Becky Doughty

Biography

Becky Doughty was raised on the mission field among the indigenous tribes of West Papua. Called to be a different kind of missionary, her ministry is through her pen, and her heart is for for people living on the edge–that fine line where hope and despair meet, where grace becomes truly amazing.

Becky is married to her champion of 25-plus years, Kevin, and they have three children, two of whom are grown and starting families of their own, and they all live within a few miles of each other in Southern California.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the jungles of Irian Jaya, Indonesia--now West Papua. My father was a missionary airplane mechanic and pilot; the Operations Manager of the hanger for the base where we were stationed. Without television or movies, I survived on weekly trips to the tiny missionary school library and the crates of books sent to us by supporting churches. I lived vicariously through any stories I could get my hands on and wrote any I couldn't. Every experience in my life I thought even slightly interesting or that qualified by my standards as "a good story" was documented in my journals.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Elderberry Croft is a real place.Yes, at the back of a trailer park in a town nearby, there really IS a cottage built on a river rock patio by which a tiny stream flows. And although Willow Goodhope never lived there or named the little house Elderberry Croft, it’s where I found sanctuary for almost a year when I had nowhere else to go.

Several years ago now, my marriage imploded on itself, and I cut and run. It was a treacherous time, in so many ways. Our children suffered terribly because of our decisions, and by the time I walked out of the marriage, we both believed a future together was impossible. But while I was out there–running, hiding, drowning in a sea of things that could only bring destruction–the ONE WHO PURSUES caught up with me, and I have not been the same since.

During my frantic search to find a place where I could live, I stumbled upon a “For Rent” sign on a side road while out riding my motorcycle (yes, another indulgence I invested my time and money in – my little motorcycle was aptly called a “Rebel”), at the front of a trailer park. I figured beggars couldn’t be choosers, and if a rented trailer was all I could get at such short notice, then I’d make it work.

But God had other plans for me (and ultimately for my marriage), mainly because He wasn’t ready to let me ride off into the sunset without Him, or my husband, Kevin, for that matter. The park manager led me around to the back of the property, across a little bridge with a creek flowing beneath it, and pointed at a tiny cottage on a river rock patio. “That’s it,” he said, as though it was nothing special.

Maybe he saw nothing special about the place, considering the poor little house was all but naked, but, like Willow Goodhope when she first arrived here in Elderberry Croft: January Breeze, I envisioned vines and pots and pretty garden things, my herbs and twinkle lights and wind chimes everywhere.

It sounds lovely, and for all intents and purposes, it was, but I was there as a fugitive, and I was never more alone than during those months. But God wouldn't let me go and He knew exactly where I was at all times. He was just waiting for me to invite Him in. When I did, He met me with the open arms of grace and forgiveness.

I returned to my marriage, and my husband and I have just recently celebrated 25 years. It hasn't been easy - when you wander off the right path a thousand miles, you usually have to trek back a thousand more - but every step toward restoration has been worth it.

Writing Elderberry Croft has been cathartic - God has given me the opportunity to turn a very dark time and place in our lives into something beautiful in Willow Goodhope's story - and I hope you find elements of grace and hope in the pages of her story (and mine, vicariously), too.
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Where to find Becky Doughty online


Books

Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,040. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Coach House Trailer Park is the last stop down the road of life for most of its residents. But a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what—or whom—is she hiding? A collection of twelve short stories of HOPE.
Elderberry Croft: Volume 4
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Series: Elderberry Croft, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,850. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
For most of the residents, The Coach House Trailer Park is the last lonely stop on the road of life. But on a crisp January breeze, a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what--or whom--is she hiding?
Elderberry Croft: Volume 3
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Series: Elderberry Croft, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,510. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Coach House Trailer Park is the last stop down the road of life for most of its residents. But a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what—or whom—is she hiding?
Elderberry Croft: Volume 2
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Series: Elderberry Croft, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,360. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Coach House Trailer Park is the last stop down the road of life for most of its residents. But a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what—or whom—is she hiding?
Elderberry Croft: Volume 1
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Series: Elderberry Croft, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 30,220. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
For most of the residents, The Coach House Trailer Park is the last lonely stop on the road of life. But on a crisp January breeze, a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what--or whom--is she hiding?

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