Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordJane is inter-nationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.  Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including  Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts.  Jane is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West.  Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center.  Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards.  Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections.  Follow this link to see other awards that Jane has won.


Welcome to the blog, Jane. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on your newest release, This Road We Traveled. Everything about this story draws me in – the title, the cover, the plot. I’m so excited to read it!

What part of this story did you enjoy researching the most?

Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordI’d initially been intrigued by the story of a 66 year old woman traveling the Oregon trail and going on to do some amazing things in Oregon and being named “The Mother of Oregon” by the legislature in the 1980s. But when I found out that she had taken a fateful cutoff where many people died, then I found researching what happened to her during that great trial was the most intriguing research.

If readers could only take away one lesson from this story, what do you hope it would be?

That we can trust that God has purpose for our lives and will provide all we need in wilderness places — the manna of friends, family and faith — enough for us to fulfill that purpose.

With over 20 books to your name, what is one of your favorite covers?

Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordOne of my favorites is the first edition of A Sweetness to the Soul. It was a simple picture of a red barn in the middle of a white cover with a black frame around the outside of the white. The story of it I loved as well. A designer had taken a Polaroid (remember those!) of an old barn and ended up throwing it away. My cover designer was looking for a unique picture, saw it in the garbage, got permission to use it and voila! I’ve had people tell me they bought the book just for the cover. And like you, I REALLY also like the cover of This Road We Traveled because it captures the essence of the linkage of women supporting each other within the wilderness places of our lives.

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

A few years ago I was invited to be on the stage as “Best of the Northwest” with Ivan Doig and Barry Lopez. Both of these writers are National Book Award winners and we were interviewed together in front of hundreds of booksellers from the Northwest. Listening to them share how they wrote, what writing meant to them, where their stories came from and then realizing they were listening to my answers too was very humbling. I was blessed! Mr. Doig passed away last year so I’ll savor the experience even more.

Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordThat’s incredible. What a special memory!

You’ve spoken at events all across the world. Can you tell us a little bit about one of those presentations? (Where it was and why it meant so much to you?)

I’d been invited to speak to the European Council of International Schools (once in Nice, France and once in Sorrento, Italy) about the power of stories to make a difference in our lives. I really admire teachers and especially wanted to inspire and encourage teachers working abroad, far from home, in different cultures. I worked for many years in early childhood education and mental health on an Indian reservation in the US and I think the experience had parallel paths. Being present, living one’s life and faith in a foreign land/culture is challenging and helping teachers see the importance of honoring their stories and the stories of their students was a great gift to me to be able to share.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Jane! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordI write a monthly newsletter called Story Sparks that I’d love people to consider signing up for on my website I’m also currently writing about a woman who was one of the first women to graduate from a medical school in Oregon. One thing really unique was that she was married with two children when she decided to do this and it was in the 1870s. In doing research I learned that it took more time to become a pastor than a doctor in those days! I always love finding new tidbits of history I get to weave into a story. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your blog!

That sounds great! I’m so looking forward to reading your next book. Have a blessed fall!


Jane has graciously offered to give away a copy of This Road We Traveled  to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only and ends September 13, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!


73 comments on “Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick & GIVEAWAY
  1. Amanda Recicar says:

    The last book cover that caught my eye was Salvation ( The Sword and The Cross) By Olivia Rae..Haven’t read it yet but going to!

  2. Ola Norman says:

    The wish by Beverly Lewis

  3. Winnie Thomas says:

    There have been so many gorgeous book covers lately that it’s hard to choose just one. One of my favorites is The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof.

    • Jane Kirkpatrick says:

      The designers will like knowing that it’s hard to choose a cover! They work so hard at making them say what the book is about while being intriguing and capturing the eye.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      YES, I love that cover too, Winnie. Joanne made that cover herself, I believe. 😉 Such a good book too!

  4. Megan says:

    Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer. Its quite funny. The cover, leads on to the back of the book in a clever way.

  5. Anne Rightler says:

    Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman

  6. I am trying to think which book cover last caught my eye. I would have to say Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell

  7. Melanie Backus says:

    I have to go with The Lady and the Lionheart by Joannr Bischof. I think the covers of books or most important. They can pull you in or turn you off.

  8. LOL, too funny, I am very bad about judging a book by it’s cover, it is the first thing I look at, then the author, then the title. After all of that I will read what the book is about. There are few times I will only glance at the cover then read what the book is about, if the cover does not catch my eye, I rarely read ‘the’ book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  9. Jennifer Rumberger says:

    This sounds like such a good book. Definitely on my to-read list! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    I really love Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series with the main character on the cover and then in the background something about the book. Alaska is so beautiful!

  10. kim hansen says:

    Daisies are forever by liz tolsma

  11. Kim Potter says:

    Sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Karen G. says:

    The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda E Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter.
    Looking forward to reading This Road We Traveled. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Martha Sturm says:

    Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund (coming out soon)

  14. Diana Guz says:

    The last book cover that caught my eye was Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette. I also really love the cover for The Memory Weaver! Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears is the last book cover that caught my eye. I loved the story as well. Thanks for the great giveaway and good luck everyone.

  16. Merry says:

    The cover of Lead Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer really caught my eye recently.

  17. Marion says:

    The Wish by Beverly Lewis

  18. Caryl Kane says:

    I LOVE the cover of Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund.

  19. Pam K. says:

    There are many book covers that catch my eye. One I particularly like is The Lady and the Lionheart (love the story too).

  20. Ann ellison says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read.

  21. Dianne Casey says:

    My new favorite cover for a book is “Spinning the Moon” by Karen White.

  22. Lucy Reynolds says:

    Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson is a beautiful cover. TY for the chance to win such a great book.

  23. Joan Arning says:

    Just saw A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson and like the cover!

  24. Connie Scruggs says:

    I really liked the cover of The Lady and the Lionheart.
    I am very drawn to a lot of historical fiction covers.
    Julie Klassen, in particular, always has beautiful covers.

  25. Patty says:

    I read A Flight of Arrows this summer, all of Lori’s covers are lovely.
    My TBR stack, or shelves are overflowing, so I usually pick more by title/ author than cover. The last one I picked up was Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert, not sure how long it has been on my shelf, but I read another of her most recent books and really enjoyed it, so decided to pick this one from my overflowing bookshelves.

  26. Valerie says:

    So many beautiful book covers … I consistently love the rich colors and images on Kristy Cambron’s books, especially The Ringmaster’s Wife.

  27. Trixi says:

    Oh my goodness there are SO many great covers out there, I couldn’t possibly name just one!! I’m currently reading A Lady Unrivaled and that cover is gorgeous (all three of Roseanna’s are), and Melissa Jagears A Heart Most Certain, most of the Love Inspired are as well…and the list goes on 🙂

    I love Jane’s books, one for she’s a wonderful writer and two for the historical details/history lesson in fiction. She knows how to draw her audience into the pages of the books. I’d be thrilled to win this one, thanks for the fun interview/book giveaway!

  28. Terrill Rosado says:

    The last book cover that really caught my eye and made the story even more enticing was Rebecca Nightsong’s, Love’s True Home. It could have been a very simple cover, but the colors are so vibrant and help make everything stand out.

  29. Donna B says:

    The Wish by Beverly Lewis. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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