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.

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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

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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 Janell B. Wojtowicz

Let’s Chat with Author Janell B. Wojtowicz!

Welcome, Janell Wojtowicz and Readers. I’m so glad you could join us. This week we’re visiting with author Janell B. Wojtowicz (For those of us without a clue as to how to pronounce Janell’s Polish name, it’s Why-tow-vitch). Grab a cup and a spot in our circle. Don’t forget to join the conversation below for a chance to win an ebook copy of Janell’s novel, Embracing Hope.

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Janell Wojtowicz: Life Before Writing

Born and raised on an Iowa farm, I’m an introverted farmer’s daughter who ended up in the extroverted big city. My dad farmed 360 acres and raised cattle and hogs. Mom was the stereotypical homemaker. My brother is pastor in a small Iowa town. I’m the exception to the family’s rural tradition.

My first venture into city life was to Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where I earned a B.S. in written communication/journalism emphasis. Returning to my Iowa roots, I worked the next 10 years as a reporter/editor in three rural community newspapers.

I married Frank, a Minneapolis guy (friend of the family), in 1993, and officially became a city slicker—a married version of Mary Tyler Moore. I worked in Northwestern’s PR department for 12 years, 16 months at a Christian inner-city nonprofit, and four years in public information for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Since 2010, I’ve worked as a freelance writer and now an author.

How Janell Wojtowicz Began as an Author

Embracing Hope is my debut novel. It launched in November 2016. I never set out to write it. The idea and compulsion began in 2007 when I watched a BBC version of Jane Eyre. That night, I dreamed the beginning, pivotal middle scene and ending of my story, and began writing it the next day.

It took nine years of stops and starts before Embracing Hope was published. Life interrupted: job loss/search, family health issues and loss, downsizing and moving, and apathy when the publishing world was turned upside down by ebooks and Amazon. I pitched my novel to and was rejected by 10 agents before I stopped in 2010 when I lost my full-time job. Looking for a job and pitching a novel are too similar and I could tolerate only so much rejection. During those years, I worked on the manuscript and the sequels for pure enjoyment without the pressure of pitching.

Pivotal Moments for Janell Wojtowicz


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n 2015, one of my best friends and writing mentor died of a massive heart attack. A few months later it was as if he whispered from heaven, “Janell, it’s time.” I got serious and decided to try again in his memory. I pursued small publishers because the competition for agents was stiff and I was an unknown first-timer. I pitched to three small publishers in early 2016: one was a flat out rejection. The second offered me a contract, which I signed in April 2016. I withdrew my pitch from a third one as a result. In August, the publisher closed its doors. My novel hadn’t progressed beyond the contract, so I wasn’t surprised. I gave up on traditional publishing and considered self-publishing—for about a week.

I posted a question on the LinkedIn Authors, Editors, Publishers and Bloggers group about resubmitting to the third publisher. All respondents said I had nothing to lose, so I did. A few days later I got an email from a group member offering his advice. A Christian entrepreneurial businessman, he had published a few books. Over the next weeks, we discussed the state of publishing and our goals. He and his wife read my manuscript, then he asked if he could publish it since he was starting a traditional Christian publishing company, Discern Products. Embracing Hope is the first fiction venture.

Lesson learned: Never underestimate LinkedIn connections!

A Debut for Janell

By the way, the third publisher contacted me a few days after I signed the contract asking to see my full manuscript. I felt so bad withdrawing it again, but she was understanding.

What’s been odd about my “dream come true” is I’ve never done the cartwheel, cheering, or bawling that I had looked forward to for years. I’ve had heart palpations, tummy trembles, and occasional utterances of “Weeeee!” My hands shook as I held the proof. (Tweet That!) When the first box of books arrived, I gasped then sighed in satisfaction and relief

And panic at the next hurdle: marketing the beast. Right now my publisher and I are focusing on getting Embracing Hope out to the masses.

What’s Next for Janell

There are two sequels in development. The story of the bad boy in Embracing Hope is 90 percent done. The second is 50 percent done. A fourth and fifth are twinkles in my eyes.

Some Insight From Janell

When I look back on it, I see God’s hand at work. Losing my full-time job and fruitless searching for a job disheartened me. However,  managing the family issues and publishing a book would have been impossible if I had a full-time job. And while I had asked God why I had to go through the pain of losing the first publisher, I see it was how God directed me to Discern Products.

As often as Romans 8:28 is tossed around, I’ve learned that “God works all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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Readers, thank you for joining us. You can find Janell at the following:

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/2p7bsMw

Twitter – @janellwoj

Blog – http://janellwoj.wordpress.com

Author Facebook – www.Facebook.com/janellbwoj

And you can purchase her book at the following:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2q4UXjf

Smashwords – http://bit.ly/2p77JP4

Barnes Noble Nook – http://bit.ly/2oBYm8g

Kobo – http://bit.ly/2pU5aQq

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Thank you, Janell Wojtowicz, for being the center of attention this week. Your journey and persistence are examples to us. God bless your every effort for Him. 

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Lord, You’re so kind to use faulty vessels like us to accomplish Your purposes. Bless Janell as she labors to convey Your Truth through story. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Janell B. Wojtowicz

  1. I love it when Christians give it another try when the Holy Spirit nudges us. Congratulations, Janelle! So glad you followed through. Sounds like a great concept for a story, too.

     
     
    1. Janell Wojtowicz

      Clarice, sometimes I wish the Holy Spirit would give me a shove not just a tap on the shoulder!

       
       
  2. Quantrilla Ard

    Janell, I loved learning more about your journey! So glad that you pursued this yearning placed in your heart from long before. It seems as if the book title is more than just that, it describes your faith walk and success! Hugs!

     
     
    1. Janell Wojtowicz

      Thanks Quantrilla, it’s great to hear from you again. Yes, the book’s title reflects a lot of emotions.

       
       
  3. Jane Theriot

    God always has our best interest at heart. Glad you pursued your dreams and followed the plan He had for you.

     
     
    1. Janell Wojtowicz

      Thanks, Jane. It’s been a comfort to know He’s got things under control because this entire experience has been challenging. But that’s the nature of the publishing beast.

       
       

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