Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Elizabeth Camden

Today we welcome author: 
Elizabeth Camden

To win a copy
of Elizabeth's new release:
Beyond All Dreams
or one of her other books
there will be three winners!

Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.

When I first spoke with Elizabeth I had the inkling she was a shy sort of person. One who had dreams, big dreams, but portrayed a shyness. And then I read her post for today. This woman is a tower of strength, a driven woman, one who sets her mind to a task and works to complete it. What a child of God! Of course I had to ask her to share how God has led her on her writing journey, knowing it would be exciting. And it is! Here is what she said:

Having Lived Through Hurricanes...

I came to write inspirational fiction in a very roundabout fashion.  By day I work on a college campus, and in order to win tenure I wrote a number of dry, dusty academic books I doubt more than a few dozen people read. After earning tenure, I had a craving to tackle a bigger challenge. I tried to remember why I became a rabid reader as an adolescent, and realized it was because I drew inspiration from fiction.  Writing a novel was an entirely different form of writing, but one I was eager to explore.

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Now stop a moment….it makes no sense to be inspired by fictional characters, does it? And yet when I read The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, I was inspired by those people. Which sounds completely insane.  Frodo and Sam never existed, so how on earth can they inspire me to keep trudging forward even when my body, soul, and mind are running on empty?

They just do.

One of the things I aim for when I write a novel is to create inspiring characters who tough it out through the worst of circumstances. Most of the events told in the Bible deal with people undertaking huge challenges, too. Sometimes they make moral choices and other times they don’t, but those stories have been inspiring people for thousands of years. 

Click Here to buy or see "Into the Whirlwind"
I believe that tackling the hard things in life is what makes us great, and I use this as a theme in every novel I write. My novel Into the Whirlwind was about the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871. As in any crisis, the fire brought out the best and worst in people. Mollie thinks of the months following the fire as a “wonderful, terrible time.” And isn’t that true? Having lived through my share of devastating hurricanes, I can attest that you will see the best and worst of humanity during a terrible crisis. Leaning on my faith during these times has always served me well.
Click Here to buy or see "With Every Breath"

My novel With Every Breath is about the heroic doctors and nurses who risk their lives to battle tuberculosis, a contagious disease that is sadly reminiscent of the Ebola crisis. My current release, Beyond All Dreams, deals with a librarian who stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea. When she turns to a congressman for help unraveling the mystery she risks her career, her home, and her security to uncover a deep wrong.  Again, these characters are confronted by major ethical dilemmas, and I wanted them to overcome their obstacles in an honorable fashion. As I personally draw inspiration from such novels, I hope my novels can do the same for others.

As a somewhat tongue-tied and introverted person in real life, I have found that writing suits my style for sharing my optimistic view of the world.  I hope my novels can provide inspiration for readers who are seeking spiritual courage, inspiration, or perhaps just a rollicking good love story.


Elizabeth on the Jordan River

Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books, and is a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. 

Connect with Elizabeth at: 


Anna O’Brien has the perfect job at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea. When forces conspire to prevent her from learning the truth, she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan is one of the most powerful men in congress until his career begins collapsing amidst scandal. When he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship, he is stunned to find himself falling in love with the down-to-earth librarian.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke will unravel a mystery larger and more dangerous than ever imagined.

To enter the contest for a copy of 
Elizabeth Camden's  new release: 
"Beyond All Dreaqms"
"With Every Breath"
"Into the Whirlwind"
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International Readers Welcome to Enter for eBook!
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The three winners will be announced on my facebook page.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for Joining us This Weekend!

We love chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions.

Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget to comment!


Mary Preston said...

I find myself being inspired by characters. It's perfectly normal.


squiresj said...

I would love to win a copy of your book and review it. I would love to get to know your work. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Kelly Y said...

Thank you, Mary and Elizabeth, for this feature. I, too, find inspiration from fictional characters!
Blessings and Happy New Year!
Kelly Y
Kelly AT dkcountryarts DOT com

Amy C said...

What an interesting post with Elizabeth. I love learning more about my favorite authors. I love Elizabeth's books and can't wait to get my hands on her newest.
I'm a follower via email and bloglovin.
Thank you

campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Mary! Thank you for hosting Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a new-to-me author. Her stories sound wonderful.


Connie said...

All three of these novels sound awesome and are on my Wish List. I cannot wait to read and review them so I can them with other readers.

conniecape at aol dot com

Patty said...

