As you know from my review last week, I was enamoured with Jocelyn’s powerful story, so I’m thrilled to be chatting with her today about her mum’s cooking, Spunky’s Diary, and the most appealing Marc-Paul Girard! If you haven’t already got your hands on this story, be sure to enter the giveaway below.
Please describe yourself in three words (ask your best friend or family if you are struggling!)
Detail-oriented, curious, committed
What’s your favourite season, and why?
Autumn! Cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage, trips to the apple orchard, bonfires and s’mores, all things pumpkin. After spending lots of time outside during the summer, I also love rediscovering the coziness of staying in with a good book!
What is the best part of your day?
Usually, it’s dinner time, when we all sit down to the table again as a family and share about our day.
What do you miss most about your childhood?
I miss my mom cooking for me all the time.
Which TV talk show host would you like to be interviewed by? Why?
I don’t even know who they are anymore. The only time I see a talk show is when I take my car in for an oil change and the TV in the waiting room is set to one of them.
You are at a fruit market – what do you reach for first?
If my kids are with me—apples. We go through so many. If it’s just me, and everything is perfectly ripe, strawberries.
What was the first Christian Fiction novel you read?
What is one author and/or book you always recommend?
Mark of the Lion books by Francine Rivers.
What book character has stuck in your mind from a book you have read this year?
Tempe Tucker from A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz.
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
What was the working title?
The Marked Mademoiselle.
Describe your book in 5 adjectives
Intense, gritty, redemptive, atmospheric, historical, grace-filled
Which character took you by surprise?
The little girl named Lily. Totally surprised me with her personality and the way she saw life.
What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?
Ha! Maybe midnight or 1am. But I have also gotten up many times at 3 or 4am to work on the book before starting the day homeschooling my kids.
Which character’s name was the hardest to choose? Why?
Marc-Paul’s. I had named him something else until halfway through the book I decided my original name for him sounded too feminine. I wanted something stronger, so I changed it. With all the French characters, my challenge was to choose names that were French but easy for English-speakers to read and pronounce to themselves, without causing them to stumble.
What’s something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
I had a great scene set in Marc-Paul’s garden when his Canadian manservant Etienne is giving him some really good life advice. I loved that scene, but we ended up deleting the issue that Marc-Paul needed advice about, so of course we couldn’t use that garden scene either.
Thank you, Jocelyn!
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Jocelyn lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.