Author Spotlight: Tracie Peterson

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Kate Lloyd is Martha Franks! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Tracie Peterson in the spotlight! To win a copy of her new book The Quarryman’s Bride (Bethany House, 2013), leave a comment on this post.

Tell us a little about your new book . . . Quarryman’s Bride is a story that takes place in the late 1800’s in St. Cloud Minnesota. It deals with unrequited love and the things we face at times when we practice honoring and obeying. Emmalyne and Tavin have loved each other for a long time and as their wedding day approaches, tragedy strikes and Emmalyne’s father ends the engagement. Years pass before the couple come face to face again only to realize they still feel strongly about one another. Can God help them to overcome the obstacles that have separated them? Or maybe a better question is – will they let God help them?

How can readers find you and your books? My website is The books are available through local bookstores,, etc. I’ve even found them on ebay. ☺

Anything new for you on the book horizon? I have a new co-written book coming out in January 2014. This is a new venture written with an awesome author – Kimberley Woodhouse. It’s set in Alaska during the 1930’s and deals with FDR’s experimental Matanuska Colony. It was a very interesting topic to research and I hope everyone will enjoy the story. I also have book #100 coming out in March 2014. It’s titled A Sensible Arrangement and is book one in a new series (Lone Star Brides) and will tied together two previous series Striking a Match and Land of the Lone Star by marrying characters from each to one another.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got? Wow, there’s a lot of really great advice I’ve been given over the years. Probably the best is to get a prayer team together to cover each book in prayer.

Why do you write? My writing is a ministry and a labor of love. I want my books to entertain, educate and encourage. My 3E’s are important to me, because I feel this is the calling God has put on my writing.

I’m inspired by… So much – Bible studies, documentaries, friend’s conversations, books that I read, photographs. Inspiration is everywhere!

My great adventure has been… Hard to say. There have been some really neat adventures in my life – marriage, having children, traveling, getting to write.

If I could go anywhere, it would be… Right now I’d like to see Ireland. It’s part of my heritage and I would like to explore it for story ideas, get to see the landscape, museums and people and just experience the culture.

Describe yourself in one word. Authentic

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?  That one makes me smile because it all seems surreal. Getting to have a job that I love to do and that honors God and shares the Gospel is incredible. Getting to spend time with fellow authors (some of whom are my favorites to read), publishing people (whom I’ve long admired) and traveling to meet readers is far beyond all of my expectations and hopes.

What drives you to succeed? Serving God. My heart goal is to bring others to Jesus and to encourage those who know Him and long for Heaven.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Martha J. Sturm says:

    I would also like to go to Ireland. My paternal grandmother was Irish. I’m trying to track down what part of Ireland that branch was from. Little by little I am getting there.

  2. Patty H says:

    Tracie is a great author! I would love to read some of this new series…

  3. Brittany McEuen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win Tracie’s book. Please enter me.

  4. Melanie says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! My daughter and I LOVE to read Tracie Peterson’s books! I find that I am more AWARE of GOD when I read Christian Fiction!!!! Weird, huh?

  5. Sandi Ansell says:

    I would love to win this book…what a testimony Tracie has. Thanks for sharing it…and thank you Suzanne, for interviewing her! God bless.

  6. Connie R. says:

    Thanks for a chance to win the book. I love Tracie’s comment about she loves the benefits of being a writer…meeting other authors, meeting and interacting with her reader/followers…and also her comment about her main goal which isn’t to write but bring others to Jesus and encourage believers.

  7. Rachel says:

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for another great contest.

  8. Lisa Stifler says:

    Thank you for the featured author, I have not read any of her books but this has sparked my interest. Would love to win this book !

  9. I have read several of Tracie’s books including the Montana and Alaska series. She is a super writer! Would love to win this new book of hers! Thanks for the chance to enter my name.

  10. Robin Blankenship says:

    Great post. Love to read the book

  11. Jean Hill says:

    I started my Christian reading with Tracie’s books. I love her writing style and always look forward to her latest.

  12. I would love to win this book. Sounds so good!

  13. Tracie,

    Congratulations on reaching 100 books! That’s an amazing feat. I’ve probably read half of them, at least. 🙂 Ireland is one of the places I long to go to also. We have ancestors from there.

    I hope things are going well with you and Jim.

  14. Have read most of Karen Kingsbury’s books and loved them all! Looking forward to reading some new material now, and since I have won 2 different times on a Facebook contest, I am eager to try again!

  15. Nancy Six says:

    Count me in for the drawing – it’s great to have an opportunity to win a book from an author I’m not familiar with!

  16. Wendy M says:

    I loved this book, and would love to win it as a gift for a friend! Tracie is one of my favorite authors. I’m always looking forward to her next book.

  17. Sara White says:

    Would love to read this book, I love Tracie’s books and I have not read this one. It looks like it will be really good.

  18. angela chesnut says:

    I would love to win. Tracie is one of my favorites.

  19. Pamela Jaenke says:

    This would be a great win.

  20. Sharon Timmer says:

    Would love to win a copy of Tracie’s new book – thanks for the contest

  21. Patricia Venable says:

    I would love to win, I have never read a Christian book, would love to read this book sounds real good.

