Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jenny Knipfer & By the Light of the Moon series

Posted August 4, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Jenny Knipfer / 14 Comments

By the Light of the Moon Blog + Review TourWelcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for the By the Light of the Moon series by Jenny Knipfer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to chat with Jenny today about her books!

Ruby MoonTitle: Ruby Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #1
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: December 2019
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Ruby Moon embodies a tale of grief, guilt, and romance set on the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario during the mid 1890’s. Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident. Her maturity accelerates as the challenges of grief, and romance enter the scene.

Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened ruination of her father’s shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable–Jenay. Renault, her past enemy, suddenly becomes her friend then something more . . . Will she leave the man she loves for this new found affection?

Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life’s richest dramas are played out under the banner of two ruby colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her.


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Blue MoonTitle: Blue Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #2
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: December 2019
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

The year is 1885 and unwed Vanessa Gulet must surrender her newborn son to her married twin sister, Valerie, to raise. A seed of bitterness grows in Vanessa. When the opportunity arises for her to have what she’s always wanted, Vanessa takes it despite the consequences to her family. Will Vanessa and Valerie remain at odds or will they allow the power of forgiveness to heal their strained relationship?

In a new town and reunited with her son, Vanessa finds more than she bargained for: love, friendship, and a home. Vanessa and Michael (the manager at her newly inherited business) feel the pull of attraction towards each other. Vanessa trusts him, but comes to question this trust when she finds he’s kept something from her.

Valerie, overcome with loss and grief, faces the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis just as her identity as a mother is threatened. Will she and her husband forge through these trials together or will these upsets cause them to drift apart?

Love seems to bloom in the most unlikely of places in Webaashi Bay for an old friend of Jenay’s and a woman who owns the local dress shop. A parallel tale of love, forgiveness, and reuniting lost things is spun by a local author adding another dimension to the tale of the Gulet twins and their saga


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Silver MoonTitle: Silver Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #3
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.

Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?

Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts.

Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy.

Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.


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Hi Jenny! Welcome to the blog!

Jenny: Summer over Winter, but Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors and moderate temps.

Carrie: I’m winter or summer but I will wholeheartedly agree with you about fall!

Jenny: I like both, but as an adult, I’ve only had dogs for pets.

Carrie: yay for dogs!

Jenny: Tea, herbal usually. I like coffee, but the caffeine bothers me.

Carrie: Yeah caffeine can be tricky for some people. Which is always sad…

Jenny: Netflix. I’m not a huge fan of sweet romance movies. I prefer heavy dramas or mysteries.  

Carrie: I love watching the Hallmark mysteries channel 🙂

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Jenny: These days being strong. I battle muscle weakness on a daily basis and would love to live life without the hindrance. 

Carrie: I can totally relate. With my chronic Lyme disease, I have very similar issues. <gentle hugs>

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

Jenny: The historical or literary fiction area. 🙂

Carrie: Literary fiction is never a genre I would say I gravitate toward … BUT several of my favorite reads over the last few years have been literary fiction.

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Jenny: I usually write at night, tucked up in my old cozy blue chair with my iPad and a cup of tea.

Carrie: that sounds delightful!

Q: What surprised you about these books or your characters as you wrote the By the Light of the Moon series? 

Jenny: How easily they came to me. I just have to listen, and if I do, they tell me their stories.

Carrie: it’s always fascinating to me when writers say that 🙂

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined for each book before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Jenny: I always have a rough outline of how I want to process and what the crux of the plot is, but I let the characters form themselves as I write.

Carrie: the best of both worlds!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from the By the Light of the Moon series?

Jenny: I want my readers to be inspired, encouraged, or to ask the difficult questions about life and where they see God in the mix. With my first book, Ruby Moon, I want to relay the message that God is with us, even in the darkest of places. With Blue Moon, I desire readers to realize that forgiveness is always worth it, and with Silver Moon, I wish to inspire my readers to be courageous in the midst of hard times.

Carrie: beautifully said – i love that!

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.

Jenny: I’ve submitted my fourth book, Harvest Moon, in my series, By the Light of the Moon, to my editor and will begin the publishing process soon. I’d like a release date of early winter 2020, but I may hold off, due to health reasons, until the fall of 2021.

Jenny Knipfer

Jenny Knipfer lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling. Her favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set.

CONNECT WITH JENNY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

By the Light of the Moon JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a necklace made by the author!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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What about you? What interests you most about the By the Light of the Moon series and/or my Q&A with Jenny Knipfer?

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14 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jenny Knipfer & By the Light of the Moon series

  1. Dianne Casey

    Jenny is a new author to me. Sounds like a great series. Looking forward to reading the books.

  2. Roxanne C.

    Jenny Knipfer is a new author to me. I enjoyed the Q&A as well as reading the synopsis of each of the first three books in her series By the Light of the Moon.

  3. Vivian Furbay

    This is a new author and a new series to me. Since I like historical fiction, I sure would like to read these books.

  4. Lori Smanski

    thanks for sharing today. Fall is my favorite time of year also. Thanks for sharing the Q & A This seems like a fabulous idea for a series

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