Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordNancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fifteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, Gathering Shadows will be released on May 6th.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: She has a newsletter located at:, and is a part of another blog, The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Nancy! Congratulations on your newest release, Deadly Echoes. Can you tell us what first drew you to writing romantic suspense?

Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordNancy:  Actually, I started out writing mystery. An editor asked me to turn a mystery proposal into romantic suspense. I did as she asked, and the publisher offered a three book deal for my Harmony series. I’ve been writing romantic suspense ever since.

Savanna:  With over 21 books to your name, what is one of your favorite covers?

Nancy:  You know, I’ve liked almost every cover I’ve had. Some of my favorite covers were designed by my son, an award winning graphic designer. When some of my mysteries went out of print, an ebook publisher picked them up and allowed Danny to do the covers. One of my very favorites is a book called Bumping Off Binky. I also love the covers designed for me by Bethany House. Of all of them, I think Deadly Echoes is my favorite. The designers really captured the characters and the mood of my story.

Savanna:  Since we’re both Missouri girls, is there a famous Missourian – past or present – you would enjoy ( or would have enjoyed ) getting to meet?

Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordNancy:  Hmmm. I’m not real big on meeting “famous” people. Some of the best people I’ve ever known weren’t well known to anyone except their friends and family. There are some Missourians I admire though. George Washington Carver, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder come to mind.

Savanna:  Can you share with us a fond lesson and/or memory from one of the contests you’ve participated in?

Nancy:  Well, I learned a lesson through one contest. In 2009 I was nominated for mystery book of the year in what is now called the Carol Awards. I was sick and unable to attend the ACFW conference. I quickly wrote a very inane “thank you” speech and sent it to one of my editors. I honestly didn’t think I had a chance of winning. Seriously. Of course I did, and I left out the person I should have thanked the most, my friend and editor, Susan Downs. Susan really opened the door for me into publishing. I was just mortified when I realized what I’d done. I still am. So if I am ever nominated for an award again, I will write a good speech – just in case I win. And, I will publicly apologize to Susan. Thankfully, God has paired us again through Guideposts. I think she’s forgiven me. Anyway, I hope she has!

Savanna:  Bless your heart! 😉 Thanks for sharing. What would you say is the easiest part about being a writer and what is the hardest part?

Nancy:  Well, the easiest part might be going into the office. LOL! The hardest part? Accomplishing something worthwhile once you’ve arrived. 🙂

Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  I can understand that feeling! 😉 Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Nancy:  The third book in my Finding Sanctuary series, Rising Darkness, comes out later this year. Right now, I’m also working with several wonderful authors on an Amish cozy mystery series for Guideposts. It’s so much fun! And, I’m happy to announce that I just signed a three book deal with Bethany House for a brand new series based on the U.S. Marshals Service! I’m very supportive of law enforcement, so this is not only a new direction for me, but a chance to write about something I’m very passionate about.

Savanna:  That sounds great, Nancy. Congrats on your newest contract too! We’re so glad you stopped by. Have a blessed 2015!


Nancy has graciously offered to give away a copy of Deadly Echoes. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends April 14, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

60 comments on “Interview with Nancy Mehl & GIVEAWAY
  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    I love the cover of The Tomb!!

  2. Trixi O. says:

    Nancy, I’ve seen many posts of the book featured here & it really does sound like a good one! This statement made me smile :“I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.” It’s great when a Christian author stays true to the Lord in their writing & stands firm in reflecting that in their stories. Too many have strayed or push those boundaries in their books!
    I also love the fact that your son,an award winning graphic designer, has done some of your covers. I think it’s neat that you get to bond with him in that way! I don’t believe I have read any of your books, but they do sound like something I would like to. Suspense is a good change of pace for me, I like the unpredictability! Congrats on your three book contract with Bethany House for a new series! That has to be an exciting venture to look forward to!
    Thank you for a wonderful interview & getting to know a bit more about your book “Deadly Echoes”. Keep writing for His glory & our reading pleasure. Thanks Savanna, as always 🙂 Blessing to you both!

  3. Jackie McNutt says:

    Thank you for the interview with Nancy, I enjoyed learning more about her, i am looking forward to all the new books she is writing !Her books are always inspiring and are great reads.
    Congratulations on the new book contracts!

