Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Joan C. Benson & His Gift

Posted September 26, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Joan C Benson / 16 Comments

His Gift JustRead Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for His Gift by Joan Benson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m honored to have Joan on the blog today, chatting about His Gift!

His GiftTitle: His Gift by Joan C. Benson
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Release Date:
July 26, 2020

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Dreams Can Come True!

Brace yourself for a thrilling race through the twists and turns of a young woman determined to see her dream come true. On the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929, seventeen-year-old Molly has aspirations for a career in music after high school. With the passion of an athlete preparing for the Olympics, she trains relentlessly to become the best she can be. As her world collapses in unimaginable ways, she is left to find peace and purpose in the midst of her crisis. The message of His Gift is universal to anyone who has ever dared to dream in spite of uncontrollable circumstances. The reader will discover with Molly, the hope and peace in a life when yielded to the Giver of all gifts.


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Hi Joan! Welcome to the blog!

Joan: DOGS – They tend to be more affectionate to their people, and find great joy in just “being together.” Cats tend to be more independent, and give back when they decide to. 😊

Carrie: I completely agree!

Joan: MUSIC – I am from a musical family, and play the piano myself. I find pleasure in many genres of music.

Carrie: I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano!

Joan: OCEAN – I used to live near the Rocky Mountains of CO and loved snow skiing. Now that I’m older, I live near the Atlantic Ocean, and love to walk on the beach, especially at sunrise or sunset. Spectacular. Awesome. Glory of the creation revealed.

Carrie: My ideal place to live is a mountain coast off the ocean 🙂

Joan: PRINT – I tend to cherish my books, highlighting, and underlining treasured lines.

Carrie: i do that with ebooks but not with print lol

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

Joan: I love to encourage people. Life can be tough and my superpower is to listen and offer hope.

Carrie: i love that ♥

Q: Other than the Bible, what are some of your most cherished books?

Joan: Madeleine L’Engle’s personal life stories: A Circle of Quiet, and A Two-Part Invention; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (and the rest in the series) by C.S. Lewis, Her Mother’s Hope, Marta’s Legacy Series #1 by Francine Rivers

Carrie: love those authors!

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

Joan: The deadliest jellyfish in the world found in the waters around Australia. Of the 50 or so species of box jellyfish, also called sea wasps, only a few have venom that can be lethal to humans. It can kill a person in a couple of minutes before help can arrive, in most cases. I was able to interview a researcher at the Cairn University to prepare for writing a nonfiction book for educational publishing. Very cool!

Carrie: oh wow!

Q: What surprised you about His Gift or your characters as you wrote their story? 

Joan: Since the story was based on a true event in my mother’s life, I felt I needed to distance myself from her character in order to let my fictional heroine develop into her own person. It helped me do so by naming her Molly as opposed to my mother’s real name, Milly. The surprising part was how Molly truly became her own vibrant self as she responded to the tumultuous conflict caused by The Great Depression.

Carrie: i love how you let her become her own person

Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote His Gift

Joan: Yes, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto in C Minor. It is a romantic, yet melancholy, passionate piece of Russian music. At the beginning of my writing, my book’s working title was A Haunting Melody. Even if you aren’t into classical music, this amazing composition is worth a listen.

Carrie: it definitely is!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from His Gift?

Joan: I want people to have hope even when they face obstacles or even experience great losses. When yielding our dreams to the Giver of all dreams, we can find peace and purpose for living.

Carrie: Amen ♥

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.

Joan: I am working on a book about young women in crisis. I worked for three years as a trained counselor at a women’s resource center, and it is through their  stories and tears that I once again write to offer hope and a light to those struggling in the darkness.

Thank you for the privilege of talking with you! 😊

Joan C. Benson

Joan C. Benson is a freelance writer, a former reading specialist and educator, wife, mother of four adult children, and a proud grandmother to eight cherished grandchildren. She has been a contributing author to numerous magazines from children to adult content. With a long career of writing for English language learners, Joan has contributed to both student and teacher programs for various educational publishers creating all genres of texts and curriculum. Most recently, her debut historical fiction novel, His Gift, was released by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. Joan lives in Chesapeake, VA, with her husband and their two Bichon Frisé dogs. Follow her at

CONNECT WITH JOAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

His Gift JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

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 September 22, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 29, 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.

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16 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Joan C. Benson & His Gift

  1. James Robert

    Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. Lori Smanski

    thank you for the wonderful interview today. I am like you, my super power would be making others smile and listening so they can feel better and empowered. One of my spiritual gifts is shepherding. Not something I understood at first, but God has lead me on a journey and He is using me in ways I would never have imagined. Helping others is just a small part of it. Thank you Jesus

  3. Suzanne Sellner

    You sound like such an encourager. I would love to read your book and learn from your wisdom while being entertained.

  4. Connie Scruggs

    The book sounds really good.
    By the way, I have three cats and they are very loving. One guards me. He lays somewhere near me when I’m in bed.

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