Spotlight And Author Interview (+ Giveaway!) — Childhood

20 Feb

About The Book

Book: Childhood

Author: Greg Schaffer

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: February 10, 2020

Katie lived a lonely childhood, her after school time filled with responsibilities to her father and special needs brother. Her chores prevented her from experiencing the carefree life her peers, including Joey, her neighbor and secret crush, lived. She began running to impress Joey, then discovered track as a possible way out of the small town of Nortonville, Tennessee. But as the promise of a college scholarship drew her closer to the escape she had dreamed about since childhood, she wondered why she didn’t feel better. What was missing?

Childhood is the novelette prequel to Fatherhood, a full-length novel about abortion from the father’s point of view.

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About The Author

Greg Schaffer has written several novels, beginning with Forgiveness (2014). Each conveys the message that hope is always available, even in the darkest of times. His other works of fiction include horse-humor and poetry anthologies. A northerner by birth and a southerner by choice, Greg resides with his wife and rescue dogs in Franklin, Tennessee.

More from Greg

My last novel Leaving Darkness was difficult to write. I felt called to showcase depression and how the trusting environment of Christian small groups can lead those lost in the darkness to the light of the life they are meant to live. The novel was a direct response to a God-calling to apply my skills as an author and my experience leading similar type groups to create a story that may serve to help some who feel hopelessly lost.

For the next novel, I waited for a similar calling. And waited. And waited. I tend to be impatient like most. I wanted to get back to the creative process.

I wound up waiting several months. God’s time, not mine.

Then it happened, through an article I read on the Internet about a man suing a clinic for aborting his child without his knowledge. The article delved into the father’s rights in the abortion decision.

Abortion from the father’s point of view. That was the calling.

Very early into the project, though, I realized I had unintentionally created a problem. If I told the story completely from the father’s point of view, the mother’s would be diminished, reduced to a two-dimensional interpretation as seen through the father’s eyes. I could solve that by including both points of view in the novel, but that wouldn’t work well for two reasons: first, there are plot elements that the mother knows that are best kept from the readers as part of establishing tension. Second, as noted before, the project calling is from the father’s point of view. I had to stay within that.

But how to deal with the problem?

That’s when Childhood was born (no pun intended). Childhood is a novelette from the mother’s point of view, following her growth as a person from fourth grade to her first year of college. Through Childhood, readers have the opportunity to understand the character as a protagonist who would then become the antagonist in the novel Fatherhood.


Q&A with Greg Schaffer

Many authors say that they have always been a writer — making up stories as a child. When did you first become a writer?

I wrote my first novel in high school, though I never tried to publish it. It sits somewhere in my basement. Maybe one day I will revisit and revise it.

What does a typical writing day look like? Are you structured or informal in your writing schedule?

I write when I can create opportunities in my schedule. As a small business owner, that can be quite a challenge.

How long does it usually take to craft your books? (from outlines/first drafts to final edits)

From initial thoughts to final edits, approximately one year for an 80,000 word novel.

Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel.

My work in progress is Fatherhood, about abortion from the father’s point of view. The novelette Childhood introduces the main characters in Fatherhood and is told from the future mother’s point of view as she is growing up. Thus, we see her as a multidimensional person as opposed to solely through the main character’s eyes in Fatherhood. Fatherhood is inspired by a court case in involving a father suing the mother of his child for aborting without his knowledge and should be available late 2020 or early 2021.

What do you want your readers to take away with them after finishing one of your novels?

That there is always hope.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 12

Older & Smarter?, February 13

Artistic Nobody, February 14 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, February 15

For Him and My Family, February 16

Through the Fire Blogs, February 17 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 17

deb’s Book Review, February 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 19

By The Book, February 20 (Author Interview)

Just the Write Escape, February 21

Mamma Loves Books, February 22

Lukewarm Tea, February 23 (Author Interview)

Spoken from the Heart, February 24


To celebrate his tour, Greg is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click HERE to enter.


7 Responses to “Spotlight And Author Interview (+ Giveaway!) — Childhood”

  1. Rita Wray February 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

    Sounds like a good book.

  2. Greg Schaffer February 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to discuss Childhood, Fatherhood, and writing! – Greg

  3. Emma February 20, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting story. It’s a topic I haven’t seen much about.

  4. James Robert February 21, 2020 at 3:03 am #

    Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  5. Vivian Furbay February 21, 2020 at 7:17 am #

    Sounds like a good book. Would like to read it to find out if she does get away of feels guilty about it’

  6. Melissa W February 21, 2020 at 8:51 am #

    Loved the interview!

  7. Debbie P February 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    This book sounds like a very interesting read.

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