Let’s Chat! Author Penny Haavig

Welcome, Everyone!

Penny HaavigPenny Haavig is our guest author this week. I haven’t met Penny in person. But after visiting with her via this interview, I want to move next door! What a friend, wife, mother, and grandma she must be! 

Penny’s first novel—Laugh, Clown, Laugh—is coming out soon. So you’re the first to be introduced to her and her novel. Penny’s roots extend to Queens and Long Island, New York. And her historical novel, Laugh, Clown, Laugh, is set in Brooklyn against a backdrop of vaudeville. How intriguing is that? 

Now, gather ’round as Penny shares a bit about herself, her life journey, and how Laugh, Clown, Laugh was birthed. Also, she’s offering a special giveaway. So, check it out below.

**Congratulations to Anne Rightler, winner of Penny’s soon-to-be-released novel—Laugh, Clown, Laugh!** 

Penny Haavig’s Roots

First, I was born and raised in New York with roots in Queens and Miller Place, Long Island. However, I spent most of my life in upstate New York, an hour from the beautiful Adirondacks mountains.

Our house in Miller Place was situated on a cliff that overlooked the picturesque Long Island Sound. Even now, I can remember running down the cliff to the beach where my Dad taught me how to swim. To say the least, it was daunting to dodge the horseshoe crabs and jellyfish, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it.

A Love of Horses

Penny HaavigBecause my dad was an equestrian, his love for horses fell on me when I was three years old. A pony man visited Richmond Hill, where I spent the first five years of my life. My first pony ride was on a black and white pony. The Christmas after, Dad surprised me with a black and white handmade rocking horse. My love of horses stuck for decades. Who would have known, that after all these years, I would be the proud owner of a black and white Pinto/Arabian horse. My mother would say to my dad, “She’ll grow out of this, Henry.” I guess not. 

Penny’s Bitter and Sweet

I am a retired pre-school teacher and was blessed to own a day care center for over ten years.

Penny HaavigI met my first husband Guy in 1969, and we had two beautiful daughters, Tiffany and Tonia. Everything was going fine until sudden tragedy struck our family. My husband died of a heart attack at the age of 54. We were married thirty years. My life started to unravel, but God kept me together. (Click to Tweet!) My girls were still in their teens, so it was very hard for them.

Because Guy knew the Lord as his Savior, I know he is rejoicing with the saints for eternity and I will see him again when I get to Heaven. Praise God for the gift of eternal life in Jesus. 

God’s Intervention

However, God intervened a year later and brought Tom, a handsome Norwegian, into my life. Because he had the bigger business and family, I sold everything in New York and moved to Minnesota. While both girls were on their own, leaving them was bittersweet. Although the miles still separate us, I know God protects them. And now, we’re a blended family with seven children and 13 grandchildren.

Penny Haavig’s Life of Faith

Penny Haavig

I came to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord at age 13. Now we’re members of Alexandria Covenant Church, a great gospel preaching church where I have taught pre-school Sunday school and VBS.

Penny HaavigAt present, I’m a part-time clown with the alias, DancingDot. In addition, I started the SONSHINE Club, a children’s ministry at our church for kids, ages 5-12. We go out into local nursing homes and present the love of Jesus via games, readers theater and music.

Also, I was Children’s Theater Director at Central Square Cultural Center for the past five years.

Penny Haavig’s Writing Journey

Penny Haavig
Berto: LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH

My first novel, Laugh, Clown, Laugh, is five years in the making. My mother and grandmother suffered with mental issues, but the facade of vaudeville and theater covered up their bewildered hearts. (Click to Tweet!) Consequently, they both had nervous breakdowns, and their stories inspired me to write this book. 

Penny Haavig
Violet: LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH

In addition, I met many amazing authors along the way, including Susie May Warren who was the first one to encourage me at a writer’s workshop and retreat. And I pitched to agents at two conferences, but to no avail. Also, I had the book professionally edited twice and revised and revised. Is it ready now? By the grace of God, it is!!

