Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word


Beth White is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Beth! Congratulations on your upcoming release, The Creole Princess. Can you tell us what first inspired the Gulf Coast Chronicles?

Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordBeth:  I conceived the Gulf Coast Chronicles as a series similar to Elswyth Thane’s classic Williamsburg series—which was written and published in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, but which still holds up as wonderful romantic historical adventure. The idea was to take a couple of central families and build a dynastic tale which would incorporate major historic events which took place on the Gulf Coast. Book 1, The Pelican Bride, launched the series with the establishment of the Lanier family and the city of Mobile, Louisiana Territory, during the French Colonial period (1704).

The Creole Princess, Book 2 of the series, skips a couple of generations and places the reader in Mobile at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Savanna:  Did you have a favorite scene from The Creole Princess? Without giving too much away, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordBeth:  The scene that was the most fun to write was sort of in the middle of the book when I knew that Rafa, the hero, would have to either ask Lyse to marry him and take her out of Mobile—or leave her there, vulnerable to prosecution as a traitor. When I began writing that scene, I honestly didn’t know which way it was going to go (and I’m not going to provide a spoiler here). But as the dialogue unfolded, it took on a life of its own, Rafa was so perfectly “himself”—funny, self-deprecating, and clever—and I couldn’t be happier with the plot twist that developed.

Savanna:  Sounds like such a fun scene! 😉 How long did it take you to write this book?

Beth:   I started reading and researching for The Creole Princess right after I turned in the first draft of The Pelican Bride to my editor. I always have good intentions of “starting early”…and I did write about a third of the manuscript during the summer of 2013. But once school started that fall (I’m a choral director in an inner-city high school), my writing schedule got very…unpredictable, let’s say. The last 2/3 of the book was written in a wild, panicked, marathon of two months. This “method,” by the way, is not recommended for stable mental health.

Savanna:  That’s incredible determination! Way to go, Beth! 😉

You mentioned you teach choir and piano in an inner-city public high school. What is one of your favorite songs?

Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

Beth’s Choir

Beth:  My musical taste is all over the map, and my favorite song changes nearly every week. Right now I’m listening to American Authors’ album Oh What a Life, and I love the song “Hit It” because of the percussion and the banjo. Call me shallow…

On a little more classical/spiritual note, I adore Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu,” recorded by the Sowetu Gospel Choir. It’s “The Lord’s Prayer” in Swahili.

Savanna:  I LOVE “Baba Yetu”! I often play it on repeat. 😉 It’s amazing!

What is one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?

Beth:  Well, it’s hard to beat that first phone call from an editor at Tyndale House, offering me a contract for a novella. But typing “The End” on The Creole Princess was amazing. The first part of the book was so hard, felt like pulling glass through my pores, then the ending gushed out almost as if it came from somebody dumping words into my brain. I felt literally giddy with elation when it was done.

Savanna:  Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordBeth: I’m currently working on the third book in The Gulf Coast Chronicles, The Magnolia Duchess. It is set near the end of the War of 1812 and involves the British invasion of New Orleans. The lead characters are the children of protagonists of Creole Princess. It will release about this time next year. After that I’ll have a short break before I begin a brand-new three-book series set in Reconstruction Era Tupelo, Mississippi—The Daughtry House series.

I’m so grateful to have these books contracted by Revell. Deadlines force me to actually complete projects. I am a champion procrastinator.

Savanna:  Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Beth. It’s been great having you! Hope you have a blessed and happy 2015!


Beth has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Creole Princess. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends March 31, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

74 comments on “Interview with Beth White & GIVEAWAY
  1. Abby says:

    Sounds like a great series, I’ll be adding them to my reading bucket list!!

  2. Joan Arning says:

    Love the covers!

  3. Carisa Rinne says:

    Ohh I throughly enjoyed reading The Pelican Bride!
    Such a fun story!
    I look forward to reading the rest in the the series!

  4. Nancy M says:

    I love the setting of this book, the south and the Revolutionary War! I love the deep south. I am from Georgia originally and love the Magnolia Duchess title! Congrats on your new release and success of the Pelican Bride!

  5. Brooke Robinson says:

    Sounds like an exciting book that’s right up my alley!

  6. Kathryn Voss says:

    Oh boy, that depends on the length of a book. An adult novel…I’d say the shortest time would be 2 days to read since I also have to care for my family. I love it when a book can suck me in like that, but then the fun is over all too soon!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Reading through a great book so quickly can be bittersweet, that’s for sure! 😉 Thanks for visiting, Kathryn. Hope you’re having a great week so far.

  7. Michelle Faile says:

    I have the Pelican Bride and love it! I actually attend the church where Beth’s husband is a pastor! I would love to read this book too!

  8. Ann Ellison says:

    I really enjoyed the interview. Loved the cover to the book and it sounds like a really good one.

  9. Deanna S says:

    What pretty covers.. I’d enjoy reading your books 🙂
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  10. Rachael Merritt says:

    My first book to read by Beth White was The Pelican Bride. It proudly sits on my forever shelf, and I’m so excited to hear of a sequel!! 🙂

  11. Patty says:

    I haven’t read the first book in this series, but remember seeing the cover and thinking how beautiful it was! I love historical fiction, so this is right up my alley.

