Interview with Elizabeth Camden & GIVEAWAY

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Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.

Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf

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Interview with Elizabeth Camden  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Elizabeth! And Congratulations on your recent release, With Every Breath. I’m so intrigued by this story!

What was your favorite part about getting to know – and write – Kate and Trevor’s characters? Did they surprise you or teach you an important lesson along the way?

Elizabeth:  Kate and Trevor have quite a past, as they were fierce childhood rivals in everything from school grades to who could skip a stone further. When they meet again as adults, I was able to let the chemistry immediately flare to life based on their stormy past. Although they appear to be complete opposites (he is shy, prickly, and difficult, while she is sunny and popular) they are very much alike despite the external appearances. Sometimes it takes a while to get to know a person, and that was what Kate and Trevor learned. Because Kate and Trevor know each other quite well at the beginning of the book, this gave me the freedom to push their relationship into much deeper, emotionally challenging areas that I can usually do.

Savanna: Describe your favorite place to write. What’s your ideal setting for inspiration?

Elizabeth:  I can write anywhere and any time, so long as I am alone in a room and there’s no one to see me laughing or blubbering as I write. I am guilty of doing both a lot! I have come to learn that if I don’t get choked up or write with a silly grin on my face, it is a sign there is something wrong. Twice I have ditched manuscripts at the midway point because if it wasn’t grabbing me as a writer, I can’t expect it to capture my reader’s emotions either.

Interview with Elizabeth Camden  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  What would you say is the easiest part about being a writer and what is the hardest part?

Elizabeth:  For me the hardest part is worrying while I write the first draft. First drafts usually take me around four months to get done, and they are always terrible. Aimless, wandering, full of half-formed characters, loose ends, and boring scenes. I fret and despair that it is the worst thing I’ve ever written and there is no hope, then I remind myself that I do this with EVERY MANUSCRIPT. It isn’t until that lousy first draft is finished that I can go back and clean it up. This is the part I love the most. Polishing, honing, tightening. Making the dark moments darker and adding glimpses of pure joy and exuberance here and there to keep the characters powering through. I love the re-writes, but wish I could pay someone to write my first drafts!

Savanna:  It’s obvious to see you love history. What is your favorite time period to read and why?

Elizabeth:  I love the late 19th and early 20th century. Our own era is jam-packed with the technology, but also a wistfulness as older, more familiar ways fade away. When reading about the late 19th century we can indulge in vicarious sympathy with our Victorian ancestors as they figure out how to place long-distance telephone call or adjust to the demands of a burgeoning industrial revolution. Despite the familiarity, Victorian and Gilded Age novels still allow the reader to sink into another time and place without having to learn to learn a different language or distant history. There is also the glamour of spectacular clothes, country mansions, aristocrats and larger-than-life drama. The setting is different without being jarring.

Interview with Elizabeth Camden  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: You’ve won multiple writing awards so far in your career. What has been one of your greatest lessons and fondest memories from participating in these contests?

Elizabeth:  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! The judging in contests is very subjective, so it is important for a writer not to feel too beaten up if they don’t do well, and conversely, to stay humble when you do win. As for my fondest memory? I rarely can get to the conferences where the awards are announced, so I learn about the win while logged into my computer in the middle of the night as the results get posted. In 2013 I won both the RITA and the Christy for Against the Tide. Both times my husband was deep asleep and I was alone in my office while I kept checking the live blogs to see who won. I stared at the screen for about two minutes to be sure I wasn’t misreading things…then went to wake up my husband and point to the screen in glee. He was bleary-eyed and confused about what I actually won, but was a good sport about it.

Savanna:  How fun! You won’t forget that moment, I’m sure! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Elizabeth! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Elizabeth:  I’ve got another novel coming out in January 2015 called Beyond All Dreams. It’s set in 1897 and features a woman who works at the Library of Congress and falls in love with a charismatic congressman from Maine. Oh my, this one was fun to write!

Savanna:  I’m intrigued already! Can’t wait to read it!

Readers, be sure to visit Elizabeth’s website and connect with her on Facebook too.

There are downloads, sign-ups, and freebies—valuable resources that I hope stir your passion for God and His Word. So take your time. Look around. Visit often. – See more at: http://www.mesuandrews.com/#sthash.h5gue3da.dpuf

GIVEAWAY!!

