Author Interview – Joan C. Benson

His Gift JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for His Gift by Joan Benson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


His GiftTitle: His Gift
Author: Joan C. Benson
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Release Date:
July 26, 2020
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Dreams Can Come True!

Brace yourself for a thrilling race through the twists and turns of a young woman determined to see her dream come true. On the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929, seventeen-year-old Molly has aspirations for a career in music after high school. With the passion of an athlete preparing for the Olympics, she trains relentlessly to become the best she can be. As her world collapses in unimaginable ways, she is left to find peace and purpose in the midst of her crisis. The message of His Gift is universal to anyone who has ever dared to dream in spite of uncontrollable circumstances. The reader will discover with Molly, the hope and peace in a life when yielded to the Giver of all gifts.

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Joan C. Benson

Joan C. Benson is a freelance writer, a former reading specialist and educator, wife, mother of four adult children, and a proud grandmother to eight cherished grandchildren. She has been a contributing author to numerous magazines from children to adult content. With a long career of writing for English language learners, Joan has contributed to both student and teacher programs for various educational publishers creating all genres of texts and curriculum. Most recently, her debut historical fiction novel, His Gift, was released by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. Joan lives in Chesapeake, VA, with her husband and their two Bichon Frisé dogs. Follow her at

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When did you first know you wanted to be an author? I never dreamed I would someday be a published author, but I began writing as a young child. I was forever creating books for family and friends, and writing plays for my neighborhood crew to act out before our parents. My parents were Depression era youngsters, so they insisted on an educational background which would provide security, i.e. a job with a salary, if I ever needed to work. I took a journalism class in college, but at the time, reporting was the main “job,” and I found my personality not a good fit. I became a teacher instead, and later after obtaining a Master’s Degree, a reading specialist. My life took a circle back to the world of writing as I was challenged to become a teaching coach for teachers trying to instruct students the craft of writing.

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun? Wife, Mom, Grandma (of 8 from ages 8 to 28), and inspirational speaking to women’s groups. I like to encourage people. I was a mentor mom for a number of years within our church, meaning we older moms spent time with young moms talking about all of their concerns in raising their young children. I’ve also been a trained crisis counselor for women for the past three years. Fun? Swimming, walking on the beach, watching the sunset at the beach, spending time with family, friends, and our two senior “pups” who will turn 14 in October.

What is your favorite genre to read? Inspirational fiction and historical fiction. Or put them together like in my book,  His Gift, and you have even more delight! What about that genre draws you? Historical fiction reveals the challenges of other generations, making them realistic during a certain setting. This, to me, is very endearing and instructive.

What historical figure do you admire and why? I have many favorite Biblical figures who cause me to pause and consider what I would do. Esther is one of my favorite women. She was put in a difficult and potentially life-threatening position, but she stepped up to the plate to save her nation. I also grew up in mid-state IL, and loved reading everything about Abraham Lincoln. Talk about a suffering saint. He carried the weight of our great nation, then splitting in pieces, and he made tough decisions to see it restored, which cost many lives.

Who did you have in mind as you wrote the book? His Gift is based on a true event in my mother’s life as a late teen at the onset of The Great Depression. The book sat for a long while because I couldn’t figure out how to resolve the story conflict. As in most of life, if the major conflict cannot be conquered, the character has to change. That’s what happens to Molly in His Gift.

As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book? As an adult and teacher, The Bridge to Teribithea touched my heart on many levels. Katherine Paterson was one of my favorite authors, as well as Madeline L’Engle. As a child, my favorite books were the entire Black Stallion series. I loved horses and couldn’t read enough of them!

Madeline L’Engle and Katherine Paterson are two of my favorits as well.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer? Write. Write. Write. As you do, you’ll get better. Listen to your teachers. Get others’ opinions, but know the final revision is up to you. And believe in yourself!

Thank you so much for joining us today. I enjoyed our few minutes together.


(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

His Gift JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 22, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 29, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Disclaimer – I have not read this book so I cannot speak to its appropriateness for a K-12 Christian School library. I encourage librarians to read the book before making a purchasing decision.

I choose to share it because it does sound interesting. If you read it, let me know what you think.


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