Let’s Chat! Author Teresa Tysinger!

Welcome, Readers! And welcome, Teresa Tysinger!

I‘m just delighted to welcome debut author Teresa Tysinger to our circle this week. On Tuesday, the 30th, Teresa released her first novelSomeplace Familiar–so she’s over-the-moon excited, I’m sure. It looks like a book I’ll love.

Let’s give Teresa a warm welcome by commenting below. Someone will win a free copy of this Christian romance. 🙂 Winner announced next Tuesday, June 6, so stay tuned.

We have a winner of the drawing! Trixi Oberembt will receive an autographed copy of Teresa Tysinger’s Someplace Familiar. Congratulations, Trixi! I’ll email you for your mailing address.

Thank you to everyone who joined our chat! It means a lot.

Teresa’s Pre-Author Life

So, follow me on my quick life journey. My twin sister and I were born in Honolulu, Hawaii (Navy brat) and grew up in Orlando where my father retired.

I attended a small college north of Asheville, North Carolina and fell in love with the place! I met and married my husband in North Carolina and lived there the first decade of our marriage. We now live and work in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

My life is most crazy with an 8-going-on-16 daughter and a husband who works in professional theatre. It’s never a dull moment for this introvert who’s doing life with two extroverts! (Tweet That!)

Lord, help! Haha.

Teresa Tysinger, the Writer

You may not be surprised that an author wrote her first story in second grade. Or that she was the editor of her high school newspaper and has two degrees in English. You might, however, think it strange that she has a fairly lean bookshelf at home (save a few of my favorites, I feel books are best shared with friends!) or that she went into a career in graphic design instead of writing.

Teresa’s Start as a Writer

Someplace Familiar just released on the 30th (whew!) and it’s been a rollercoaster. I wrote the first draft over three years ago for the National Novel Writer’s Month challenge (write 50,000 words in one month). Since then, the book has been expanded, rewritten in parts, critiqued, edited a few times, through beta readings, etc. As many authors will say, the village helping to raise this book baby is large and oh so valuable!

Since deciding to self-publish, there have been many growing pains and challenges along the way. Not being a very detail-oriented person, I had to work very hard at keeping several things straight. Editing schedules, marketing plans, giveaways, design elements, business stuff like ISBNs and barcodes, etc. I guess you could say I’ve spent more time outside my comfort zone than maybe ever before. (Tweet That!)

But the experience has taught me I’m capable of so much more than I thought. God has walked (often carried) me every step of the way and I’m so grateful.

 (Tweet That!)

In the story, our heroine, Livy, returns to Laurel Cove to restore her grandmother’s worn-down cottage. The story is near and dear to my heart because it’s inspired by my own childhood memories of my great grandmother’s house and my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. My best friend, Jennifer, and her family live in the mountains and I’d visit with her on weekends when in college. The slow pace, gentle and serene scenery, and small-town charms grew on me. I hope that comes through in the book and you find yourself swept away.

Teresa Tysinger’s Someplace Familiar 

Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.

Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Together they must find a way to survive the destructive pain of their pasts and ultimately discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts.

Some Insights from Teresa



For me, writing has become my quiet time with God. It’s when I feel him closest to me, like we are co-authors. I believe he’s entrusted me with some special stories, but rather than dolling out the inspiration then leaving me to it, he’s stayed close. It’s helped me to really listen for that small still voice. It’s become really sacred time and how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that writing is what he created me to do.



For other authors out there, I’d encourage you to keep going and keep your eye on the end goal. As a mom and full-time employee at my “day job,” the writing often felt like inching my way along an endless road. Even if you get the story down 100 words at a time, it will eventually lead you to a complete story. Stick with it.

My prayer for you is that you follow your own path, find contentment there, and steer clear of the treacherous road of comparison.

Be you.

Tell your story. Even if it takes a long time!

CONTACT TERESA:
Facebook – Teresa Tysinger, Author
Web – www.teresatysinger.com
Newsletter – Join the Community!
Pinterest – @TeresaTysinger
Twitter – @TMTysinger

FIND Someplace Familiar:
Amazon – Paperback or eBook

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Lord, we’re so grateful for Christian fiction. It puts us in mind of the parables favored by Jesus. Teresa has entered the realm of Christian storytelling with Someplace Familiar. Will You bless readers of this novel with a sacred experience like the one you’ve given Teresa in the writing? Bless it now so it can bless others.

~ For Jesus’ sake

9 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Teresa Tysinger!

  1. Marilyn R

    Congratulations to Teresa on her debut release, Someplace Familiar. This book will be a fantastic read with restoring a cherished grandmother’s cottage, God’s restoration and reunion of individuals. The setting sounds delightful and I can picture myself there already. Linda, Thank you for the great interview and introducting Teresa to readers today. God bless.

     
     
    1. Featuring Teresa has been a pleasure, Marilyn. I can’t wait to read Someplace Familiar. Your name’s in the hat for a copy of Teresa’s first novel.

       
       
  2. Lucy Reynolds

    Restoring old things is so much work but so fun. I love books about the Grace of God. Congratulations 🎈 I would love to read. Have a blessed day.

     
     
    1. Hi, Lucy. So glad you joined us. I agree 100%!

       
       
  3. Trixi Oberembt

    I love the idea of restoring an old family home! HGTV is one of my favorite channels for all the shows which feature this very thing. This book certainly piques my interest and the characters journey is one I’m interested in taking with them. 🙂 Also, reunion stories are among my favorite book themes! This ticks a lot of boxes for me, from the beautiful cover to what’s inside the pages. Thanks for introducing a new-to-me author and learning her writing process as she went indie.

     
     
    1. You said it correctly, Trixi. Someplace Familiar checks off several of my boxes too. Thanks for joining in!

       
       
  4. Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your story. And thanks, Laura, for hosting Teresa. I love the title, Someplace Familiar. It tugs on my heart without even reading a page–but of course I’d love to read the whole story!

     
     
    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I hope you enjoy the book! Have a great day.

       
       
    2. I feel the same way about the title, Kathleen. Can’t wait to read it.

       
       

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Created for Creativity

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The Milky Way: Creativity God’s Way. “He also made the stars.” Genesis 1:16b (NIV)

Ever wonder why you missed out in the creativity department? I did once but not now.

God, the essence of creativity, stamped His image–His handprint–on His creation, so no one is devoid of creativity. No one.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

dna-869109_1280Nothing’s more creative than DNA. Take, for example, my triplet grandchildren. Same parents. Same womb. Same day of birth–and time (separated by 60 seconds each). artwork2Through their DNA God prescribed their features, bends in their dispositions, abilities, gifts–and their differences. 

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One loves art.

Another appreciates sports.

And another enjoys music.
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Creativity isn’t limited to music, sports, or artwork. Some of the most creative people I’ve known are gifted with ideas, arrangements, the spoken word, and even recipes. Proverbs 25:11 describes a ruling rightly given as beautiful as gold apples in silver settings. Ever think of a ruling as potential for creativity?

I find my creative side in writing. 

Sometimes my combination of words, spoken or written, amounts to little more than a mess. But when I turn them over to Jesus, He can turn them into a still life, a landscape, or a portrait.

With little effort on my part, my life can look like the artwork of the 2-year-old in this video: a scrambled bunch of crooked lines. But when I hand Him the brush, He fills in the valleys, straightens the paths, and smoothes the way. 

How about you? 

Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. Luke 3:5

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