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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Goyer-esque...

I read a new review last week from one of my regular readers (see below). Her word "Goyer-esque" made me smile. It also made me wonder ... what is Goyer-esque? Would people know if they just started page one that it is a novel written by me?

Personally, I have a REALLY hard time describing my writing: historical, some romance, lots of war, historically accurate, intrigue, suspenseful, multiple-POVs that come together at the end ... but how do I describe that simply? Or can I?

In fact, I've been having problems with new proposals lately. Mostly because I know what I do, but I don't know how to describe myself. (I'm also having trouble with proposals because current deadlines have kept me from jumping in fully ... full research, character development, etc.)

So can you help? If you read one of my novels before ... how would you describe my writing?

Thanks!

Tricia Goyer

www.triciagoyer.com

Review by Judy Fedele:

The first novel in a new series about the Spanish Civil War, A Valley of Betrayal unfolds with a distinctively Goyer-esque feel to it. In this book, author Tricia Goyer does another brilliant job bringing history to life with vivid characters searching for their meaning in the midst of conflict, each wanting to contribute their utmost for their cause.

In this time and place in history, it's the middle of the Spanish Civil War. The Nazi's are exerting their influence from one side, strong-arming Fascism over the country. At the same time, Russia is enticing the area with the idealistic vision of Communism. Spain is divided between the two political perspectives, and the resulting battleground ravages the country in the process.

The most serious fighting isn't found on the front lines, though, but in the internal struggle of every individual who must decide who they are and what they truly believe in. Some of the characters are natives of Spain; others from different countries who are drawn to the area for their own reasons. Some come to fight, and some to serve, but they all discover themselves in the process. Each naturally feels that their side has the most righteous cause, and all are willing to risk everything in the effort to win the war.

Goyer tries to communicate the struggle of a people searching for themselves amidst the rubble of their ideals. It's not an easy struggle, nor an easy story to read considering the cost of the war. But despite the fact that no one seems to emerge on top in this bloody battle, the novel itself is a winner. I highly recommend A Valley of Betrayal by author Tricia Goyer, and eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series.

3 comments:

Christine H said...

Dear Tricia,

I haven't read any of your books, but I will make an effort to get hold of one and read it to tell you what I think your style is. I tend to avoid ficion that is war-related because I find it too traumatic. My husband is addicted to the History Channel and there are black-and-white battles being fought all the time on our television. I've just never been able to understand why people would choose to relive all those horrible things that happened over and over. If I know a movie or book is based on real events, it is very hard for me to watch it - like "Pearl Harbor" for example.

I do much better with fantasy violence - it's still tough but at least I know that "no people were harmed in the making of this book." But I will make the effort for you, because I know this is really important. And because I am really curious, as well.

Christine

Cindy Thomson said...

Hi Tricia,

I think the reviewer nail it: "bringing history to life with vivid characters searching for their meaning in the midst of conflict, each wanting to contribute their utmost for their cause."

I think of your books as historical first and foremost, everything else secondary. Historicals can and do have romance, suspense, and other attributes. But the fact that your characters search for meaning in the midst of conflict and possess a desire to contribute to their cause really defines your fiction, at least for me.

Best wishes on your proposals and deadlines!
Cindy

Holly said...

Tricia, I've read the first three in the WWII series, and here's what I take as the "Goyer-esque feel":

In a word, I would describe the writing as compassionate. That's what attracts me back - the taking of very emotionally hard subject matter and somehow finding the rose among the thorns, pruning it to make it bloom. I see alot of contrast, too, paradoxes between beauty and pain, like the violin in the concentration camp in Nightsong. I'm not observing the characters but living with them - I get the sense as a reader that you as the author felt every one of these wounds and joys.

I hope that helps - and I definately look forward to reading more!
Holly