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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing blog hop is a giant game of tag to help readers discover authors who are new to them. For this hop, authors are answering questions about what we’re working on now. This week, I’m “it” thanks to my amazing friend Lynne Gentry. Visit her blog to see what she’s up to and to follow the bunny trail back and also hop forward to find other authors. Follow the hop long enough and you’re bound to find books you’ll love!

Here is my Next Big Thang!

1. What is the working title of your book?
Plain Fear: FORGIVEN is my next book releasing from Sourcebooks in August. It is the 3rd book in my Plain Fear series, which is an Amish/vampire tale. I am busy doing the line edits this week.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea of an Amish/vampire story came to me and I laughed it off and put it aside. But it kept coming back to me, so I began to pray about it. I didn’t want to simply write an edgy story to be edgy or attempt to hit a market of two very popular genres. With trepidation, I ventured into this project. But once I felt like I understood the heart of my book—that this was a good versus evil story and very much about spiritual warfare—my enthusiasm skyrocketed. Praying about it gave me peace that God wanted me to write it. There is a battle being waged in this world, whether we realize it or not, and hopefully my book gives a glimpse into that battle.

3. What genre does your book come under?
This book doesn’t fit easily into a genre. It more easily fits into the vampire genre than the Amish genre, but I tend to think of it more in general fiction or romance.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh boy. This is a really tough question as these characters live in my head so clearly. But it’s also a fun question to think about. Plain Fear: Forgiven tells the story of the youngest Fisher brother, Samuel. Liam Hemsworth would make a wonderful Samuel, who is a conflicted and driven young man. Emma Stone would make a great Andi, who is romantically involved with Samuel. But to complete the love triangle, we need an actress to play a strong and devout young woman who encourages and pushes Samuel to make a hard decision. AnnaSophia Robb would make a beautiful and courageous Naomi.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Samuel Fisher committed a sin of biblical proportions—he killed his own brother, Jacob. Samuel’s guilt overwhelms him as he struggles to understand the choices Jacob made which led to his death. Haunted by doubts and questions, Samuel starts down the same dark path of destruction. In the gripping final battle between hunters and vampires, Samuel must choose where his loyalties lie. The decisions he makes not only threaten the lives of those he loves, but determine if he will ultimately be forgiven.

Sorry, that wasn’t one sentence, was it? Close enough.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It’s published by Sourcebooks.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about six or seven months to write the rough draft of FORGIVEN but then I spent another few months revising and polishing the manuscript before turning it into my publisher.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure there is anything out there like the Plain Fear series.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, which I’m a huge fan of both the book and musical. Christine is naïve and young and she opens her mind to a dark force. There’s a line in the musical that resonates in me: “I gave my mind blindly.” And that is exactly what Hannah, the heroine in the first book, did. For this series, I wanted to show how alluring evil really is. Evil doesn’t look scary at first. It’s appealing. Satan doesn’t appear to us with a forked tongue or horns and pitchfork. He was the most beautiful angel, the worship leader in the heavenly realms. But he fell. He became the father of lies. He distorts the truth and draws us toward evil and sin with promises and appealing whispers. It’s why my story needed someone innocent of this world, like an Amish girl, so I could show how easily we are deceived.

Below you will find 2 authors who will be joining the blog hop next Wednesday. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

You don’t want to miss my BFF, Dorothy Love, who is a fabulous writer and who has some great inspirational fiction to offer.

And, a very dear friend of mine, Jennifer Archer, is an amazing writer. I love her women’s fiction but also you will love her young adult fiction.

Author/Pet interview…please welcome Elizabeth Goddard!

Welcome, Beth Goddard and Dekker! So glad to have you both here.

Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for dropping by today! This is my first author interview! So I guess you could say you’re my guinea pig. But I do appreciate you playing along! I hope readers will enjoy seeing a different side of their favorite authors! So, Elizabeth, what is your favorite kind of a pet? Dog, cat, guinea pig? And why?

I love animals—but I’m severely allergic to them. Hence, I must take five different allergy medications in order to exist with our pets. Not my choice, mind you—my husband is an animal fanatic. I’ve often wondered—why did God put me, a person allergic to animals, with this man? But, allergies don’t change the fact that I love pets and I think my favorite pets are dogs. The reason? I think of the movie “UP” where Doug (the main dog character) says, “I just met you and I love you.” Is there anything better than that?

I’m allergic to cats, and I have a cat, so I totally understand! How many pets do you have today?

