Tricia Goyer: WWII vets inspire author, find closure through her novel
SEATTLE -- When author Tricia Goyer took a vacation in Austria in 2000, she hadn't expected a novel to come out of the experience, or for her research to impact the veterans themselves. Remembering You (Guideposts) is the fictional story of a television producer who tags along with her WWII-veteran grandfather on a final European tour of the battlefields he fought in. Expecting to record heartwarming stories about her grandfather for her network, she discovers the war has shaped him in ways she never could have imagined.
Goyer's vision for Remembering You was inspired by her visit to Mauthausen, a concentration camp in Austria. She felt compelled to reach out to the American GIs who had liberated it. During her first visit to the reunion of the 11th Armored Division, she walked in the front doors to find a line of veterans eager to share their photos, their stories, and their tears.
As Goyer honored these men's legacy through her historically accurate novels, word got out to a woman, Hana, who had been freed by American GIs at Mauthausen. Because of Goyer's relationships with so many WWII veterans, she was able to put Hana in touch with the medic who'd saved her life in 1945.
In Remembering You -- Goyer's tribute to war veterans of all eras -- she explores the cost of war, the strong bonds of family relationships, and the power of faith and forgiveness. Remembering You is a contemporary story that highlights real World War II events, including the Chenogne Massacre in Belgium, and looks at the motivation of these courageous men during grim times.
Advance Praise for Remembering You: Prolific novelist and nonfiction author Goyer pens a contemporary story rooted in World War II, where several of her historicals have been set. Goyer does well with the Greatest Generation, showing that war is more than nostalgia. This novel has a sweet way of describing family relationships and will particularly speak to those closely connected to WWII veterans, who are taking their stories with them to the grave.
About The Author: Tricia Goyer is the author of 30 books and has published over 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today's Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. In her fiction novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historical stories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research.