Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Goddard

In my search for new authors to add to my growing “must-read” list, I found Elizabeth Goddard. I love her books!! I’m thrilled to have Elizabeth as a guest on my blog!


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Elizabeth Goddard


 Where did you get the idea for Always Look Twice?  I already had the setting and the main hero—Heath McKade—established from book one in the Uncommon Justice series, Never Let Go, so then, of course, it was just a matter coming up with the premise. I had a scene in my head of a hunter peering through the scope of his rifle and then in his sites is his target—a woman. That’s all I had when I started writing. Sometimes the story unfolds that way. Other times I have a complete synopsis written out.

 How long does it take you to write a long novel?  I recently had this discussion with a few writer friends and we all decided that it takes the amount of time allotted to write a novel. Ha! In other words, if I have three months until my deadline, I get it done. If I have nine months, it also takes me nine months to write it. That said, I need time to ruminate the premise, get the rough draft down, and then polish. The polishing and editing take as long as the initial writing, if not longer. If I could work on my book and nothing else, then it might take me less than four months. With life’s many interruptions, I need eight months to turn in a solid long book.

 Who’s your all-time favorite character?  That’s a tough question. I’m not sure one character comes to mind. I love so many of them.

 Always Look Twice released today (October 1st). Do tell! (Shameless plug time!)  I’m super excited about this book because I love Heath McKade so much. He’s the eldest McKade brother and runs Emerald M Ranch. He’s a good solid hero who just wants to make a difference in this world.

From the Back cover:

At the advice of her therapist, homicide survivor Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear–and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade is a reserve deputy in an understaffed county who has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.

In this suspenseful page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps you on the edge of your seat as you discover that uncommon justice lies just on the other side of fear.

Will there be an Uncommon Justice Book #3?  Definitely! I just turned Don’t Keep Silent in a couple of months ago—this is Liam McKade’s story. It releases in the summer of 2020. I’ve already started working on a new series called Rocky Mountain Courage.

 Tell us a little bit about your typical day.  Typical day? What’s that? I have a bit of a chaotic life that includes a special needs son, so I fit in the writing where I can. That said, every day does start with a lot of coffee and I listen to Daily Audio Bible and pray. If possible, I try to get in some work before life’s interruptions take over.

 When did you start writing?  I started working toward writing for publication in 2001. That same year I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and attended conferences. There I learned much, networked and met my agent and other writing friends.

 When did you receive your first book contract?   I “got the call” which was actually an email from my editor with Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing) in 2006.

 What is the hardest part about being an author?  There are many difficult aspects of being an author, but I’d have to say looming deadlines creates tremendous stress.

 Who is your favorite author?   Oh, you would have to ask that! I have so many authors I love—I’ll name a few here. Lisa Harris, Susan Sleeman, Sharon Hinck, Shannon McNear, Ronie Kendig, Sibella Giorella—seriously, I could keep going. Do you see a trend here, though? All Christian fiction. I read all these authors and more.

 What is your favorite book?  My favorite book is usually the last one I read! Ha.

 Anything you want to brag about?  I’m not sure if bragging is the right word here, but let’s say that I’m very blessed that God gave me this dream to write, and that He opened those doors big time so I could write for two publishers. I also write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense (a Christian line) and I make a decent living at something I love.

Now for the important questions:

 Pepsi or Coke?  Club soda with lime

 Candy, cookies, or cake?   Peanut M&M’s

 Favorite food?  Toss up between pizza and nachos

 Coffee or Tea?  Coffee, coffee, coffee

 Favorite vacation?  Yellowstone National Park

 Favorite TV show?  The news

 Favorite Movie?  I love a lot of movies, so it’s hard to pick just one. I think Lord of the Rings will probably stay at the top for a good long while.

 Any hobbies? Pets? Activities?  Writing takes up a lot of time but I’m hoping to get back to some old loves such as knitting, playing the piano. I want to learn guitar and get back to playing my cello. Maybe take a fiber arts class. Outside of that, I love to read.

Thank you, Elizabeth!!

Visit Elizabeth’s website for updates on her books and blog:

Join me in November for an interview with Sharee Stover and a giveaway of her 2nd Love Inspired Suspense novel.


17 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Goddard

  • I’ve been following Elizabeth for a while as a subscriber to her newsletter. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of her books. Maybe I should enter to win her latest release. It’s my special needs daughter’s birthday today.

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  • Great interview, Sami and Elizabeth!

    Congratulations on the story, Elizabeth!

    THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT STORY – IT’d be my first Elizabeth Goddard story!

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  • I have enjoyed reading several of Elizabeth’s books, and the back cover of this book has me wanting to read this book right now! I can’t imagine inadvertently capturing a murder on film, and then being hunted! s-c-a-r-y!

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  • Hallo, Hallo,…

    Saw the s/o for this via Twitter – however, I didn’t enter the bookaway as I was going to enter it to take a chance on winning this for my Mum? Except I forgot, she’d need the large print edition as she requested that version for our local library when she wanted to read Never Let Go which thankfully they added to our collection. I know she wants to request this novel as well – as she discovered Ms Goddard’s novels through her Love Inspired Suspense series? I am trying to catch up with her readings as I move into reading more LI: Suspense novels this Autumn/Winter as we love to read in tandem with one another. Happily I first sparked her interest in Goddard & LIS when I knew she needed a ‘break’ from her 12hr shifts at work; they fit a niche she needed to have a reprieve and she’s happily addicted to the stories ever since! 🙂

    Love this showcase – I’ll makes sure she sees the interview as Goddard is one of her favourites! She couldn’t put Never Let Go down and its on my #mustreads for October list as I love diving back into Thrillers/Suspense novels as Autumn starts to whisk into our lives…

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  • I enjoyed reading the interview and getting to know a new author today. I share her favorite vacation–Yellowstone was gorgeous and breathtaking. We stayed overnight in a cabin there and then rode horses out to a chuck wagon style open air breakfast. I like to read suspenseful novels, so this book will be fun to read.


  • Wonderful interview Sami and Elizabeth! Mystery/suspense is my favorite genre. I’m looking forward to reading this one.


  • Elizabeth’s book sounds great. I was getting nervous reading the back cover copy! Really good premise that must make for an exciting read.


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