Hello, reader friends! Author friend Jocelyn Green is joining us for a quick chat in honor of her new release Veiled in Smoke!
about the author
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman.
Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association.
She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, strawberry rhubarb pie, the color red, and reading with a cup of tea. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
J: Not related to books? That really narrows it down! I would say baking in the fall and winter, gardening in the spring and summer.
B: Sometimes I have to ask hard questions to keep you on your toes. I love baking too but mostly cookies… so I can eat them!
Describe Veiled in Smoke in five words.
J: Turbulent, historical, emotional, family drama.
B: From where I’m reading near the beginning of the book, you have accomplished all five!
Share your inspiration behind Veiled in Smoke.
J: The inspiration for this novel was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That historic event was my starting point, but from there I built characters whose suffering and triumphing would be a microcosm of the city’s rebuilding. That’s all I will say without giving too much away!
B: You are a kindred spirit, no spoilers!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing Veiled in Smoke?
J: One of the characters, Stephen Townsend, is a Civil War veteran who spent two years in Andersonville. Depicting his form of PTSD, his triggers, his family dynamics, and even time in an asylum was such a delicate and nuanced challenge. His scenes are my favorite in the book, even though he made me cry the most.
B: My heart breaks for him, his daughters, and the millions of soldiers over the centuries and their families who have similarly suffered.
What is your reading style?
J: I am an equal opportunity book format lover. I read print books in the daytime, audiobooks while driving or doing chores, ebooks at bedtime.
B: All the books, all the time. Preach!
Do you have any writing quirks?
J: I do my best writing in my office, surrounded by my research/reference books, with a thermos of hot tea. I also need to be wearing writing pants (pajama pants which are for writing only) for the best possible creativity.
B: Hmmm… I’m intrigued by these writing pants! I do believe I need these in my life!
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
J: I’m currently writing the second book in The Windy City Saga series, which will tell Sylvie Townsend’s story during the World’s Fair of 1893. (Veiled in Smoke is the first book in this series.)
B: Aw, yay! You’ve been writing so many fabulous stand-alone novels lately, it’s exciting to have a series to look forward to! Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Jocelyn!
about the book
Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (The Windy City Saga book 1)
Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district, they lose much more than just their store.
The sisters become separated from their father, and after Meg burns her hands in an attempt to save a family heirloom, they make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend not only died during the fire–he was murdered. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.
Though homeless, injured, and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life, but prove her father’s innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.
Thanks to the author, we have a print copy of Veiled in Smoke for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
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