Welcome, Friends! I’m so very excited to introduce you to today’s special guest. It is a pleasure to have Jocelyn Green visiting with us today.

JocelynGreenJocelyn 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. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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You can pick up a copy of Jocelyn’s latest book  “A Refuge Assured” at your local bookstore. CLICK HERE to read my review.


A Refuge AssuredLacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.


Please join me in giving Jocelyn a warm welcome! Jocelyn, it is a pleasure to have you here today! Let’s get started with our interview. 

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Jocelyn:  Spring. The increase of daylight after a long Iowa winter always takes me by surprise and fills me with joy. The warmer temperatures and reappearance of grass and leaves and all flowering things really do feel like an annual rebirth.

Trisha: Oh, Spring is my favorite also! The flowers returning, things turning green, warmth, sunshine, birds singing, I love it all!

Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jocelyn:  The part where I’m drinking coffee. 😊 Usually that’s in the morning before the kids are up, but it can be early afternoon on occasion, too. But that’s a tie with family dinner time. I love having everyone together to talk about our day. When we don’t do it, I really miss it and notice a disconnect.

Trisha:  Mmmm….Coffee! Yes! Family time is so important!


Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Jocelyn:  Brock and Bodie Thoene’s Zion Covenant series, for sure!

Trisha: Yes! I too enjoyed reading that series!


Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Jocelyn:  Mozart, Christmas music sung by monks, and on Pandora, “The Civil Wars” artists.

Trisha:  I enjoy listening to instrumental music when I read & write. I find it helps erase background noise. I enjoy finding out what others listen to.


Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Jocelyn:  My first response would be characters, but both the hero and heroine would not be who they are without the plot. So here’s what I had to work with first: a lacemaker (character) fleeing from the French Revolution and seeking asylum in America (plot). Plus a veteran of the Revolutionary War (character) struggling to work out what independence means in America’s young democracy (plot). They are so intertwined, it’s hard for me to separate them.

Trisha:  Thus far, for me it’s been all about the characters when I’m starting a story. I enjoy hearing how authors approach a new story.


Q:  Which character took you by surprise

Jocelyn:  Both Armand and Paulette took me by surprise. Paulette played a role I didn’t know she would until late in the process, and Armand—well, that man popped into the pension at Le Havre at the  beginning of the novel when I didn’t even know he would be in the book at all. But I’m SO GLAD he showed up, because his relationship with Vivienne, the heroine, was a rich subplot that added dimension to both characters and plot.

Trisha:  Yes, both of those two took me by surprise as well. Paulette more so than Armand.


Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Jocelyn:  I don’t remember! It probably wouldn’t impress you. It’s far more likely for me to go to bed at a normal hour and get up early (5 am is typical, 3 am or 4 am is not unheard of).

Trisha:  My goal is to go to bed around 11 pm.  Often a good story will keep me up past that. But rarely do I ever wake up before 6 am. I’d rather sleep in. 🙂


Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Jocelyn:  I have gobs to choose from, since I cut out so much. Here’s one: in early drafts, I had a couple of extra characters who served as tutors for Henri in Philadelphia, but they didn’t have enough to do to make it worth their existence on the page, so I cut them out. I figured readers have enough characters to keep straight as it is. I also cut out lots of sighing, inhaling deeply, gazing, and clearing throats. 😊

Trisha:  Now I’m curious, if you have ever saved one of those characters you chopped out and used them in another book later?


Q:  What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Jocelyn:  I’m currently working on the next novel to release from Bethany House in 2019. It’s set in the French and Indian War and is set in Montreal and Quebec. Thank you for being an eager reader!

Trisha: Yay! A new historical to watch for! I look forward to hearing more!


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 Jocelyn Green is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “A Refuge Assured” Please review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

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37 thoughts on “Author Interview & Giveaway with Jocelyn Green – A Refuge Assured

  1. I do like to listen to music and mostly listen to Christian music and sometimes a bit of classic rock. I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  2. I normally don’t listen to music while I read and if I do it’s something instrumental. Thanks Jocelyn for the chance to win your book. I’ve heard fabulous things about it.

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  3. This is another interview that I have thoroughly enjoyed! The cover is inviting, as are the characters! I sometimes listen to music while I read, but not always. I can read anywhere, and at night music would wake my hubby. I like to open up YouTube on my laptop, and listen to my favorites. I probably won’t remember all of them, but some are: Abide With Me by Matt Redman; Jesus, Lord I Need You, At the Cross by Chris Tomlin; Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle; Trust in You by Lauren Daigle; Even If by Mercy Me; King of My Heart by Kutless; What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong; We Believe by Newsboys; and so many more!

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      1. Yes, I am also guilty of being distracted by the songs and singing them. But music is as much a vital part of me as reading is. I love that God sings over us!

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  4. I try to have quiet when i read. I excercise to classic rock or a YouTube excercise video.
    I have wanted this book since i first saw hints of it! Love Jocelyn’s writing!

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  5. Trisha, thank you so much for hosting me today! It’s fun to chat. To answer your question about chopped characters–I’m not saving the two I chopped from this novel. They really did deserve to get the ax. LOL

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  6. No I usually don’t listen to music when I read. I would probably keep singing along and distract myself. I would love to read Jocelyn’s new book. I have read one of her Civil War books and loved it!

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  7. I might have choked on my coffee if it wasn’t past lunchtime here. All that sighing, looking and breathing HAS TO GO… My characters are always stepping back or turning. Thanks for sharing your scraps, Jocelyn! I’ve been a fan of your fiction since the Widow of Gettysburg!!

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  8. “Do you listen to music when you read, and if so, what do you like to listen to?”
    Most of the time, no, because it’s distracting. But if I ever do, it’s either Christian music on the radio/Youtube or movie/videogame soundtracks.

    This was a great interview! 😀

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  9. I occasionally will listen to music while reading if I need to block out background noise, but I much prefer silence. I can’t concentrate nearly as well as I did when I was younger!

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    1. I hear you! When I was in college I could listen to music and study. But I find now, that often I prefer silence. There are times when listening to instrumental music is nice. Celtic Music is among my favorite.


  10. I don’t listen while reading but I love music when I’m cleaning and I also enjoy music when I’m driving. I listen to all kinds of music EXCEPT heavy metal and rap.

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