Interview and Giveaway: Preacher on the Run by Jayna Baas


It’s 1771, and North Carolina is at war. On one side stands established religion and the power of the Crown. On the other side stands a dangerous freedom of conscience.

Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God.

But choosing sides has made Robert a target. The Church of England wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead.




Time: 12:00 AM EST June 27–12:00 AM EST July 4 (winner announced on July 4)

Prize: One winner will receive a signed copy of Preacher on the Run and one 12-ounce bag of
American Patriot Coffee Co. Independence Medium Roast. All entrants will receive a promo code for
use on Open to US residents 18 and up or with parental consent. No
purchase necessary.



VH: Hi, Jayna, and welcome to the blog! Thank you so much for being willing to chat with me. I’m so excited to have you join me today.

JB: I’m excited to be here! Thank you for having me.

VH: Tell me a little bit about your writing journey. When did you first start writing?

JB: I think I started writing as soon as I learned how. I still have a story I wrote when I was seven about a boy named Lester Billy Frognoodle and his pet spider. At the age of nine, I wrote a kids’ mystery book that my mom hand-copied and taped into a file folder for me. Throughout my teens, I wrote about twenty (shortish) books, many of which will never see the light of day. I started Preacher on the Run after deciding I was finally ready to tackle a full-length novel.

VH: What’s the hardest part about writing for you?

JB: Plotting is the bane of my existence. I tend to edit as I go and then adjust the storyline accordingly, so plotting gets to be quite a mess. It’s also challenging to create authentic internal arcs that develop properly over the course of a whole book. Sometimes, though, the greatest struggle is making myself take a block of time and just write.

VH: What are your favorite genres to write in? What genres can you never see yourself writing?

 JB: I enjoy writing historical fiction and have dabbled in contemporary and suspense. I always enjoy a good action scene. I don’t see myself ever writing much in the way of speculative or biblical fiction. Essentially, I enjoy writing the same genres I enjoy reading.

VH: What’s one of your best pieces of advice for an aspiring author?

JB: Stick with it and don’t rush it. Writing is challenging but rewarding. It can also be tempting to release a story into the world long before your story and the world are ready for each other. It’s said that ninety percent of manuscripts submitted to traditional publishers aren’t even ready for editing, and that number is most likely higher in the indie world. Study your craft and make it the best it can be, even if it means a professional editor or multiple rewrites (which it probably will). Also, for historical fiction writers, my best advice is the advice someone else gave me: Write what people actually believed in their era, not what modern opinions would dictate.

VH: What’s your favorite type of character to write?

JB: Conflicted characters are rather fun, as are hawk-eyed, lone-wolf fighter types. But my favorites are the ones who naturally generate snappy dialogue. They’re blunt or spontaneous, or they create humor without necessarily intending to. 

VH: At what point did you realize you wanted to publish? How did you decide to go with indie publishing?

JB: I think I always wanted to publish “real” books, hence the construction paper and file folders. I never really considered traditional publishing; I learned early about indie publishing and knew I wanted to control the process. (It’s a good thing no one gave me a Kindle upload button back in the construction-paper days.) I finally took the plunge after I had showed Preacher on the Run to so many beta readers that I needed to either publish it or be quiet about it.

VH: What are the challenges of writing historical fiction? And what are the best parts? 

JB: My favorite historical fiction features a backdrop of real historical events, so I strive to create a fictional storyline that fits into an accurate historical timeline. It can also be challenging to remain true to the era and not force modern-day attitudes on the characters. A British novelist once said, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” At the same time, it’s incredibly freeing to know I don’t have to make my characters do what I would do. I can let them do what people historically did in that context. I love learning fascinating facts along the way and then getting the chance to share them with my readers. It’s inspiring and sometimes sobering to learn from the past.

VH: What are your best tips for researching as an author?

JB: Bibliographies and interlibrary loan programs are my friends. 🙂 The researching method that works for me is to do a “flyover” of the era or idea I want to write about, picking out the exact timeframe and plot points to work with, then “zooming in” for a second pass as I outline. If I research too deeply at the beginning, I’ll forget the details because I haven’t narrowed my focus yet. If I don’t delve into those details as I outline, I’ll write myself into a historical corner.

VH: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?

JB: I want readers to learn something they didn’t know or hadn’t thought of before, which is why I pick topics such as the Regulator Uprising. I also want to demonstrate biblical truth in engaging ways. The power of Christ is an amazing thing, both in the mighty act of redemption and in the daily process of becoming more like Him. Whether it’s through a character battling a particular struggle, living out some principle of Christian faith, or just acting as a follower of Christ in everyday life, I hope readers will see living, growing faith on the pages of my books.

VH: What do your upcoming projects look like?

JB: I’m working on the trilogy of which Preacher on the Run is a part. I have some contemporary suspense ideas on the back burner, but it will be a while before I investigate those further. My email list is a great place to stay updated on my latest projects, and I also love to connect with readers on Goodreads and BookBub.

VH: Thanks so much for chatting with me today, Jayna! It was a pleasure to have you on the blog. 🙂

JB: You’re welcome! It was a pleasure to be here.

About the Author

Jayna Baas, pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep,” is the author of Preacher on the Run and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. She lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend
people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) Although she enjoys multiple genres, her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Learn more and sign up for an exclusive short story at



2 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway: Preacher on the Run by Jayna Baas

  1. I loved this interview!!!! (And very much appreciated that tip about researching for historical fiction since I’m writing that right now 😉 ) Thank you so much for sharing the interview, Vanessa! 😀

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