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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Let’s Chat! Author Delia Latham

Let’s Chat with Author Delia Latham

Delia Latham, Christian wife, mother, grandmother–and author!

Welcome, readers. You’re in for a treat this week. Author Delia Latham is stopping by for a chat. 

Settle in and enjoy! Make a comment, and you’re entered into a drawing for one of Delia’s ebooks.

Hurrah! Marilyn Ridgway is the winner of one of Delia’s books!

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Welcome, Delia Latham

Thank you for joining us this week, Delia Latham. We’re so excited to get to know a bit about you and learn about your books. Thank you also for offering a give-away. 

Delia Latham’s Pre-Author Life

Farm Roots

Sunset Camp: Courtesy of Library of Congress

I was born and raised in a tiny California farming community called Weedpatch. Cute, huh? It’s located in the state’s agricultural heart, and at that time, was largely populated by immigrants who came through to work seasonal farming jobs. I lived about a mile from Sunset Camp, which was highlighted in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. He stayed there for a time while writing the book that would become a classic.

Faith & Family 

My family attended an extremely fundamentalist church pastored by my uncle, whom I loved with all my heart. He was one of the best, most godly men I’ve ever known…right alongside his brother—my dad. Although I’ve grown away from some of the tenets of that church, I still highly respect and appreciate the training I receive there, through both the church and the church-operated school I attended from 5th grade through high school.

At 16, I married the young man I’d had a crush on since I met him at age 11. Our first child came along nineteen months later. Like clockwork, a new baby arrived every two years after that until we had four distinct little individuals who filled my life…and my time to capacity. Now four grandchildren own my heart and bless my life. And I can send them home with their parents when I need quiet time.

Fingers in a Few Pies

Western: My singin’ days (Photo by Rodney Thornburg)

Over the years, I’ve been a newspaper staff writer, a transcriptionist, an office manager, a country western singer, and…a clown! And, in the words of Forrest Gump, ‘”That’s all I have to say about that.” 

Delia Latham’s Debut Experience

My very first book experience was a disaster. I submitted to a company I knew nothing about. It never occurred to me to research them. My bad! They accepted my book (along with 99% of every other book submitted to them), and I was over-the-moon delirious.

I do give that company high praise for wrapping my first “baby” in a gorgeous cover. When the finished product arrived, I was at work. My son brought a couple of the books to my job, because I simply couldn’t wait until I got home to see them. When he placed them in my hand, I laughed. A happy, excited mess, I cried and trembled from head to toe. My co-workers were wonderful. They made a big deal of that little book, and I will never forget the experience. It was surreal, to say the least.

Fast forward to a week or so later. At a friend’s gentle advice, I started researching my “publisher.” I discovered an endless number of the worst reviews I’d ever seen, accusations of illegal activities, and even lawsuits. Turned out, they were pretty much a glorified printing press. Being involved with them could be death to my writing career. Talk about devastated…I was crushed, and horribly embarrassed!

Insight from Delia Latham

Eventually, an expert in the publishing field guided me through getting free of that useless contract. I submitted the book to Pelican Book Group a few years later, and it got a fresh start. New cover, new title, new hope. Yesterday’s Promise will always be near and dear to my heart. I absorbed myself so completely in the characters and the story while I wrote. That fictional world became more real than the one I live in. Kinda scary, but also a wonderful experience. The story reflects that it was pulled from my heart and soul. So, despite its first shaky steps, the book wound up in good hands. A happy ending, just the way we sweet romance writers like all books to end.

Moral of the story: Do your homework. Wait for acceptance from an established publisher with an excellent reputation. (Click to Tweet That!) Save yourself a lot of heartache and embarrassment.

Delia Latham Today 

Coming April 28!

