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Interview and Giveaway with Author Jennifer Fromke!

It’s Thursday again, and this time I have a fabulous new author that I can’t wait to introduce to you! Her name is Jennifer Fromke and her debut novel A Familiar Shore has just been released! And guess what…Jennifer is giving away a paperback copy (U.S. residents only) and an ebook copy (available to those inside and outside the U.S.) so there will be two lucky winners for this giveaway. Here’s the blurb for this fantastic book…

Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?







I’m excited to read this book, and I know you’ll want to add it to your TBR list too! I’ll explain the giveaway rules at the end of the post, but for now, let’s welcome Jennifer Fromke...

Hello Jennifer. Welcome to my blog! Can you share with my readers how came to be a writer? Was this something that you always knew you wanted to be or did you arrive at this point later in life? It was always a dream, but never part of the plan. I was pre-med in college until I realized I was pursuing that goal for all the wrong reasons. I changed to a Literature major, following my heart, but only used it peripherally in my work. After I had kids and they grew old enough to be a little self-sufficient, the writing bug returned and four years ago I began to pursue this dream.

What is your favorite part about the writing process? Least favorite? Love getting a scene from my head onto the page. When I know what I need to say, I love throwing it down for the first time. I also love editing – I could tweek forever.

Hate solving a plot problem. When I’ve written myself into a corner or I’ve made something happen that isn’t realistic or feasible, it’s very frustrating to throw it out and start over, or to try to fix something that I don’t want to fix, even when I know it needs fixing.

I agree with you, Jennifer! By the way, I am so excited about your debut novel. What was the inspiration behind A Familiar Shore? Two things brought it together for me. The first thing was a photograph taken by a friend of mine. It depicts the bow of a yacht, the bowlines swooping toward the dock, and a sunset behind it. This photo inspired my character “Popsie,” who is a bit of an “old salt” at 80 years old, and he’s feeling trapped by decisions he’s made in the past.

The second inspiration came to me when I was studying the book of Joseph. I wanted to take that moment when he stands before his brothers with the power to exact revenge or to restore their relationships . . . and see what it would look like in a contemporary setting. I don’t think the Joseph story is recognizable in my story without a little prompting, but that’s how it all started.

Ooh, I love it! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible?

That’s a toughie. I love Revelation. It’s future history and that fascinates me. I’ve taught Bible studies on that book for years, even wrote my own (never published) on the topic. And my favorite verse is when God says, “Behold! I’m making all things new!” What a promise!

I agree. Revelation is a fascinating book! I’m going to switch the subject on you now…if you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? I have a real heart for two different people groups. 1. Young moms 2. Women in ministry positions/missionaries or married to ministers.

These two groups of women need enormous support systems and oftentimes end up with the slimmest pools of helping hands or sympathetic hearts. I like the idea of ministering to those who do “front-line” ministry to others.

Very cool. Can you share with us something silly about yourself that your readers might like to know? I’m a horrible singer, but I sing all the time. I like to sing messages to my kids just to see them roll their eyes in pain – especially when I’m singing about getting out of bed in the morning or packing up their stuff for school. It’s especially fun when I’m able to slip in ridiculous rhymes.

Jennifer, that is hilarious! Can you share with my readers what project(s) are you currently working on now? I have another novel in the works, but there’s miles to go before I sleep on that one. It’s about two life-long friends who make promises as girls they find difficult to keep as women.

How can readers connect with you?

Twitter: @jenniferfromke

Thank you, Jennifer for being my guest. It is an honor to have you here!

********************************************************************************************************************************************************** And now, here are the super-easy details on how you can enter to win a copy of The Familiar Shore (and two copies are going to be given away – a paperback and an ebook, so international readers, be sure to leave a comment to win the ebook version!)

Here’s all you do…leave an encouraging comment for Jennifer (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries, so be sure to sign up to follow this blog, then check your email and confirm your subscription to be added to the subscriber list!) Giveaway ends on May 3, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

Thank you, my awesome readers, for taking the time to enter this giveaway.  Be sure to join me each Thursday for special giveaways and be sure to stop by on May 3 when I’ll have a very special giveaway in honor of my blog’s anniversary and Mother’s Day. Until then, have a fantastic rest of your week! 🙂



Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and through her newsletter via

38 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Author Jennifer Fromke!