  4. Christian Palmer says:

    Deadly Echoes looks very interesting. I would love to read it!
    To be honest, I have seen so many books with beautiful covers that I can’t remember the last one that really caught my attention. They are all so lovely and I would love to read every last one!
    God Bless 🙂

  5. Ann Ellison says:

    Enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of the book.

  6. Melanie Backus says:

    The Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello.

  7. Danielle Hull says:

    Just today Melanie Dickerson’s “The Golden Braid”!

  8. Joan Arning says:

    I won’t enter since I already have this great book! I think this is the first book I’ve read by Nancy but really enjoyed it. An added plus was reading about places near my home!

  9. bn100 says:

    fun cover

  10. Carrie Schmidt says:

    Nancy’s covers always grab my attention!

  11. Carisa Rinne says:

    Thanks for this fun blog post! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Nancy’s books and I look forward to when I do! I’d love to win a copy of Deadly Echos!

  12. Connie Saunders says:

    I enjoyed this interview with Nancy and I appreciate this giveaway. I am especially excited to learn that Nancy is writing cozy mysteries for Guideposts. I always enjoy those series that they offer.

  13. Deanna S says:

    I do enjoy Nancy’s books! I thought A Sparrow in Terezin was so pretty! dkstevensne AToutlookDoTCoM

  14. MS Barb says:

    I wrote the names of your books, so I can request them when the Bookmobile comes back to my town!

  15. Merry says:

    I love Nancy’s books!
    I’m loving Becky Wade’s book covers for Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine and A Love Like Ours; they are fresh and romantic. 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yes, Becky has some adorable covers too. And fun stories! 😉 Thanks for joining us, Merry. Hope you get to read Nancy’s latest book soon.

  16. Pam K. says:

    I enjoyed this interview with Nancy. Several years ago, when she still lived in Kansas, she met with my book club. It was a lot of fun to meet her and talk with her about her books. She’s such a nice person. Her Finding Sanctuary series sounds great.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh wow! That is SO cool you got to meet her, Pam. Sounds like so much fun. We’re glad you stopped in for a visit. Good luck to you! 😉

  17. Kim Hampton says:

    The last book cover that really caught my attention was “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks!

  18. Maxie Anderson says:

    Hi Savanna. Nancy has some good ones. I like the covers on this series. I’m ready for the #3 tho, for my name will be in that one. Excited. One book cover I love is “A Beauty SO Rare” by Tamera Alexander. Beautiful !! Sure hope I can win this book of Nancy’s. I have the first of this series.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Maxie! That is SO cool your name is going to be in the 3rd book!! You definitely have to complete this series then. 😉 So glad you stopped by. And I agree with you… Tamera Alexander’s “A Beauty So Rare” is another really pretty cover. 🙂 Have a great evening!

  19. Cheri Oggy says:

    I really enjoyed your interview with Nancy about ‘Deadly Echoes’.
    It sounds like a terrific book!

  20. Nancy Mehl says:

    Thank you for all the kind comments. I recognize some of you! Hi, Maxie! Yes, I have a waitress named Maxie in Rising Darkness, the third book in my Finding Sanctuary series. I also remember Pam and her book club. What a great group of people!

  21. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  22. Dana Michael says:

    Loved the interview! I think my favorite genre to read is a mystery/romance. I have read a few of Nancy’s books and they are so good.
    danajeweler at y mail dot com

  23. Sierra says:

    The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson!!! She just revealed the cover the other day and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

  24. Tina Rice says:

    Great interview. I would love to win a copy of Nancy’s book.

  25. Amelia says:

    The last book cover that caught my eye was Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman! 🙂

  26. Martha Peace says:

    Looks like a good book,thanks for a chance to win

  27. Bonnie Roof says:

    Enjoyed your interview, Nancy and Savanna – thank you!!

    I haven’t read any of Nancy’s novels – love the story line for “Deadly Echoes”. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity – would love to become acquainted with your writing, Nancy, the message you want to send readers through your books is inspiring!!

    Shared post!!

  28. Savanna Savanna says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for taking the time to stop by and chat with us here. We appreciate you and wish you all the best!

  29. Ruth Herron says:

    Thank you! Your books inspire me and help me with building my relationship with God!

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