  12. Melanie Backus says:

    Beautiful covers, beautiful books! I can’t wait to read them!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  13. Danie says:

    The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful! I would absolutely love too read this book

  14. Kim Hampton says:

    I think the fastest thing I’ve read lately is “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks. I read it in 2 days, which considering how little time I get to read is great for me!

  15. Sierra says:

    Decided I would put what book I was reading 😀 Rebels by Jill Williamson! third book in the Safe Lands series! Great book 😀

  16. Linda Romer says:

    The Creole Princess sounds great, I would love to read it.

  17. Beth White says:

    Good luck to everyone on the contest! I’m anxious to see who wins!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Beth, for taking the time to stop by and chat with us. As you can see, we’re all VERY excited for your latest book! 😉 Have a blessed week!

  18. Trixi O. says:

    Hello fellow champion procrastinator! LOL…I love that phrase & will probably use it myself in the future! And I agree, deadlines do make you finish a task although to the determent of your mental health 😉
    What is something you enjoy about teaching piano & choir to inner-city kids at the high school? It must be very rewarding for you to connect with them & see all they can accomplish! I really enjoyed the picture you have posted here on the blog. They all look like brilliant young minds ready to tackle the world!
    Your cover for “The Creole Princess” is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve not read either book by you since you are a new-to-me author. But I do so enjoy discovering new books & have met some wonderful new writers through different blogs & Facebook posts. This one sounds like a real winner! Historical Christian is my favorite genre. Thank you for the chance to own a copy of this beautiful book! Blessings to you, Beth!
    Savanna, wonderful author interview & blog post. You ask a lot of great questions for us to get to know them! I always look forward to your next blog post…whether a book review or an author interview! It just makes me smile when I see notification in my email of a new post 🙂 Thanks for just being who you are, blessings to you and yours!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Trixi, my friend, you have such a gift for encouragement! 😉 Thank you for always taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled when I can share a new-to-you author and their stories. And I hope you’ll get to enjoy Beth’s books in the near future.

      Your kind words just made my day. If you ever have any suggestions or questions you’d like me to ask future authors, let me know. 🙂 I’m so glad to have met you in this crazy book-reading world of ours! Good luck in the giveaway.

      • Trixi O. says:

        Will do, Savanna! Questions & suggestions are something I’d have to think about, but if any inspiration comes to mind, I’ll be sure to let you know 🙂 Happy reading!

  19. Tammy Cordery says:

    My fastest book that I read was Sweet Valley High when I was young. I think it took me an hour. I loved those books.

  20. Oh!! This book looks wonderful!! <3

  21. bn100 says:

    fun sounding scene

  22. Amelia says:

    This book looks great! And I read a book called Petticoat Detective in less than 5 hours.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      There are certainly some speed readers among us! 😉 I’ve never heard of that book, Amelia. Sounds like you were hooked! 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway.

  23. I haven’t read the books of this series yet, though I have read and enjoyed other books by Beth. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to reading these.

  24. Tamara Wilkins says:

    Feel like I JUST put The Pelican Bride on my to-read list, and she’s already got another one out! 🙂

  25. Joelle S. says:

    I enjoyed reading this interview and look forward to reading the book. It’s good to see that there are other procrastinators in the world besides me! Thanks for sharing that tidbit!

  26. Deanne Patterson says:

    Hello, you are a new to me author. It’s always fun to discover new to me author’s. This way I never will run out of wonderful books to read and people to meet ! The covers of your books sre absolutely stunning and I would love to have the opportunity to read them. I am sure your students are much better people because of your care and devotion !

  27. Jennifer Bretsch says:

    thanks for the great interview! As a teacher myself (and a huge procrastinator),I am impressed that Beth can find the time to write books! I love the covers of both books. “The Pelican Bride” is in my TBR pile and I look forward to reading it and then not having to wait to read its sequel.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s nice when you don’t have to wait for the sequel, huh? 😉 It spoils us, really! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. Good luck to you and Happy Reading!

  28. Connie Saunders says:

    I enjoyed this interview/review and look forward to reading this new series. Thank you for this giveaway.
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

  29. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I’m always excited to read a book by a new author to me. And since I’m laid up with a broken leg now is the perfect time. Can’t go shopping, only been out of the house once in over a week and that was only for a doctors appt. Hope I win!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh my, Gail, I’m so sorry to hear about your leg. I hope lots of great books keep you company while you wait. 😉 And here’s wishing you a speedy recovery. Blessings!

  30. Carrie Schmidt says:

    Just got The Pelican Bride for $.99 for Kindle today – been waiting to read this one for a while! Would love to win the 2nd book and make it a set 😉

  31. BJ Marley says:

    I tend to read fairly fast, so I can’t say which book I read the fastest.

  32. Jennifer F. says:

    So excited to read these books! My record for fastest read book was 4 hours, and it was The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz. Great read, I couldn’t sleep till I reached the end 🙂

  33. Rebecca Dewey says:

    I loved the first book in this series and would love a chance the win the latest! Thanks for the interview!

  34. Sydney Anderson says:

    This looks like a fun novel. Just added it to my goodreads to read list.

  35. Leslie W says:

    I read Two of Sarah Edens books in about a day and a half. To say the least I had tons of house work to do afterwards because if mom wasn’t picking up the children didn’t need to either.

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