Saturday, June 22, 2019

Interview with Alice Arenz and #Giveaway!!!

Today we welcome Alice Arenz to  my blog. Alice is very  graciously giving away one e book copy of Dark of Night.  To enter answer the question in red and leave contact  information.

 Good to have you stop by, Alice. Tell us about Dark of Night – a brief blurb: 

One-liner:  Where Nightmares Become Reality

Back Cover Blurb:

Determined to get justice for the brutal murders of her parents twenty years ago, Kelsey Carol returns to the scene of the crime—Seaton, Missouri. But what she quickly learns is that every clue brings more questions than answers. And, nightmares really do come true.
Note: she is NOT looking for revenge - just answers 

Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?

I think the message would be that things done in the dark—for evil—can/will be brought to light. One hopes and prays that will happen, anyway. Mostly, I just want readers to enjoy the book! :)

What one question would you like us to ask your readers? 

What one character in my books have you liked most & why?

Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering. 

I’m giving away an ebook version of Dark of Night—from Amazon.

How did Dark of Night get started?

My publisher was encouraging her writers to contribute to different boxed sets throughout 2019. I signed up for the romantic suspense “women in danger” set—which is now called IN DANGER’S PATH & available on Amazon (five authors-five novellas). I’m thrilled Dark of Night is also available on its own.

Tell us about your research process.

Process. . . it’s more a “Do I really have to do this?!” sort of thing. Since I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, I’m never certain what I’ll need to know until God hits me with an idea or subject I know nothing about. I’ve learned to wait on His inspiration rather than on what I “think” might be the direction. Well, kinda learned. Um. . . this time I sort of jumped the gun and started researching architectural features that weren’t needed or used.

What impact did your research have on you personally?

There was some law enforcement info for Missouri that I just couldn’t find on the Internet. After seeking help from fellow ACFW members, the answers were so diverse, I realized it would be necessary to go to a local police station. I’m really introverted—so much so, that I get tongue-tied to the point of not being able to speak intelligibly. When I couldn’t put it off any longer, my husband drove me to the nearest station, only to discover it had moved! That’s when we spotted a police car parked nearby. The officer inside not only answered my questions, but supplied me with some excellent ideas—AND his card so I could use him as a resource in the future. Best research experience I’ve had in more than ten years!!

How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?

Um. . . on the sidelines. You know, someone who knows about the murder from twenty years before and prays that the family will someday know the truth behind what happened. But not actually in the story.

While you were writing Dark of Night do you think it mattered where the book was set?

Probably not, but I always set my books in fictional Missouri towns.

Share your bio:

Alice K. Arenz has been writing since she was a child. Her earliest publications were in the small, family-owned newspaper where her articles, essays, and poems were frequently included. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Arenz is a Carol Award winner and two-time finalist. She writes “clean” fiction as well as Christian fiction in a variety of genres and lengths. Visit her at her web site:

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Vivian Furbay said...

I like the sound of this story but getting revenge is God's to handle not ours. Hopefully they will find the killers and get justice. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, Vivian. Kelsey isn't after revenge, just the answers that could lead to solving her parents' murders.

Thanks for commenting. God Bless, alice k. arenz

Marilyn R. said...

Sorry to say I haven't read any of your books, Alice. Dark of Night sounds instense with wanting to get back knowing as humans we should leave this in God's hands. Thank you for sharing behind the scens. Law Enforcement Officers are always willing to assist I've discovered working with them.

Anonymous said...


Marilyn, as I mentioned in my answer to Vivian, there is not "getting back or getting even," in this book--it is a cold case that the family wishes to have solved. There is no revenge here. I'm baffled at how this idea came up. Please explain. Thank you & God Bless, alice k. arenz, author

Marilyn R. said...

Alice, reading through the blog again the words " Determined to get justice" must of been in my mind when I typed my reply. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

lollipops said...

I wondered because I didn't see it - that must be it! Thank you, Marilyn.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for clarifying, Marilyn--you, too, Laura! For the life of me I couldn't figure out where the misunderstanding was coming from. Thank you & God Bless, alice

Bonnie Engstrom said...

I've already read this exciting book, so don't include me in the giveaway. Marilyn R. I encourage you to read Alice's other books. They are all terrific. There's a reason her books have won so many awards!

Bonnie in AZ

lollipops said...

winner is Vivian

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