Tamera Answers a Few Questions...
To get those curious minds primed for tonight, below Tamera Alexander answers a few questions:
1. What are you reading now?
All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
2. Favorite book of all time?
A Voice in the Wind, Bk 1 in the 3-part Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers. The entire series is remarkable!
Having read each of those books at least three times, I’d say that the characters are what keep bringing me back. That and the historical accuracy of the writing. You truly feel as though you’ve visited first century Rome and Ephesus after reading these novels. And just when you think the character’s struggles can’t get worse, they do! Hadassah, Marcus, and the rest face unimaginable choices that stretch their faith in Christ to the limit, and give amazing hope to current day readers.
3. Full time author? (if yes, what did you do before as a career? If no, how do you balance the two?)
Yes. I officially quit my full time job about a year ago. But for years, I worked during the day and wrote at night, balancing family and ministry and life, like everyone else. My background is in business. I coordinated corporate conferences, worked in data management (exciting times!), and most recently worked at a local university in the Professional Psychology Division. Talk about fodder for characters!
4. Advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t take rejection personally. Yeah right! But seriously, rejection is part of this business and I’ve got a drawer full of them to prove it. Try to look at your work with fresh eyes and process the suggestions and (sometimes very painful) criticisms that the editor offered. I guarantee you they didn’t mean those comments personally. Chances are they don’t even know you!
5. Of the characters you have created, who would you like to have lunch with? Why?
I’d choose Larson Jennings. Any man who will stand in front of his wife and ask her to teach him how to love her like she deserves to be loved…. Well, I’m there!
A note about the website: Sadly, the designer is a bit behind, so the website is not live yet. Rest assured that we will let you know the moment that it is up and running though! Look forward to seeing you at the chat tonight!
(Remember... tonight, Nov. 3rd from 9-10PM EST)