Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Ludwig. Elizabeth has written numerous mystery and suspense novels, including historicals and Amish. I think you’ll enjoy what she has to share!
Elizabeth, please tell us about your new release, Summer of Suspense.
I recently collaborated with sixteen of Christian fiction’s best-loved mystery and suspense authors to create a collection called Summer of Suspense. These are all short stories geared toward fast-paced summertime reading either at home or on the beach, and for a limited time, we are inviting readers to grab a copy at the pre-order price of just 99¢.
Nice! What surprised you the most during the research or writing of your book?
I am one of those odd people who loves doing research! In fact, it is way too easy for me to get caught up in the research of a story and forget all about the actual writing. This story was especially difficult for me since Martha’s Vineyard is a place I have always wanted to visit. I spent hours browsing photographs and articles about the people, the land, and the history of this fascinating place.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that life can…and often will…change in an instant. I was reminded of this again when Hurricane Harvey lumbered into my hometown on the Texas/Louisiana border and left a swath of devastation that stretched south past Corpus Christie, and west as far as Victoria.
My home did not flood.
But my church did. The homes of many of my friends and co-workers did. The school where I work did. I could go on and on.
Several times, I have had to remind myself to stop and lift my eyes from the flood waters so I can focus on God. He’s been here, taking care of me and mine in countless ways, both big and small. I heard Him in the voice of the car rental person on the phone, who told me, “God bless you,” and “I’m praying for everyone in Texas,” before she hung up. I saw Him in the sweet woman at the church we visited after we evacuated who gave my daughter twenty dollars and with tears in her eyes said, “I wish it was more.” I felt Him as I stood on my porch and saw the rain fall and the water rise.
But what I am most grateful for is when He met with me in my prayer closet. My prayer was heartfelt and desperate—God, please help me. I need You. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have any strength…
If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that God is…and always will be…good. And because of this, I saw people who were not ashamed to ask a blessing in God’s name. I saw people who were not ashamed to ask for prayer. Mostly, I saw people jump in to help their neighbor. It’s given me strength and hope for the state and the country that I love. People can be good. They can be kind. If they want to. That’s something I don’t think Hurricane Harvey expected when he blew into Texas with a vengeance, but God did. And I am so very grateful.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20, NKJV)
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and speaker whose books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine, More to Life Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Book three in her popular Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit ElizabethLudwig.com.
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today we have the pleasure of chatting with multi-published, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Ludwig! Her mysteries and historical romances thrill her readers, and I know you’ll love getting to know her better.
Welcome, Elizabeth! Please tell us about your book, A Tempting Taste of Mystery.
Cheryl Cooper is excited when the town of Sugarcreek holds a pie contest fundraiser and she is invited to judge. But when contestants start dropping from the competition like flies and rumors of foul play arise, Cheryl is compelled to expose the culprit.
Two years ago, her fiancé perished during their voyage to America. Now she discovers it may have been murder…
Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiancé by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories….
We’re still celebrating Christmas in September here, with the release today of Christmas Homecoming, which includes a story by CAN author Elizabeth Ludwig.
Soar to new heights in this inspirational Christmas romance collection
where four females encounter love amid the Colorado Rockies. A widowed
grandmother, Carol Scheirer, is filled with angst, unsure that her family will accept the new man in her life. Wedding planner Noelle Evans wonders if the guy who once jilted her deserves a second chance. Old letters put writer Christmas Scheirer at odds with the guardian of her grandfather’s estate. Missionary Holly Rivers finds she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Will mistletoe missives result in more than one Boulder bride?