I read a new review today 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?
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.