I want to extend a great big, warm welcome to fellow White Rose Publishing author, Tanya Stowe. My Book Bag is just one stop on Tanya's blog tour to introduce her new release, Tender Touch. Be sure to check out the giveaway details, below.
And now, on to our interview...
It’s a delight to have you as a guest on My Book Bag, Tanya! I’m always excited to find out more about a fellow White Rose Publishing author. But before we delve into the subject of writing, please tell us a little about yourself. Who is Tanya Stowe?
Well, I married my high school sweetheart thirty-seven years ago. We have four children and seventeen grandchildren. We’re a boisterous, motley crew that contains some blended marriages, adopted children, star athletes, straight ‘A’ students and one special needs ray of sunshine. We love sports, board games, cards, movies. We go to church and vacation together. So it was very difficult for my husband and I to make the recent decision to take a new job. We’re moving from our California home to the Middle East to work for two years. It’s going to be a grand adventure and a new chapter in our family’s life!
Wow! That is a major life change, and I’m sure it will be a grand adventure!
I absolutely love the cover of Tender Touch! It's an inspirational romance, am I right? Tell us a little about the storyline.
In my story, Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. But she doesn’t see it as a gift. She considers it a curse. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. Her sanctuary is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. Royce is convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good but first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy.
Sounds fascinating! What was your inspiration for this book?
I was an atheist before I became a Christian in my early twenties. The Lord used my conversion to perform some miraculous healings. It was an incredible time in my faith life but also, a little frightening for a new Christian. Some of the questions and doubts that ran through my mind became Lacy’s doubts and fears in the story. About the same time, my sister and I took my four children on a motorhome tour of the California gold country and I knew I needed to write about that spectacular country and its history. It only took twenty years to become a full-fledged story!
The important thing is that it did become a story. What is your favorite scene from Tender Touch? Would you mind sharing it with us?
One of my favorite scenes is when Royce first realizes he’s falling in love with Lacy and the magnitude of the problems that will come with her.
"Lacy—look at me," Royce commanded. She looked up. "Feel the music, Lacy. Just move with me."
Her muscles eased. Her breathing slowed. She seemed to sense the rhythm of his body and took her cues from the slight touch of his hand. He dipped, she followed. He swept, she flowed, her skirts swinging in a graceful arc behind them. They sailed around the room in perfect motion.
Royce smiled. "I knew you could do it."
"Thank you for teaching me," she murmured.
Royce looked at the woman in his arms. He'd known the minute she'd entered the room. He was shocked to see her, knowing instinctively that the crowd and the noise would not be to her liking. But, when he'd seen the pink of her cheeks and the high color of her eyes, he knew she was enjoying herself…and that made him happy. He liked the little giggle she tried to suppress and the way her eyes lit when the dancers came near her. So he’d asked her to dance.
“Thank you," Lacy repeated.
"My pleasure, ma'am. Is there anything else I can do for you?"
Her features turned somber. "You can let me go, now, before it's too late.”
She was asking him to do what he'd vowed to do. But looking at her lovely features, he knew he wouldn't do it.
"I can't, Lacy. I've tried and I can't."
The truth of his words flowed over both of them. They stood still in the middle of the dance floor. He wondered where the words had come from, and how he could possibly take care of this fragile, beautiful creature in his arms.
I love it! What can we expect from you next?
I’m working on a sequel to Tender Touch. Penny Layton is Lacy’s one and only friend. Like Lacy, she was born to the harsh realities of a California boom town and finds a way to survive when her mother abandons her. Tender Trust starts where Tender Touch leaves off and it’s Penny’s story.
I love meeting previous characters again in follow-up books.
I have too many favorite authors! Like my career, my reading is very eclectic. I like Michael Crichton, Elizabeth Peters, Francine Rivers, Judith Stacy, Teresa Medeiros and many, many more! As far as books go, there is one I can read over and over again. It’s called Trade Winds by M.M. Kaye. I love it because it captures the British fight against the slave trade in Zanzibar but it was also written in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s and has the flavor of that time as well. Not to mention it’s just plain good writing!
My goal is to someday be someone’s favorite author, one whose books they will read “over and over again.” :)
I would have to say my father has been the greatest influence in my life. His attitude is positive. He’s never met a person he didn’t like because he finds something he likes about everyone. At the same time, he has good common sense grounded in reality. From him, I’ve learned to pick myself up, to overcome and to smile.
Daddies are the best, aren’t they? Mine was my hero.
Do you have a favorite verse of scripture?
Philippians 4:13—I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Oh, excellent inspiration! Where can we find your books? And do you have a website or blog, where readers can keep up with you and your writing activities?
Tender Touch released November 19 at http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/.
Please check out the details of my contest—God’s Healing Power—at my website http://www.tanyastowe.com/. The contest will run from November 19 through January 31. I’m looking for stories on how God has healed areas of your life. Contest rules are available on my web page. The winner will receive a lovely handmade necklace from Devine Dezines.
I will be blogging about my books, writing experiences and writing friends at http://www.creativewritingforces.blogspot.com/.
I’m also starting a new blog about our travels across the country and the world at http://www.stoweberry.blogspot.com/.
Also, anyone who comments on My Book Bag today will have their name entered in a drawing to win two books…Tender Touch (that’s my book) and Rodeo Redemption by fellow White Rose author, Teri Wilson.
Tanya Stowe has written for the real estate industry, television, publicity firms and national publications. Her first novel, a time-travel adventure, Time’s Embrace, was released in the United States in 1993 and internationally released in 1995. Tanya has an eclectic career, doing market research at a performing arts center and for the American Cancer Society. Most recently, Tanya contributed to a collection of women’s survival stories titled, Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage and collaborated on her first full-length play, a Christmas musical titled, The Night Before Christmas.
Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-seven years, which is a romance story in itself. Currently they are visiting the East Coast and soon they will travel to the Middle East to begin a new adventure.