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05 October 2011

An Interview with Tanya Stowe

Your hostess: Gail Pallotta
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Meet Tanya Stowe
Author of Tender Touch                               

When I asked Tanya if she learned anything new about God’s character through Tender Touch, her book about healing, she said, “I think instead of learning something about God through this book, it is a reflection of something I learned about God from life. I’ve had some personal experience with faith healing and I wanted to write a story that reflected those truths. Of course, Lacy’s gift is highly dramatized, but the basics about how God heals are true.”
What a topic! What an experience! Where do you usually get your best ideas for writing? 
They come from travel. Every time I visit a new town, I wonder what it must be like to live there. If I see a place that’s historic, I wonder how things happened. What did people think and feel? My mind churns with possibilities. Sometimes my husband will tease me and ask me to be quiet. When I tell him I didn’t say anything he says, “I know, but you are thinking so loud!”
LOL. That’s great. If you could interview one of your characters which one would it be? 
Stumpy from Tender Touch. He’s such a wise old man and tolerates no nonsense! He’s seen it all, the Gold Rush, the transition to statehood, but most of all, he’s been a witness to the worst and best of humanity. What stories he could tell! I’m certain he understands most of us better than we understand ourselves and wouldn’t hesitate to tell us what we need to know!
Tell us about your favorite character that you’ve created so far. 
That’s the one I just finished for an anthology. Her name is Zoe and she is the late-in-life child of hippies who came to know the Lord as a teenager. She’s a free spirit with a deep and abiding faith. She’s so in tune with God’s plans and His messengers and completely out of step with the rest of the world! She’s passionate about her faith and so full of surprises, she was just plain fun to write about.
We’ll look forward to meeting Zoe in the anthology. As a writer, I imagine you’re also an avid reader. Could you tell us about your favorite book last year?
My top reading pick of last year was the O’Connor family from the Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman. I just discovered them and devoured the series. I loved how their sturdy faith fit into the changing events of America! And a new one just came out. Wahoo!
Thanks so much,Tanya.
Tanya’s giving away a copy of Tender Touch. To read more about Tender Touch visit Tanya’s Web site.
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Anonymous said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Hey, Tanya! Great interview. I always love learning a little more about you. Also, gotta say it...having already been privileged to preview Zoe's story, I love her! What a wonderful character!

Dora Hiers said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Awesome interview, ladies. Tanya, I LOVED Tender Touch, and you're right about interviewing wise ole Stumpy. I'm excited to hear about Zoe and your anthology! Congrats!

Marianne Evans said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Tender Touch is such a great book! I'm delighted to see you at COTT, Miss Tanya. It's well deserved! God bless! Yes, Zoe, is a fantastic character as well - you're in for a treat, Dora. :-)

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Tanya, your travel wonderings and mumblings crack me up! Mostly 'cause you sound just like me. It's been lovely getting to know you a bit today!

Tanya Stowe said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Delia, Zoe wouldn't be as courageous as she is if she didn't have a big sister! Can't wait for readers to get to know them both.

Dora and Marianne, thanks so much for always being there!

April, I think we could be great friends!

Anonymous said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Sisters are the best! :D

LoRee Peery said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

Tender Touch is a lovely story. You cracked me up when I read your husband says you think too loud. Zoe sounds like a fun character -- daughter of hippies?! Such a character has been rolling around in my mind.

Dana said... Wednesday, 05 October, 2011

I'm loving Tender Touch, Tanya. Romance is in the air! Blessings!

Anonymous said... Thursday, 06 October, 2011

Tanya is traveling today - off to the Middle East! She wanted everyone to know she appreciates your comments, and says she's had a great time at COTT!

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