Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Tammy James Hesler!
Knowing how beginner status feels, I delight in opening the curtain on Christian authors who are just beginning, like Tammy.
But I’ve also made wonderful friends along this road called Publishing—successful, award-winning, multi-published, even best-selling authors–whose experiences and wisdom are valuable to the rest of us.
Hence, this blog. And this week, Tammy James Hesler in her own words.
PS: Tammy’s offering a digital copy of Mountains of Love to someone who comments below!
**Congratulations to Becky Smith, winner of a digital copy of Mountains of Love!
Who Is Tammy James Hesler?
I was born in Miami, Florida. We lived aboard a sailboat that my father built, so I was thereby fortunate to have spent much of my childhood sailing the southern waters. I later moved to Central Florida and met my husband of 32 years.
Tammy James Hesler: A Woman of Many Talents
I started out early on working as a hairdresser. When I got a lucky break and landed a job working as a radio announcer in 1986, I settled into a career as a Southern Gospel DJ, which was extremely rewarding.
In 1993 after my son was born I studied art and began painting. I worked as an artist for the following eight years. You may view my artwork on Facebook.
Life Throws Tammy James Hesler a Curve Ball
Eight years later I became seriously sick with a mystery illness. I visited over 80 doctors throughout the country before finally being accurately diagnosed with Lupus. During this time my health began to deteriorate to the point where I became blind and bedridden. At this time before my diagnosis of Lupus, I can see now that God was working in my life. The solitude and isolation led to my first book, Adventures in Rainbow City. (Click to Tweet!)
Being blind meant that I required a significant amount of help typing the manuscript. (Click to Tweet!) My son who was eight years old at the time did much of the typing. (He coincidentally became one of the fastest male typists I’ve ever seen). My saintly mother would then come in and make any editing and corrections. Overall it was quite a long process.
Tammy James Hesler Keeps Her Focus on the Ball
However, I stumbled upon something very helpful. Since I was not able to read what I had written, I had someone read everything back to me out loud. (Click to Tweet!) This technique in writing is something I still use to this day. I have since found out that many successful writers recommend this particular method, to help ensure your book has a smooth, natural rhythm and flow.
Thanks to the Books for the Blind talking-book program, I was able to listen to hundreds and hundreds of books. (Click to Tweet!) I, like many women, had a particular soft spot for romance novels. However, I certainly did not care for the graphic sexual scenes in many of today’s novels.
Tammy James Hesler Finds New Vision
I began to dream of creating good, wholesome characters and exciting, clean books. My vision returned four years ago, and I have since had a great time giving my fantasy characters exciting adventures.
Mountains of Love, A Story of Faith, Redemption, and Timeless Love by Tammy James Hesler
Welcome to Dove Valley, located in the heart of the Montana Mountains. (Click to Tweet!) This warm, friendly, welcoming town was founded by the Bartlett family of the end of more than 100 years ago.
Ezekiel Bartlett, a shining rodeo star that calls big sky country home. This fun-loving cowboy has always lived big. But this time, his rough and rowdy lifestyle has nearly cost him everything. Now with God’s help, he’s working on becoming a better, humbler version of his former self.
Emily Thomas is a successful botanist and a beautiful, warm, loving woman. But, there was a time when she spent her days playing baseball, riding horses and loving Zeke Bartlett from afar. The handsome man of her dreams has finally noticed her. But given his rocky relationship with her best friend and brother Joey Thomas is it too late? She is forced to choose between the only family member she has left and the man she loves.
The springtime Montana Mountains hold an enormous amount of beauty as well as danger. (Click to Tweet!) Will the couple survive a near-death experience, only to find out it is too late for them to spend the rest of their lives together?
What’s Tammy James Hesler up to Now?
I‘m currently working on Mountains of Dreams, Dove Valley Series Book 2.
Finding Tammy and Her Products
I also love to paint. Check out my artwork on Facebook.
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Lord, Your ways amaze us. Sometimes You take us along rocky paths; other times, up steep mountainsides; and still others, through quiet valleys. Keep us trusting in Your abiding Presence, for Your ways aren’t our ways; Your mind is beyond our understanding. Use us for Your Purposes.
And please bless each word Tammy writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake