim truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
Nurse Gena Satterfield knew raising her rebellious nephew, Derrick, would be tough, but moving to Gabriel’s Crossing was supposed to help ease the transition into their new reality.
That was before she realized her new neighbor was Quinn Buchanon—her teenage crush, the town’s onetime star quarterback…and Derrick’s father.
Her sister’s dying wish was that Gena keep this secret.Yet watching Quinn connect with the boy and penetrate his angry walls, Gena begins to see him in a whole new light.
Now, torn between the truth and the promise she made, Gena has to follow her heart. And hope they can all heal together…as a family.
What about you? What’s something you tend to overstock in your purse?