Friday, August 9, 2019

Yowza! All The Books, Day 9: Kelly Goshorn

Kelly Goshorn, A Love Restored

Congratulations, Linda Dreher! You are yesterday's Yowza! All the Books! giveaway winner. You have won an autographed copy of Pat Jeanne Davis's novel When Valleys Bloom Again. Watch your email for official notification and instructions!

Unlike most of my author friends, nowhere in the deepest recesses of mind had I ever dreamed about writing a book! In 2008, after seventeen years of in-home childcare, my husband and I began praying for God to give me a new passion—a new direction for my life. In 2010, while still waiting for His answer, I began tinkering with storytelling. I’d always enjoyed writing research papers for my history classes but never, ever considered writing fiction. It didn’t take long for my secret hobby to become a God-given passion. Seeing A Love Restored in print is the answer to many, many prayers that all began with an earnest desire to seek God’s will and direction for my life.

I have an M.Ed. in History, so research is my jam so to speak. I enjoy chasing down and incorporating little historical tidbits that readers of the genre enjoy. But, I also love to edit. The more I revise a scene the more I want to keep polishing it, often reading whole chapters and just tweaking one or two relatively minor things. I think writing the first draft is the hardest part of any project and often find myself a bit paralyzed when faced with a blank page.

I love to find the inspiration for my characters early in the writing process so I can visualize my hero and heroine. For A Love Restored, I envision Daniela Denby-Ashe, the buxom heroine in the BBC’s North and South as my leading lady, Ruth Ann Sutton. I would definitely want to cast Daniel Lissing from HMC’s When Calls the Heart to play my hero, Benjamin Coulter.

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised in the least that the literary character I’d love to have a spot of tea with is Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice. I remember not liking the story when it was required reading in high school, but when I finally gave the story another try in my late thirties, I was hooked. I saw so much of myself in Austen’s spunky heroine. If we could have tea together, I’d want to ask Lizzy about her life as the Mistress of Pemberley, how she and Darcy were getting along, how many children they have, and if Mary and Kitty ever found husbands!

About Kelly:
Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith, and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, won the Director’s Choice Award for Adult/YA fiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 2019, and earned recognition as both a Selah Award finalist in the Historical Romance category and as a Maggie Awards Finalist for Inspirational Fiction. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, binge-watching BBC period dramas, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

About A Love Restored:
With pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She's forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal.

Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?

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Visit Kelly’s website to be able to answer the following question to be entered into today’s giveaway of A Love Restored: Kelly’s ancestors lived on the Pennsylvania frontier during the French and Indian War. What were their occupations?

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