Elizabeth has graciously offered one copy – print OR e-version – of WITH EVERY BREATH to one lucky winner!

Interview with Elizabeth Camden  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends September 2, 2014.
Winner will be notified by email.

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103 comments on “Interview with Elizabeth Camden & GIVEAWAY
  1. Candice Valdez says:

    Candice Valdez
    candicervaldez at gmail dot com
    I subscribe and I like on facebook.

  2. Lucinda W. says:

    Such a great interview! I’ve read all of Elizabeth’s books and love them all. Can’t wait to read this one too!

    Lucinda Whitney
    dcmrwhitney @ msn dot com

    I subscribed to the blog, liked the page on FB, and tweeted.

  3. Patty says:

    Elizabeth’s books have great covers, and that next book does sound really good!

    I am a subscriber
    I follow on FB

  4. melsisa tharp says:

    I subscribed, shared and liked this on facebook.

  5. Jillian says:

    Thanks so much for the interview and giveway opportunity! I’ve only read AGainst the Tide by Elizabeth but I’m excited to read this one! I liked the page and tweeted about the giveaway.

    coversandink (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Lana Gross says:

    I would love to win!

  7. wilma says:

    awesome! another great book to read…

  8. Frances Cavallo says:

    I would love to win this book!!! Good luck to everyone and God Bless You!!!

  9. Frances Cavallo says:

    Frances Cavallo
    Cavallofrances@yahoo.com

    Sorry, forgot this before! Hope to win this book!!! But Good Luck to Everyone and God Bless You All!!!

  10. Mackenzie Harting says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Katharine Baird says:

    I love reading Ms. Camden’s books. I cannot wait until I can get my hands on this new book! Thank you for the interview.

  12. Deanna S says:

    What a nice interview! I can imagine her with lots of facial expressions as the thoughts hit her 🙂
    d_stevens310@live.com

  13. Deanna S says:

    oops, left if off the last post…
    I like The engrafted word on Face book
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  14. anne says:

    Fascinating feature, great interview and wonderful giveaway. I subscribe to The Engrafted word. I like the Engrafted word on facebook.

  15. Marilyn Bonnette says:

    Enjoy Christian historical fiction books.

  16. Meagan Godsey says:

    Meagan Godsey
    Mkgodsey@hotmail.com

    Wonderful books, I have loved every one!

  17. Nicole says:

    I LOVE Elizabeth’s books, and am looking forward to her newest release! Would love to be entered for the giveaway.
    I liked your page on Facebook (Nicole Laurén) and I shared the giveaway link on FB as well! Thanks!
    pocoauthor[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s awesome, Nicole. I have no doubt then that you will love this book as well! 😉 Thanks for your support. You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway.

  18. Would love to win!

    Doreen
    PriviesAndPrimsAtYahooDotCom

  19. I love your description of the main characters’ relationship!!! I’m really looking forward to reading your book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m subscribed and a facebook fan! I shared this post on twitter:
    https://twitter.com/colorvibrant/status/504415379947806720

  20. Tami says:

    looks like a lovely book!
    posbus4me at gmail dot com

  21. Tami says:

    I like the engrafted word on fb. 🙂 Tami le

  22. Trula Greer says:

    thanks so much for the offer! Anxious to read!

  23. Pam K. says:

    I’m looking forward to reading With Every Breath (thanks for the chance to win a copy). I’ve read all of Elizabeth’s other books and really liked them. Her books always go on my “must read” list.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I hope you get to add this book to your reading list soon, Pam! Thanks so much for following my blog and supporting/encouraging these great authors. You’ll receive an extra entry in the drawing. Good luck!

  24. Pam K. says:

    I forgot to say I “liked” you on Facebook. Thanks for the extra entry.

  25. Patricia Cruzan says:

    Thanks!

  26. Roberta says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading Elizabeth Camden’s books, hope to read “With Every Breath” soon!

  27. lisa sava says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to read this one! Might it be breathtaking? I’m looking forward to the Engrafted Word subscription. Keep that pen to the paper for readers like me!

