Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award- winning author of more than 50 novels, including Cold Light of Day and the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice Series. Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Carol Award and Reader’s Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry.
In this interview, Elizabeth shares some of her thoughts regarding her latest book, Shadows at Dusk, book number two in her Missing in Alaska Series.
FF: Can you please provide a brief summary of your novel Shadows at Dusk?
Bush pilot Carrie James assists Detective Trevor West on his search to find his missing sister in Alaska. As they follow the clues, traveling to multiple islands, the stakes have never been higher when someone tries to stop them from finding the truth.
FF: What type of research was required for Shadows at Dusk?
This novel required a ridiculous amount of research—in fact, probably the most research I’ve had to do for any of my novels. I had to know everything about flying a bush plane in Alaska. I had to learn details about the various islands, conflict minerals, geology, and EPA Superfund sites. I find it all so fascinating!
FF: Both of your protagonists, Trevor West and Carrie James, have skills that the other one needs. Can you explain their roles and how they can help each other?
Detective West is a former Deputy US Marshal who used to track fugitives, and Carrie is determined to find the person responsible for her friend’s death and needs his tracking skills. Carrie has been a bush pilot in Southeast Alaska for ten years, and she recognizes the locations in the pictures that Trevor’s sister left behind. They make a great team!
FF: Shadows at Dusk is set in Alaska. Why did you choose this setting for your series?
I can’t believe that’s even a question! Ha. Most of my novels are set in stunning locations, and I figured it was time I write another series in Alaska. The landscape provides all the elements I need to ramp up the tension.
FF: What do you hope readers will gain from reading Shadows at Dusk?
I hope they’ll come away breathless after the ride of their life. Entertainment aside, I want to give them a fresh sense of awe at God’s creation as they learn more about Alaska and to make them feel like they’ve just come back from an adventurous trip.
FF: Shadows at Dusk is the second in the Missing in Alaska Series. Will we be seeing any recurring characters from Cold Light of Day, the first book in your series?
Carrie and Trevor head away from Shadow Gap in their search, but they interact with Shadow Gap characters throughout the novel.
FF: What is the connecting element between the books in the Missing in Alaska Series?
Shadow Gap, Alaska, and the characters who live there connect all the stories.
FF: What do readers have to look forward to in the final volume of the Missing in Alaska Series?
Another wild ride and a winter story!
FF: What do you love most about writing romantic suspense novels?
I love the action and adventure I can add to the suspense elements to keep pushing the story forward, and, as a result, I often hear my books are unputdownable.
Shadows at Dusk
Missing in Alaska Series #2
Genres: Mystery & Suspense, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 17, 2023
A missing person. A murder victim. And two hurting people seeking justice, connected in ways they could never imagine.
Montana Detective Trevor West is desperate to learn what happened to his sister, who went missing in Alaska over a year ago, leaving nothing but a few photographs as clues to her whereabouts. At the advice of Police Chief Autumn Long, Trevor enlists the help of an experienced bush pilot. If Carrie James can’t help him find the places in the photographs, no one can.
But Carrie has her own agenda. Grieving the death of her closest friend and the only person she could trust, Carrie will help Trevor find his sister on one condition—that he help her track down her friend’s killer.
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