ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tricia Goyer has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts for Kids, and Focus on the Family, and is the co-author of Meal Time Moments (Focus on the Family). She has led numerous Bible Studies, and her study notes appear in the Women of Faith Study Bible (Zondervan). She has written seven novels for Moody Publishing:
- From Dust and Ashes (2003)
- Night Song (2004) awarded American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2005 Book of the Year for Best Long Historical
- Dawn of a Thousand Nights (2005) awarded American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2006 Book of the Year for Best Long Historical
- Arms of Deliverance (2006)
- A Valley of Betrayal (2007) Book One of the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War
- A Shadow of Treason (Fall 2007) Book Two, Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War
- A Whisper of Freedom (February 2008) Book Three, Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War
Tricia has also written nonfiction books, such as Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom (Zondervan, 2004). Life Interrupted was a 2005 Gold Medallion finalist in the Youth Category. She’s also written 10 Minutes to Showtime (Thomas Nelson, 2004), and Generation NeXt Parenting (Multnomah, 2006).
Also, coming out in the next year are: My Life, Unscripted (Thomas Nelson, 2007), Generation NeXt Marriage (Multnomah, Spring 2008), and 3:16 -the teen version of the a book by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, Spring 2008).
Tricia and her husband John live with their three children in Kalispell, Montana. Tricia’s grandmother also lives with them, and Tricia volunteers mentoring teen moms and leading children’s church. Although Tricia doesn’t live on a farm, she can hit one with a rock by standing on her back porch and giving it a good throw.
Sophie discovers that nothing is as she first imagined. When Walt, the reporter who helped her over the border, shows up again after Guernica is bombed, Sophie is given an impossible mission. She must leave behind the man she’s fallen in love with and return to the person who betrayed her. Another layer of the war in Spain is revealed as Sophie is drawn into the international espionage schemes that could turn the tide of the war and help protect the soldiers from the International Brigade … she must find a way to get a critical piece of information to Walt in time.
I love writing in series. It was great to continue with the same characters. In my stand-alone books I fell in love with these people and then I had to say good-bye after one book. It was wonderful to be able to continue on.
The back cover copy mentions something about “lost gold.” That sounds intriguing! Can you tell us a little about it without revealing too much?
Sure. When I was researching I came upon something interesting. The Spaniards, as we know, had taken much Aztec and Inca gold during the time of the conquistadors. Well, at the start of The Spanish Civil War much of this gold was still held in Madrid. In fact Spain had the fourth largest gold reserves in the world at that time. The Republican government was afraid Franco would take the city and the gold. They had to get it out of Madrid and this included transporting priceless artifacts. The element of gold does make its way into my story. It was great to include this little-known (and true!) element into my story.
I love reading tons of research books. Usually I find one little element that I dig out and turn into a plot line. This is what happened with my plot-line for the Nazi pilot, Ritter. I dug up this bit of research of Nazi involvement in Spain — and the United States — because a lot of people aren’t aware of the Nazi involvement prior to WWII. The truth is they were busy at work getting the land, information, and resources they needed far before they threatened the nations around them. The Germans knew what they wanted and how to get it. And most of the time they succeeded!
I see in your bio that you’ve written two nonfiction books. Are you writing any others?
I’ve also been privileged to work on the teen edition of Max Lucado’s book 3:16. It was a great project to work on. What an honor!
Tricia, thank you so much for joining us here today! I look forward to reading the rest of A Shadow of Treason!
Read the First Chapter