Saturday, March 23, 2013

Found WWII love letters? Interview with Joi Copeland

Two men fighting for their country.
Two women dealing with tragedy alone.
Two different stories, two different eras, one common thread.
Sophia Philips, a wife and mom, finds herself missing the two most important people in her life. One ripped from her because of war, the other by death.
Sophia's grandmother, Lucia Snell, gives her an early inheritance; letters written to her by her husband while stationed in China during World War II. Lucia believes these letters will help her granddaughter heal from the heart-wrenching tragedy she faces.
Will Sophia carry the anger, bitterness, and guilt within her or go to the only One who can heal her from the pain? Will she find the strength to carry on and the will to survive through her grandparents' Letters of Love?
Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom! She enjoys spending time with her sister Steffanne, and loves to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea with friends!
She's been a Christian for over twenty years. Following Jesus has been the best decision she has ever made. Joi's other books are Hope for Tomorrow, Hope for the Journey, Christmas Rayne, and Sheriff Bride Rob's Story.
For more information about Joi, visit her website here and connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.
Interview with Author Joi Copeland
What should readers know about your latest release? Does it differ from your past books, offer a new perspective on a familiar topic, or shed light on a unique situation?
Letters of Love is based on my grandparents. This book differs from my other novels in that I wrote it with them in mind. It doesn't really shed new light on a topic, but gives a different perspective on how to deal with loss.
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The day I read my grandfather's letters to my sweet grandma I knew I would write a book about it.
Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I find fiction books can help draw others to a closer relationship with Jesus. I write to encourage and bring hope to believers who pick up my books.
How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience?
I haven't traveled for a book yet, but plan to make a trip to England for a future book I'll be writing. My most memorable experience is reading these letters.
Who has inspired you the most on your writing journey—a loved one, fellow author, favorite teacher?
My husband, my sister, and my brother-in-law. Without these three, I wouldn't be writing today. But my main inspiration is truly Jesus Himself.
What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?
Marketing! It's tough!
If you could rewind time to when you began your pursuit of publication, what would you tell yourself?
I would tell myself not to rewrite my novel. Make it better. And to get in a critique group as soon as possible!
Now to have some fun with travel…
What’s your favorite place you have visited?
Caracas, Venezuela on a mission's trip when I was 16.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?
I'd go to a few different places. I would go to Montana because I've never been! And I would go to England, Scotland, Ireland. I'm fascinated with these countries!
And now a fun tidbit—if there was one special travel destination just for writers and you were the founder of it, what would the name be and would it be located?
It would be called Mountain of Joy and of course, be in the mountains. The beauty of the mountains still astounds me, and I would love to have a getaway for writers there.
Thank you for having me, Morgan!


  1. What tender inspiration for your story and such priceless personal mementos! When my son-in-law shipped out to the Middle East, he and my daughter communicated daily via the internet. I told her it was too bad she'd have no letters to cherish in the years ahead. Times have certainly changed. Thanks for your wonderful story.

    1. If they are sending emails, I highly recommend printing them out! I did that when I emailed friends and family about the birth of our son. :) I treasure the responses!

  2. Loved reading your touching story and the title you chose for your novel. I've read through love letters written by my father-in-law during wartime and handed down. Have included a few touching and particularly significant ones in my novel. It makes the story a lot more personal for me. All the best with Letters of Love, Jodi.

    1. Thanks, Jodi! What a blessing that is! What novel are you writing?

  3. Sounds like a great book!I look forward to reading it.

  4. Thanks, Carole! Thank you for stopping by!