  22. felecia says:

    I would love to read this.

  23. Elizabeth Vander Lee says:

    I always appreciate a favorite author’s recommendations – I will start reading Tracie’s books, and would LOVE to win this one! Thanks.

  24. Dianne Noland says:

    I would love to read this book! Please enter me.

  25. Joann Stewart says:

    Love this authors books. Please enter me to win this book. Thanks

  26. Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    Would love to win this book.

  27. Katie J. says:

    This sounds like an excellent book!

  28. I’d love to go to Ireland, too, someday. My great-great grandfather stowed away on a ship from Ireland when he was 16, along with his brother. They got separated in NYC and never saw one another again.

  29. Wanda White says:

    I recently discovered Tracie Petersons books. I LOVE them. I have read the “Embers of Love,” “Hearts AGlow,” “Hope Rekindled.” I would love to win a copy of this book!

  30. Carol Edwards says:

    I really enjoy reading your books and they are among the first that I started reading. Would love to read this one.

  31. Betty Powell says:

    Would love to win and read this book!

  32. Debby Kulchar says:

    Sounds like a very interesting read! I would be happy to win this prize!

  33. Sheri says:

    Great interview. . . sounds like a great book!! I would love to win a copy!!

  34. Barbara Thompson says:

    I love Tracie’s books. She’s a wonderful author. Would love to win her book. Looking forward to reading it. Enjoyed the interview. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  35. Suzanne says:

    Tracie–How AMAZING to think your 100th book is coming out! Wow wow wow. We could have an entire interview about that alone. Thanks for being on the blog today! Love getting to know you better.


  36. Cyndi W. says:

    Great interview! This book is definitely on my TBR list! 🙂 I’ve read MANY of Tracie’s books and am really looking forward to A Sensible Arrangement! Congrats on #100!!

  37. Amanda T says:

    Great Interview. Such a great new series!!

  38. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story, Suzanne 😉

  39. Sharma Darby says:

    I would love to win. thanks for the chance. Sharma Darby

  40. Samantha says:

    Love reading Tracie’s books would love to add this one to my collection!

  41. sharon miller says:

    I would like to win The Quareyman’s Bride. Very interesting how the parents can call off the engagement. Love your books. sharon, CA

  42. JoAnn Murray-Sorrell says:

    Thank you for the contest. I truly enjoy Tracie Peterson’s books. With an especially tight budget at this time, winning a copy of The Quarryman’s Bride would be a real gift.

  43. Judy Cook says:

    I love reading about different authors and learn about their lives and how God moves in their writing. I’ve read several of Tracie’s books and look forward to this new one.

  44. Lyn Desmond says:

    I am enjoying this series as it continues to give me books to read

  45. Corky Fisher says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Tracie’s books!!

  46. Beth C says:

    I would enjoy this book. Thanks!

  47. I would love to win a copy of Tracie Peterson’s new book!

  48. Susan Karsten says:

    Never read a book set in St. Cloud, MN … that alone intriques me. Thanks for all the interesting info you presented in this interview.

  49. sharon says:

    thanks for this opportunity to read this wonderful novel.

  50. Merry says:

    Tracie is an author I love to read, her books are always uplifting. Please add me to the drawing, thanks!

  51. Cora Bell says:

    I have seen Tracie’s books in the Christian bookstores, and others, but have never bought one. The reason was not Tracie but that I most generally buy books by authors I am familiar with. Recently, I began reading new authors with familiar names and discovered I have been missing some good books. My next books should be Tracie Peterson because this new book sounds very good. Going back isn’t always so bad, and it does help us as we move forward. Paul told us to look forward but he often looked back intensifying his testimony of Christ’s worth to him because of his past. Best of luck with the book and sign my up for the complimentary copy. Blessings.

  52. Kathie from CA says:

    Having grown up in Minneapolis, St Cloud is just a little ways from there. Would love to read a book set in the town. I haven’t read Tracie’s books in a while but would love to get back to them again. Thanks for the opportunity to receive one of her books.

  53. rachel plouffe says:

    love your books

  54. Dorothy Barnes says:

    I have many of your books, Tracie and loved every one of them. I don’t have the last series yet but would be blessed to have this new one.

  55. Jill Copeland says:

    Just finished a series by Tracie Peterson! I love her novels.

  56. Very interesting to read Tracie Petersens interview. It is very special to learn about an author in a personal way. What an “authentic” lady she seems to be!

  57. Emma says:

    The Quarryman’s Bride sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win . Have a great week.

  58. KayM says:

    I would enjoy reading this book. I lived in Minnesota for many years and always enjoy books that are set there. I would especially enjoy reading another book written by Tracie. I am looking forward to reading The Quarryman’s Bride. Thank you for offering a copy.

  59. Cynthia Sizemore says:

    Tracie Peterson,great author ,great finding new authors and new books,was so happy to find her.thank you for your wonderful books.

  60. Liliya says:

    I read her books they’re really good!!!

  61. Bea says:

    Love historical fiction!

  62. I would love this book. Please put my name in the drawing pot.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com