Friday, January 15, 2010

My Friend Golden - Interview and Giveaway

Today we're welcoming the lovely Golden Keyes Parsons to talk about her second historical novel in the Darkness to Light Trilogy, A Prisoner of Versailles. I've talked about her book before, and even talked about how sweet a lady Golden is, but today we get some answers from the wonderful woman herself.

Golden has offered a signed copy of her book to one lucky reader, so leave a comment between now and next Thursday for your chance to win!


About A Prisoner of Versailles

The second book of the A DARKNESS TO LIGHT series, A Prisoner of Versailles continues following the life of Madeleine Clavell and her turbulent relationship with Louis XIV, and the harrowing consequences thereof, first chronicled in Parsons’ In the Shadow of the Sun King. Versailles, replete with splendor and beauty, is the last place that Madeline wants to be as she deals with the death of her beloved husband. In the midst of deep and grievous loss, Madeline’s past catches up to her and she becomes a captive in the palace of Louis XIV. Will she ever escape? What will the unpredictable Sun King do? Madeline cannot and will not deny Christ, yet it will take all the hope and faith she can muster to outmaneuver the king. Does she have the courage to try?

About Golden

Golden Keyes Parsons is an author and a popular conference and retreat leader. Her first novel, the highly acclaimed In the Shadow of the Sun King, was a finalist for Book of the Year in the debut author category of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband live in Waco, Texas.


What's your latest book?

A Prisoner of Versailles from Thomas Nelson Publishing, Sept 2009

(Yes, I knew that already. And for the record, it's fabulous.) What's your favorite part of the story?

Well, one of my favorite scenes is when Pierre, one of Louis XIV’s trusted courtiers, is being interrogated by the king about the whereabouts of Madeleine Clavell. Louis had sent the courtier to southern France to find out what had happened to Madeleine, his former lover, and her husband who had been sentenced to the galleys. Pierre had found her and fallen in love with her, so he was not only trying to protect her, but without directly lying. His new-found faith would no longer allow him to lie with the polished deceit that he had developed living in the decadent atmosphere of the court. The verbal posturing in the scene raises the tension level as Pierre tiptoes around being discovered. In my humble opinion, I think it’s a good, tight scene with lots of tension.

Definitely one of my favorites! Loved the internal tension. What was the hardest part to write?

Probably Francois’ death scene – getting all the nuances of emotions that are employed in the characters, the sense of loss, the expression of true faith. It’s hard to write a scene like that without coming across shallow or hokey.

What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

That God is faithful to us and will see us through, even when we are unfaithful and doubt his goodness.

Something Madeleine definitely learns in this one. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

Historical. Same …

I assumed as much, lol. (I know Golden through a historical group. ;-) What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I’m reading Lisa Samson’s Quaker Summer. Want to read some of Diana Galbadon’s books.

Oo, haven't read Quaker Summer yet, but I loved her Passion of Mary-Margaret. It's on my short-list of favorite modern books. Next question: Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

Since I have never been to Versailles, I kept a picture guide by my side – you know kind that you buy as a tourist -- that I used almost daily in writing the book.

What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

That the quote “There is no such thing a good writing, just good rewriting” is soooo true. (Harry Shaw, in Errors in English and Ways to Correct Them, HarperCollins ) A manuscript almost seems to be a living, breathing organism. It’s a growing and changing entity. There are always changes, additions, tweaks that can be applied to it. Quite a challenge.

So true! And knowing when to stop with those tweaks is a challenge too. Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

Family. We have three grown daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. We go to lots of ballgames, plays and band concerts!

Aw, fun days. What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?

To win a Christy. To be on the NY Times bestseller list.

You're off to a great start on those, Golden, with some fabulous books! Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

Yes. I was in my office at our church when my agent called and told me that we had a contract for a four book series.

What are you writing right now?

I’m fixing to start edits on Book Three in the series, Where Hearts Are Free.

Can't wait to read it! It's your next release, right? When will it hit shelves?

Fall of 2010.


Thanks so much, Golden, for chatting with us! Check out her website for more info on Golden and her ministry.

You can purchase the book from Thomas Nelson, Amazon, or CrossPurposes.

Again, leave a comment with contact info for a chance to win this wonderful book!

Contest will end 1/21/10. Void where prohibited.


  1. Thanks Roseanna and Golden,

    I enjoyed the interview. Could picture the two of you sitting at a coffee shop table (probably wasn't!).

    I'm really looking forward to this book--no I don't have it yet--and I'm quite curious about the fall 2010 book. Have a blessed weekend, ladies-

  2. If only we'd been at coffee shop table! New rule, authors--we have to sit down with a mocha for interviews. ;-)

  3. That sounds good to me! I love Starbuck's mochas and I got a Starbuck's gift card for Christmas. Appears to be a good time to take advantage of that.

  4. This sounds really interesting! I LOVE historical fiction, and I haven't read anything dealing with Louis XIV. If Roseanna says it is good and well written, than I am sure I will completely enjoy it.

  5. Roseanna, don't enter me! Just wanted to stop by and say that I LOVE Golden's books and this one was wonderful!! I was blessed to meet her once and she's just precious and she lives in my neck of the woods!

    Michelle V

  6. I want to enter on behalf of my mom, Beth Hines. Golden, I bought your first book for her at ACFW and she raved about it. I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I'm eager!

  7. I loved this interview...and I would enjoy reading this fabulous book...thanks for the opportunity.


  8. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity!
    smrogi at att dot net

  9. Sounds like a good book! Please enter me!

  10. Would LOVE to win this! Please enter me. :)


  11. This is on my "to read" list....please enter me. Thanks!!!

  12. Please enter me. I found this link through Carmen. I've been wanting to read this book for a while. Thank you for the opportunity! ~Abby

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  13. Awesome Interview! I would love to win this one .

    P.S.I have awarded you an award! Please stop by and pick it up here!

    Blessings and hugs!
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  14. Would love to win this! Please enter me.
    ~Jen Unsell

  15. What an interesting time period! :) I'd be interested in reading this one.

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  16. Great interview! The book sounds great...


  17. I really enjoyed the interview, thanks!

  18. Great interview! This book looks awesome!! I love historical romances :) Thanks for hosting the contest!

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  19. I have really just lately let myself read and enjoy other genres. I am so glad I did. This looks like a great historical romance. Please sign me up.
    Deborah M.

  20. This sounds like an amazing book. That is such an interesting time period. Please enter me!!
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  21. Wow--I'd love to win and read this book. Please enter me.
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  22. I love historical novels. Especially when they have inspirational messages in them.
    Enter me to win
    Carmen sent me!
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