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And now let's revisit with novelist Elizabeth Goddard, author of the romantic suspense novel, Tailspin (Love Inspired Suspense, April 2016).
Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting.
A seventh generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dream of becoming an author.
She currently makes her home in Minnesota where she serves with her husband ministry.
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
-- I hate to fly.
-- I played the cello in my high school orchestra.
-- I love slow cooker meals.
I'm definitely with you on the flying! Or, at least, I hate waiting to fly. And sitting in the cramped row for hours!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Tailspin.
Set in southeast Alaska, Tailspin is book 5 in my Mountain Cove series.
My heroine, Sylvie Masters, is diving, searching for her mother’s downed plane when she is met by another diver who is holding a knife and attacks her. She escapes to a nearby island and is running for her life when my bush pilot hero comes to her rescue.
He hates to dive and she hates to fly, but turns out they are both looking for the same downed-plane. His mother was the bush pilot and Sylvie’s mother was the passenger. They must both overcome their fears and pool their resources to discover the truth that someone is willing to kill for in order to keep hidden.
What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?
Both characters play a leading role and both are strong characters.
Readers will care about Sylvie because she’s strong and won’t give up searching for the truth about what happened to her mother. She only wants closure but searching for answers puts her life in danger. Add to that, she is also the long-lost Warren sibling from my first Mountain Cove book.
My bush pilot hero is easy to care about—he’s the swashbuckling hero of my contemporary story. Readers who have read previous Mountain Cove novels have already met him, and know he deserves his own HEA.
I love that you incorporated those characters from previous stories.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Emily Blunt would play Sylvie Masters, my diving instructor heroine,
and Liam Hemsworth is just perfect for Will Pierson.
How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have …
I would have started writing and submitting my work much sooner, believing in myself much more.
Amen to that! I love seeing young authors, with that early sense of direction, getting into publishing and starting a long career.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
I just finished reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I was in the mood for a gothic novel, and The Winter Sea was all that and more, weaving true historical facts in with a modern story. Wonderful!
What are you working on now?
I just turned in the second book in a new series called Wilderness, Inc., set in the Wild Rogue Wilderness of southwest Oregon, and this week I’ll be starting on the third book.
Where else can readers find you online?
My website of course, elizabethgoddard.com
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What is your favorite adventure romantic suspense—either movie or novel?
Thanks, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.
Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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