While I wasn’t as persistent as fellow authors and there were many set-backs, every time I was ready to throw in the towel, God said, “What are you doing?” Because God would NOT let me give up, countless prayers, tears, several edits and revision, and perseverance have carried me through. As a result, I’m self-publishing this book, which will be in my hands soon. 

Penny Haavig
The Band: LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH

What’s Up With Penny Haavig Post-Laugh?

In conclusion, I’ve completed the rough draft of the sequel to Laugh, Oddballs Matter, which is based on my mother’s story after she came to know the Lord. Next, a third book in the series will be based on my life. While emotional and mental issues can rob a person of their identity (Click to Tweet!), I pray my books will help someone who is hurting on the inside. (Click to Tweet!)

How can you find Penny Haavig

Facebook

Email

Penny’s Giveaway

Because I’m looking for folks to join my Amazing Dream Team, the first five to sign up via email at pnhaavig@wisper-wireless.com will receive a complimentary paperback book when released.

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Dear Lord ~ First, You created a perfect world and gave Your creation the freedom to choose good or evil. Because humankind chose to disobey, ushering in imperfection and a fallen world, we suffer in myriad ways, not the least of which is mental illness. However, Your plan to bring us back into a state of perfection through Jesus Christ is marvelous. As a result, your daughter, Penny Haavig, is using the imperfection of her family’s past to create stories to help readers who are hurting inside. Bless each word she writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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35 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Penny Haavig

  1. Helen Widman

    Hi Penny. Love the photos and the amazing article. This will be a quick read, because I know I won’t put it down until I’ve read the whole book. Congratulations and may God bless everyone who reads your thoughts, feelings and the many happenings that led up to this writing ❤️

     
     
    1. Penny

      Thank you Helen. You’ve always encouraged me with “Ebony finds a friend.” Little did I know God would lead me down a road of writing two novels. Linda Davis did an excellent job laying out a great article. I’m blessed to know her! God bless, my friend.

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Penny, a wonderful testimony with God’s blessings and love even during the dark times. So thankful God never fails His children. I look forward to reading Laugh, Clown, Laugh. Everyone needs laughter in their life. Blessings.

     
     
    1. Penny

      Thank you Marilyn! I appreciate your kind, encouraging words so much. May you be showered with blessings.God bless!

       
       
    2. How great to see you this week, Marilyn. You always encourage us. God bless you.

       
       
  3. Diane Jamison-Richards

    Reading your bio was so interesting, Penny. I’m so glad you listened to God’s nudgings. May God bless you (and many others through you) on this journey.
    Diane

     
     
    1. Penny

      Thank you Diane, your words will keep me motivated! God bless!

       
       
    2. Hi, Diane. Welcome to the blog. I agree…I, too, am glad Penny listened to God’s nudgings. Can’t wait to read her novel. I hope you’ll come back.

       
       
  4. Lila Killoran

    Hello Penny…..I cannot wait to get my hands on your book. You are an amazing person and we are so grateful yo know you.

     
     
    1. Wonderful to have you in our circle this week, Lila. I can’t wait to read Penny’s book too! Your words are so encouraging. God bless.

       
       
    2. Penny

      Thank you Lila,hope to see you and Skip soon. I’m glad we’re friends. God bless!

       
       
  5. Anne Rightler

    What a wonderful journey God has led you on. Looking forward to reading your book!
    Thank you, Linda for sharing about it.

     
     
    1. Penny

      Thank you Anne. If you would like to be on my AMAZING DREAM TEAM, please email me at pnhaavig@wisper-wireless.com. You’ll receive a complimentary book in turn for a review. God bless!

       
       
    2. Welcome, Ann. So happy to have you in our circle. It’s a privilege and pleasure to share Penny.

       
       
  6. Paulette DeFoe

    Penny, how excited we are for you. We are traveling and read this on FB while driving. Very proud of you!!! Dave & Paulette

     
     
    1. Penny

      Thank you!! It’s been a five year journey, but God kept me moving forward! Enjoy your trip and God bless!

