Author Interview – Joanne Bischof *GIVEAWAY*


Today, I’m featuring Joanne Bischof, author of Be Still My Soul. She lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home-schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Be Still My Soul is her first novel.

She is offering a free book to a fortunate winner so make sure to leave your email address in a comment below. We have to have ten comments to constitute a contest. Continental US only.

Joanne, introduce yourself to our readers.

Thank you for having me, Sherri! I love writing, reading and anything that has to do with Christian Fiction. I’m always up to something. Whether it involves dirt or glue or flour, my poor husband finds messes everywhere I go. My children love it and they’re always up for an adventure.

I remember those days with young homeschooled children! Tell us three more things about you that would surprise readers.

I’m a TOTAL Lord of the Rings nerd fan. I am insanely afraid of the dark. I know sign language (when I practice).

What is your favorite genre to read now?

I absolutely love Christian fiction. I read historicals, suspense and contemporaries…as long as it’s got a little romance 😉

As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?

I did. Ever since reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, and realizing that this imaginative little girl grew up to write books, I knew that’s what I wanted to do too! It was such a blessing to have my parents be so supportive of my dreams. I wrote my first official story in 3rd grade and my mom had me write it out in my best cursive and took me down to the copier. We made copies and bound it in little notebooks for my teacher and family. I was thrilled!

That’s a precious memory to have! What’s your biggest obstacle as a writer?

My biggest obstacle is probably finding the time to write. With three little kids who are homeschooled, I write a lot when my family is asleep, whether it be nap time or night time. But every time I hit “The End,” it’s amazing how God seems to have multiplied my time.

I always found writing when the kids were young hard as well but so rewarding in the end. What are you working on right now? Right now, I’m putting some final polishes on the second book in the series, Though My Heart is Torn. I’ve submitted the third manuscript to my editors so I’m nervous and excited to see what they think!

What inspired you to write the featured book? The idea for Be Still My Soul sort of began with a love of bluegrass and folk music. I play the mandolin and love the sounds and songs that came from the Appalachian region. It got me thinking about the people who wrote the lyrics and melodies to this beautiful music and I wanted to know what their lives were like. From that research, Lonnie and Gideon’s story was born.

Here’s the blurb about the book:

Gideon only ever cared about himself.

Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?

Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.

Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.

Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.

Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life.  What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?

How do you choose names for your characters?

I love researching old fashioned names. For the Cadence of Grace series, I searched for names that were particularly Appalachian, so readers will see them sprinkled throughout the book. I love really unique names. It’s one of my favorite parts about writing.

Do you put yourself into your main character, or do you find yourself borrowing from family or friends as your characters develop?

I’m a pretty shy person, so it was easy to get into my heroine, Lonnie’s, head. She and I have a lot in common. For Gideon, he’s cocky, outgoing and passionate and it was fun to live in his character. He and I are so different, that I had a blast writing him.

Are you a plotter, a pantster, or somewhere in between, and can you elaborate on your answer?

I’m most definitely in the middle. I love to get organized with my writing notebooks, character costume sheets and scene outlines, but I also love to let the scene take me where it wants to. Some of my favorite scenes were totally spur of the moment.

What are your favorite themes to write about? Redemption. It fills me with such joy to know that God redeems. Even the worst of sinners, can reach out and be renewed. There is such power in the cross. Such a need. And it’s there for the taking.

Do you have a favorite scripture? If so, why is it your favorite? I have a few favorites. One I’ll share here is actually the verse that is the theme for the Cadence of Grace Series. It’s from 1 Peter 5:10 “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” This verse is such an amazing reminder that life is a journey. It’s an ebb and flow with twists and turns, but God is there, doing His work in us and for us, every step of the way, and the ultimate destination is one of growth and rest.

I love that verse! Such a great reminder.

You can find Joanne on the Internet at these sites:

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/joannebischof

Website: http://www.joannebischof.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/joannebischof

Be Still My Soul on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/joannebischof/appalachian-romance/

Amazon buy: http://www.amazon.com/Be-Still-My-Soul-Cadence/dp/1601424213/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_1

B&N Buy: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-still-my-soul-joanne-bischof/1108939519?ean=9781601424211

CBD Buy: http://www.christianbook.com/still-my-soul-cadence-of-grace/joanne-bischof/9781601424211/pd/424212?item_code=WW&netp_id=993423&event=ESRCG&view=details

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45 thoughts on “Author Interview – Joanne Bischof *GIVEAWAY*

  1. Thank you for the interview/giveaway! Ever since I first saw the cover I knew I had to have this book! Then I started hearing really great things about it, and it is at the top of my wishlist for sure! I love reading “new to me” authors and thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Joanne, what a blessing to have parents who supported your dreams. I got no encouragement from mine at all, but thanks be to the Lord for encouraging me and showing me that He gave me a talent to write reviews…not sure about books yet…but who knows? 🙂

    1. Hi Diana! Delighted to hear that the book is on your wishlist and that something about the cover spoke to you! I absolutely love what the designer, Kris, did for this story. He captured the essence of Lonnie and Gideon, as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains, so well.