Five! A female hamster named Oliver, a dwarf hamster named Lulu, a cockatiel that was first named Balthier but then HE laid an egg so my son renamed her Fran, a quaker/parrot named Pickles and then our new puppy named Dekker (yes after Ted). We recently lost our Jack Russell named Captain Jack Sparrow because of his patched eye.

Oh, so sorry about losing Capt. Jack Sparrow. Love the names of your pets! And Dekker is adorable! Have you ever rescued an animal?

Turtles off the street.

Do you ever incorporate animals into your novels?

Sometimes. My mystery romance—THE CAMERA NEVER LIES—releases in December and Murphy is a Jack Russell who actually plays a role in solving the mystery. The character, Polly, named him Murphy after Murphy’s law—you can figure out why. ☺

What was your favorite character animal? I love Murphy, though he’s really in the background—not even physically present in the story—my character thinks about him a lot because she misses him.

Has one of your own pets been the inspiration for a pet/character in a novel?

Jack, the JRT who recently died, was the inspiration for Murphy. Years ago I watched “Wishbone” with the kids and fell in love with him. Finally we got our own Jack Russell but he turned out to be much more cantankerous than Wishbone.

What is the funniest thing you’ve seen one of your animals do?

My daughter used to sing “opera”—just playing around of course—and our cockatiel would literally open her beak at the right moments, making it appear like she was singing the opera. Also, my daughter was able to get Jack to say I love you. Uh huh, it’s true.

Wow! Those are great stories! Is there a secret that only our pet knows?

Perhaps. But let’s keep it that way. LOL

I completely understand! What is your pet’s pet peeve about you?

Pickles the parrot is jealous of me because he loves Dan. I can’t sit near Dan or talk to him, if Pickles is out or he will bite me. Yikes! But let’s talk about Dekker too. He’s a fairly new puppy and has only been with us a few weeks now. I think his pet peeve is that while I’m eating my bacon for breakfast, I won’t let him on the sofa next to me.

Poor Dekker! So deprived. I bet my Hilo Monster could teach him a few nifty tricks to get that bacon. What is your pet peeve about your pet?

My pet peeve is the reverse of the above—I hate that he has to be next to me while I’m eating breakfast, or any meal for that matter. I don’t particular like having him stare at me while I’m eating.

It’s the old guilt-trip at work. Thank you so much for taking the time to be with us, Elizabeth! Now, I’d love to ask Dekker a few questions. Hi, Dekker! Down! Really come on, get DOWN! Now, what would be the title of your autobiography?


I bet that’s a common one that my pets could relate to. You should write it! Now, if you were to write a novel, would your friend, Elizabeth, inspire one of the characters?

I don’t know about friends, but Pickles the parrot would end up my favorite chew-toy.

LOL! What’s your favorite movie?

UP. . .

Oh, that’s a good one! What musical instrument would you like to play?

Juice harp

I would definitely like to see that, Dekker! What do you think about cats? Dogs?

Cats–I haven’t met one that I didn’t like—translate, I haven’t met one yet. I’ve only met two dogs—the one next door named Chloe and she doesn’t like me, and the one behind the mirror—he’s really something and I like him a lot.

Dekker, you are so cute! Where do you sleep at night?

In the bedroom with the boys, inside my comfy crate with all my blankets and pillows.

That sounds nice and cozy. What do you do when your friend is writing?

I keep jumping on the funny black box that she has in her lap instead of me.

Good going! The Hilo Monster would be proud of you! What is your idea of bliss?

Laying on my back and having my belly scratched.

Nothing better than that! What is your friend’s idea of bliss?

She loves to eat chocolate and it’s so rare and special, that she won’t share it with me.

I think she’s trying to protect you. Thank you, Dekker and Elizabeth, for being with us today! You take care of your friend now, ya hear?

Elizabeth has a new book out called Disarming Andi! Here’s a little info about it:

Disarming Andi

Vance Young inherits a missile launch site—a relic from the cold war buried beneath the plains of North Dakota—from his great-uncle, a man he never knew. An astronomy fanatic, Vance needs free access to the night skies, so he doesn’t consider staying in the underground dwelling until he meets the woman responsible for remodeling it into a lavish home.
Upon meeting the late Vance Erickson’s namesake, Andi Nielsen may have just gotten her second chance to discover what her grandfather hid inside the old missile base decades before when he served as a missileer. Is she prepared to detonate her growing feelings for the new owner in order to find the hidden treasure? When Vance remotely discovers a cybercrime involving his classified software, can he solve the crime and keep the woman he loves safe?

You can learn more about Elizabeth at

Come back next Wednesday for another author/pet interview!