       
       
    2. Welcome, Paulette. It’s so great to see such support for Penny. It boosts my spirits too!

       
       
  7. Janina

    How exciting, Penny! I’m looking forward to reading your book. So proud of you for following your heart and passion for writing! You’ve got this! Love you!

     
     
    1. Hi, Janina. Thank you for joining in the applause for Penny. I hope you’ll visit our circle again. 😊

       
       
    2. Penny

      Aww, thank you Nina! Your support means so much to me! Yes, with God, I do have this! Love you back!

       
       
  8. Penny, such an amazing life journey for your family and what a gift it will be to many who need to read exactly what the Lord has encouraged you to write. For such a time and purpose… all in our Loving Father’s Hands. God bless. Love you, Dorothy

     
     
    1. Penny

      You’re a blessing to me Dorothy! Thank you for your inspiring words of wisdom. God bless, dear friend!

       
       
    2. Welcome, Dorothy! I love your words of encouragement to Penny at “such a time as this.”

       
       
  9. Linda Pollino

    Pen, this was a beautiful write up on you and your book. It’s been a long road for you, but I believe it’s about to happen ! Praise the Lord! It’s a great read and I do believe you are going to touch many people with your story….God’s Blessings ❤️ Linda and Joe

     
     
    1. Hi, Linda. Thanks so much for joining us and leaving such an encouraging message.

       
       
    2. Penny

      Thank you dear Linda! You were one of the first to read in rough draft. It has been a long journey but I’ve learned so much. Linda Davis gave me this amazing opportunity to share without an actual book. I’m thankful for her too.

       
       
  10. Becky Smith

    Sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed this interview and all the fun pictures!

     
     
    1. Hi, Becky. Great to see you with us this week. You’ve encouraged us!

       
       
    2. Penny

      Thank you Becky. God bless. If you want to be on the team, email me.

       
       
  11. Hello, Penny. It’s so great to learn about your background and your books! Thank Linda, for sharing Penny’s visit with your adoring readers! 🙂

     
     
    1. How wonderful to see your beautiful smiling face, Caryl! You’ve encouraged Penny and me both, dear friend. (Aren’t Penny’s life story and her novel idea intriguing?)

       
       
    2. Penny

      Thank you Caryl. This is an amazing stop on thus incredible journey.

       
       
  12. Sounds like a great premise for a book. Congratulations!

     
     
    1. I agree, David. Can’t wait to read Laugh, Clown, Laugh. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂 Thanks so much for joining the conversation.

       
       
    2. Penny

      Thank you David! I thank God for editors who glean and clean the important scenes. God bless!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Ruth Trippy

Welcome, Readers!

Authors Ruth Trippy and Linda Brooks Davis
Ruth and I at ACFW’s 2016 Awards Gala

I‘m delighted to introduce you to author Ruth Trippy this week. Ruth lives near Atlanta and views cattle and goats—and her favorite store: Barnes & Noble—on her way to church.

met Ruth at the 2016 ACFW Conference. We sat next to one another at the Awards Gala and discovered a soul kinship. I’m very grateful for that preordained meeting, and now I want you to know this delightful friend.

Ruth is giving away a print copy of A Western Beauty, Colorado – 1879 to one person who joins our chat below.

Congratulations to SANDY BRINKS, winner of Ruth’s A Western Beauty!

Ruth Trippy’s Life Before Publishing

Writing historical romance began years ago with a question a good-looking guy asked: “Will you marry me?”

Reared in a stable Christian family in Michigan, I had been teaching music and language arts in Ft. Lauderdale for two years. I had dated this man regularly, but considered him only a friend, and I told him so. Later, before I left for France on a summer mission trip, he asked me a second time. But my answer was the same. He exclaimed, “You’re going to meet some Frenchman and marry him!”

