Happy Wednesday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the mystery/suspense/thriller & romantic suspense categories, including Jaime Jo Wright and her Carol Award nominated book The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award Winning author Jaime Jo Wright, pens romantic suspense stained with history’s secrets. Coffee drinker by day, and coffee drinker by night. Visit her at http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com
THE RECKONING AT GOSSAMER POND
GENRE: Inspirational Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2018
For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant façade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.
Hi, dear Jaime Jo! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Jaime Jo: I write fiction because stories live inside of me and swirl in my brain and demand that they must come out! Specifically, I like to write Christian fiction because it takes the reader to a deeper level than merely simple entertainment. Hopefully, readers will discover something that encourages or challenges their faith-walk.
Carrie: I’m so glad that you have swirling stories in your brain that demand your attention because then we all benefit!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Jaime Jo: I cherish my copy of Heidi mostly because it was the first big classic my Dad and I read together as a kid, and many people don’t realize the original text was written from a Christian perspective! I also totally dig my Colleen Coble collection. I mean, that’s technically more than 1, but it’s a collection which indicates a singular package of many. Right? I can stretch this a bit, can’t I?
Carrie: Welllll….since it’s Colleen Coble, I’ll allow it 😉
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Jaime Jo: How long can a person survive in a coffin buried underground and blood spatter patterns if struck repeatedly from behind.
Q: Which of your main characters (either in The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond or over all you’ve written) is most like you?
Jaime Jo: In The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, I would have to say I’m probably most like Jacobus. I tend to answer emotional issues clinically and theologically, while internally, I’m a boiling package of emotions.
Carrie: I would say my husband is like that too – I just let it all boil out LOL
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond?
Jaime Jo: Grace. To have grace. To avoid the very popular pitfall of Christian discrimination that comes from being so concerned with doing what honors the Lord that we eliminate grace and forgiveness for fear we are justifying sin.
Carrie: I can’t even put into words how much I love this answer! Yes.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond?
Carrie: Oh wow, that’s so profound!
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