As a book lover, I always thought the dream job would be to work in a library!
Thanks for the chance to win one of Elizabeth's books.


Janka H. said...

Thanks for the chance to win in this lovely giveaway! "Beyond All Dreams" sounds like a terrific book! I would love to dream bigger myself, so the topic is speaking to me.

All the best in 2015 and lots of blessings!

Elizabeth Camden said...

Hi Mary..... thanks for that wonderful introduction, and thanks to all the readers for that warm welcome. I always love the chance to talk about my books! And yes, Patty... being a librarian is as great as it seems! Elizabeth

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I am a recently retired librarian and I also think that it is a dream job. Elizabeth, all of your books sound wonderful and I hope to read them soon.
Happy New Year and blessings to both you and Mary!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for introducing Elizabeth to me Mary. I was like Elizabeth and loved reading at a young age. Working in a library is truly a dream job! I would love to read these books.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mary Vee Writer said...

I do too, Mary. I like to see how they choose to handle the bazar situation they are in, I also tend to cheer for them. Many have been very memorable for me. How about you?

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Jane!
Hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Year. I was hoping to see you this weekend.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Kelly,
Besides inspiration, which I am very thankful for, I like to get other ideas from characters, even simple things like how they decorate a room or their favorite recipe. What awesome inspiration or other idea have you taken from a character?

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, yes, an Elizabeth fan. I am especially glad you stopped by. Which one of her books was your favorite so far?

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Caryl!
I agree. Her stories do sound wonderful. And don't you just love the titles and book covers!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are a gem. Each review means so very much to authors and the opportunities they have to get more books out there. Thank you!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I hadn't considered that until after my kids grew older. Now it takes a degree and there aren't many jobs. BUT there are many volunteer jobs in a library. Even that would be interesting to me.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Happy New Year to you. I'm so happy to hear from you. So--what big dream would you go after if you could?

All the best in 2015 to you as well. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

We are so honored to have you here. Thanks for joining our conversation.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Seriously, you were a librarian. Wow. I can't begin to fathom how exciting each day would have been for you. Let us know after you finish reading any of Elizabeth's books. Reviews online are especially helpful.

Mary Vee Writer said...

And yet another blessed librarian. Wow. This has been a great day. I've been able to meet all of you, or discover those who had librarian jobs. I'm so glad to see you again, Maryann!! Hope you had a wonderful Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

KayM said...

It is good to become acquainted with a new-to-me author. Characters often inspire me, also. Thank you for offering a copy of one of your books, Elizabeth. Mary, I follow you in my reader, but just signed up to follow by email, also. (Different address than I'm listing here).
may_dayzee (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Pam K. said...

I've read several of Elizabeth's books, including Into the Whirlwind. I absolutely love her books! I learn so much by reading good fiction.
I follow your blog, Mary, by e-mail. I would love to win Beyond All Dreams or With Every Breath. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Mary I am one of your followers and a subscriber. Thanks for the introduction of Elizabeth and her books. IO would love to win "Into the Whirlwind" Thanks for a chance to win this Elizabeth.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Elizabeth Camden said...

Hi Pam.... thanks for your compliment about Into the Whirlwind. As a writer, I find one of the most interesting things for me is delving into the research..... the Chicago Fire was an amazing, grueling, but very inspiring topic for me to learn about.

Elizabeth Camden said...

Nice to meet you, too Kay!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Awesome, Kay!
I'm so glad you joined us today. Happy New Year!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Maxie,
I'm glad you were able to meet Elizabeth this weekend. Her books look to be really wonderful, and you have chosen a good title to want to read. I hope the random program chooses you, too:) Hope you are already having a wonderful New Year.

Andrea said...

What a great interview! I also can draw inspiration and motivation by reading about characters fictional and nonfictional. I liked reading about the topics of Elizabeth's three books. These are themes I haven't read about and would love to.
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Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Pam!
I'm so glad you had a chance to read several of Elizabeth's books. I must agree, so much can be learned from good fiction. I'm so glad you stopped by this weekend. I was looking for you! Happy New Year.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Andrea,
I agree. Books can be such a benefit--challenging our minds, hearts, emotions. They introduce us to new worlds, people, events. And they relax us on a cold night in front of a fire and a mug of hot chocolate. :)
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!
Thanks so much for joining us today!!

Unknown said...

I own into the Whirl Wind but haven't had a chance to read it! I really want to :) I have a TON of books on my TBR pile!


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Sierra!
I think we all have this wonderful problem. Isn't the fresh scent of books on the nights stand lovely?