  28. Kelly Youngblood says:

    Thank you for this lovely interview, Savanna and Elizabeth. Kate and Trevor’s story sounds quite interesting, having known each other from childhood. I would imagine makes for some fun memories in the storyline. Oh, and your new book, Elizabeth, looks most intriguing. I look forward to reading both books. Thank you for the chance to win!
    Blessings!

    (I am a subscriber, a follower on FB, and have shared on Pinterest and FB.)
    Thank you again!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s great to see you here, Kelly. I agree, I love stories where the characters already have a past together. It creates a lot of surprising and fun twists along the way. Thanks for following and supporting my blog. You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway.

  29. Ola Norman says:

    Loved this interview! Sounds like a great book.

  30. Ola Norman says:

    Shared on facebook.

  31. Kathy Andrews says:

    Liked and shared on facebook.
    I can’t wait to read this book.

  32. donna says:

    i share this on face book.

  33. Jennifer Essad says:

    I subscribe – like and shared – I’m living in central Florida also and look forward to reading “With Every Breath” – thanks for the chance

  34. Kathryn Voss says:

    Thanks for the interview! I always enjoy them.

    I subscribe and like you on Facebook.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m so glad to hear that, Kathryn. I have a lot of fun with these interviews as well. 🙂 You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway. Good luck and happy reading!

  35. Amanda Geaney
    geaneymail{at}gmail.com

    I am subscribed and I follow on Facebook. 🙂

  36. Connie Saunders says:

    I loved getting to know Elizabeth and I am a big fan of historical fiction. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway.
    I am a subscriber and I have liked on FB. I also follow on Pinterest.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Connie! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the interview. It’s so much fun to connect with other fans of historical fiction!! 😉 Good luck in the giveaway with your 3 entries.

  37. Anne Payne says:

    I can’t wait to read this new book from Elizabeth! She is one of my favorite writers. Her stories are impeccably historically accurate, which is why I love them so much. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Blessings!
    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

    I subscribe to your blog through email and follow on FB 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for joining us, Anne! I hope you get to read Elizabeth’s newest book ASAP. 😉 I appreciate you following my blog too. You’ll receive 3 entries. Good luck!

  38. Joan Arning says:

    I subscribe to blog and follow on FB! Would love to win!

  39. Carole Diehl says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book.

  40. Sierra Faith says:

    sierrafaith327(at)gmail(dot)com

    Liked on FB am a subscriber too 😀

  41. Sheri says:

    I love Elizabeth Camden’s books and can’t wait to read this new one! Thanks for the chance!

  42. Sheri says:

    Liked The Grafted Word on FB!!

  43. Sheri says:

    Just became a subscriber!!

  44. Shannon McNear says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at a conference two years ago, then was doubly blessed to leave with a couple of her books in hand… LOVED them!! Can’t wait to read this one as well!

    Oh, and I liked the FB page. 🙂 sdmcnear AT gmail DOT com.

    Thank you for sharing yourself with this interview, Elizabeth! And congrats on that RITA and Christy last year!!! I was so excited for you.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for sharing, Shannon! How lucky you are to have met Elizabeth in person! 😉 What a special memory.

      We’re glad you could join us today. You’ll receive an extra entry in the giveaway. Have a great week!

  45. Pamela Crets says:

    I absolutely love Elizabeth Camden’s books! I borrowed With Every Breath from my library and LOVED it! I would love to own it because it’s a book I’m going to read again and again.

    I subscribed and liked The Engrafted Word. And I shared this giveaway with facebook.

    Thanks!

  46. Karen Hutchinson says:

    Read Into the Whirlwind and loved it! Also The Lady od Bolton Hill. I love historical fiction, and Elizabeth, your books were great. Would absolutely love to win your newest and add it to my church library (I am the librarian)!

  47. Becky B says:

    I would love to win
    boernerb at fuse (dot)net
    Becky

  48. Becky B says:

    I liked your page on FB

  49. Becky B says:

    I subscribed by email.
    Very exciting.
    Becky

  50. Debbie Anderson says:

    I look forward in getting my first book. I was told about you and how good you were. I am going to share you on face book and i joined your email updates as well. Thank you for writing good clean exciting books. Thank you and God Bless.

  51. I like the Engrafted Word on facebook. I am subscribed to your e-mail list. I shared this giveaway here-https://www.facebook.com/rita.spratlen/posts/749957568385087
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!! Love to win!!

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