      Yes, my parents were such a blessing! I feel your words in my heart as you grew up without that encouragement and am rejoicing with you that God was there every step of the way, being that voice in your life and writing life!

  2. I also home school my 2nd grade son. Right now he is into making his own comic books so I try to encourage him as much as I can! Thanks so much for the chance to win your book!

    1. Susan, that is a wonderful idea! I’m going to tuck that away for my own kids. Its always so nice to meet another homeschooling mom 🙂 So glad you dropped in for the giveaway!

  3. My mother grew up in eastern Kentucky in Appalachia. How interesting that your music brought your interest to this region of our great country! Very interested in your story. Will see if it is on audible. I am smiling because I see Diana Flowers here, too! Blessings! Thanks for hosting Joanne, Sheri!

    1. Hi Carrie! I’m so glad that the Appalachian setting resonated with you. It’s so dear to my heart and it’s been a joy to get to write this story here and when that idea sparked, while listening to bluegrass music, it was the perfect fit. 🙂 Blessings on your day as well!

    1. Thank you Pat! It’s so nice to bump into you here 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the interview! Sherri asked some great questions.

  4. Being from the Appalachia, I am SO excited about this book. I cannot wait to read it! Thanks for sharing more about Joanne.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    1. Amy, great seeing you here! I cannot tell you how much I love it when people from the regions are looking forward to reading Be Still My Soul. I hope you enjoy it and that the story ministers to you in some way!

  5. Joanne, we have something in common. I am deathly afraid of the dark too and I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan. My Son was the one who got me started!!

    I wish God’s Blessings on this your first novel. He Blesses us with so much!

    I would be delighted to win a copy of Be Still My Soul. The cover is so pretty. The excerpt sounds so good.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Judy, a LOTR and afraid of the dark kindred spirit! We would be the hobbits clinging to one another through Mordor 😉 So nice to meet you and I’m so glad that you like the cover of Be Still My Soul. It has a special place in my heart. 🙂 If you get the chance to read it, I so hope you enjoy it!

  6. I love how you talked about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have been to her house and to her grave several times. You should go see it sometime. It is really neat! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

    1. Oh, Megan, I would absolutely LOVE to see her house. Is it Rocky Ridge Farm, where you went? A trip there is on my wishlist for someday. My dad and I are hoping to do a road trip that way in a few years and I would love to see Pa’s fiddle. 🙂 So nice to meet you!

    1. Bless you Suzanne! Your words have just filled my heart to overflowing! I’m so glad that you thought of your friend’s daughter to give the book as a gift. That’s wonderful!

    1. Karen, I could only imagine the stories your grandfather had inside him. What a special place your family is from. It’s so nice to see you here today!

  7. PLEASE enter me! I have been desperatly wanting to read this book! Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    Acts 16:31

    1. Amada, it’s great to see you again! I saw your name and once again, love it! Thrilled beyond words that you’re excited to read Be Still My Soul! So glad you stopped in for the giveaway!!

      1. Thank you Joanne! I will keep trying to get a copy of your book! It sounds great, and I really want to review it on my blog to! I’m SO happy to see that I am not the only one who REALLY wants to read your book to! Hoping and praying that many more GREAT ideas and books come from you! 🙂

        Blessings and Hugs!

  8. Joanne – thanks for the interview! Fun to get to know you. Your book sounds like a story I will really enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

    1. Hi, Sharon! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a fun one and so sweet of Sherri to host me 🙂 I’m so glad the book sounds like a story you will enjoy. If you get the chance to read it, I very much hope you enjoy it! Take care!

  9. I love books in this setting and have heard so many wonderful things about Be Still My Soul. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you both for the interview & the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

    1. Beth, can’t tell you how much it blesses me that you’ve heard good things and I’m so glad you stopped by for the giveaway. I’m so glad you would love to win a copy and I would love for you to win one as well!! Thanks for take the time to comment. 🙂

  10. This book just keep popping up all over the blogs I read. It must be a sign I need to read it! If I don’t win, I will be buying it at some point for sure. However, free is always nice…hehe.

    emmamalissa(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Yes, the book has been very poppy of late 😉 And I’m a bargain hunter, myself, Emma so I agree wholeheartedly, free is ALWAYS nice 🙂 So glad you stopped in for the giveaway!!

  11. Thank you for your interview with Joanne and giving away her new book. It’s always fun to learn more about authors and especially fun to discover new ones. The cover of Be Still My Soul is absolutely lovely. It sounds like a book I’d really enjoy reading.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

  12. Would love to win your book.
    I also home school my two youngest
    one is in 2nd and the other 6th grade.
    I am a huge christian fiction book fan.

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