  1. Love reading these interviews and getting to know the authors! Will be adding this book to my Goodreads list….sounds great!

    (Confirmed subscriber)

  2. Your book sounds especially interesting as our CBS (Community Bible Study) is on our last lesson in Genesis right now, we have spent several weeks on Joseph.
    I am a subscriber.

  3. I’d love to win that book since I critiqued early chapters in a Scribes critique group. I didn’t find out how what happened in the story. Been trying to win the book!

  4. Welcome Jennifer!! Your book sounds wonderful and I’m quite anxious to read it..I hope you have many more books to follow..

  5. Jennifer, you are so cute and I can’t believe you said Revelation was your favorite book of the Bible! My husband is a pastor and he has been teaching through Revelation and I think it’s so relevant to us as believers. We should know what the future holds, and get about our business of encouraging, reaching and teaching others. Great interview! May God bless you! And thanks Penny for hosting this interview and giveaway. Please enter me in this giveaway.

  6. MaryAnn, I would love to hear your thoughts on my “hidden” Joseph story in A Familiar Shore. Ada, it’s great to see you here, and I’m so glad you remember my story! Karen, here’s hoping there are many more books to follow – that’s the plan. 🙂 Teela, it’s great to hear from someone else who sees Revelation as the gift it is. I see God’s hand of mercy all over it, even more than His judgment.

  7. Jennifer, I love to read and can’t wait to read this book. I don’t do ebook so hopefully I will get the hard copy if not then I will definitely be adding it to the list of ones to buy. Love the interview and the fact that you love Revelations. A lot of people don’t understand it (me included) but I am learning. Thank you so much for this giveaway. Blessings to you ❤

  8. Jennifer thanks so much for sharing. So excited to get to know a little more about you and your book. I also share your love for the book of Revelation actually Revelation and the book of Daniel are my two favorites. Your book is already on my TBR list!!

  9. Thank you for the great Interview, I love reading them.
    Congratulations on your Book release Jennifer, it sounds great and I would love to be entered in your Giveaway, please add me.
    Many Blessings to you and Penny.

  10. Hi Penny!! This sounds like a wonderful read, and I would love too win it! Thank you ladies for the interview. Jennifer is a new author for me..and I always get excited about new authors!!
    Have a great rest of the week and weekend…..
    Blessings. Joy

  11. I’m a retired librarian who has always loved to read. Your book sounds great! I do hope you continue to write other books. Your name is most definitely going on my TBR list!

  12. First of all, LOVE the Book cover!!! I am always in the market for new authors to read and this one sounds intriguing! I would love the opportunity to read A Familiar Shore! Thanks Penny and Jennifer! 🙂 ~Brenda P.

  13. Wow everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Jennifer. I have to agree, I LOVE the book cover too! Doesn’t it just make you want to read it?!

    I am blessed to have the most AWESOME blog followers ever! Thank you for entering to win Jennifer’s book. I can’t wait to see who wins! I hope you all have a blessed weekend.

  14. This book sounds really interesting. Especially with the Joseph story. Very interested in it. Please enter me. I am a subscriber. Thanks.

  15. Penny, thanks for the interview of Jennifer and the chance to win her book. Jennifer, when you’re plotting and get yourself into a corner and you start all over–don’t throw away what you’ve written; copy it and put it in another file. Who knows you might have a place for it in the future. Penny I’m a subscriber.

  16. Beautiful cover. I can hardly wait to read this.

    Email subscriber.


  17. Welcome Jennifer! Thank you for sharing from your heart a story of inspiration that it sounds like I can certainly relate to. 🙂 I appreciate the fact that you followed your heart and chose to follow your dream of writing so the rest of us can be blessed by your God-given talents! I look forward to remaining in touch, reading future blocks, and your books! 🙂

    Thanks Again!


  18. Thank you again, everyone, for entering to win Jennifer’s awesome debut novel. I am heading over to right now to select a winner and will let you know soon. Have a blessed week!

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