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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Alice K. Arenz novel


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by Alice K. Arenz

2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K.
Arenz, has been writing since she was a child. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Award: cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D. (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist)—all re-released by Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications.  Her newest book, a mystery/romantic suspense, An American Gothic was released in August 2015. Visit Alice at her website.

Welcome, Alice. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
My mom. She died when I was eight—long before I had the opportunity to find out who she was aside from my mother.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Quirky, loving, determined.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I know it’s a little trite & predictable, but it would have to be John 3:16-17—any Bible version—the following is the King James.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

These were the first verses I memorized when I was very small and they have served me through both good and bad times as a constant reminder that I—we are not alone.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’m what they call a seat-of-the-pants writer, or as I term it, I write what I feel God is leading me to write. This means I don’t have a plan and don’t know where the characters or book are going. So I enjoy the ride, the discovery. When I finish a writing session & have to go back and read what I just wrote because I literally have no idea what’s on the screen . . . that’s not just enjoyable, but exciting!

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
We’ve turned a bedroom into an office. I have to have a desk—can’t use anything on my lap because of neck and back issues. I used to be pretty persnickety about keeping the office neat, but it’s kinda haphazard now because I had to get a different desk and rearrange the room. Someday I hope to get some order going again. Maybe . . . it’s a nice thought at least.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Spread the word. Word of mouth—or fingers, as in use of computer and electronic stuff—is the best support I could ask for.

Please tell us a little about your novel, An America Gothic.
An American Gothic—mystery/romantic suspense
Tagline:  She came to Foxxemoor to write a mystery,

not to become part of one.

Back Cover Copy:  Devastated by the death of a child in her care, Lyssie's heart strings are tugged when she finds another child in danger. Amid past secrets, lies, and betrayals of an old college friend's family, she must choose a twin brother to trust. If she makes the wrong decision, she could not only lose her own life, but also the life of the child she's come to love.

Where can readers find you online?


Where can readers purchase An American Gothic?

Any parting comment?
Thank you so very much for having me. God Bless!

Alice, thank you for visiting with my readers and me and for offering an eBook Kindle version copy of An American Gothic that one of the commenters to this blog post will win.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Double Header by Clarice James is Donna. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.


  1. Sounds like a interesting book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Shelia, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  2. Another great book to add to my list. I am a follower

    1. Nancy, I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.

  3. Enjoyed the interview. The books sounds like a good one.

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for commenting.

  4. This sounds like a good mystery. I enjoy mysteries and would love to read this one. I follow this blog. Sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  5. Nice interview. Book sounds great.

    1. Kim, glad you liked the interview with Alice. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Hello, ladies and thank you all for your wonderful comments. Good luck on the drawing. God Bless, alice

  7. Our guest author, Alice, tried to post a comment here but couldn't. She sent me her comment and I've posted it above.

  8. Very intersting interview. Thanks also for the giveaway. I'm quite sure I would enjoy the book very much!

    1. Betti, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.