Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordAward-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at


Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Jocelyn! It’s wonderful to have you here and CONGRATULATIONS on your newest release, Yankee in Atlanta!  I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival for quite some time. 😉

Savanna:  In writing Yankee in Atlanta, did you ever uncover a piece of history that really surprised you?

Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordJocelyn: Oh yes, plenty. Here’s one: I learned that The Children’s Aid Society in New York City operated “orphan trains” for decades, sending orphans and half-orphans (one parent living) from NYC to adoptive homes in the West, mostly Iowa, Illinois, Indiana for a while, since the railroads didn’t get much further than that until after the Civil War. An agent would ride the train with a group of orphans, then clean them up and set them on the train platform or in a church and people would come in and choose a child to take home. Sometimes it worked well for everyone, but there were sad stories about children not being treated right in their new adoptive families, too. I learned that at least thirteen orphans were adopted this way right here in my home town of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Savanna: Wow!  I can’t imagine.  That’s what’s so fascinating and overwhelming about digging into history… there will always be more to find and be surprised by.

From your experience, which is harder to write – fiction or nonfiction? Can you tell us why?

Jocelyn:  Fiction! It’s harder because it’s so much more open-ended. I could take a story an infinite number of directions, and it’s up to me to choose the right path. This is fun, but also requires more thinking than just recording someone else’s story. The other aspect that is challenging to me is getting the pacing of the story right. My nonfiction books are broken up into chapters, or devotionals, ranging from 600 words to 2000 words in each separate section. Holding a reader’s attention for 100,000 words or longer is harder, I think.

Savanna:  Of all the places you’ve traveled to for researching your novels, what has been your favorite location to visit so far and why?

Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordJocelyn:  Gettysburg, hands down. I’ve traveled quite a bit for these novels, but Gettysburg offers the fullest time-traveling experience if you can get there when it’s not totally clogged with other people. History is preserved so well here, including the battlefields and special places in town, too. If you go, you must visit the Seminary Ridge Museum and The Shriver House Museum. There are several other places you’ll want to go, but these are truly must-see sites!

Savanna:  I had the opportunity of visiting Gettysburg for the first time last year myself and it truly is incredible.  I had just finished reading your novel “Widow of Gettysburg” shortly before our trip and it added SO much to the whole experience.  Gotta love the Lord’s perfect timing. 😉   

On your website you’ve shared some of your favorite verses. Can you tell us one of your favorite quotes?

Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordJocelyn:  The first one that pops into my head is this:  “We don’t know until tried what we are capable of.”  A woman  named Sarah Broadhead said this. She was an ordinary  housewife living in Gettysburg during the battle, and found she could endure and do extraordinary things.

Savanna:  I remember that one from your previous book.  Very fitting.  So after this series is finished, what are your writing plans?

Jocelyn:  My plan is to find new material for future novels while teaching history to my second grader! I just started homeschooling this year, and I love going through world history with my daughter. Every time I learn something new, I wonder if I could bring it to life in a novel.

Savanna: That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing with us today, Jocelyn. And have fun celebrating your latest book launch!  How can readers connect with you further?

Jocelyn:  Thank you, Savanna!  They can visit me on my website and Facebook and Pinterest.

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Jocelyn and her publicist have graciously offered one lucky winner the first 3 books in the Heroines Behind the Line Series, which include Wedded to War, Widow of Gettysburg, and Jocelyn’s newest released – Yankee in AtlantaYep, a 3 BOOK GIVEAWAY! You don’t want to miss this!

Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends June 10, 2014.
Winner will be notified by email.


60 comments on “Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY
  1. Carisa Rinne says:

    Carisa Rinne


    Thank you!

  2. Love seeing one of my favorite authors on one of my favorite blogs! *squeal*
    I “Subscribed” to The Engrafted Word
    I’ve “Liked” it on FB
    And I Shared the giveaway on FB.
    Aaahhh I reeeeally want to win! =D

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      You made me smile, Meghan! 😀 So glad you stopped by and entered in this contest. I know you’re as excited as I am for Jocelyn’s new release! 😉 I would love for you to win this great giveaway! Good luck in the drawing.

  3. Joelle Strandquist says:

    Thanks for this fun interview and giveaway! I have really enjoyed both of Jocelyn’s novels so far and can’t wait to read this one, too!
    jmsfarmgirl (at) hotmail (dot) com
    I subscribed to The Engrafted Word
    I like The Engrafted Word on Facebook

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for joining us, Joelle. You’ll receive 2 extra entries in the giveaway. Hope you get a chance to read Jocelyn’s newest story soon! 😉

  4. ohAmanda says:

    I LOVED the first 2 books of this series (honestly, the Gettysburg book is just amazing!) and am RIDICULOUSLY excited about the 3rd one–especially being set in Atlanta since it’s my hometown! Yay!

    Thanks for the great interview & giveaway!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Welcome to my blog, Amanda, and thanks for helping spread the word! I LOVED Widow of Gettysburg too and I have no doubt Yankee in Atlanta will be amazing as well. How neat that it’s your hometown too! Good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive 3 entries in the drawing.

  5. ohAmanda says:

    I liked you on FB! 🙂

  6. Gabrielle Emmons says:

    I love Jocelyn’s books! I’ve read Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg twice now and I’ve loved every moment of it. I’m a history major myself specializing in American history. Through the reading of Jocelyn’s books, I’ve been considering possibly focusing on the Civil War. I also hope to one day return to Gettysburg. I had the privilege of visiting a couple years ago and I took pictures but when my computer crashed I unfortunately lost all my photos from that trip. I also hope to do the Gettysburg Semester so I can immerse myself into the culture and history of the Civil War. My email address is

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So glad you could join us, Gabrielle. I have no doubt you will enjoy Jocelyn’s latest story. 🙂 How sad that you lost all your pictures from your trip to Gettysburg, though. I hope you can go back someday soon and also do the Gettysburg Semester. That sounds amazing!

