I’m thrilled and honored to welcome Tricia Goyer as my guest today! Tricia is a prolific author with dozens of fiction and non-fiction books under her writer’s belt. (And she also happens to be an agency-mate of mine…I’m not sure how I ended up in her fabulous company, but I digress…) πŸ™‚ Her latest title sounds absolutely fascinating!

Tricia Goyer is a CBA best-selling author of over 30 books and the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Awards (Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights). She co-wrote 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and contributed to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Also a noted marriage and parenting writer, she lives with her husband and children in Arkansas.

You can connect with her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Welcome, Tricia! Let’s get to the questions, shall we?

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

God-lover, Friend, Creative, Patient, Optimistic, Listener, Loyal

Either/Or Questions:

1) On the beach or in the spa? Beach. I feel guilty at a spa!

2) Fast and furious or Slow and methodical? Slow and methodical. It seems like I get a lot done, but I do one thing at a time … slowly.

3) Cereal and milk or Eggs and toast? Eggs and toast. I pretty much eat eggs every morning!

4) ESPN or CNN? Uh, ABCs? I don’t watch TV, but I DO read lots of board books!

5) Rock-and-roll or Rock-a-bye-baby? LOL. Rock-a-bye-baby. I’m completely in love with our 21-month-old adopted daughter.

6) Bejeweled and sparkling or Simple and subtle? Simple and subtle for sure! I’m not a blingy type of person!

7) Rocky road or Mint chocolate chip? Mint chocolate chip for sure! I very much dislike anything with marshmallows!


I agree with you on the marshmallow thing, Tricia! My one exception might be S’Mores. AndΒ I loved your rock-a-bye-baby answer. There’s nothing better than snuggling with a baby and singing lullabies. Your daughter must be about the same age as mine. I think I have all our board books memorized and like you, I wouldn’t trade one second of it. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for being my guest today!


Chasing Mona Lisa

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann GΓΆring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.


Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a marshmallow fan? What’s your favorite thing to put marshmallows in? Or what about board books? Any favorites from when you were a kid?



Meet and Greet with Author Tricia Goyer
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65 thoughts on “Meet and Greet with Author Tricia Goyer

  • February 27, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Fun interview! I have had a blast reading Trisha’s tweets and she has some excellent Pinterest taste too, I might add. πŸ™‚

    As for marshmallows – not a fan except in s’mores! Then i’m a BIG fan!!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Bekah! You’re a Pinterest-er too? *sigh* I have a feeling I’ll be sucked in soon. πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Thank you, Bekah! Pinterest is sooo addictive, don’t you think?

  • February 27, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Not a marshmallow fan. Mint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite ice cream. πŸ™‚ Cute interview!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Jessica! Mint chocolate chip is one of my faves too. Swirl in some Oreos and it’s at the top of my list. πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Yeah, Tricia rocks. We keep connected on sites all over the wild web. I’m loyal too. I love that quality in others. Also, I recently read eggs are good for you. Hope that’s the final verdict b/c I eat them for lunch a lot.
    ~ Wendy

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Wendy! Tricia is all over, isn’t she? I’d love to know her secret.

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

      They are good for you! My doctor said if you don’t eat starch with them you won’t absorb the cholesterol.

  • February 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I enjoy marshmallows but have to be in the mood for them.

    Just yesterday, I started reading Tricia’s book, Chasing Mona Lisa, on my Kindle. How’s that for timing?

  • February 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Great interview. Not a big marshmallow fan, except in hot chocolate and s’mores. The book sounds great. I also tweeted the link.

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Oh yes, Tammy! How could I forget hot chocolate?! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the link, btw. πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

      I will eat marshmallows in S’mores, but that’s because they’re melted. I don’t like the squishiness!

  • February 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Fun questions! Hmmm, I don’t really use marshmallows much, but do put them in this fruit salad I make in the summer. Yum. I’m looking forward to making it in a few months when the heat rolls around!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Oh yum, Lindsay, I think I’ve had a version of that fruit salad before. It’s delicious!

  • February 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Fun interview! I don’t mind marshmallows in moderation. πŸ™‚ But I do like mint chip ice cream too. Happy Monday!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Karen! Sounds like a bowl of mint chip is in your future, with a moderate amount of marshmallows mixed in. πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for this interview, Sarah. It was fun getting to know Tricia!

    I’m not much of a marshmallow fan unless they’re in between a graham cracker and chocolate. πŸ™‚

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Heidi! Especially if that marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate sandwich is eaten by a bonfire, right? πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

      We introduced S’mores in the Czech Republic on a mission trip. That was my favorite bon fire experience ever!

  • February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Hi Sarah. New follower to your blog πŸ™‚
    I love marshmallows. I like making a sweet treat with mini marshmallows, pretzels, cheerios, and a a couple chocolate chips sprinkled in. Not the world’s heathiest snack mind you, but a fun treat nonetheless!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Jen! Thanks so much for visiting! And wow, that treat sounds AMAZING! Sweet and salty is my favorite combination. πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Now if you baked all that into a cookie I might eat it πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Fun interview! Nice to meet Tricia! Her book sounds good!

    I do love marshmallows. I’m especially fond of dark chocolate covered marshmallow candy…and 31 flavors Rocky Road ice cream! Yum!

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Oh wow, Loree, You really are a marshmallow diehard. πŸ™‚ Have you tried the coconut-flavored marshmallows? My hubby accidentally bought them one time when he took my son to the store with him. Apparently the little man tossed them in when my hubby wasn’t looking. πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Ooh, ooh, I just downloaded Chasing Mona Lisa on my Kindle last week! So excited to read it. I love marshmallows…especially when a bonfire is involved. πŸ™‚

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      LOL, Melissa, Did you see my comment to Heidi about the bonfire? Apparently you and I are on the same page. πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I enjoy reading Tricia’s tweets. I think she could have added the words energetic, generous, and inspiring to her first response because she’s all those and more.

    Marshmallows and I have learned to stay far apart. The closest I’ve come to enjoying them is in the form of marshmallow cream hidden in fudge or Rice Krispie Treats.

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Keli, I completely forgot about Rice Krispie Treats! I have to admit I do love those. (My hips? Not so much) πŸ™‚

  • February 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve been loving seeing the different pins Tricia has posted on Pinterest in correlation with this novel. I’m excited to read it. And I’m totally with you on the beach, ABC books, and rock-a-bye baby–childcare provider. And marshmallows are best in hot cocoa or Rice Krispie treats. Other than those, no thank you. πŸ™‚

    • February 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Lisa! You’re officially the second person to mention Pinterest in these comments. I can feel myself weakening… πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Sarah, you’re not on Pinterest yet???? πŸ™‚ Lisa, tell her how CRUCIAL it is!

  • February 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Oh I like to just stick a marshmallow on the tip of a cooking fork and hold over the burner. Get it nice & warm and “gulp”. Now about that bling….. I’ve always been a classics “strand of pearls” lady, but in the past few years, I’ve discovered that I actually enjoy stepping “out of the box” and sling the bling a bit. So I do have some splashy stuff, but the classics are always there for me. Since I’m a lady “of-a-certain-age” I can pull this off without being categorized. I just have to make sure I don’t look tacky in the process.

    • February 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I do enjoy a little bling when I go on trips–like writer’s conferences. Most days at home it’s jeans!

  • February 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I LOVE marshamallows–epsecially in ice cream! YUM!
    Nice to “meet” Tricia!

    • February 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Jennifer! I guess just about anything goes good with ice cream, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I’ll pull all mine out and give them to you next time!

  • February 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’m not a big marshmallow fan – too sweet.

    I’m looking forward to reading CHASING MONA LISA.

  • February 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I like those marshmallows with the chocolate shell on them! Also a mint chocolate chip fan. Fun interview. I have FB’d and tweeted it!

  • February 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    thanks Sarah for your interview today with Tricia, love this young womans books, she sure knows how to tell a good story. I like some of them treats too but have to be more careful now that I am older.
    look forward to possible win of one of tricia’s books, cant get enough of them…
    Paula O

  • February 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Trying to stay off the sugar, so no marshmallows for me.

    I tweeted.

  • February 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t need to win the book giveaway (because I’m already reading/loving Chasing Mona Lisa right now!) … But I wanted to stop by and read the interview to support and thank you both. Great post, Ladies! : )

    P.S. I the eggs answer! I could stop by a Cracker Barrel at midnight – no kidding – and enjoy every bite of a yummy breakfast plate!

    • February 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Oohhh, I love Cracker Barrel too, Kristy! Especially their biscuits.

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • February 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Fun fun interview!! You do it so good Sarah:) And I must admit, up until Oct when I gave up sugar, I used to eat a bag of marshmallows a week! LOVE them–guess you can see my need to detox some sugar:))

  • February 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    LOL, Terri, I’d say that officially qualifies as an addiction. πŸ™‚ Did you see my cleanse post last month? I needed a major detox after the holidays.:)

  • February 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I like marshmallows. I like them in seven cup fruit salad, in hot chocolate, on sweet potato cassarole,and s’mores. However, I have given up the sugary desserts for Lent. (Of course, temptation lurks around each corner.)I don’t do much Bling. I am allergic to nickel (which is found in yellow gold.)

    • March 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Way to go, Cecelia, giving up desserts for Lent. Hopefully you can avoid that temptation until the end. πŸ™‚

  • March 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Fun interview. I have read one book by Tracia Goyer (Praying for Your Future Husband) and loved it.

    I acctually have this snack thing I make and just resently added marshmellows to it. I call it a grilled chrocolate because you make it just like a grilled cheese but you add chrocolate chips rather than chesse. Now I am also adding marshmellows to it. It is so good and chrocolaty.

    • March 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Rachel! Wow, your grilled chocolate idea sounds amazing. I’ll have to try it sometime!

      • March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Go for it. It is really good. I might go make myself one now. πŸ™‚

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