Thus, we parted. Little did I know that on arrival I would soon become ill. While sick in bed, God, figuratively, took a 2 x 4 board and hit me over the head. “He’s the ONE!” He said.

Looking back, I needed such a dramatic word from the Lord. This man and his family proved to be a catalyst in so much of my spiritual growth—the painful way. After we had been married about seven years, I’d become so discouraged in the marriage that I cried to the Lord for relief. He responded in an unusual way. While rereading a 19th century romance, I was so uplifted that I felt the Lord leading me to encourage others in their marriages and relationships by writing in this same genre. (Click to Tweet!) 

Ruth Trippy: Historical Romance Author

I felt so privileged to write historical romance to show how the love between a man and woman is an earthly picture of Christ’s love for His bride the church! (Click to Tweet!)

When I finally told my husband about this call on my life, he laughed. “You don’t have enough imagination!” But one day, two years later, while reading a book on psychology, he looked up and said, “You’re supposed to write, aren’t you?” The Lord had spoken to him through a secular book!

casserole_Ruth Trippy
The Mighty Casserole

From then on, my husband became an ardent supporter. In fact, when I was bringing a casserole to church for a ministerial dinner, my husband caught me on the way to the car. He all but grabbed the casserole out of my hands to throw it onto the ground. He shouted, “You’re supposed to write, not make casseroles!” Did I tell you my husband was not only dark and handsome, but volatile—the perfect alpha male for romance?

Ruth Trippy’s Debut

I continued to write faithfully—for 30 years—and finally, Abingdon Press published The Soul of the Rose, a story about a young woman, starting life afresh working in a Massachusetts bookstore. Two men become attracted to her, a Harvard law student and a scholarly town hermit. She becomes fascinated with one, but he holds different religious beliefs, and she agonizes what to do. Then he is accused of murder—

More Novels for Ruth Trippy

Two years after The Soul of the Rose, I published The Language of Music, a story drawing on my background in music. Publishers Weekly termed it a “musical, lyrical novel (that) will please fans of inspirational and historical romances alike.” Both books were set in the East in the 1870s.

I traveled in the West as a teenager, but my interest grew after marriage when I discovered my father-in-law was a cowboy on the famous King Ranch in Texas. (Click to Tweet!) His grandfather had scouted out West for General Crook after the Civil War.

Here’s a bit about my newly released novel—A Western Beauty, Colorado – 1879—that’s set in the West: Before finalizing her engagement to a Philadelphian attorney, socialite Sarah Whittington travels west to paint. However, she is confronted with the arresting mission of a Civil War veteran and the sometimes dangerous Ute Indians he aids. Now she questions her ambition to live the life of a highbrow Philadelphian.

Fine Tuning Research, Ruth Trippy Style

Although I had carefully researched A Western Beauty, because it contained so many historical people and settings in 1879, I felt I needed a trip to the area to fine tune my research. My husband agreed to drive me from Georgia to Colorado in what proved to be an Experience! I was never so hot (sleeping in a closed van in Oklahoma because of the bugs) or so cold (sleeping in a tent at 9,000 ft. elevation in Colorado)! The old saying goes, “The Canadian Mountie always got his man!” Well, “I finally got my Western!”

A Final Word From Ruth

I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season! Please feel free to contact me on my website or Facebook.  Print and eBooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBooks

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Lord, You are faithful. You honor faithfulness in others. Decades now, your daughter Ruth has remained steadfastly devoted to You, her husband, and her calling. Now she’s reaching out to others with the message of Your faithfulness through fictional stories that spotlight Christ’s devotion to his bride, the Church. Bless each and every word Ruth writes for You, Lord. We’ll all be blessed.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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27 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Ruth Trippy

  1. Hi, Linda! I sat at the table with you and Ruth at ACFW that year as well, and you are a blessing to know.

    Ruth is one of my critique group, and she has been such a great help to me in my writing journey! I enjoyed reading this interview with her. Thank you for sharing Ruth and her wonderful books with your audience!

