Today is a very important day for indie author Teresa Tysinger. Book Two in her Laurel Cove series released today, Someday Familiar. It is a stand-a-alone novel but deals with the quaint little town of Laurel Cove in North Carolina that readers were first introduced to in Someplace Familiar. She was more than kind enough to allow me to interview her as a way to promote her new book. There is also a giveaway! So stay tuned for that at the end of this interview.
Question 1: What made you want to be a writer?
I fell in love with books as a young reader. Very early on, I enjoyed getting lost in far off places in different times and meeting new people. I earned two degrees in English and went into a career in communications and marketing. But, I always wanted to try my hand at fiction. One day in 2014, a friend encouraged me to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) and by the end of it I had written the first draft of my first novel. It definitely awakened something in me and now I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing stories.
Question 2: What made you decide to set your novel in Autumn?
Suddenly Forever is the second stand-alone book in my Laurel Cove Romance Series. When I decided to write a series set in the mountains of North Carolina, an area with four distinct seasons, I knew I’d want to set each book within a different season. This book deals with themes of loss and searching for hope. In the fall, nature seems to begin to give up life. Leaves fall, flowers wither, some animals hibernate as winter approaches. It can feel melancholy. But, there’s an unmistakable beauty to it, too. And, of course, we know that even though there’s the winter to endure, spring is coming with hope of new life. There’s a line in the book that expresses this best: “The land didn’t have to worry about what change would bring. It knew. It trusted.” And so, autumn seemed like the perfect setting for this story. I also ADORE everything about fall: pumpkins, spiced cider, crackling fires, sweaters, crisp air. LOVE!
(Side note from author of this blog): I love Fall too and all the things she listed! Man do I wish I could hop on a plane and visit North Carolina in the Fall especially since my aunt and uncle live there.
Question 3: Do you have any tips for would be writers?
I don’t consider myself an expert by any means. But, I’d give the following few tips that I’ve found useful as I’m learning. First, read as much as you can and take note of things you like about stories that really strike you. Follow other authors on social media and learn from them; a lot will share about their process, what’s worked for them and what hasn’t. The third thing I’d say is to JUST WRITE. Don’t get too hung up on perfect grammar, planning out every plot point before you start, or trying to figure out what readers want. Just write what is on your heart and enjoy the experience. A good editor can help you fix the rest! Oh, that does make me think of one more piece of advice. As you get to know other authors, reach out to those you really connect with, especially within your genre, and see if they’re interested in becoming a critique partner. Having someone to swap chapters with for feedback is invaluable!
Question 4: Do you have any advice regarding publishing?
As an independently published author, there’s been a lot to learn about the many steps of the process. There are many resources out there on all the topics and steps to getting published, but the biggest piece of advice I’d have for other indie authors is to invest in a good editor. There’s nothing more valuable than having a professional set of eyes on your manuscript! It will help your published book be more polished and ready to shine!
Question 5: Was there any research involved in writing your novel? If so what kind?
Admittedly, I’m not a big researcher and usually Google facts I need as I need them. However, I did reach out to a few established and traditionally published author friends when writing some of Cora’s scenes (the heroine in Suddenly Forever). She’s a best-selling author and I wanted to get some details right during conversations she has with her agent. Same thing with some details about Luke’s (the hero) career as a photojournalist. I will say, though, I’m doing more research than usual for an upcoming novella because it will take place in a town I’m not familiar with.
Question 6: What do you want readers to take away from reading your novel?
Suddenly Forever deals with themes of grief and loss, as well as searching for new love and hope. I pray that readers, whether they’ve experienced great loss or not, will be reminded of God’s faithfulness to comfort us and offer a real hope that can transform our grief. God will not leave us and we’re never alone.
Thank you so much, Teresa, for coming on here and answering my questions. I had a lot of fun and look forward to reading your new book. Now for the giveaway. Teresa is giving away some really cool stuff. Here’s the information.
Enter to win a GIVEAWAY celebrating Suddenly Forever’s release!
One winner will receive a fall bundle including:
- Leather Leaf Bookmark
- Cozy Book Sleeve
- Handmade Wood Leaf Earrings
- “Enough” Engraved River Rock
- Blanket Scarf
- Signed Copy of the 1st Laurel Cove Romance Series book, Someplace Familiar