  7. Patty says:

    I think I have some of this series on my Kindle but haven’t read them. Would love paper back copies!

    I liked you on FB
    I am a subscriber


  8. What a great giveaway! I Liked on Facebook and also shared on Facebook.

  9. Laura Drumb says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! What an awesome treat it would be to win these three books. I have read her first two & have loaned them out so would love to have my OWN copies and get to read the newest one. I can’t get enough of history in novels & appreciate the opportunity to experience it through them!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura! I love meeting other fans of Jocelyn’s and historical fiction in general. Hope you get the chance to read Yankee in Atlanta soon.

  10. Allison says:

    I have read Widow of Gettysburg. I would love copies of all of Jocelyn Greens books. She is a wonderful author.:)). My best friend introduced me to Jocelyn Greens first book. WOW!

  11. Nicole says:


  12. Carolyn Williams says:

    What a great interview with one of my favorite authors! I subscribed, liked and shared! Would love to win the book!!

  13. Pam K. says:

    I subscribed and liked your Facebook page. Thanks for the extra entries.
    I read Jocelyn’s first two books and am eagerly awaiting Yankee in Atlanta. If I was fortunate enough to win these three books, I’d donate the first two to my local library since I already have copies on my shelf. They are keepers for sure! Thanks for this interview with Jocelyn and the chance to win her books.


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Jocelyn’s stories are definitely keepers! 😉 Welcome back, Pam! I love your idea of donating the first two to your local library. Good luck in the giveaway! You’ll receive 3 entries.

  14. Debbie Henry says:

    Subscribed to Engrafted Word

  15. Brenda Ayers says:

    These sound like interesting books. I have shared on Facebook and liked. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. DebiHIS says:

    i don’t know what makes holding the book soo much better than virtually flipping pages, lol. i would love to have these, and be carried away for hours!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I know just what you mean, Debi! So glad you could join us today. Good luck in this giveaway. Hope you get to read these great stories soon. 😉

  17. This looks like a good book to me. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

  18. Joan Arning says:

    I liked on FB and subscribed to Engrafted Word. Books sound good!

  19. Trixi O says:

    I never liked history in High School, but have found I love it as an adult! Now I wished I would have paid more attention in class, LOL! I have also read a few books on the Orphan Trains and very much enjoyed them. Thank you for a great interview & a chance to win not 1 but 3 books! I subscribe to the Engrafted Word, Like it & shared on Facebook.

    Trixi O.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s always nice to see you here, Trixi! You sound just like me. My appreciation and interest in history really increased after high school. Better late than never, I suppose. 😉 You’d love these books! You’ll receive your 4 entries. Good luck!

  20. Shirley Ashley says:


  21. Shirley Ashley says:

    I’ve read the first two and enjoyed them. Reading some things from history that I wasn’t aware or even thought about was eye opening! Very exciting, well written and leaves an eagerness to read more of her books. But I won’t give it away for those who haven’t read them yet. They are a “must read.”

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I totally agree with you, Shirley. Reading Jocelyn’s books really opened up my perspective of this time in our history. Hope you’ll get to enjoy “Yankee in Atlanta” as well. 🙂

  22. Janice Hoy says:


  23. Joanie Bruce says:

    How exciting! I love free books. Thank you for being so generous. I’ve liked your page on facebook and will be happy to share. Thanks!

  24. Kristin says:

    Mom (Cheryl Barker) loaned me Widow of Gettysburg and I really enjoyed it, so I’d love to read the new book!


  25. Nancy M says:

    What a generous giveaway! I love Toblerone bars too!As someone who is adopted I cannot imagine orphan trains. Those poor children. I understand the need and they were probably doing the best they knew to do at the time, but wow. So thankful for the good stories.Funny how it is still the same today, some people make great parents and understand what that means and others have no idea and children pay the price.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for joining us, Nancy, and sharing with us. I can’t imagine the orphan trains either. So many pieces of history are so sad to me. What a blessing it is that our Heavenly Father rules all circumstances – past and present – for His glory and for His children. Have a great day and good luck in the giveaway!

  26. Judith Lee says:

    Very intrigued by the subject of your books. Looking forward to reading all of them.

  27. Britney Adams says:

    These wonderful books are at the top of my wish list! Thank you so much for the fantastic giveaway opportunity!!

    Britney Adams
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    I have subscribed, liked, and shared on Twitter!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So glad you could join us, Britney! You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway. Hope you get a chance to read all these great books SOON! 😉

  28. Amanda Geaney says:

    You have a new fan and follower. I’ve shared the giveaway on Pinterest and twitter
    These books will bless whoever the winner may be.
    I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for hosting the contest.

    Amanda Geaney

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Welcome, Amanda! Thank you so much for stopping by and helping spread the word. I loved what you said about these books blessing whoever wins. I have no doubt that they will. 😉 Jocelyn’s stories certainly left an impression on my heart. Hope they do the same for you. You’ll receive 4 entries in this giveaway.

  29. I would love to win this book, it sounds so good. I went to NetGalley to get it for reviewing and was declined, so winning would be a wonderful thing for me.
    I have the Widow of Gettysburg and loved it.

  30. Diane Nocks says:

    Thank you for the chance to win these 3 books! Loved the Widow of Gettysburg!

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