     
     
    1. And I certainly remember YOU, Hope. I could tell then that you’re someone I’d love to know better. If I could live anywhere but near my children, I’d choose living near you two. I loved seeing your name here on the blog. I hope you’ll sign up and visit again. God bless you.

       
       
    2. YES! What a big happy night that was for the 3 of us! I wasn’t up for an award, but felt like I won one, I had so much fun. Hope is one of most natural writers I know. (Of course, to sound that “smooth” takes a good deal of work, as we all know!) Yet, as most writers of fiction know, there are so many “balls” to juggle to get a scene, a chapter, a book, RIGHT. And Hope is a GOOD JUGGLER!

       
       
  2. How exciting! Ruth and Ernie have been family friends for years. I loved The Soul of the Rose. Ruth’s writing is so good and her characters are very believable. She has inspired and encouraged me as a fellow writer. I’m reading The Language of Music now and I look forward to her new book. Congrats Ruth!

     
     
    1. I love “meeting” Ruth’s long-time friends who know her in ways I wish I did. But I’m grateful for God’s blessing me with a hint of the long-term relationship you’ve had. I’m so glad I count her as a long-distance friend. It’s great to have you in our circle. Please come again. God bless you and all those you love.

       
       
    2. How nice to hear from Bonnie! She not only writes Children’s books, but she is also wonderfully fit–like my husband and daughter. I’m so glad I’ve encouraged her in her writing; now, I need her to encourage me to be more fit! Thank you, Bonnie, for responding to this blog. We all miss your grandmother.

       
       
  3. Candace Menedis

    Hi Linda,
    Ruthie and I have been prayer partners since my son, who is now 48,
    was 6 years old. Needless to say, we have been through much together,
    with the Lord always there walking with us and carrying us often. Her
    books are like her, thoughtful, inspiring, intelligent and one feels her
    love for Jesus. The gospel always shines through in her novels, how I
    appreciate that! Bless Ernie for his encouragement and his love.
    Together they have raised two truly great kids, who have a heart for God
    like their parents. Their story would make a great romance story all
    on its own. I am grateful daily for her in my life. Her steadfastness is
    a blessing to all who know her. This latest novel is, I must say, my
    favorite. (I grew up in Arizona for my teen years, so a good western
    is a delight.)

     
     
    1. Oh, Candace. I would so love to have the privilege of the kind of relationship you have with Ruth. Just one evening with her and then a year and a half of keeping in touch from Texas have convinced me of everything you say about her. I’m blessed to know her. Thank you for joining the conversation. I hope you’ll return for other Christian authors’ interviews and blogs. God bless you.

       
       
    2. It is humbling to read Candy’s email. We have truly been through a lot together in different cities and states. My daughter said she doesn’t know of any two people who have kept such a close friendship going through email and text–due to one reason or another, it’s been quite a while since we’ve visited face to face. Candy put her finger on something: I think it’s the first time someone has said our story as a couple would make a great romance. In my novels, each male protagonist is his “own man,” yet a little of Ernie has crept into each one. After 43 years of marriage, I’m still trying to figure out this alpha male! 🙂 I have seen God make such changes in this man–with the wild background–that I would be a fool not to believe in God. Thank you, Candy, for being that friend who has prayed faithfully for us.

       
       
  4. Anita Van Wyk

    Hi Linda,
    What fun it was for me to read this blog! Much of this I knew before, but written in such an informative but entertaining way about my very lovable niece Ruth, and her fascinating life experiences. Her husband Ernie has truly been a part of the success of her novels since he himself is an interesting man and has often told added to the intrigue of her story lines. I can’t wait to read her fourth book when it comes out! Everyone of Ruth’s novels carries a profound Christian message!

     
     
    1. Hi, Anita! Your comments brought a smile to my face. How blessed you both are to be aunt and niece. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and hope you’ll come again.

       
       
    2. This lady, my Aunt Anita, is a fascinating woman. She is a great reader, like my grandfather Rynbrandt was, and reads all kinds of authors, both deep and entertaining. I’m always blessed and challenged by her “take on life.” She has unusual wisdom and has been granted by God with a clear mind in her 80’s. She has counseled and helped many people over the years. I hope I have the same mind (and heart) when I reach her age!

       
       
  5. Hi there! Thank you for publishing this wonderful post about Ruth! I’ve “adopted” her as a spiritual and writing mentor in the last couple years. I love her and her books. I’m about half way through “A Western Beauty.” She’s been so helpful and encouraging to me in many ways. Ruth has been there for me when I struggled with illnesses and a darker spiritual time. I’m so thankful the Lord placed her in my path! Blessings to both of you in the New Year!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Myrna! You are a highly favored one to have Ruth as a mentor and writing buddy. Your comments blessed me! Please visit again.

       
       
    2. My maiden name is Folkert, but I didn’t know Myrna was part of the greater family (lots of us in western Michigan), until a few years ago. She has a tender, discerning heart.—Thank you, Myrna, for your kind words and I’m so glad we’re part of the same “family!”

       
       
  6. Ruth’s first two books are great! I can’t wait to read this one. I only met Ruth and Ernie a couple of years ago, but they are so sweet and such faithful servants of the Lord! God bless you, Ruth.

     
     
    1. Teresa, I love that you joined our chat and that you can add a personal touch. Thank you. You’ve encourage Ruth and me both. God bless and please visit again.

       
       
    2. Teresa, I appreciate your encouragement about my first two books. It’s especially great to hear this from another author! Only another writer knows what really goes into completing a book and then getting it out the door to be published. 🙂 Thanks for your very kind words.

       
       
  7. Sandy Brinks

    Hi! What a wonderful and interesting interview with Ruth . We go way back …like high school 50 years ago, my husband and I were in Ruth’s class. She and I did not get much a chance to talk in October at our class reunion ,but loved her sparkling personality that has not changed . I would have loved to sit down with a cup of tea so we could catch up. May you have a blessed year as God shines His face upon you and inspires you.

     
     
    1. What a delight your comment is, Sandy. I know Ruth will love it. Thank you for joining us and for your sweet blessing over Ruth.

       
       
    2. Sandy, thank you so much for leaving a note after reading this interview. I, too, would have loved sitting down with you and sharing more than we did for our few brief minutes at the reunion, a reunion that I wouldn’t have missed for anything! Living “away from home my home in Michigan” I appreciate the old times and old friends so very much. At the reunion, I saw that you have an especially empathetic heart, a gift from God. Blessings to you and Mike!

       
       
  8. Lucy Reynolds

    Ruth is a new author to me and her books look very interesting to me. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed and Happy New Year 🎈.

     
     
    1. Hello, Lucy! Thanks for checking in on Linda’s post and meeting me and my books. I love reading, particularly novels with not only romance, but ones that give me a real feel of the era in which they happen. So, this is one aspect of my research I really work on and love! Blessings!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy. Welcome to our circle! Thank you for taking the time to join the conversation. Have a blessed and joyous 2018!

       
       
  9. Marilyn R

    A lovely interview with Ruth Trippy, a new author to this reader. I always enjoy reading inspirational historical romances. Trippy’s books will fit perfect for this avid reader. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Blessings to both of you in this new year, 2018. May you see the favor of the Lord in all you do and His amazing gifts of peace, joy, love, grace and faith that only He can give.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our circle, Marilyn! I hope your Christmas was the best ever and that 2018 will be packed with God’s richest blessings. I count Ruth as one of my best 2016 blessings 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi Marilyn. You sound exactly like me, someone looking for that next great book to read. Before I retire for the night, I spend an hour or two reading. This is not only pleasurable, but also “fills” the emotional well, so that I am better able to write the next morning. Blessings to you!

       
       

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