I love Authors Interview 9
This is Elaine Stock
Welcome to I love Authors Interview 9 today we are talking to Elaine Stock, author of Her Good Girl – Let’s all give Elaine a warm greeting.
Hi, Elaine. It is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.
I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit from 1st-14th February as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.
Elaine – Thanks, Margaret for hosting me on your blog, and for your interest in Her Good Girl. Wow! I wasn’t aware that you lived in England—how exciting! After reading your bio on your website and relating to what you’ve said about how life can be challenging and how God sorts you out, I’m honored that you’re sharing this novel with your viewers.
Ah, thank you, Elaine, God is really important to me, He is my best friend. Yes, I am from England, but I have relatives who live in America. My aunt and uncle emigrated after WW2 as my uncle (who was polish) didn’t like the climate here!
So let’s get started, Elaine. I have five questions for you but we need to imagine that we are on a desert island. This means we are going back to basics.
My first question is..
You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?
Elaine – What a fascinating question. The first thought that came to mind is “HOPE,” and all in capital letters. I believe firmly that if you don’t cling to hope you will lose your grip on life and the troubles and struggles in this world will swallow you whole… or, in sticking to the boat and sailing theme, the big ocean waves will capsize the boat. Since I don’t swim, I don’t want to be in that situation—without hope. I cling to my Heavenly Father’s hand. It’s not easy, I admit, and I certainly don’t go around each day in a hop and skip motion of glee as I face the unexpected that life often flings at each one of us, but that’s the very reason why I try my best to grasp at HOPE.
I would push this boat out into the sea with the wish its impervious to not only water but to any threat because it’s nice to imagine a little boat sailing around the world with this big (at least, I think so) message for many to see.
Oh, wait. Did I just ruin my chances of getting off the island?
HOPE is a brilliant name Elaine, we all need that to conquer the challenges of life.
I didn’t say what state the boat was in Elaine, so no you haven’t ruined your chances of getting off the island. You might have to mend it first though!
Onto question number two..
What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?
Elaine – There are a few lines from Her Good Girl that still make me choke with tears. However, if I have to pick one it would be:
See, only God is bigger than my fears, my limited earthly joys, the horrors and craziness of this world, or of the beauty of fractured families coming together and healing.
And a beautiful sentence to Elaine with a great truth. Yes indeed, only God is bigger than our earthly experiences.
I hope you are ready for question three?
You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?
Elaine – Without a doubt, Callie, the woman who befriends Sadie. Although several years younger than I am, I think we would get along well, have lots to share and talk about, yet be able to respect our need for personal space. Like Callie, I too come from a shaky past, and with the way she goes through her days, determined to see the brightness instead of darkness, we’d click!
Callie sounds like a lady I could get on with to Elaine. In fact, I think you are also a woman I could befriend as you have an interesting past. I love people with stories!
Let’s go on to the next question..
On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?
Elaine – I grew up surrounded by all things book related. Ranging from a mother who took me often to the library and gave me a wonderful example of the joys of reading by always having a book in her hand to an aunt who orally shared the most amazing stories to being surrounded by the New York City culture of arts and entertainment. These were definitely influences. Now, that was the physical/logistical answer. The emotional one: I needed to escape from the above mentioned shaky home life I’d alluded to in my above response. Reading all kinds of fiction and seeing in my mind’s eye how so many characters made it out of rough and tumble situations and came out pretty much okay was a huge encouragement to me and gave me a natural feel-good buzz.
Oh I agree, that’s what I love about books, Elaine, you can escape into another world and totally immerse yourself in another reality with characters who overcome. It is such a source of encouragement.
And now the final question..
To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?
Sadie, an about to turn eighteen-year-old is:
Wow, powerful words Elaine, I am looking forward to reading your book.
It’s time to wrap up..
Thank you, Elaine Stock, for being such a good sport. You know it has been an absolute pleasure to have you on my couch Elaine. I hope you have enjoyed our time together and have a successful blog tour.
Heartfelt thanks, Margaret, for hosting me and for your good wishes.
Please show Elaine Stock your appreciation readers by giving her a massive round of applause. Yes, go for it, woo hoo.
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As a thank you to my readers for joining Elaine and me on the couch, Elaine has a GIVEAWAY for you at the end of this post. So don’t forget to enter for your chance to win.
About the Book
Title: Her Good Girl
Author: Elaine Stock
Genre: Family Life, Contemporary fiction, Coming-of-age story of a whole family
Release Date: January 22, 2018
Sometimes digging deep frees you to bloom.
Sadie Tremont’s will to survive is killing her. Almost 18, she’s battled one mysterious illness after another. Tara-Lynn, her mom, insists she’s the only one with the ultimate cure. Sadie can’t depend on her dad to help when his only interest is underground caving. Her grandmother too easily counts on God to help, but Sadie has stopped waiting for miracles. Callie, a café owner and new friend, might help but can she be trusted?
Then there’s Sky, Sadie’s new boyfriend who offers a sliver of joy, peace, and self-respect. When he schemes that the only way for Sadie to be happy is to escape with him from her native West Virginia hills by killing Tara-Lynn, she’s trapped.
She can’t partner with Sky to hurt the mom who has hurt her for years . . . or can she?
When tragedy strikes and threatens Sadie’s dad’s life and the shaky ground the Tremont family stands on, will they pull together or give in to the weakened earth beneath their feet?
About the Author
Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style.
Elaine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine” and “InD’tale Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active six-year-old blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.
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To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away a grand prize of 1 Tote + 1 print (US only) or eBook of Her Good Girl, Always With You, and And You Came Along.
Three others will win 1 eBook of Her Good Girl each!!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!