Monday, October 13, 2014

Giveaway! Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Leslie Gould, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

As a preschooler, I used to make up stories about the letters of the alphabet. Each had a distinct personality, and I’d come up with little plots as groups of letters interacted. Yes, I was a pretty weird little kid, but my interest in creating characters and story worlds definitely started early!

Later I figured out, as both a history major and a human being, that it’s pretty hard to get to the truth of almost anything (except for God’s love for us). As a fiction writer I get to make up the truth when it comes to a story, lol. Writing fiction helps me process life—to see a situation from someone else’s point of view, to explore motivation, to experience great empathy, and to better understand Christ’s redemptive work in all of our lives.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

What a hard question! So many books have impacted me in so many ways. But the one that had the biggest impact is To Killing a Mockingbird. I first read it when I was nine or ten and I reread it every few years. It was the first truly empathetic novel I read, and even as a child I was impacted by the way Harper Lee’s writing made me respond to the injustice in the story. Through the years, I continue to be impacted by her honesty in telling the story, the simple but complicated setting, and her complex cast of characters.

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

To seek out a mentor early in the process. There’s nothing like the wise advise of a seasoned author to help a new author sort things out with more clarity.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out? Homemade if someone else is cooking, lol.
Email or snailmail? Definitely email, but I do still send cards and love to receive them.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I try to shop in my neighborhood when possible, but I end up doing a lot of online shopping. I absolutely avoid Black Friday.
Books or movies? Definitely books (although I enjoy movies too).
Note-taker or memorization? Big time note-taker. I can’t seem to process information without a pen and paper in hand—or my laptop.

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished?

Playing favorites is really hard. Right now, I’d have to say my latest is my favorite—the currently releasing Becoming Bea. It’s inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and is the fourth in my Courtships of Lancaster County series (all of the novels are inspired by Shakespeare plays). Beatrice has long been one of my favorite all-time characters, and it was great fun to figure out her motivations and desires.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

Thank you for being with us today!

Thank you for having me!

Readers, enter to win Leslie's book here!

Please leave an email address! 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- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on October 24th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@) 


  1. What a fun idea, writing amish books inspired by Shakespeare! Would love the opportunity to read one.

    I subscribe via e-mail and follow via GFC.


  2. I follow Leslie Gould on Facebook and am signed up for email. I have read several of Leaslie Gould's books. She is a wonderful writer!! Unfortunately, because of financial struggles, I have not read this series which she has written. I would be honored to be chosen to receive this book!!! Thank you for the chance to enter your book giveaway!!
    Have a wonderful day!!

    1. Hi, Elaine,
      Any chance you have an e-reader? Courting Cate, the first in this series, is free right now, )also at Barnes and Noble and Christian books). If you don't have a Kindle, I'll be giving a way lots of books this next month, starting with the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt this weekend. Visit my website anytime this weekend for all the details--over 30 authors will be giving away books!
      Blessings, Leslie

  3. Thank you such an awesome contest. I like the idea of classic Shakespeare meeting Amish fiction. (

    1. Its been a lot of fun to do the Shakespeare plots in Amish settings! :)

  4. Don't enter me because I already own the book. :) Just wanted to say this is a great read. If y'all don't win the giveaway, you should definitely read it anyway!

    1. Thank you, Courtney! Love you--and I can't wait to read your stories!

  5. a subscriber.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.I enjoy reading your books.

  6. a follower..augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.I enjoy reading your books.

  7. I am looking forward to reading Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould! Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.I enjoy reading your books.

  8. I find it interesting that the books in this series are based on Shakespear's plays. Ü
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing to win a copy of Becoming Bea.
    I'm a follower and subscriber.

  9. Interesting sounding read. I receive emails and am a blog follower.

  10. (Sorry if this duplicates, my comment didn't show up:)
    But, Leslie, black Friday is so fun! You at least need to get to Freddy's for the half off socks! I already own an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this book, but I'd love another to give away! Keep writing amazing stories!

    1. Lol, April, I send my husband to Freddies for socks. He's the shopper! Love you!

  11. Becoming Bea is on my next to read list, as I've read the previous ones. I enjoy this series. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I am a big fan of Leslie Gould and have the other 3 books in the series. Would love to have this one too. Thank you for this giveaway.

    1. I appreciate you support so much, Mary Ellen!

  13. I read the first book in this series, Courting Cate, and liked it very much, even though I'm not a great fan of Amish stories. I think it is fun to read re-tellings of classic stories. I want to read the other books in this series, so it would be nice to win Becoming Bea.
    I'm a subscriber and a follower, so thanks for the extra entries.

    1. Pam, I'm so glad you liked Courting Cate! Cate makes a big appearance in Becoming Bea, which was a lot of fun to write!

  14. I have not read any of Leslie's books and this looks like a great series. I really enjoy Amish books.
    I am a subscriber.
    I am a follower.

  15. thanks for the chance to read this novel, casey & leslie.

    I'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. Entry for Pam:
    Please enter in the Leslie Gould giveaway


  17. I have read a reviewed some of Leslie's books and loved them. Would love to win another :)

  18. I just downloaded the first of this series, Courting Cate....can't wait to delve into it! I have so many books on my TBR pile, I don't know where to start! Thank you, Leslie, for taking the time out for this interview! God Bless!

  19. Thank you so much for the interview with Leslie Gould and the giveaway! I have really enjoyed the series, The Courtships of Lancaster County so you know I can't wait to read this one. I enjoyed learning how she started writing at a young age. My son has already started writing short stories since the age of 7 and now he is 10. I have taught him that reading and writing are important in learning. Blessings!

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  20. I am a fan of Leslie Gould on facebook. Also I forgot my email. Thank you Casey for the interview with one of my favorite authors.

  21. Thank you for the interview of Leslie Gould. I'm always looking for new authors. I would love to win one of her books since I have never read her books. I'm looking forward to reading her in the future.

  22. . Trying again. Thank for posting the interview. Please enter me in drawing

  23. I enjoyed Leslie's interview and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of Becoming Bea!

    I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  24. Entry for Jennifer:
    I would love to win one of Leslie's books, have read several and enjoy here writing style, thanks for entering me. Jennifer Fancher

  25. I am a subscriber, follower and I love reading new books! I have read several of her books and enjoyed them. Thank you for sharing this interview and giveaway!


  26. I'm enjoying this series and can't wait to meet Bea. Great cover!
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.
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  27. Leslie is a new author to me. I love Amish fiction and the Shakespeare twist sounds interesting.
    I am an e mail subscriber
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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