Today we are starting something new here. Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Teresa Tysinger!
She’s such a wonderful person to know! She’s always so friendly! I’m really looking forward to reading her new release later this year! You can find more about that at the bottom of the post.
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 and public relations professional. Her acclaimed debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released in 2017. Teresa is a member of ACFW, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving 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.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Technically, I have been writing since second grade when I wrote and independently published (i.e. Crayon-drawn cover and yarn binding) The Bunny Family. But after two degrees in professional writing and editing, it wasn’t until a friend encouraged me to participate in a month-long writing challenge that I drafted my first novel back in 2014. I drug my feet revising and editing. Someplace Familiar finally published in 2017.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Currently, I’m working on all that comes with independently publishing a novel. There are a lot of steps. Soon after Suddenly Forever releases October 6, I’ll begin writing the third book in the Laurel Cove Romance Series. If all goes well, it should release in the Spring. I’m also brainstorming a few novellas for collections coming out next year.
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: I’m easy. All I need while writing is coffee and quiet. Sometimes, I’ll also put on classical music.
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: Some of my favorite reads include Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg, True to You by Becky Wade, and Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright. Right now, I’m reading an advanced copy of The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime and am loving it!
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: I would be hard-pressed to claim there’s any character I’d rather spend a day with than Jack Bowdon, the hero in my first novel Someplace Familiar. Jack has long been my swoon-worthy book boyfriend. (Don’t worry, my husband knows all about Jack. HA!) Jack is super kind, charming, and great at making you feel like you’re the most important person in the room. I’d be happy to just sit and chat over coffee at Brewed, Laurel Cove’s coffee shop (the fictional mountain town where my current series is set)!
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: It’s my prayer that readers will take away from my books the truth that God’s grace is available to all, no matter mistakes or imperfections. Told through sweet romances, my stories also always include relatable characters, are always a little flirtatious, and offer satisfying happy endings. Just like in real life, though, happy endings don’t equal perfection but rather acceptance and feeling treasured. I hope readers see themselves in my characters instead of unattainable, perfect, cookie-cutter leading women and men.
To connect with Teresa, please click on any of the following links: website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and BookBub.
I’m also featuring her newest book, Suddenly Forever. It releases on October 6th. Be sure to pre-order your copy!
About the book:
On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.
For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?
Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?
Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.
Thank you Teresa for your time! Please leave some love in the comments!