God’s been good. Since that false start, I’ve been blessed to have another fifteen novels and novellas accepted and published. I’m excited about Spring Raine, the most recent release which introduces a four-book series, all set in the beautiful seaside community of Cambria, California. The other three books will release later this year. I’ll also see the release of Oh, Baby, another “Heart’s Haven” novella on April 28 and a “Pure Amore” Christmas novel (release date pending).

A Perfect, Loving Father

Again, I repeat: God’s been good. He’s a perfect, loving Father.

He’s also an amazing Teacher, who shows me something new in every book we write. And yes, I said “we.” He’s the author. I’m His fingers on the keyboard, and His face to the world when our work is published.

Advice from Delia Latham

My first step in every writing project is prayer. I extend a personal invitation to the Author of Authors to write with me. He lends His expertise. Every inch the gentleman, He will not insert Himself uninvited into any part of our lives.

So, authors…invite Him. With God as chief writer and brainstorming partner, the resulting book will bless readers. And I guarantee you’ll come away with a nugget of God-given wisdom. It’s like a thank you card from the Lord.

How to Find Delia and her Books

Links:
Website
Personal blog
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Reader Page
Twitter

Spring Raine

An uncharacteristic, last-minute decision to do something “wild and crazy” before entering the stressful world of forensic science sends Raine Presley to Cambria, California. Against a cloud of disapproval from her slightly manipulative, over-protective parents, she signs a seasonal lease at the beautiful Paradise Pines Lodge…and winds up over her head in life and love.

Declan Keller‘s just minding his own business—literally—when Raine drops into his world and turns it upside down. He’s far too busy carving beautiful shapes out of chunks of wood to be babysitting a gal from Pasadena. Even so, his father’s promise to an old friend obligates him, despite a looming deadline that could make or break his career in the art world. He’s praying for anything but Raine when she comes along.

Neither Declan nor Raine is prepared for the seemingly divine influence of Paradise Pines—and Miss Angelina Love. A mysterious lady who may or may not own the lodge, Miss Angie possesses an amazing talent for mending ruffled feathers, spouting proverbs, and somehow bending even the most determined of hearts to the power of love.

Delia Latham’s Biography

Writing Heaven’s touch into earthly tales, Delia Latham puts her characters through the fire of earthly trials to bring them out victorious by the hand of God, His heavenly messengers, and good, old-fashioned love. You’ll always find a touch of the divine in this author’s sweet tales of romance.

Delia lives in East Texas with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author of inspirational romance…with a finger or two immersed in the design pool, where she creates beautiful marketing material for other authors. Delia treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She’s got a “thing” for Dr. Pepper and loves hearing from readers.

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Lord, we invite You to show us the work You have prepared for us to accomplish. We offer it back to You for Your purposes. How sweet of You to join us in our efforts. We give You all the credit.
~For Jesus’ sake 

For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete. Deuteronomy 16:15

 

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8 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Delia Latham

  1. Wow, a wonderful interview … you live a very exciting life!

    Linda B

     
     
  2. Deborah Stone

    No reader will ever be disappointed with a Delia Latham book. She is a talented storyteller and I look forward to reading even more from her.

     
     
    1. What a sweet thing to say, Deborah! Thank you so much. I’m honored!

       
       
  3. Marilyn

    Nice interview with Delia Latham and to learn more about her books and writing. I always appreciate authors who truly leans on God for their book inspirations. Linda, Thank you for featuring Delia Latham on your blog. I need to check out some of her books. God bless.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Marilyn! So glad you stopped by. 😀

       
       
  4. Renette Steele

    Delia,
    It is always fun to learn a little more about you.
    I am so blessed by your GOD guided pen.
    Spring Rain is a wonderfully charming story.
    I am sure it will speak to many hearts.

    Love and Hugs
    Renette

     
     
    1. Thank you, Renette! I’m so glad you enjoyed Spring Raine. I love the phrase you used…”God-guided pen.” May it ever be true!

       
       
  5. Linda, thank you so much for letting me hang out on your blog for a while! I so enjoyed our chat!

     
     

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