Let’s Chat! Author Denise Weimer

Welcome, Everyone!

Denise WeimerDenise Weimer honors us with her presence this week. She is a hybrid author of historical and contemporary time-slip romantic suspense. Denise loves to write dual time-period stories where modern characters learn life lessons as they uncover a mystery from history.

Denise holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A former magazine writer, she works as a substantive editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has authored The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy and a number of romantic novellas. She is represented by Hartline Literary AgencyA wife and swim mom of two daughters. Denise always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!

Denise is offering a giveaway via Rafflecopter that will run the month of May. Just click here  and scroll down to Denise Weimer. Choose to sign up under your Facebook or Twitter account. And you’re entered.

Denise Weimer’s Birth as a Writer

Denise Weimer_girl writingMy life before writing consisted of 11 years. As an only child born near Atlanta, Georgia, I traveled with my parents to historic sites. I sat in the back seat and scribbled stories into spiral-bound notebooks about the people who might have lived there. My mother listened to every word and encouraged me to keep writing.

Denise Weimer’s First Steps as an Author

By the time I graduated with a journalism degree and minor in history, I had a Civil War-era trilogy ready to go. In those days, I was able to approach publishers directly, without an agent or prior publishing experience.

Following a string of rejections, my dream publisher called. My heart felt like it would beat out of my chest! This was it! My sample chapters had progressed to the final review committee. But alas … they had just committed to a similar series by another gentleman. (Probably Gilbert Morris. LOL.)

So I concentrated on my public relations job, independent editing, and layout as we started a family. God removed my pressing desire to write so I could focus on our two baby girls.

A Debut for Denise Weimer

Denise WeimarWhen my younger daughter took naps, I wrote a novella. Redeeming Grace’s publisher set the price so high I LOST money when I placed it in a store. That venture looked like a failure. But it led to an introduction to John Kollock, a prominent regional artist who lent me his family letters and diaries . His endorsement and cover art opened doors for my Georgia Gold Series (historical romance with a touch of mystery, set from the Georgia Gold Rush through Reconstruction).

The publisher for that series went under just as book one released. A dreadful and embarrassing situation and six months of hemorrhaging money as I attempted to keep book one, Sautee Shadows, afloat, led me to put my writing on the altar. I was willing to do something different if God wanted.

After a move and another year, I found another traditional, independent publisher, Canterbury House. This time, things went smoothly!

Next Steps for Author Denise Weimer

Denise WeimerI followed Georgia Gold with The Restoration Trilogy, time slip romantic suspense. The modern characters uncover stories from three different centuries as they restore a historic property. But someone does not want them at work.

Denise WeimarWhile promoting Restoration Trilogy, I learned the importance of networking with readers via social media and other authors via blogging. My dear friends at Colonial Quills blog invited me to join them in the Backcountry Brides collection. The eight Colonial romances in one volume release this month with Barbour Publishing.

My heart-pounding story, Across Three Autumns, features a strong heroine who doesn’t think she’s worthy of love. However, the swoon-worthy Scottish scout might be stubborn enough to convince her otherwise.

What Denise Weimer Sees for the Future

I have several stories out to publishers via my agent. I pray they’ll invest in an emerging author! I’m also helping out with editing at Lighthouse Publishing. Being an editor was always a secondary dream, a package deal with being an author.

Denise Weimer

The latest collection, the agent, and the editing position all came about thanks to my Colonial Quills connections. I’ve learned writing is NOT a solo endeavor. In the community of faith, we all need each other. So thank you, Linda, for hosting me today! And thank you, readers, for stopping by.

How to Find Denise and Her Books

Twitter @denise_weimer
Backcountry Brides Collection – Colonial America

P.S.Denise Weimar

On our recent 25th!! anniversary (I was a child bride), I enjoyed three favorites—hot tea, cheesecake, and truffles. But I had to fight off husband Wayne. Guess who won?

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How fascinating, Lord, the myriad ways You call writers to pen Your stories. Then You bring them together as community in support of one another. You’ve written Your history on the hearts of writers like Denise whose passion is sharing Your story. We treasure books like hers that tell of Your goodness through all generations. We pray You’ll bless each word Denise writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Denise Weimer

  1. Tanja

    Hi Linda and Denise,
    “Denise loves to write dual time-period stories where modern characters learn life lessons as they uncover a mystery from history.”
    Exactly my words! I am writing in the same genre. So excited, to meet someone, who thinks the same way!

    1. Hi, Tanja, glad to “meet” you! I’d love to connect via FB and Twitter!

    2. Hi, Tanja! Seeing your name put a big smile on my face. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Marilyn R

    Nice interview with Denise Weimer. It’s always nice to learn more about an author. Denise, your variety of genres sound like wonderful read. The Backcountry Bride Collection is one collection I defnitely want to read.

    Linda, Denise and everyone have a fun filled Memorial Day weekend. Blessings

    1. Hi, friend. I ditto your comments about Denise’s books. And wish you and yours a beautiful Memorial Day weekend too. Thank you for joining in.

    2. Hi, Marilyn, thank you for stopping by. At one point I thought I’d only ever write historicals, but sometimes unexpected opportunities force us to try something new! I’ve found that writing contemporary stories has helped tighten my future historical writing.

  3. Thanks, Andrea! Glad you liked Caylan. He seemed so real when I was writing his parts!

  4. Andrea

    Very nice interview. I like getting to know authors better.
    I liked your swoon-worthy Scotsman!
    Love this collection!

    1. Hi, Andrea. Welcome to our circle. Your comments have encouraged Denise and me both. Please stop by again.

  5. Perrianne Askew

    Thanks for the interview. I’m sure being an author is not for the faint at heart! I thoroughly enjoyed The Backcountry Brides which I would say has been very successful. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up next for Denise.

    1. Thank you, Perrianne! I’m eager to see what’s coming next also. 🙂

    2. Hi, Perianne. Seeing your name in Comments always makes me smile. So glad you could stop by for our chat. Ditto to your remarks about Backcountry Brides and what’s coming up next for Denise.

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    Thanks Linda and Denise. I’m reading Backcountry Brides now. I’ll keep Denise on my radar!

    1. Thank you, Paula! I was so happy to “meet” you at the Heroic Women FB party this week. I hope you enjoy the novellas.

    2. Hi, Paula. It’s delightful to see you in our circle this week. You’ve encouraged us! Thank you.


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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!

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FIND Someplace Familiar:
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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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