Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern contemporary romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications professional. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She’s an introverted Enneagram 4 (if you know, you know) and loves coffee, traveling, and almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.
A Word from Teresa Tysinger
I’m so excited to be here to chat with you all again! Linda continues to be such a gracious host.
Today, I’m going to share something vulnerable with you. I like to label myself as a “functioning introvert,” meaning that while I am 100% an introvert, I have found ways to navigate a world that most often seems geared toward extroverts. Here’s the vulnerable part: Being an author requires more of me than I often feel I can comfortably give.
Writing is undoubtedly a great activity for introverts. I can sit alone peacefully at my computer and craft stories within the fictional worlds I create. No need to make small talk with my characters (they have each other). Even if I choose to write at a coffee house – think back to pre-pandemic times – it’s completely acceptable to stick in my earbuds, put my head down, and focus on my screen. When I need to recharge, reading a good book also serves as training for my own craft.
Teresa Tysinger: Yes, being a writer is a good choice for an introvert.
That is, until you decide to publish and need to build a community of readers. That means putting myself out there on a daily basis to interact, engage, and even woo folks to read my books. From a traditional publishing perspective, having this active “platform” is key. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I chose to pursue an indie publishing career. Less pressure to catch the eye of thousands and thousands of readers.
It’s taken me years to settle on how to be a public persona. If I’m being honest, I’m not quite there. While my day job as a communications and marketing director (ironic?) has given me the know-how and skill set for promoting my stories, being open and dynamic online is something I’m constantly working on. And stressing about.
Teresa Tysinger: So, why do I do it if it’s so often a little uncomfortable?
I do it because I am confident it’s what God has called me to do. To be specific, I feel like God called me to write stories filled with examples of His grace. If I say “Yes, Lord,” to the writing, then that means also saying yes to the parts of the calling that are difficult. And trusting in His promise that He will be with me every step of the way.
“If God is for us, who could be against us?” This verse from Romans chapter 8 is one I often lean on. If God is cheering me on in my endeavors, like an enthusiastic parent on the soccer field sideline, why shouldn’t I put my best foot forward? Run a little faster? And do it with a smile?
I’ve grown to enjoy the process of putting myself out there a little more. It certainly helps every time I’ve got a new story to share. The characters and truths I know are ready to meet the world give me extra energy to keep pressing onward. For instance, I cannot wait for readers to meet Quinn and Eli, the main characters in my upcoming novel Someone Found. Or Gwen and Ben in my novella, Gwen and the Three Dates, included in the Once Upon a Summer Collection. The world NEEDS to meet these characters and see how God works in their lives.
Teresa Tysinger: And so, I keep going.
I keep functioning the best I can as an introvert in an extroverted world. I keep praying, inviting God into the daily process. Because God has both called me and promised He’d be by my side the whole time. Amen!
What is one way you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone? How have you had to lean on God to see you through it? Has the experience taught you anything? Introverts and extroverts alike are encouraged to comment! Ha!
Thanks for allowing me these few moments to be vulnerable with you, sweet reader.
SOMEONE FOUND (Laurel Cove Romance, Book 3)
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Formats: Print and eBook
Publisher: Good Day Publishing
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091BBQ237/
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Inspirational/Christian)
Life’s detours can be the most important steps we’re meant to make.
Injured and stranded, hiker Quinn McAlister is stuck recovering in Laurel Cove, North Carolina. The quiet mountain town and its polite residents are a far cry from the stifling home and painful disappointments back in Maine. When her handsome rescuer offers her a place to stay, she’s faced with coming to terms with her past and putting faith, for once, in a hopeful future.
Camp director Eli Moreland has devoted his adult life to serving others. The summer takes an unexpected turn when the beautiful hiker staying in one of the cabins sparks a deep desire for more. Giving her advice about faith comes easy. What’s hard is deciding if he’s ready to reopen his heart to love.
Being lost is worth the pain when being found is so sweet.
ABOUT THE LAUREL COVE ROMANCE SERIES by Teresa Tysinger
The Laurel Cove Romance Series takes readers to Laurel Cove, NC—a charming, quiet fictional town tucked into the cozy Blue Ridge Mountains. The people of Laurel Cove are friendly and welcoming, the pace is slow and peaceful, and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s the perfect place for inspiration to strike and love to take hold.
The series also includes Someplace Familiar (Book 1) and Suddenly Forever (Book 2). The novels in this series are completely stand-alone and can be read in any order. Readers will recognize a few supporting characters shared between the stories, but it is not necessary to have read the others before Someone Found (Book 3). The fourth and final novel in the series is set to release in early 2022.
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Dear Lord, please bless each word Teresa Tysinger writes for You.
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