Thursday, November 11, 2010

Special Giveaway and Interview: The Silent Order

Welcome back to Writing for Christ, Melanie Dobson! I am excited to have you here for a second time. J
Thanks, Casey! I’m honored to be back. J
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
Since last time, I’ve had the privilege of exploring Cleveland and Ohio’s Amish country to research my latest suspense novel (The Silent Order). I spent one night with an Old Order Amish couple in Sugarcreek and was swept away by the woman’s heart and passion. The Silent Order released the first of November, and now I’m in the midst of completing another historical novel set in Iowa’s Amana Colonies. 
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
I’ve been researching the Civil War for Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa—which is a wonderful excuse for me to read novels set in the mid-1800s. I’ve fallen in love with Lynn Austin’s books and writing style, specifically her Candle in the Darkness and Fire by Night novels set during the Civil War. She is a beautiful, lyrical writer with the perfect mix of strong characters and exciting storylines.
Do you have favorite authors?
I enjoy reading books by Angela Hunt, Kristen Heitzmann, Julie Klassen, and now Lynn Austin.
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
I love connecting with my readers! Every time I receive an email or a letter, I feel humbled and grateful for the privilege of being able to write the stories that seem to erupt out of my heart and mind. My favorite part of the writing part is the research—reading old newspapers and diaries and interviewing experts so I can glean enough information to make my stories as accurate and interesting as possible.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings?
I do almost all of my writing in a local coffee shop while my children are in school (the owner is very gracious and lets me camp out at the table by the window all day). This is the perfect setting for me with the steady buzz of conversation and unlimited refills on decaf…and no piles of laundry to distract me. My best work is done right before every major deadline when I lock myself into a local hotel room for two days and write as much as I can. 
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
In one of my hotel weekends, I wrote 14,000 words. Usually I write 2,000 words a day so that was huge for me. It took me a week to edit all those words.
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels. 
Thanks, Casey. It’s always a pleasure to “chat” with you.
Readers, here is your chance to enter to win Melanie's latest book, The Silent Order.
Please leave an email adddress! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.


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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.


Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on November 26th.

76 comments:

  1. Melanie's book seems intriguing and I like the cover very much. I enjoyed her interview and am looking forward to reading her story. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Sure hope I do!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
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  2. I am a GFC follower and an email subscriber.

    Barb Shelton
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  3. Great interview! :D This book sounds really interesting, and after seeing your review on Goodreads, I'm even more thankful for a chance to win it! :)

    Thank you!

    ~Amber

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  4. Oops!

    Forgot to add that I'm a follower. :)

    ~Amber

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  5. I'm a subscriber and a follower. I enjoyed the interview with Melanie and would like to win her book.
    Thanks.
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  6. 14,000 words? I'm so in awe! I love the book cover. It sounds like a good read!

    I'm a follower, too!

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  7. I love the cover of this book, and would love to read it. I really enjoy books about the Amish. Please enter me in your giveaway.
    Thank you for the nice interview from Melanie...its interesting to read about her writing style.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  8. I'm an email subscriber.

    Blessings,
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  9. I can't wait to read this book. Please include me.


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  10. I am a follower


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  12. I am a subscriber and follower of this blog.

    I love to research. I wonder how to tell when you have enough or whether or not to continue. I am eager to read this book of suspense.


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  15. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. Never enough Amish books! I just got one of Melanie's books last week and hope to read all of them!

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    I'm also a follower and a subscriber.

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  17. I love Amish novels, but add suspense and it's even better! Please add me to the giveaway. Thank you.

    I'm a subscriber and follower.

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  18. The Silent Order looks like a great read, thanks for hosting the giveaway and having such a nice interview. I'll keep an eye out for her Amana colony book too, I have visited there and it's a beautiful and interesting place.
    Thanks!
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  19. this sounds like a wonderful story...thanks for the chance to read melanie's novel :)

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  20. i'm a follower...and email subscriber :)

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  21. Looks like an awesome book!
    Please enter me!

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  22. I'm one of your followers! and I subscribed as well!

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  24. Great giveaway! Can't wait to read it!

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  25. Excellent interview! And I would love to win The Silent Order!

    Blessings & a bit o' sunshine!
    Ruthi
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  26. I am now a GFC follower of your blog!

    Blessings & a bit o' sunshine!
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  27. The interview was indeed a 'JOY'. Thanks for the chance to win this. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  30. I'm a subscriber & a follower, and am looking forward to reading The Silent Order. rejordan79@msn.com

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  31. I would love to win this book!

    I'm also a follower of this blog.

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  32. I would like to read this book.

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  33. This book looks fantastic. Not only does the cover draw me in, but I find the story does too! Thank you!
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  34. Greetings,
    Sounds like a wonderful book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Many blessings,
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  37. The Silent Order sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Blessings,
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  38. I am a GFC follower.

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  40. Please enter me! I cannot wait to read this book! :)

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  41. I would love to win this book. It looks like such a great read!

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  43. Oh, this book sounds great:)
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  44. Wow, already put this book on my wish list. Sounds wonderful. Love hearing about authors and their books. I love reading. Juanita W
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  45. I enjoy reading Amish books an would love to read this one. Please enter me

    Blessings,
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  46. Oh, I love these kinds of books! Would love to win and read it. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  47. The Silent Order sounds like an exciting mysterious story, I love the 1920's/30's time period. Please add me, I'd love to win it.
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  50. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. The Silent Order sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  54. Thanks for the great interview, it sounds like a fun read : ) I'd love to win a copy!
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  55. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaways you have.
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  57. Another great interview! I know I would enjoy this book and so would my sister! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. This was a wonderful interview! Thank you so much!

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  59. I'm a follower and I've subscribed.

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  60. Looks interesting, count me in. Its always nice to find out a little more about the authors too.
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  61. Please enter me. Many thanks for offering the contest. I also linked to it via my weekly contest page:
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  62. Love to read about the Amish. Thanks for the contest.
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  63. What an interesting looking book!
    I'd love to win!

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  64. I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds like great book!

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  67. Great cover...great story line! I would LOVE to win this and read the book!

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  68. Another Lynn Austin fan, so now I really want to read your book too. :)

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  73. I'm just now reading my first book by Melanie, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa. I enjoy her storytelling and writing style, so she has become an author whose books I look for. Thank you for the interview and chance to win The Silent Order.

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  74. Enjoyed your blog.Book sounds great. Thanks for the chance of winning.

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  75. I'd love to enter!

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